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There are so many flatwound string brands available now that it can be a little overwhelming. In general all flatwounds will give you a warmer, more mellow tone than roundwounds but there are differences with each brand.

Although the basic design for flats is the same, there are several small differences in the construction of the string that can have a large impact on the tone and feel of each flatwound string set.

While roundwound strings are still by far the most popular bass strings, flatwounds have seen a huge resurgence in popularity within the last 10 years. As a consequence there are now many more choices for flats than ever before.

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The Telecaster Bass was introduced in 1968 and as it's name suggests it resembles the famous Telecaster guitar.

Somewhat of an oddity in the long line of Fender Basses, the Telecaster Bass is basically a reissue of the original Precision Bass that debuted in 1951, which itself was designed after the Telecaster guitar.

The bass featured the slab body, mid-placed single coil pickup, maple neck with the smaller headstock, and string through body design just like the old 51' P-Bass. The large pickguard shape was also the same except that now it was white instead of the original black color.

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Sometime in 1970 Fender introduced a fretless version of their iconic Precision Bass model.

By all accounts this bass was identical to any standard Precision bass, except all the frets and fret lines were removed.

However, being a fretless bass the neck was designedand constructed a little differently than a stock fretted P-Bass.

A normal fretted neck will have some relief (neck bow) to allow the strings to ring without rattling against the metal frets.

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I have never been a big fan of active basses, although I have to admit that the idea behind them does seem pretty cool.

Adding a battery powered active tone circuit so you can boost your signal and control the sound of your bass even more than before.

With a passive bass you're limited to only cutting the signal (sound) coming from your bass.

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Ever since solid state amplifiers emerged in the 1960's the debate has raged over which is better for bass, tube amps or solid state amps?

For us bass players the choice isn't quite as volatile as it is for guitar players, many of whom would rather drink poison than play through a solid state amp. Still, there are those bassists that swear by that natural warm, fat tone that a tube amp delivers.

So the question is, what's the difference between them and what's best for you? Oh yeah....there's also a third option.

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