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In an old instrument, solder connections can get knocked around and become brittle if not done well. Bad shielding and bad grounding is a common issue with instruments and their lead cables. Check your solder connections inside the control cavity of your bass. Look specifically for the wire that leads from the top of a potentiometer to the bridge. That is ...


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I find that flatwounds can, in most circumstances, help you deliver a more solid low-mids tone that works in a band environment. The flipside is that for home practice you miss the 'zing' of roundwounds for a while. I play in a band with two electric 12 string guitarists, so I never really needed good biting high frequencies: your experience may be different....


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Really depends on what you're looking for. If you want a more aggressive sound (usually used in punk/metal) bands, you can go for a distortion or an overdrive pedal. You might also find useful a compressor pedal for live shows. If you want loops, you'll need a looper pedal. I personally like the Fuzz pedals and use them quiet often. Many bassists use wah ...


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As a certain footwear company would say, "Just do it". The vast majority of basses will have roundwound strings on when you buy them, so play them for a while. When you're beginning bass, the important aspect is locking in with a drummer, and although there is a sound difference between roundwound and flatwound strings, you'll never hear it in a band ...


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Most beginner basses come with round-wounds because these strings are more common (and therefore cheaper, supply and demand or something like that, the kids all want to play rock and roll with twangy sounds). For jazz/musical theatre I will usually use flat wounds and for anything wanting a little more bite then steel round-wounds. Obviously, as with ...


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Flat wound strings tend to sound less bright than roundwound. If you're concerned about finger wear, then I suppose flatwounds are a little kinder, although I use roundwound on most of my basses, and still have all my fingers - and no callouses!! I have a couple of fretless, and to me, they are made for flatwounds. The other slight problem is that flatwounds ...



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