#1
I asked for new strings at a music store, and the guy gave me flatwounds. Do they play different for fingerstyle? They seem like they would be better for use with a pick. I really don't know anything about them.
#2
They don't have the windings. This results in a mellow (some, like me, say dull) sound. They also will wreak a touch of havoc on your plucking hand as there seems to be a little more stickiness. Personally I wouldn't ever put flats on a bass unless it was a p-bass and I was playing with a pick.
#3
I use GHS Precision Flats on my Geddy Jazz and Ernie Ball Flats on my Standard Jazz. For the music I play, they sound fine. They have a "thud", percussion sound, not as bright as rounds. I play country and southern rock with some classic rock and the flats suit the styles fine. Personally I like the sound and feel of flats better than rounds. That's just my opinion, there are plenty of others that use rounds.
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#4
keep in mind that flats will also tend to sound much more lo-fi and one-dimensional. Roundwounds are a lot more hi-fi with a more well-rounded sound spectrum. When I had flats on my Fenders, it sounded like it was strung up with rubber bands. I wanted to get that big fat Jamerson sound with my P-bass, but they just didn't want to do it. I actually think that old dead roundwounds give me most of the sound I'm looking for. Flatwounds just tend to sound cheeeeep.
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#5
in my experience they sound amazing on fretless basses. A lot of the guys I know use them on a fretless bass to replicate the sound of an upright bass
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#6
I like my flats. With my current amp setup I can't really tell a difference with sound. Other than that the positives are no fret buzz or buzz when I slide.

It's really just sometrhing you gotta test out before you form an opinion.
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#7
Quote by Funkbass796
I like my flats. With my current amp setup I can't really tell a difference with sound. Other than that the positives are no fret buzz or buzz when I slide.

It's really just sometrhing you gotta test out before you form an opinion.


Same here. They sound good on the Jazz. For country music I tend to boost the neck pickup. For rock or if I need a brighter sound that cuts I favor the bridge pickup. Just try some strings, both flat and round, and see what you like.
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#8
i have a set of flats on my shecter and a set of rounds on my squier, the rounds have a punchier sound where the flats have a mellower, flatter sound. i like my flats more due to my fingers slide better.
#9
Quote by damienblack333
i have a set of flats on my shecter and a set of rounds on my squier, the rounds have a punchier sound where the flats have a mellower, flatter sound. i like my flats more due to my fingers slide better.


Same here, I don't get any finger-slide noise. With rounds I tend to get a lot of noise when I slide my fingers.
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#12
Quote by staticmoe
Can you still slap with flats?


I really don't slap very much but I do at times using the flats. Rounds may be better, I really don't know.
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