Flatwound strings

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Has anyone ever used them for elec. guitar? Any opinions?

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Friday, 20 August 2004 03:59 (seventeen years ago) link

My cousin had them on a couple of guitars that were replicas / re-issues of those that the Beatles used. Not so trebly as moderns, I guess. More punch. Very nice actually.

57 7th (calstars), Friday, 20 August 2004 20:03 (seventeen years ago) link

four months pass...
if you're playing jazz this is what u want. but, not as good for rock. they sound rounder and mellower. i guess i shouldn't say if you play rock you dont want em, but id prefer roundwounds. i think also that they're generally heavier

jake b. (cerybut), Tuesday, 4 January 2005 00:50 (sixteen years ago) link

thirteen years pass...

Hey, I'm going to up this post in lieu of a general guitar string discussion topic. . .

Over the past couple of years, I've exclusively played very heavy gauge chrome flatwounds. Usually these with the highest string tossed out. That's what I still have on my Telecaster and I'm very happy with it. I acquired one of the Fender Mexican Duo-Sonic humbucker / single coil reissues some months back and I immediately put those chrome flatwounds on it. It was a very similar tone to my Tele, which kind of defeated the purpose of having a second guitar. So, I put these on it and, hrmph, not that great.

So, I was wondering, what would you kind and gentle folk recommend? I want to keep it on the heavier end of the gauge spectrum, as I always tune to D standard and capo from there. Ideally, I would like to get a brighter / more aggressive tone out of my Duo-Sonic, but I don't know. . . something a bit less harsh (??) than what I have now.

Any thoughts?

outside, you're never alone. (Austin), Monday, 13 August 2018 16:29 (three years ago) link

Wow, I switched to flatwounds shortly after starting this thread and have never gone back.

timellison, Monday, 20 August 2018 04:08 (three years ago) link

Austin, D'Addario reckon these are the closest to flatwounds in terms of mellow. And if you're playing heavy I think probably a set of 13s would be needed for a shortscale.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Monday, 20 August 2018 04:39 (three years ago) link

OMG I didn't take in that you were playing FIFTEENS on the Tele. That's piano wire! Must sound awesome.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Monday, 20 August 2018 04:44 (three years ago) link

I always heard SRV and Poncho from Crazy Horse were two dudes that played super heavy strings.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 20 August 2018 13:21 (three years ago) link

Thanks for the word, Matthew. I got impatient and ended up getting a set of these for my Duo-Sonic. I can't say it's exactly the sound I was going for —because I'm not even sure what that is— but it's a considerable improvement over the NYXLs I was fighting with previously.

outside, you're never alone. (Austin), Monday, 20 August 2018 16:10 (three years ago) link

SRV played a .13 set and Pancho plays .12s with a wound third.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 20 August 2018 17:20 (three years ago) link

Those look good Austin. I myself play 11s with a wound third on 25.5” scales, and 12s ditto on 24” scales. Took ages to find electric 12s with wound third - D’Addario do 10s and 11s but I had to go to DR Pure Blues for 12s. 10s make my skin crawl.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Monday, 20 August 2018 20:14 (three years ago) link

D'Addario make a set of flat wound 12s with a wound third.


They have a 13-56 set too.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 20 August 2018 20:49 (three years ago) link

I gotta try flats sometime, suspect I will never go back

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Monday, 20 August 2018 20:51 (three years ago) link

If you don't want flats they make a nickel round wound set of 12s with a wound third (12/16/24w/32/42/52); I use them for my slide setup. Look for their jazz strings.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 20 August 2018 20:53 (three years ago) link

The Half Rounds I put on my Duo-Sonic have a wound third. They're really good strings. I may have found a new favorite.

I'd like to try the Thomastik-Infeld flatwounds, but jeez, that price tag!

outside, you're never alone. (Austin), Tuesday, 21 August 2018 16:25 (three years ago) link

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