In praise of flat wounds!!

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  1. TravisE

    TravisE Supporting Member

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    Anyone else? I’ve used flats on Teles, Jaguars, Jazzmasters, and I just put a set on my Strat. I can’t put that guitar down now. I love them on Casino/330 guitars too. Never had them on a Ric but I’m sure that’d be a good way to go, too. On bass? There’s no other. I don’t really care for rounds on a bass anymore.
     
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    I have to try them again, when Phil McKnight did an A/B I really liked the flats. I think I had flats on my dean ML, my 2nd guitar, when I traded it in and I'm sure whoever demoed it on the floor was confused.
     
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    A lot of folks think they’re a jazz-only thing. I highly disagree. I know Kenny Vaughn uses them on his Teles.
     
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    I’ve recently put flats on quite a few of my axes since I’ve been getting into surf/spy/spaghetti western type stuff and love them. THAT’S the sound! But I do like to bend strings so I replace the wound G with an unwound of the same gauge.
     
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    I do the same. I don’t find the same benefit from a wound/flat 3rd.
     
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    I've never played flats before but I'm curious about them. I love the spaghetti western tone, maybe I'll try a set in my surf green strat.
     
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    Here's Joe Gore on the topic of flatwound strings -



    Enjoy! I put flats on a Gretsch 6122 and can channel that dry, clucky Chet Atkins sound, not that I can play like Chet.

    =K
     
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    I love flats, my go to strings are Thomastik Infeld Jazz Swing .11s. I use them for my Jaguar and my Gretsch, and round wounds on my Univox.
     
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    I use flats on a Gretsch hollowbody & love them. I also use half-rounds on a partscaster Tele I use for slide.
     
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    But then I saw a video he posted while putting regular D'Addarios on. So now what do I do?
     
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    I use them on my Koll archtop, but have been mulling over the idea of using them elsewhere. I was surprised when a friend of mine told me he uses them all the time in his classic rock band. Might be worth a shot~
     
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    I love flats for jazz and fingerstyle guitar.

    I also love'em on my P-bass.
     
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    I have them on about 1\3 of my guitars. The are an improvement on some, not on others.
     
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    My sister swears by them on her basses. It's the only string type she'll put on them.
     
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    I want to try them. I'm intrigued by what have heard about how they sound the same 6 months later as they do when you put them on, so you almost never have to change strings.
     
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    Hehe — OF COURSE that sounds cool! But what I keep saying, and no one ever believes, is that flats are spectacular for heavy, distorted guitar. Sigh.
     
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    i haven't had cause to do this in years because i just stopped changing strings. i can deal with roundwounds more since i leave them on for years at a time. but it can be a little harsh when i actually do change strings. my new thing is changing strings and setting the guitar aside for a few weeks to mellow them out a bit.

    but i used to do this all the time. my preferred move was to do a reverse half flat thing where i'd use flats for the skinny strings and rounds on the fat ones. it was kinda wasteful but i loved having zing in the low end to fill out the chords and a smoother top end. worked really well with my bright guitars and pickups.

    i reluctantly switched to flats from rounds on bass when the strings that had been on my bass since the dawn of man had to be replaced when they didn't survive a trip to the tech. first it was just one string, which i had replaced with a flat wound that i attempted to even out buy eating popeye's and playing with greasy fingers. but they eventually all had to go, so now flats it is. i'll never know how old those strings were because they were one there before i bought it and the bass is from the 70s, but that was the sound. but the flats are a reasonable recreation i find acceptable.

    i accidentally turned an es335 into a les paul with flats. metal ensued.
     
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    I keep forgetting that my main Tele has flats on it until I play someone else's guitar....
     
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  19. Whiskeyrebel

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    Flats are my favorites for playing bottleneck.
     
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    I'd like to try them on bass too. Oddly, my inspiration for it comes from metal, Maiden's Steve Harris uses them and I love his sound. I absolutely suck on bass(never said I was a very good guitar player either lol) so I'm not wanting to spend the money to experiment on other strings just yet. I don't expect to ever get as good as him but I would like to get some kind of competence in fingerpicking haha. I
     

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