Flatwound Bass Strings
Ever wondered what the deal is with Flatwound strings? Who would use a set of strings that cost so much more than regular roundwounds?
If you like the classic old school, vintage double bass sound, then these strings could be for you. Traditionally used for jazz and blues styles of music, they're now popular in the indie world and bands who are chasing the classic sound of 50's Rock n' Roll.
Roundwound strings are wound with wire, giving them ridges and grooves, whereas flatwounds are wrapped with tape, meaning that the surface is smooth.
This makes it much easier to slide your fingers up and down, plus you cut out string squeak. It also creates much less wear on your frets and fretboard because you don't get the saw-tooth effect as you do with round wounds.
For The Low End Lovers looking for that "thump" and unique tone, only flatwound strings can give, click HERE!
Flatwound Strings - the strings of the past, for the bass player of the future!
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Jeff in the Far North NZBy: Anonymous on 30 April 2015Hey guys. I have never used the flat wounds before but wonder what the opinion is of general rock players for their top end response. I like to maintain that nice top end that you get with new strings and although I am a terrible bass player who uses a pick, I still like to get that nice funky thing going on top octaving etc. Wouldn't want to lose the top end. I thought also because I use a pick, that they would be possibly better for the bottom end being flat-wound. Opinions please? All opinions appreciated.