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G String: Wound or Plain?

Which do you prefer?

  • Wound

  • Plain


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JeffOlson

Member
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2,907
Wound

vs.

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).
 

chervokas

Member
Messages
6,839
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.
 

JeffOlson

Member
Messages
2,907
chervokas said:
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.
Thomastik-Infeld Jazz Swings rule! (I use 11s on one Tele and 12s on the other.)
 

durbanpoison

Senior Member
Messages
165
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.
 

zztomato

Senior Member
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11,394
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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