Flatwound strings?

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  1. Frank McNerney

    Frank McNerney New Member

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    I'd love to hear some opinions on flat wounds
    I just put on some Chrome 10's and I'm finding them a bit weird.
    Thank
    Frank
     
  2. elvis

    elvis Hamfisted String Banger

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    I loved them on a jazz box I owned a while back. Not a fan in general.
     
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  3. Rusty Chos

    Rusty Chos Don’t mean a thang if it don’t twang

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    Some guitars work well with flat wounds. Some don’t.
    I’ve had trouble balancing the treble sound with the wound strings. Depends on tone pot, etc.
     
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  4. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    The only opinion that matters is yours. They’re kinda nice on a big old jazz box with a spruce top and an old-school suspended pickup.
     
  5. BWV548

    BWV548 Custom Title

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    Flatwound 13s on a telecaster, into a metal zone and 1980s peavey solid state amp might be the greatest sound in the universe.
    Or....
     
  6. Kiwi

    Kiwi New Member

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    It's normally a very traditional clean sound for hollowbody guitars. Here are flatwounds (11-50) on a Gretsch 6122. My re-arrangement of "St James Infirmary," done in one take into two amps in stereo.

    https://soundcloud.com/user-704424983/st-james-infirmary-full-band-version

    But I would also send anyone interested in the mainstream rock / pop uses of flatwounds to Joe Gore's terrific video, "My Flatwound Addiction" - he explains just why and how they can be very useful in a modern context including playing with some crunch.



    =K
     
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  7. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I’m a big fan of the guitar faces in this video.
     
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  8. Casi1

    Casi1 New Member

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    I put some on a SE semi-hollow once. They sounded good on that particular guitar.
     
  9. Dusty Chalk

    Dusty Chalk alberngruppenführer

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    I like Thomastik-Infeld.
     
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  10. Axis39

    Axis39 New Member

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    Me too.

    Never cared for Chromes. They sounded weird to me too (on a Strat years ago).

    I run T-I Jazz Swings on the majority of my electrics, including several humbucker equipped guitars. Tried some GHS Burnished Rockers on my new (to me) SE Santana. Wanted to see if I'd like the guitar before committing to $25 a set strings. Think I'll go with T-I's next string change.
     
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  11. elvis

    elvis Hamfisted String Banger

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    +1 for Thomastik
     
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  12. ieso

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    In my youth I got it in my head that I needed flat wound 13s on my Strat. My hands disagreed.
     
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  13. DickBanks

    DickBanks New Member

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    I only play flatwounds--can't stand that "moving across frets" sound. Three problems with flats:

    (1) Tougher vibrato--you have to build "friction calluses" on your fingertips to "grab" the wound strings
    (2) Can't do the pick-run (like in Nugent's "Stranglehold")
    (3) [My opinion] Wound third (any gauge) sounds terrible--gotta go with a plain third
     
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  14. Rusty Chos

    Rusty Chos Don’t mean a thang if it don’t twang

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    I’ll admit I am more a fan of TI Swings than D’Addario Chromes.

    There have been times I really enjoyed gliding around on flats, especially on ebony. Dang, that’s just slicker’n snot on marble!
    Generally though, it isn’t long before I start to want a livelier sound on the wound strings.
    I have some Swings on my L-5 presently. It makes sense since I have other guitars, but I’m getting ear fatigue from them lately, and will soon change to something with more zip.

    On some guitars with flatwounds installed, when I get a nice fluffy jazz sound on the trebles, the bass strings are mud city. On something like a Gretsch, it’s set for bright and works OK then.
     
  15. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    My PRS JA-15 has flatwounds on it (came that way from the previous owner). Since that is a jazz-style guitar, hollowbody with spruce top, etc, it works very well.
     

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