Half-round strings anyone?

tfarny

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I hated the feel so much I don't think I noticed much about the sound except "darker." They didn't last long.

I am pretty darn happy with Daddario "balanced tension" 10s for electric, every time I try something else I just come right back. I get three packs for about $12 at my local shop too, which helps my decision.
 

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I guess strings are one of the few components that have improved with technology. Tuning keys is the other one that springs to mind.
 

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These arrived today. I have 12’s and 11’s on two tele’s now and have a set of 10’s on another. It’s amazing how different heavier gauge strings make the sound change. The “teleness” gets less pronounced especially on the bridge pickup as the gauge gets heavier. Less of that doink doink that we all love. It’s still there, but less so. I like this and think I might keep them like this for a while. I think the sweet spot for me is the set of 11’s tuned down a half step.
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I continue to experiment :)
What I’ve found is that I absolutely prefer 11’s and 12’s over the 10’s I’d been using for the past 30 years. It never occurred to me to try anything else before. Haha. I tried 9’s too. They didn’t work for me.

My latest experiment was with Flat-wound 11’s and they may be my favourite yet! (yes, that is a letter u in favourite, despite iphone telling me it’s incorrect. Haha). I was worried the wound G string would sound faint as it did with the set of Jazz Light 10’s but it sounds totally fine.

I think these also might be good for someone looking to tame bright pickups. They do indeed sound more mellow, like they say on the box. I couldn’t find Flat-wound 12’s but I’m sure someone makes them so I’ll be trying out those next. One downside is that they are more expensive, but worth it in my opinion.

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I continue to experiment :)
What I’ve found is that I absolutely prefer 11’s and 12’s over the 10’s I’d been using for the past 30 years. It never occurred to me to try anything else before. Haha. I tried 9’s too. They didn’t work for me.

My latest experiment was with Flat-wound 11’s and they may be my favourite yet! (yes, that is a letter u in favourite, despite iphone telling me it’s incorrect. Haha). I was worried the wound G string would sound faint as it did with the set of Jazz Light 10’s but it sounds totally fine.

I think these also might be good for someone looking to tame bright pickups. They do indeed sound more mellow, like they say on the box. I couldn’t find Flat-wound 12’s but I’m sure someone makes them so I’ll be trying out those next. One downside is that they are more expensive, but worth it in my opinion.

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I recently put a set of Chromes 10’s on my Tele and SG Classic. I was working on some songs to play with my drummer friend and got tired of the excessive string squeak. I had also heard someone else’s Tele with flatwounds and had been wanting to try it anyway. I’m liking it so far. I usually use Chrome 12’s on my Heritage 575 archtop so I’m a fan of flatwounds as it is. The flatwounds I love, however, are the Thomastik Infeld George Benson set.

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They are unfortunately $50 a set so I don’t splurge to often for them. I got them for Xmas this past year and just got around to putting them on. I love how these sound!
 




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