La Bella LTF-4A Flatwound Bass Strings - Low Tension 42-100 (2023)




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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!

How long does it take to break in flatwound strings? ›

How long does it take to break in Flatwounds? Depending on how often the flatwound strings are played, it will generally take 2-6 weeks to break them in. During this time period, the strings will commonly start to sound darker and start feeling easier to play.

Are flatwound strings easier on fingers? ›

The easiest winding method on your fingers is flatwound.

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Why do people use flatwound strings? ›

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Flatwound guitar strings usually have a warmer, mellower, and smoother tone compared to roundwound strings. They have less high-end and are more focused sounding than roundwounds. Because of this, they can sometimes sit in mixes better than roundwound strings.

Which bass strings are easiest on the fingers? ›

Another, albeit seldom seen, option are tapewound bass strings, which are made with a layer of nylon wrapped around the metal winding wire (which can be either round or flat). They're easy on the fingers and they produce a softer, darker sound usually considered the closest thing to upright bass sound and feel.

Who uses flatwound bass strings? ›

Traditionally used for jazz and blues styles of music, they're now popular in the indie world and bands who are chasing the classic sound of 50's Rock n' Roll. Roundwound strings are wound with wire, giving them ridges and grooves, whereas flatwounds are wrapped with tape, meaning that the surface is smooth.

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Does mccartney use flatwound? ›

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Does Steve Harris use flatwound strings? ›

well, thats the thing about steve harris flats. You're using a flatwound string to get an extremely bright tone, so you have to change them really often.

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What strings did paul McCartney use on his bass? ›

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