#1
i've been thinking about buying some for mi thunderbird

i've been on a fretless wi flatwounds n sounds F'ing awesome

how do they sound on fretted basses?
#2
deeper, mellower, cooler.

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#3
Depends how you want your sound. They don't have as much brightness or twang, the people who like them say mellow. They are a very mellow string but can be somewhat dull, trebless, or brightless. It's really just preference, and really, some flats can be quite brightish.
#6
more midrange, less sustain, saves on fret wear, they last forever, and a bit more difficult on your right hand because the flat stainless-steel surface really clings to your fingers.

I use them on my MIA Precision. They sound awesome.
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#7
Using them on a Thunderbird will make your tone (if at all possible) even muddier. Use them on a bass with a tonal output that amounts to more than someone farting in a mudbath and you'll get the flatwound tone everyone raves about.
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#8
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i've been thinking about buying some for mi thunderbird


I'm so sorry.

But using flatwounds on a bass isn't unheard of. Jamerson did it, and Steve Harris does it.
#9
Search bar this, there was an exact thread like this and it had some good information. And, by the way, there was a point where there were only flatwound strings. But, again, search bar this and maybe necropost if it doesn't answer your questions.

Oh, and flats on a T-bird? Will you be able to tell the notes apart!?
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#12
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How mellow are flatwounds? I mean, I am thinking about getting them for my hollow body for a nice hollwo thump, but if they have no thump to them than I'll just stick with my mute.


On a fretless, very mellow... well, you probably know what a flatwound/fretless sounds like. On a fretted bass, they get pretty thumpy indeed. I believe the extremely thumpy "Money" bassline by Floyd was played on a fretted P with flatwounds.

A while back thefitz mentioned some taperwound brand for uber thump, nil top end, percussive uses, but I forget and he can cover for me if he wants.
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#13
Well, with a pick, I think flatwounds are THE definition of thump. With fingers, they're a bit too boomy to dig into, but with a pick, they're godly. A good pick P-Bass Flatwound sound is 'One of These Days' by Neil Young and 'You're Lost, Little Girl' by the Doors. Roger Waters uses flats, as well.

As far as nylon tapewounds go, their thump is almost comical. Playing these strings without a pick just isn't an option. Like Caustic said, they're all low end thump attack. No treble, no sustain. Check out the Rotosound website. Paul McCartney used nylons on Abbey Road (and to me he made it sound like smacking the side of an empty water tower with a hammer).

Fender actually makes nylon roundwounds. Don't ask.

EDIT: And about flats sounding like a double bass; you'd be surprised how much scale length effects the tone. You simply cannot get a proper upright tone unless your instrument has 36-43" scale.
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#14
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You simply cannot get a proper upright tone unless your instrument has 36-43" scale.


Do they even make electrics larger than 36"?
#15
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Do they even make electrics larger than 36"?

No... case in point, really.
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#17
thefitz pretty much nailed this one. when i think of flats on frets, i think Roger Waters,
and Pink Floyd. very ominous sounding. i'm not sure how they would sound on a
T-bird, but heck, it could only help. i can't see your sound getting worse. good luck!
#18
i love flats for live. rounds for recording.
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