Hello fellow bassists. I was just wondering if there are any basses that come with flats out of the box. I recently found out that Hofner sells flatwound basses so I wanted to know if there are any other companies that do this. Thanks.
I’m not aware of any other than Hofner. I know the EUBs come with flats, but I don’t know of any EBs that come with them (other than Hofner).
Interesting question though.
One of the first things I do whenever I buy a new bass is rip off those dreadful round wounds and replace them with flats.
I hope not
More seriously, I doubt there are many. Statistically, a lot fewer players use flats than rounds. Flats are also a lot more expensive. It seems like an unlikely choice to ship a fretted bass with.
You might want to check fretless basses though; they are a more natural pick for flats.
Sire Fretless basses come with flats out of the box.
i would think most fretless would.
Yeah, fretless seem like a natural choice.
Oddly, my Ibanez fretless came with rounds
just guessing, I could easily be wrong 🤷
It was a good guess I would agree with you, all fretless basses SHOULD come with flats…
You can special order a bass from BITE basses and they give you the option to choose round or flat. I would guess most bases come with rounds because they can play a wider range of genres and one can easily swap them out if your looking for that sound.
I just checked out Bite Basses and they’re so cool. I’m definitely gonna consider them as an option when I buy my next bass. Thanks.