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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Flats vs Rounds

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When I get older, losing my hair...
Aug 11th, 2019 08:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

I like both but if I have to choose as I only have 1 player bass it is rounds. I know flats seem to be the more popular design but I aim to please my ears. Here's a good comparison on a Jazz. Both sound great. Of course it helps to have a strong player.

Is the world flat our round??

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Wichita, Kansas

Drums = pulse, Bass = heartbeat
Aug 12th, 2019 07:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

My desert island strings are flat, more specifically TI flats. I like the attack envelope and the strong lower mids. They don't sound all that exciting when played by themselves, but they fit into a mix so well, which to me is what counts. I have them precisions, a jazz and a semi-solid. My stingray still wears rounds because that is its signature sound.

It depends on your style. I can't slap TI's worth a darn, but then again, I don't play slap in my bands.



Do'in the 5 string thing!
Aug 12th, 2019 11:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

I know there is a lot of love in this forum for flat wound strings. Lord knows I've tried to bond with them. I love the way they feel and they have a certain tone that works well in specific settings. But you can't make them sound like a round wound string.

On the other hand, I can take a piece of foam rubber and place it below the strings at the bridge and get rounds to do a passable imitation of flatwound tone for the occasions the song calls for it (which for me is not often).

with those things in mind, all of my basses where round wound strings, mostly DR's. I'm really liking the Pure Blues strings on my Laklands.

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Suburban MD.

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Aug 13th, 2019 08:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm tempted to try the Half Rounds from D'addario. any users? I play rounds on all my P-basses, most recently liking the Rotosound solo bass.

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New York City

Aug 13th, 2019 09:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

TI Flats, foam mute.

I keep rounds on 1 bass, I forgot what kind they are. I sometimes practice with it. Every now and then I'll gig with it just to see if I've developed a taste for the rounds.
Fun for a change.

But I always go back to
TI Flats, foam mute.

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North Florida

A Friend of Bill W.
Aug 13th, 2019 09:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

Better than half of my basses have flats. I like the sound of rounds too.

The flats, particularly the TIs provide a great bottom saturation, focused in the lower range, more fundamental. Gives the other instruments a floor or foundation, it’s a great sound. Plus they are nearly immortal.

The rounds, particularly on my Guild Starfire’s Bi-Sonic pup, holds down the bottom, but the saturation climbs into the top also. In the mix it’s blending is a passive but evident top to bottom, another great sound. Though this may be more viable in a live situation than in a studio, recording.

The most recent recording was down in Miami about a year ago. I had the BiSonic Bronco, which sounds really great live, not quite as good as the guild (I think the Semi hollow body adds some needed dimension) but still great. I was un-happy with the sound/mix, I should of had the old Fender P and maybe tried the Guild on a track or two.



Aug 14th, 2019 10:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

"I'm tempted to try the Half Rounds from D'addario. any users? I play rounds on all my P-basses, most recently liking the Rotosound solo bass."

Good luck mroulier, I tried them once and hated them but you may like them. To me they sounded like dead rounds.

Hushnel, fully agree about TI Jazz Flats



Aug 14th, 2019 09:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

Have flats on both of my stage basses at the moment.

TI's on my 5'er P and Factory Fender flats on my Mustang.

Really liking the sound and the feel of the TI's

Flats on Fenders

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North Florida

A Friend of Bill W.
Sep 15th, 2019 08:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

Nice, I’d have rounds on the Mustang “o) it seems to me that the range of tones is more dynamic with rounds, particularly strung on a short scale due to the lower tension of the strings on that scale length.

I’m building a P/J mustang style bass at the moment. It’s going really slow though. I’m still processing the abalone from the shells Jeffe sent me, for the neck and headstock inlay. This will be slightly over a 32” scale.

No hurry âo)

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