Flatwound Bass Guitar Strings
We carry flatwound bass strings made by Black Diamond, D’Addario, Ernie Ball, Fender, GHS, La Bella, Pyramid, Rotosound and Thomastik-Infeld. Most of the flatwound bass guitar strings available are stainless steel. Stainless steel flatwound bass strings provide the brightest tone possible while using flatwounds. There are however, some exceptions to the norm of stainless steel windings. The flatwound bass strings by Pyramid and Thomastik-Infeld are wound with pure nickel. Rotosound flatwounds are wound with Monel. Pure nickel flatwound strings will be warmer and somewhat less bright than stainless steel flatwounds. Monel is a metal alloy consisting mostly of nickel and copper, with small amounts of iron and other elements. The tone of Monel wound strings is in between pure nickel and stainless steel strings, it is not as bright as stainless and not as warm as nickel, instead providing a balance between the two. Stainless steel, nickel, or Monel flatwound strings will not be anywhere near the brightness of roundwound strings; instead they provide a smooth mellow tone that is perfect for capturing vintage electric bass tones from the 50s and 60s.
Flatwound bass guitar strings differ substantially from roundwound strings. As the name implies, flatwound bass strings are wound with flat wire rather than round wire like typical strings. This gives them very different tone and playing characteristics when compared to roundwound strings. Flatwounds are smooth, which makes playing with a minimum of left hand noise much easier. They are also much easier on frets and fingers than roundwound strings. For this reason, most fretless bass players prefer flatwound strings to preserve the integrity of their fingerboards. Flatwound bass strings also provide a more bass heavy sound than roundwounds. They produce fewer high-end overtones and harmonics than roundwounds. Flatwound bass strings allow you to get the deepest possible tone from your bass.