Anyone use flatwounds, but not for jazz?

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  1. Rotten

    Rotten Silver Supporting Member

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    On a whim, I strung up my trusty ASAT Classic with flatwounds and I'm really enjoying it. The feel is the best and it gets a real thumpy sound. Anyone else?
     
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    All the time. Yes, even on Strats. They sound great for instrumental surf and there is the added benefit of no string noise.
     
  3. fezz parka

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    One of my Strats and my 355 have flats. I dig 'em. They're on my Jazzbox too. :D
     
  4. BigSB

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    I used to use D'Addario Half Rounds on my LP. Nobody local carries them anymore. Loved them.
     
  5. The Pup

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    Jazzmaster, Ric 1998, Ric 381/12, Duojet, 6119, 6020, Mosrite...
     
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    I don't even use flatwounds for jazz. need that treble and attack.
     
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    The wrapped string on my Tele are flats, the rest are plain nickel. Sounds great!
     
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    I have two strats strung up with flats. One has a set of 10 gauge Chromes and the other has 10 gauge Thomastiks.

    I love them, but I don't think I could move to using ONLY flats.
     
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    Me neither. :D
     
  10. ChuckR

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    I use flatwound 11s on my Tele and I love them. Tames the icepick of the Tele but still snappy enough to twang.
     
  11. tekrytor

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    I used flatwounds on my SG for several years, really liked it. In thinking of switching back to then again after reading your post reminded me...
     
  12. Tiny Montgomery

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    The wrapped ones are the only ones that are different, anyway. Plain strings are steel. "Pure nickel," etc. refers to the winding of the wound strings, not the core or the plain strings.

    I really like flats on bass, but I haven't played them much, on guitar.
     
  13. Rotten

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    Do most flat sets have a wound G?
     
  14. Tiny Montgomery

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    I'm not sure. I'd imagine they do, but I guess it depends on the gauge, like round wounds. I have pretty limited experience.
     
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    I've only tried 2 different brands, D'Addario and Thomastik, and they both have would Gs.

    The Thomastiks are slinkier if you do bends. The D'Addarios are a good bit stiffer.

    As an added benefit, flat wounds seem to last a very long time.
     
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    I use Optima's nickel flats on a Tele style guitar - .010-.050 gauge. Used to use Thomastiks in their .010 extra light gauge, but the Optimas are at least as good. Wound G, of course, like all flats I've ever encountered.
     
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    I have them on my Jazzmaster for a tighter, "surfy" tone.

    Tony
     
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    I picked up a used Gretsch 6122 Country Gent ('59 RI) that came with a set of new flatwound 11s. I think that's part of the clucky Chet sound on the bass strings (well, a little palm muting too).

    Intriguing, and what a great feel.

    =K
     
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    I've got both a Rick 325 and a Gretsch 5422 with Flat 12's as I like (and mostly play) 60's blues and rock and roll so it sounds more authentic with less sustain and more tone and thump. The short scale of the Rick really works with them. I think I could put anything on the Gretsch and it'd sound great.
     
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    I use them on all my guitars (Strats, Teles, Jazzmaster, LP, and 335), have been for years. I use D'Addario Chromes 10's, as they're brighter than the TI's I've tried (and less expensive). Every once in a while I try a set of Ernie Ball or D'Addario roundwounds, but quickly miss the flats and go right back to 'em. For me, they last longer, have less finger noise, stay in tune better, and sound great clean or with gain... As always, YMMV.
     

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