Posted 7 Mar 2015, 9:44 p.m.

Hey gang, I am thinking about changing the strings on my Sterling Stingray 34 from flatwounds to something with a bit more brightness, yet I feel roundwounds are too far in the other direction.

Does anyone have any experience/advice about Half round strings, or other alternatives? I basically want something in between a flat and round, but sadly don't know too much about it all!


Posted 9 Mar 2015, 2:38 p.m.

So, I've not actually played these half rounds, but I have a lot of thoughts on your predicament (I also spent ages trying to find the right tone). 

What roundwounds do you usually use? Depending on the quality of the steel used, you can get a lot of variation in the sound of the string and it really is a case of "you get what you pay for". The second thing is that (unless you have a rig that I don't know about) if you've been using the bandsoc bass rigs, the sound you're going to have been getting is likely a bit poo anyway (too treble or too muddy I've found!). 

We should talk tomorrow at the final :P

Posted 9 Mar 2015, 9:55 p.m.

I have been using d'addario flatwounds for a year, and whilst they were great for my technique, I really did miss proper slap bass so was thinking about something in between (hence the half rounds), but not going to lie, I went to the store today, caved and bought some regular gauge slinkies....I'm hoping a step down from super slinkies (what I was sporting for Brave the Woods) will give me more options and balance. A part of me still wished I could have found those half rounds though! Yeah we should, this is always a hassle for any bassist 

Posted 10 Mar 2015, 7:55 a.m.

Honestly I  know your pain so much. Good news is I feel I know quite a few brands of strings that would REALLY suit your needs. Bad news is that they are not slinkies! (I used to always use them until I went to Heaven. Bass Heaven:

Have a quick look if you can, but of you want to stay in the slinky price range, dunlop are amazing for the price. The strings are bright but not "Metalic" and they sound good even when a bit dead. If you wanna spend more go for DR's - stay brighter for longer. Better steel = longer lasting basically...

Posted 10 Mar 2015, 11:08 a.m.

Ooooo this is all good! I will be looking back at this post in 6 months time when i replace the slinkies (gotta keep those roundwounds fresh), I feel I might have bought them too quickly, but I saw them and went down a funky memory lane :') The dunlop's sound great from what you have said....I will keep them in mind :) 

Posted 10 Mar 2015, 11:15 a.m.

However these slinkies are doing pretty good for me, because they are medium gauge I can still get the clean notes, just have to think carefully how I use my right hand. Extremely bright noise, but yes more metallic than I remember :( 

Posted 10 Mar 2015, 1 p.m.

They just go dead too fast for me. Also if you wanna avoid mudd and dead noise then deffo change more often than every 6 months (I am sure you know but just in case). Try the boiling technique if you wanna save money!

Posted 10 Mar 2015, 4:16 p.m.

Yeah just spending £25 is too much to do frequently :'( Yeah I boil from time to time