Will using flatwound bass strings take emphasis off of my slap tone?



Asked by: Bobby Cunningham

Flatwound strings do feel and sound great and I love them but they are warmer and darker than round sound strings so yes, it will change the tone in a negative way. You won’t get that same bright and biting tone you’re used to, especially as they start to break in and age.

Are flatwounds good for slapping?





Anyone who believes this to be exclusively the sound you’ll get is enormously underestimating the flatwound string! Their development and application has evolved tremendously, flats are available today in many flavours and can be used in virtually every genre of music. Some of them are even suitable for slap bass!

What type of strings are best for slap bass?

Strings made of stainless steel are the most commonly preferred for slapping and popping. They are designed to produce a brighter, louder, sound with a lot of high end – while also producing an adequate amount warmer, fatter, low end tones. Some bassists do use nickel strings for popping and slapping.

What are flatwound bass strings good for?

Flatwound strings have reduced high end, giving them more emphasis on mids and lows. Bassists playing rock, punk, and pop styles often choose roundwounds for their enhanced presence in a busy mix. For reggae, R&B, and jazz, the smoother, warmer sound of flatwounds is often more appropriate.

How do I stop slap bass from hitting other strings?

So again get that first finger there over the fifth fret. Then raise the fingers and slap.

What bass players use flatwound strings?





Off the top of my head, some flat users are Steve Harris, Joe Osborn, Steve Lawson, John Paul Jones, James Jamerson, Carol Kaye, Paul McCartney and pretty much every bass player until at least the mid 60s.

Are flatwound bass strings easier?

as for the flatwounds… i find them easier to play– or rather easier to play cleanly. but i mean short of a great difference in tension (like if you went from jamerson flats to dan electro rounds) there really shouldn’t be much to get used to except the feel and sound.

What makes a bass good for slapping?

A great slap bass tone should sound “crisp” “round” and “aggressive.” This tone is achieved with the low-end and high-end frequencies boosted and the mid frequencies ‘scooped’ (kept low). This way, it’ll sound “aggressive” and “piercing” with enough bass to pronounce the pop and slap tones.

How high should strings be for slap bass?

Slap Style Sound Samples



Check the action on your own bass. If it is higher than about 1/8″ (0.125″) you will probably get a much better slap tone by lowering the strings a bit. Keep in mind that not all basses are created equal, some can get lower action than others.

How do you EQ slap bass?

And the first setting that we're going to look at is something called the scooped mid. So if you imagine an EQ line you would have your bass on the left your middle in the middle.



Is bass slap hard?

Slapping can be really tough for beginner bass players that want to imitate their heroes like Flea, Marcus Miller or Mark King but some of the issues are easily fixed with some simple tips.

How do I make my bass sound smoother?

Our first real bass tone fix is to pluck properly.

Why are my bass strings hitting the frets?

There you have it. Three common causes for fret buzz: (1) uneven frets (2) excessively low string action, and (3) a back bowed neck. Just one of these problems is enough to cause fret buzz, but often times a guitar has a combination of these three problems all at once.



How do you play bass without fret buzz?

Often to avoid fret buzz you need a little bit of relief in the neck, loosening the truss rod in the neck until it curves forward just a little. Whether you need to do this, and how much, depends on other things, especially how low you have your bridge saddles. The higher the saddles, the less relief you need.

How hard do you press on bass strings?

So that it's tight up against the 5th fret like this. Again press your finger hard onto the string. And play the note. What I'd like you to do now is just repeat the entire process.

Why does my bass sound fuzzy?

It’s a type of sound usually generated by increasing the gain of the signal. Distortion on your electric bass can be caused by your amplifier, wiring, cable, EQ, pedals, or audio interface. It can be done intentionally with pedals or unintentionally by many things.

How do I make my bass sound deeper?

For deep bass, you’re going to want to use a low-pass filter to cut out the higher frequencies of the bass notes, and then shape it with the filter and amplitude envelopes. Using the low-pass filter cutoff, we cut the higher frequencies out. Next, played with the filter resonance to add some depth and color.



How do you get a gritty bass tone?

You usually have a really big woofer to get the low-end. Sounds and then a tweeter to get those high treble e sounds and this is gonna sort of emulate that type of a setup.