Poll: Roundwounds or Flatwounds?
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View poll results: Roundwounds or Flatwounds?
Roundwound
62 82%
Flatwound
14 18%
Voters: 76.
#1
Here is a simple poll. Just vote if you like roundwound strings or flatwounds strings better. I know various threads have already been posted about this, but they were all asking questions. I just want this to be a straight-up poll.

I vote for Flatwounds. I love both, but Flatwounds just have this amazing tone that I love and are the best for galloping (I have the Steve Harris Rotosound ones), at least for me.
#2
rounds. flats sound bad to me. too dead. and they feel off.
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#4
I love the feel of flats, but haven't had enough experience with the sound of them to say I like them over rounds, so I have to go rounds. My next string purchase will be a nice set of flats though, they feel like silk, I love it.
#5
Yeah flatwounds feel amazing and, to me, they sound great. It's not good for everything, particularly heavy bands such as Slayer, but for a classic sound or even for a lot of rock and metal (particularly Iron Maiden) it's great.
#7
Quote by rollininrhythm
I voted flats but i mean rounds. Flats sound dead to me >_>


You mean as an accident or just for sympathy?
#8
hmm. the feel is popular. the one time I tried the flats there was an inconsistency in the winding tape that allowed my callus to be removed.

needless to say, I have been wary since.
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#10
Quote by Wicked_Bassist7
rounds just have the greatest slap tone


Yes, they do, but I don't play too much slap so it's not a problem for me. Besides, I have a roundwound bass too.
#11
I use roundwounds on my Stingray, Warwick F1, and Thumb. I use flatwounds on my Fender Jazz and Warwick Flashback.

Overall, I prefer flatwounds because I'd prefer to have no top end than a gaping hole in the midrange. They sound like poo when you play by yourself, but in the context of a band, flats absolutely kill!

I use roundwounds on those two Warwicks because the bridge won't accept any non-taperwound string. I compensated by putting on new DR Long Necks when I bought the basses, and never changing the strings. Much more mellow! I put rounds on the Stingray because it sounded horribly bland and dead with flats. Again, I threw on new DR strings and just let them die out.
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#12
I love playing smooth jazz so it's gonna be flats for me. I like the feel of them to.
They die fast but after playing with them for a while you notice the difference between new live flats and the old dead ones. And believe me, nothing sounds better than a shiny new pack of flatwound D'addarios on your brand new bass.
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#13
I prefer compression wounds. Specifically, DR Sunbeams. Though, the main reason for this is to not wear down the frets on my Spector, which I'm trying to keep in as good condition as possible (while still actually using, of course)
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#15
Used to have ultra-heavy gauge flats on my Precision (with that .055 G string) and had a hankering for rounds. I put some on, and wondered why the hell I had flats on there to begin with.

And mountaindew88, I'm calling your ass out! The only gaping hole roundwounds leave is the hole in your head my setup causes, which is FROM the midrange! 6-band parametric EQ FTW!
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#16
I voted round, but I like flat.

Rephrase: I LOVE flatwounds. They just make me feel as if I can glide around
and go wherever my fingers please
however
I prefer the sound of roundwounds and have only played on them
(not counting these experiences with flatwounds that I mention)
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#17
I voted round, because my half-rounds were rounds at some point during their manufacturing.
Nope, no sig here.
#18
rotosound roundwounds. though im tempted to try their pressurewounds
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#19
i dont even like flats on a fretless, i hate the feel of them
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#20
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Though to be fair, I've never put flats on any of my basses. Why should I, when I have Rotos?

+thefitz
#21
Basically everyone without a fretless chose rounds. not really a surprising poll result to be honest.
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#22
I have flats on my fretless when I am playing a great deal of jazz. A Stingray FL with rounds is way too bright for jazz basslines, except fusion soloing. I also have flats on my Precision clone--it gives it a nice vintage Motown thump.

But for the Ibanez, its rounds. I like both, it just depends on the situation.
#23
i love using flats for everything.

i've played in both blues and death metal bands with them and i love them for recording.. so liquidy silky smooth.

plus the feel can't be beat.
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#24
Quote by wouldyakindly
Basically everyone without a fretless chose rounds. not really a surprising poll result to be honest.

I have a fretless with rounds. it sounds great.
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#25
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I have a fretless with rounds. it sounds great.

Me too. I must say though, I played the upright today, and those strings felt nice. They're essentially really long flatwounds, right?
#26
Yep, that's exactly what they are. However, I'm dying to invent an upright with roundwound bronze strings on it...
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#27
Quote by thefitz
Yep, that's exactly what they are. However, I'm dying to invent an upright with roundwound bronze strings on it...

fitz, you are amazing. I want those strings on an NS D. WAV 4.

straight ebony should be able to handle it, right? that wood is hard like no other...
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#29
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fitz, you are amazing. I want those strings on an NS D. WAV 4.

straight ebony should be able to handle it, right? that wood is hard like no other...

Bronze strings are deceptively soft - my fretless rosewood fingerboards on various acoustics were just fine. However, good luck finding strings that long!
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#30
Quote by thefitz
Bronze strings are deceptively soft - my fretless rosewood fingerboards on various acoustics were just fine. However, good luck finding strings that long!

maybe I should learn string winding.

make a company... Wyer strings... offer upright bronze rounds...

I'll whip your Elites, your DRs, and your Rotos. and as a bonus, Fender won't be any competition at all.
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#31
Quote by wouldyakindly
Basically everyone without a fretless chose rounds. not really a surprising poll result to be honest.


I don't have a fretless but I still chose flats.
I feel stupid.
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#32
I'll throw in another vote from the fretless/flatwound camp.
I'd definitely have rounds on a fretted bass though.