I’m interested in switching from round wounds to flat wounds on my Fender P Bass. Any recommendations on strings and gauges? I appreciate the help
I’ve been using La Bella Deep Taking Flats on my Fender J and I love them, but it is all personal preference when it comes to strings and tone. Give something a shot, figure out what you like or not about it and go from there.
Thanks for your input
Welcome aboard, @Keith
Enjoy the ride
I use Ernie Ball Slinky Flats on most of my basses
They are my favourites, there are a heap of choices, give them a go.
(WARNING) You won’t go back to rounds after flats.
Welcome to the community @Keith! I have a set of LaBella flat wounds on my Hofner Beatle bass and I love 'em.
LaBella or D’Addario are both excellent choices for flats. Check them out. You can’t go wrong with either of them.
I roll Ernie Ball Cobalt Flats on my PJ. You get a ton of response and a tone that lives somewhere between regular flats and rounds.
Really easy to play. But I can’t play heavier stuff with them, though - they just don’t have the punch of rounds (and I use Cobalts there, too). That’s why I have more than one bass
I use LaBella’s on 2 of my basses and Ernie Ball Slinky Flats (also known as cobalt flats) on another. I like both. The Labella’s have more thump but the EB’s have more high end zing.
I’ve just put a set of GHS flats on my P bass . The E was 105 down to the G at 55.
I have a set of Thomastik-Infeld Jazz flat wounds on my Ibanez and they’re thinner at .100 down to .43
I forgot to mention both my Labella’s & EB’s are .045-.105.
Great! Thanks that helps
Another +1 vote for flats from me, recently tried them for the first time, on an Ibanez. Really great.
Though I do appreciate it depends on what sound you want overall.
If you have more than one bass, maybe you’d want a different string type on each, unless the feel of flats is the selling point for you.
I just posted this on another similar thread, so I may as well copy it here…
On My Yamaha BB235 I currently have D’Addario XL light gauge (45-65-80-100-130) half rounds. I recently removed the tape wounds and replaced them with these half wounds. The jury is still out, but so far I like them.
On my Ibanez fretless, I just removed the tapewounds and returned to the LaBella Deep Talkin’ Bass flatwounds ( 45-65-85-105-128) that I used to have on it. I really like the sound of them, especially when using a pick.
I enjoyed the sound (and feel) of the tapewounds, but I think they are just a bit too “polite”.
My NS Wave electric upright bass still has the factory flats on it, and I see no reason to change them.
Here’s video that may help. I ended up picking the same two Julia did. Your millage may vary.
Is there a “Sound of Quarter Pounder with Cheese and Fries” version?
I’d be ordering if so.
Seriously let us all know how they sound
I was thinking of a “Dark Chocolate Truffle and glass of Pinot Noir” version
Well I was trying to match my food selection to the standard of my playing. I’m definitely junk food at the moment.
Off topic comment: bloody hate the expression ‘junk food’… No food is junk, there are only junk diets.
Any food is ok in moderation.