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Flat wound B string


John Van Eps

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that is quite a quandry. if you don't like flatwounds i can't say you 'd find any you'ld like. one option would be puting an epoxy coat on the fingerboard. it'll protect the wood and it's very easy to maintain/repair. then you can put roundwounds on there :D .
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Are you looking for flats because you like the sound of flats or because you want to save your fingerboard some wear? (Or both, I guess.)

 

I use D'Addario half rounds on my fretless 5 and really like them. They're smooth on the outside (my fingerboard likes that) and are brighter than flats. I used to use flats on my E-A-D-G and a roundwound on my B, which sounded pretty good, but also meant that the board under my B was going to wear more quickly than under the other strings. I am happy to have all half rounds now -- I like the sound better than flats and I can keep my board uncoated, which I prefer.

 

If you're interested in flats to save your board some wear, but don't like the sound, you can stick with the half rounds you're using or follow Bastid's advice.

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In the end it's about the sound you want from your fretless -- coated or uncoated board; flats, halfs, or rounds; pickup choices and eq settings; etc. It all interacts while you're creating the tone you want.

 

Flats just might not be the answer...

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I play rounds on my fretless. It causes a minimal amount of wear, but I coated the board with polyurethane to toughen it up a bit. Just like Jaco (well, he used epoxy). I do need to reapply some poly to it, though; maybe a little sanding. I think that if you want to, you can coat it, and still use rounds or whatever you like with minimal wear.
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I like Lakland flats and TI Jazz flats. The B strings are 0.128 and 0.130, respectively, if I remember right. They will fit on most 35" scale basses as well as 34".

 

Ed Friedland likes LaBella Deep Talkin' Bass flats, but I haven't tried those.

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