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Flat-wound Strings? What's up with this?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by fatcat, Aug 14, 2018.

  1. fatcat

    fatcat Friend of Leo's

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    I've just been experimenting around with different gear and hardware lately.

    Changed the set up on my SG last night.

    Installed a set of chrome flat wound strings... Just for the heck of it.

    Wierdo.. all the strings feel the same; smooth.

    It's just feels a bit alien.

    Going deeper into the set up with these tonight.
     
  2. Bones

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    I always have one guitar with flats, not always the same guitar. Something different to experiment with. Kind of expensive but they seem to last forever.
     
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    Like Bones, I always have at least one guitar strung up with flats. It’s what my dad and Grandpa used so I kinda got used to them.
     
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  4. ScribbleSomething

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    Love love love flatwounds on everything. My biggest problem is the expense and the brand I like doesn’t make 10’s. So I rig together a set using 13’s plus an individial.
     
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    I too like to set up one of my guitars with flatwounds.
    They indeed last a very long time, have “even” feeling string tension, and greatly resist finger squeaks.
    I sometimes use a flatwound equipped guitar on my regular Tuesday piano bar/lounge gig.
    I get to impersonate a jazz guitarist.
    I ain’t foolin’ no one, though.
     
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  6. Joshiquad

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    I kinda like the finger squeaks, and the ability to produce them when I want. I've never tried flats on a guitar. On a bass however... mmm!
     
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    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    If you want your electric bass to sound more llike an upright/acoustic bass, flatwounds are essential, IMO.
    I play bass, too.
    My only bass has flatwounds, I greatly prefer them.
     
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    I built a flattop electric with a modified rosewood bridge meant for a jazz archtop. Intonation is catastrophic unless you have a wound third, so I ordered a jazz set, not realizing they're flatwound until they arrived. Now I think I like them quite a bit, at least for this oddball guitar. Not as much snap to them, but a nice change of pace.
     
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    Most (but not all) jazz guys prefer them and they even make Teles sound jazzier.
     
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    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity

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    I only use flatwounds on bass, but for some reason not on guitar. I may try them next time I change strings. I have a set of Fender Stainless Flats (11-50) I bought a while back and never used. Maybe I'll try them.
     
  11. bgmacaw

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    I've been using flatwounds on the 2 bass strings on my guitars setup for slide. I also use them on my baritone.
     
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    I have ancient flats on my P-bass. Instant "Duck" Dunn tone. for guitars, I have a set on my Jaguar. Surf, baby! TI's. And a set of heavy Fenders that another member of this forum gratefully gifted me on my slide guitar. I'm still getting used to them.
     
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    Flat would strings are great - just don't try to bend that wound G string! :confused:
     
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    The only one of my guitars I had flats on was my Gretsch. They came off about a month ago. I liked the feel and freedom from string screech. They made the guitar sound like I remember guitars sounding like in the 60's. I can't believe strings have so much effect on tone. The problem is that they just aren't bright enough for me. I play finger style and attack is muted compared with a flat pick. Finger or thumb picking playing jazz on flats may be OK but I don't like them so much for what I play. I have Daddario NYXL 11's on the Gretsch now and the sound is more to my liking for what I play. Does anyone know if coated strings screech? If not, are any similar in sound to NYXL?
     
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    I have an ES-125TDC that I have flats on. Chromes 10s.

    I also had a set of the Chromes 10s on a '57 AVRI Strat for awhile. It was interesting to hear how it was "meant" to sound with those on it, since the polepiece stagger was designed around a wound G in the early '50s. The sound was actually even across all the strings. I took them off because I couldn't bend that G like I wanted. Probably should've just kept them and put a plain G on there.
     
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    Essential for the flat "pan" (instead of "ping") sound on old jazz and country records.

    I play 11's and love em as the distict thing they are. That's why we all need more than one tele!
     
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    I usually put on a plain G. Some sets even have them.
     
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    I bought a bass about five years ago and put semi-flats on it back then. Never regretted it for a second and they're still ringing true. I got 'em because I thought that round-wounds would irritate my fingers as I slid up and down the neck. Later on, I found that fear to be groundless and now play round-wounds on another bass that I play regularly about as much as I play the flats on mine. Next set will be full flats.
     
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    Yeah, supposedly that's what Jimmie Vaughan is doing with his Strats.

    Offhand, do you know which sets have the plain G?
     
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    When I get home I will look at what I have. I usually order from Juststirings I think it’s called. I saw a few sets in my dish last night.
     
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