Archtop strings for Rockabilly: Flats or roundwounds?

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  1. E5RSY

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    Those playing in the genre...any preference?

    Scott
     
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    Originally it would have been flat wound, eh?
     
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    Love those flattops.
     
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    I imagine.
     
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    My L5 ces staple poles has flat wounds with wound 3rd. Gretsches round wound w/wound third. 11s on both.
     
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    My guitar in question is an ES-125 (P-90s). Have had flats on it for awhile, but have been wanting just a bit more "snap" lately. I know it's probably blasphemy, but Scotty Moore's tone on the Sun Sessions is just a tad muddy for my taste. :eek:
     
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    Rounds will add more snap. If that's what you want I'd go that direction to. Remember Scotty's tone has as much to do with how Mr. Phillips was engineering, the room , amp, etc as the strings but I too like mine brighter than that sound. I also use my L5 for jazz too which is another reason it has flats on it.

    If you want a muddier sound later you can always use the tone control on the guitar ;). That's what I do with the Gretsches.
     
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    Yeah, can't stand flats myself. Need the snap.
     
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    Probably depends on how you feel about bending the wound 3rd. I personally love flats and think they are not muddy (Thomastiks). Recently did some recording and discovered all of my guitars sounded out of tune except the ones with flats and wound 3rd. That's what's great about the wound 3rd.
     
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    I like flats with a plain 3rd.
     
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    I'm working on an online Rockabilly course and apparently my incessant tendency for bluesy bends is a habit I need to break for this genre, so no problem with the wound G, there. They help me stop bending.
     
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    Yep not a whole lot of bending, maybe a half step. A quick vibrato technique helps for the angry the bee sound.
     
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    Flats. Wound third. Use your EQ.
     
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    I play archtops all the time, and I've tried flatwounds at various times over the years. Can't stand 'em. They sound like there's a blanket over the strings, IMO. CS
     
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    Many do, yes.

    I use Thomastik "Swing" flats, and they are definitely not muffled sounding. I've compared them back to back with rounds.
     
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    yeh

    pap pap pap

    instead of

    zing zing zip
     
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    I like Flatwounds.
    The simplest and most overlooked part of that sound.
     
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    I have, too. I still prefer rounds. YMMV. CS
     
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    I'll add that the T.I. flatwounds also sound better than other flatwounds I've tried (and I've tried every brand available in the USA), likely cause they use nickel rather than steel. Most companies use steel because it's cheaper (Daddario Chromes, GHS and LaBella flatwounds) which, to my ears, have a dull "thunk" tone while the T.I. flats have more "pop" to the sound. Nickel also feels better on the fingers.
     
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    I use TI strings both round and flats. For me, the genre doesn't dictate the string, but rather the guitar. Of course I have stylistic leanings, but within that, I let the guitar decide what it likes. My standard go to string is the TI 12 round, but depending on the guitar I use 12s or 13s or rounds or flats.
     
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