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Old 03-15-2012, 08:12 PM
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Easier on fingers, roundwound or flatwound strings?

Are roundwound or flatwound strings easier on your fingers? It seems that flatwounds would be, but is there any addtional friction with flatwounds?
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:08 PM
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If you move your fingers around a lot, the strings might feel warmer where round wounds will have a colder feel.
The wound strings will have more bite IMO, but if you go for the softer, warmer bass tones, rounds do feel and sound great.
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Old 03-16-2012, 07:42 AM
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Flats seem rougher to me. There's more friction.
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:17 AM
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I use Thomastik-Infeld Jazz Flats on all my basses: very smooth, great sound. I don't play with round wounds any more. Yesterday I took one of my basses that I had restrung with rounds, to suit the preference of a friend who wants to buy it, and put a set of TIs back on it before I took it to rehearsal. It made me think I don't want to sell it.
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:58 AM
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Flatwounds are easier on the fingers if you do a lot of sliding.
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Old 03-16-2012, 10:00 AM
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Maybe they just take some getting used to. I just threw half rounds on my paisely p and I prefer the feel of rounds. They don't stick to my fingers as much. Maybe I'll change my tune after a couple gigs.
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Old 03-16-2012, 01:03 PM
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Flat wounds are softer on the fingers for me. Right hand especially.
TIs or Fenders are what I like. The Fenders for less than $20 are fantastic.
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Old 03-16-2012, 02:24 PM
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I also consider flats milder. I know when I went from playing flats to guitar, my fingers felt the rude awakening.
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Old 03-16-2012, 07:33 PM
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Flatwounds by a mile. It's like playing with cotton-candy strings!
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Old 03-17-2012, 06:10 AM
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Generally flats, I guess unless you slide a lot.

But you might feel some new callouses come on if you change from one to the other after not having played one of the types for a while.
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Old 03-17-2012, 10:37 AM
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Flats or half rounds are going to be easier on the fingers that RW if you are comparing same string gauge, heights, etc. RW will have more bite and cut to their tone, flats are warmer and more old school sounding.
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:07 AM
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Flats are certainly easier on the fingers. But, I've found that most flats tend to be more stiff compared to the equivalent gauge in roundwounds ... with the exception of Thomastik-Infeld flats.
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:57 AM
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Several posts on this thread mention the Thomstiks and I can attest they are the finest flats -- low tension and tons of tone...very responsive. I have a 57 vintage P ( made in '92) strung with a six year old jazz flats...and I track every week with them using both fingers and a hard CK pick...just flat eq on my rack and little or no compression..
I do have my Sadowsky and Tyler 5's strung with Labella roundwounds nickles and I do love the roundwound strings..I will add comp and eq however --you use what works for the track and where your creativity takes you.....yes rounds are harder on the frets and glisses are a little bit different from flats.

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Old 05-02-2012, 06:28 PM
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Flatwounds are miles and miles easier on your fingers. Too bad I hate the way they sound or I'd be using them. I guess I should say I don't hate the way they sound, but they do not sound good for alt/hard rock. If I was in a classic band I'd be using them.
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:03 PM
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if I slide on flats, there is more friction, so they aren't easier on my fingers than rounds in that respect...
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