Flatwound strings

Discussion in 'Squier Tele Forum' started by Pantonelli, May 24, 2019.

  1. Pantonelli

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    ok ive had this guitar for about 7 hours now, and I’m thinking about putting flatwounds on it.

    Who uses them on a tele, and what gauge and brands do you like?
     
  2. Manual Slim

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    I love the Thomastik-Infeld extra lights on my ‘72 Custom. They’re almost dauntingly priced, but they last longer than anything else I’ve used and feel and sound pretty, pretty, pretty good.
     
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    I buy a set of 12 D'adarriao chromes and a single 10. Then I discard the 58 and have a set of 10 to 48s with an unwound G string. Sets me back about $20 bucks but they last for years. I do not like string squeak.
     
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    D'Addario Chromes on this one. They feel and sound great. I just wish they weren't so pricey. IMG_7280.jpg
     
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    13 D'adarriao chromes
     
  8. Little Jay

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    I use flatwounds (Thomastik Swings) on all my guitars, including my Tele (.011 on the Tele, .012 on the 24.75” scale guitars), even use them on my flattop acoustic!

    I have become so accustomed to the sound and feel of flats that I really hate rounds, can’t play those anymore!
     
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    I do what Little Jay does.
     
  10. soundchaser59

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    I compromise.......half rounds, 10-46.
     
  11. dodona

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    D'Addario Chromes 11ths. This are modern flats, even and brilliant, but still big sounding. I see no other choice.
     
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    Thomastik is the best you can buy. They are worth the price. I use the 12/50 gauge on my archtop. Never equiped my Custom Tele with them but tried them on my Telecoustic for a while... They sound nice and mellow, but that's not for those who want a lot of brightness.
     
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    Another Thomastik user. JS113 (.013-.053)
    Haven't tried others, not sure if I will. The set on my HH spalted maple tele are over a year old and sound the same.

    I have been playing this guitar more lately. My Baja feels so easy to play when I pick it up.

    I was going to put another set on a Strat but I have been hesitant because they are stupid expensive. No plans to put them on the Baja. It sounds too good & twangy with round wounds.
     
  14. ScribbleSomething

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    I’ve been doing what @blackguts does be with GHS percussion flat 13s. It’s a great feel. I think I’m going to go back to their brite flats 710 (ground wound 10 a 46). They’re still pretty smooth and half the price. I have too many guitars to pay so much for strings.
     
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    Pyramid flats are great and pure nickel, they are pricey but last a long time.
    Al
     
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