flatwound strings

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  1. wescattle

    wescattle Member

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    whats the difference between normal strings and flatwound strings??
    Im thinking of trying them out, but i dont wanna be dissapointed.
    Thanks
     
  2. daddyo

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    Flatwounds have no ridges on them.
     
  3. wescattle

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    whats the sound difference?
     
  4. Kiwi

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    whats the sound difference?

    Flatwounds will have much less treble ring. They are often used on jazz guitars for a warm round tone.

    =K
     
  5. 6789

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    flat wounds won't give you finger squeak like some round wounds.

    D'Adario has a set called Half rounds which have low finger squeak but more edge to the tone than a flat wound.
     
  6. Kappy

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    If you like the bright punchy sound of roundwounds, you might not like flats. They almost have a dull thud-like sound to them. I love them on my hollows/semi-hollows, but I know some players would hate them. I went back to rounds on my ES-175 and I couldn't stand them, and they were noisy as sin. Anyway, best bet is to just try a couple of different sets from different makers over a period of time and decide for yourself. It's not like you can't just slap your favorite rounds back on if you can't stand the flats. I'm partial to Thomastik-Infeld strings.

    P.S. Coming from being a rock guy and primarily a 10 guage round wound player, it did take several weeks for me to grow into them and realize how much I liked the sounds I was getting out of the flats.
     
  7. 94prs22

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    I use flatwounds exclusively on my bass:D

    But if we're only talking about what to use on a solidbody electric guitar, I tend to stay away from flatwounds due to the decreased treble. The folks above are right on as far as less finger noise is concerned. I also use flatwounds on my hollowbody guitars (but not semi-hollow).
    Brandon
     
  8. dangerine49

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    I love flatwounds and have been using them exclusively since the 60's. They're not for everybody, but it's not exactly a huge investment to give them a try.

    I hate the feel of roundwounds and string squeak, and I love the jazzier sound you get from them. A little amp tweak and they will rock with the best of them.
     
  9. Jim Soloway

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    I've been using flat wounds for about 15 years. I found that Swing Series from Thomastik Infeld give me a lot more high end than D'Adarrios or D'Aquistos so I get the benefit of reduced string noise without giving up as much of the treble response.
     
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    For what it's worth, I forgot to add above,I don't seem to get at much fret wear with flatwounds as I do with roundwounds.
    Brandon
     
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    I've been using Thomastik Infeld Swings on my Aria hollow body and Artcore ES 335 clone. I find they are more subtle with better tone than Daddario Chromes. The Daddarios are Ok at a basic woody slightly overdriven jazz tone but the TIs have a decent treble rsponse and overtones. The TIs last a long time too.
     
  13. Bloozman

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    Daddario makes a string called a half round...it sounds like a round string, but plays like a flatwound..I use em exclusively
     
  14. Crazyquilt

    Crazyquilt Guitar Dad Silver Supporting Member

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    I've got to get me some of the TI's. I've been using Pyramid flatwounds on my Jazzmaster & hollowbody Gretsch. They're warmer than rounds, but not at all muddy. Both of those guitars can get plenty bright, it's just a different sound. I tried the D'Addario Chromes once. I didn't like them.

    The only half-rounds I've found that I like are the GHS rollerwound, but, in my experience, they don't last very long as either round- or flatwounds. They get dull fairly quickly, and sound more like geriatric roundwounds than bright flatwounds.
     
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    I put flats on my prs and it was wayyyy to dark for my taste
    im not a fan of the stock prs pickups either though.
    Id say that they definately decrease treble in the lower 3 strings depending on the gague you get. most of the time you get the round 3rd string so only 2 are plain. The two plain strings sound the same obviously but they are pretty cool i guess, give em a shot you never know you might love em.

    Do they make 10s in flatwounds cuz i wanna try em on my parker that.
     
  16. HarryJ

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    I've been using D'Addario chromes on my archtop and really like them

    HJ
     
  17. alderbody

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    try Snake Oil Brand strings...

    you can find them here: http://www.sobstrings.net/

    run a search in the forum for older threads about'em.

    you won't regret it! :AOK
     
  18. Jim Soloway

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    Does Snake Oil actually make a flat wound string? They list "Jazz" string, but I couldn't find any mention of them being flat wounds.
     
  19. alderbody

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    I don't quite remember if their vintage strings are indeed flatwound.

    all i know is that i won't be needing any other string... ever! :roll


    i think you should ask the man himself.
     
  20. blueprint

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    Vintage sets are not flatwound.
    I use these strings for more than a year now. Recently, and for the first time, I've broke an E (1st string) one one of my guitars.
    And the set was near new: only 6 months of daily use.

    Quality is lower now...:(

    :) :) :)
     

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