G String: Wound or Plain?

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by JeffOlson, Jan 30, 2012.

Which do you prefer?

  1. Wound

  2. Plain

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  1. JeffOlson

    JeffOlson Member

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    Wound

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    Plain

    Wound G strings seem to have better tone, better tuning stability, and better intonation. On the other hand, plain (unwound) G strings bend easier. Which do you prefer, and why?

    Personally, I prefer wound G strings--except when I need to bend! To get around the bending problem, I have taken to sliding a lot more than I used to (especially since I have largely switched to flat-wounds).
     
  2. chervokas

    chervokas Member

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    I like a wound G for better intonation and tuning stability, but higher gauge wound Gs on a Fender scale length can be a pain to bend. However something like the 10-44 TI flats have a relatively light gauge, low tension wound G though that bends with ease.
     
  3. JeffOlson

    JeffOlson Member

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    Thomastik-Infeld Jazz Swings rule! (I use 11s on one Tele and 12s on the other.)
     
  4. guitarslinger21

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    I can't bend a wound G.

    plain all the way
     
  5. kimock

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    Plain for bending up, wound for bending down.
     
  6. nikkibikini

    nikkibikini Member

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    i use a plain .022

    heavy for a G but still unwound. perfect balance.
     
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  8. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    plain-G vs. wound might as well be two different instruments!
     
  9. durbanpoison

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    Wound, for the reasons listed by the OP. Personally, I don't find the wound G to be that much of an impediment to bending. Oh, they have a little more resistance, but nothing drastic. I use Curt Mangan 10-50s and the G is a 20, in the average 10-46 set the G is usually around 17, so, like I said, not a real big difference.
     
  10. zztomato

    zztomato Supporting Member

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    Can't stand wound G's. To me they sound dead and fuzzy. They usually end up being too quiet as well because of their smaller core.
     

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