Fender bass with flat wounds what years were they standard?

KoaKoa Frets: 38
In other words when did new Fender basses switch over to being supplied as new with round wound strings?
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 3401
    Varies from model to model.

    The 1983 American Standard basses (and the Deluxe versions) definitely came with roundwound strings. 

    I cannot remember what the AVRI P and J Basses came with. (Shoulda been flatwounds!)
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  • PhilKingPhilKing Frets: 268
    It was in the 70's, though I can't remember the actual year.  I know that Rickenbacker shipped with flat wounds and a warning that using round wounds would damage the fingerboard and frets and was not recommended, through the mid 70's.
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 33342
    It wouldn't surprise me if it was quite late on in the 70s - CBS-Fender management were not known for being on the ball... it was 1977 before they fitted the Strat with a 5-way switch, and the amps were never really modernised at all - they were still going for maximum clean headroom, reverb and tremolo right up to 1982.
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