Re: flat wound strings?

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Posted by Pat Harrington on March 15, 2000 at 19:17:48:

In Reply to: flat wound strings? posted by Josh on December 29, 1999 at 08:15:51:

: Anybody out there ever use flat wound strings on a fretted bass? Any thoughts
: on it?

: Just curious...

: Josh

> Hey all...
Personally, I HATE flatwounds with a passion, they have poor tone,
definition, don't sustain worth beans, and sound like a slamming door!
(If you like that sound, go for it, though) There is a solution for people
who like the feel or don't want to eat frets or fretless fingerboards..
There are a wide variety of "in between" types of strings, such as
"Ground Round Wounds" ($1.98 a pound:-) ) or "Compression Wound"
varieties from almost every string maker, where they actully grind the
shoulder of the outer wire, or squeeze it flatter. These types of strings
will give you the feel and diminished fret/fingerboard wear like a flatwound,
but give you the tone and balls of a roundwound. You won't get the mileage
out of them like you will a true roundwound, but hey, everything's a trade-off.
Try the Dean Markely ground rounds, or the Rotosound "Linea Finish"
half rounds...
Rock on,
Pat H

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