#1
I did my searches and I found some answers, but very mixed ones as well... So I'll just make my own thread and hope I can find some help that would directly apply to what I'm looking for.

I got a 5 String Bass and I need new strings. I play Metal and will usually have it dropped a half step, sometimes even 1.5 steps. I've been reading around and I've noticed that Flatwound strings would be best. So what would you recommend? Everyone's been raving about RotoSounds, but I can't find any Flatwounds from them.

Thanks.
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#2
rotosound 66s and d'addario chromes are your best bets.

(edit: meant to say 77s)

they're flats but with a little more zing/zest to them.

i don't know what the reputation is for 5-string flat sets. i have heard of people using flats and then a single roundwound B string. i think it would sounds silly personally but ... there must be a practical reason for it. remember, flats are naturally higher tension so watch out. might need to make an adjustment.
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#3
http://www.rotosound.com/jazz77.html
http://www.rotosound.com/tru88.html
These are the two flat wound sets that come in 5 string options
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rotosound 66s and d'addario chromes are your best bets.

they're flats but with a little more zing/zest to them.

Aren't 66's roundwounds, but I also would recommend D'addario chromes
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Does anyone around actually use flats for metal? I'd like to know how they work out.

Also gonna watch this thread cause i'm interested in tuning a 5 string to G C F A# D#.
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Steve Harris from Iron Maiden uses flats. you can get an idea of what an aggressive finger technique sounds like with flats on a P-bass there.
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steve harris did. doubt it's the same metal. it's possible in any type of music. i've seen metal bass players playing with flats.
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#7
Honestly. I love flats--with the right EQ and playing "attack" you can get a great metal sound out of them. But I'd go for the Roto 77s over the 88s.

The 88s are great but more suited for an upright "thumpy" groove.
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Honestly. I love flats--with the right EQ and playing "attack" you can get a great metal sound out of them. But I'd go for the Roto 77s over the 88s.

The 88s are great but more suited for an upright "thumpy" groove.


my drummer's getting on my ass for the flats now. but that's just because he is all about convention and wanting us to sound like every other band.

i agree with you totally. just needed to vent.
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#9
I've always played with rounds due to the lower price, and the sound sort of grew on me. I'd like to try a set of flats but I can't afford them right now.
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I've always played with rounds due to the lower price, and the sound sort of grew on me. I'd like to try a set of flats but I can't afford them right now.


on talkbass they're doing a pay it forward type thing. seeing as flats never go bad (and only get better), they send old sets of flats around to inquiring members to check out flats without having to spend the dough.

i'm sure we could start something like that on here if we wanted to.
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my drummer's getting on my ass for the flats now. but that's just because he is all about convention and wanting us to sound like every other band.

i agree with you totally. just needed to vent.


See when MY drummer gets on my case, I sort that out by making him sleep on the couch

(My drummer is my husband btw...)
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seeing as flats never go bad (and only get better)


Wait, what? How do they not go bad? I never heard that before, this makes me tempted to get some.
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#14
Well the 77s don't come in a 5-String set... What am I supposed to do about that... Or do they?
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#16
Viola~! http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/RS775LD/

And to quote Brian Ferry.."Nothing lasts forever". But a good set of flatwounds lasts a pretty damn long time. My last set on the old fretless lasted about 18 months before I decided to do a setup on the bass and changed the strings. Remember James Jamerson used a set of Labella flats that he only changed when they broke.
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