#1
Hey, I've been breaking the strings on my bass, and it got me thinking, I need new strings lol.

My dad has flatwounds on his bass, and I've been eyeing a set for myself. Most flatwounds have a problem though, they don't keep a metallic sound. I want a pair that sound metallic, crisp, and dont fade into that gummy sound most strings get.
So my question: Name a set of flatwounds like so.

Btw, I play 5 string. Shouldve mentioned tht earlier...
#2
flatwounds aren't generally "bright" but the best I can recommend that have a brighter tone than most are the Roto 77s, which I believe come in a 5 string set.
#3
No flatwound will sound bright or crisp. If you do truly want a flatwound then look into the Rotosound RS77 like said above, but I think you may be more interested in a nice bright roundwound like the Rotosound RS66 which lasts a fair while at a nice bright level.
#4
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No flatwound will sound bright or crisp. If you do truly want a flatwound then look into the Rotosound RS77 like said above, but I think you may be more interested in a nice bright roundwound like the Rotosound RS66 which lasts a fair while at a nice bright level.


^Agreed. You need a set of roundwounds, or at the very least, groundwounds. Flats won't get you what you are looking for.
#6
if you are after tone similar to roundwounds but the feel of flatwounds you could maybe try groundwound strings.

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#7
i have *heard* that the thomastik infeld flats are bright and stay that way. they are also expensive
#8
okay... i play a 5 string too, and used to have d'addario flatwounds on it a little while back. they stayed very bright for about four months or so, then descended into a flatter clunky tone, that wasn't exactly bright, but it was bearable. they were about £40 quid, which is a frikking bomb... but the dives/slides you can do on them are amazing! so deep and smooth!
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#9
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Can I just ask why you want flatwounds if you're after what sounds like a stainless steel roundwound sound?


because i want the speed of flatwounds (less friction on ur fingers, less resistance, higher speeds) and the same clankyness like steve harris for example, but i also want the sound of steel rounds. So more like a hybrid of the two, u know?
#10
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because i want the speed of flatwounds (less friction on ur fingers, less resistance, higher speeds) and the same clankyness like steve harris for example, but i also want the sound of steel rounds. So more like a hybrid of the two, u know?

you get more friction with flats. the added surface area adds more friction.
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#11
Ever try to figure out why you've been breaking strings?

I play as hard as anyone I know and I've never once broken a string, and I've only recently been using strings as heavy as .45, usually I use .40s and have played around with .35s

don't think flats are gonna suit you unless all you want is that steve harris clank, and humanity's right theyre quite a bit harder to play on
#14
just to ask my own question on this topic...do heavy guage 5-string sets of flatwounds exist? something around .45-.135
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just to ask my own question on this topic...do heavy guage 5-string sets of flatwounds exist? something around .45-.135


Yup. My last set of Infeld Thomastik's were .43 - .135. I bought them second hand though, they cost way too much first hand. Just checked online and they're £50.

http://www.stringsdirect.co.uk/products/625-thomastik_jf345_jazz_flatwound_bass_5_string_43_136
#16
Quote by Micehorns
Yup. My last set of Infeld Thomastik's were .43 - .135. I bought them second hand though, they cost way too much first hand. Just checked online and they're £50.

http://www.stringsdirect.co.uk/products/625-thomastik_jf345_jazz_flatwound_bass_5_string_43_136

my god thats expensive.

thanks for the info though.
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