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So my bass is due for new strings, and by that I mean im startin to snap a few :P (its been like a year since my last set).

Anyways Ive always been a rounds guy, Ive played mostly Ddarrio and Rotosounds but I was playin a friends bass who had flats and I dug the tone.

I play mostly Prog, Metal and Jazz. So like a lot of Opeth, Cynic, Atheist stuff like that. The tone I dig is kinda like Tony Choy, Alex Webster, or Steve Harris a little click but still some support in the sound. I also do some shred now and again.

So is flats a good idea for my position? or should I stick with rounds?
Also if I get flats, whats a good brand?
#2
Alex Webster uses DR Strings Hi-Beams in 55-125 and 50-130.

Steve Harris uses his signature set of Roto flats.
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youre a dumb dumb. use yer eyes, google and the searchbar in here. i hate you. indefinitely.


anyways, flatwounds sound more like an upright. so think p-bass i guess. i like flats because i play fretless, theyre less aggressive on the fingerboard wood. also, i like how thick they sound, not bright and trebley.

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Flats are cool, man. They give a much more mellow tone, not bright at all. Unless you get half-round or groundwound strings. The tone is thick, but it may not cut through well if played distorted or in a high-gain mix.
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#6
I have posted this before, but I'm gonna post it again

With flats (got em on my P bass and my Ibanez GSR100) you'll notice

1) loss of highs, almost dull sounding
2) More percussive tone
3) Smoother feel
4) Less wear on frets
5) You will cut through a mix a lot easier (If you play with others that is)
6) Flats don't wear out like round wounds do (get that dark nappy stuff on them)
7) Flats get better with age
8) less string noise
9) Softer feeling then rounds. (at least to me)
10) Easier on your fingers then rounds
11) You can achieve a lower action with flats
and my favorite
12) You never have to change flats, let them age and you'll never want to

I personally think my P bass has a bit more growl with flats then she ever had with round wounds.
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I have Rotosound 77's on my Fender P/J and I couldn't be happier... they are one of the brighter flats I have ever played you may want to hit up youtube and give them a listen.
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#9
why when someone answers the question that's been repeated 100 times and even says close thread, do we have to step on each others toes and say the same g0d d4mn thing 5 times.
#10
Play with rounds. Too bright? Turn the tone down. I use nylon flats only on my fretless.
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why when someone answers the question that's been repeated 100 times and even says close thread, do we have to step on each others toes and say the same g0d d4mn thing 5 times.


That would require effort... not to mention using a search bar is pretty freaking tough.
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That would require effort... not to mention using a search bar is pretty freaking tough.


I don't mean the asker of the question, but the answerers, we hate this kind of thread, yet 9 people each have to give the same facts on flats, along with an opinion on how they felt about them "They either loved them, or hated them, or felt they were ok" -mitch hedberg
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I don't mean the asker of the question, but the answerers, we hate this kind of thread, yet 9 people each have to give the same facts on flats, along with an opinion on how they felt about them "They either loved them, or hated them, or felt they were ok" -mitch hedberg


You hate these threads... saying "we" hate them, doesnt really work seeing as thats your personal opinion and you don't speak for the entire site. And if you type "flats" in the search bar, you get 200+ results... not to be a arse but I think its a fair assumption that the OP hasn't attempted that yet. Because I'm pretty sure one of those 200 threads will have the information he was looking for.

As for this thread the OP specifically asked for opinions and any brands anyone would recommend.

Alucard817 gave his opinion on flats in general, dark Mass and myself recommended brands we each use and like "Roto 77's for the win ", which is what the OP specifically asked for. smb gave the OP one of the biggest cons of switching to flats the price. bassman10101 let him know that it does less damage to fretless basses. Infact comparied to most threads this one has almost no repeats in information given.

So where exactly is you issue here bud!?
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You could also check out some half-wounds. Got some on my P-bass, very nice.
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You could also check out some half-wounds. Got some on my P-bass, very nice.


+1

They are pricy as hell, but the best of both worlds

OP, these strings are a cross between round and flats. This explains what they are, incase your intrested in checking them out.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strings_(music)
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They are pricy as hell, but the best of both worlds


Rotosound 55s are the same price as most of their strings, i.e. cheap.

Everyone needs to try flats at least once however there's at least as much variety in flats as there is in rounds. Pyramid Golds sound like rubber bands, Rotosound 77s are the standard but if find them a bit stiff; Thomastik Infelds are like sex if it were made from Nickel, ask anyone who's used them; I hear nothing but praise for D'addario Chrome flats and I can't wait to slap a set of Roto 88s (Nylon wound) onto my acoustic bass.
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Everyone needs to try flats at least once however there's at least as much variety in flats as there is in rounds. Pyramid Golds sound like rubber bands, Rotosound 77s are the standard but if find them a bit stiff; Thomastik Infelds are like sex if it were made from Nickel, ask anyone who's used them; I hear nothing but praise for D'addario Chrome flats and I can't wait to slap a set of Roto 88s (Nylon wound) onto my acoustic bass.


Any thoughts on GHS "Bright Flats"? I hear mixed reviews about them.
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GHS strings.


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#21
I use GHS precision flats and i friggin love them, they get thump right out of the package, a little bright for my taste, so I can't wait for them to age. Once they do age though, it's absolutely gorgeous.
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