i just put on flatwounds for the first time



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Re: i just put on flatwounds for the first time

Postby repoman » Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:44 pm

Maybe try halfrounds? Daddario sells them, they are rounds that have a bit of the tops ground off so they are kind of in between rounds and flats.
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Re: i just put on flatwounds for the first time

Postby Jero » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:49 pm

Aghartha wrote:I threw some 11-50 flats on my telecaster and I'm amazed I never thought of doing this before. So smooth, less high harmonics. Love it!

This is how I roll too. Been using the same set for...4+ years
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Re: i just put on flatwounds for the first time

Postby Gone Fission » Sat Mar 10, 2018 1:06 pm

quarterpound wrote:anyone got a rec for a set of roundwounds that are not too noisy to pick-slide on? I like the sound of rounds and the opportunity to make a little scrapey scrape, but the set I have now is way too noisy for some things.


GHS Nickle Rockers have slightly flattened winding wire. A bit mellower than normal round wounds and a bit less string noise, but not all the way to flats. The Burnished Nickle Rockers are the same but polished--They seem to have more round-wound-ish texture than ground wounds.
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Re: i just put on flatwounds for the first time

Postby Jero » Sat Mar 10, 2018 1:55 pm

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quarterpound wrote:anyone got a rec for a set of roundwounds that are not too noisy to pick-slide on? I like the sound of rounds and the opportunity to make a little scrapey scrape, but the set I have now is way too noisy for some things.


GHS Nickle Rockers have slightly flattened winding wire. A bit mellower than normal round wounds and a bit less string noise, but not all the way to flats. The Burnished Nickle Rockers are the same but polished--They seem to have more round-wound-ish texture than ground wounds.

I had a set of these at one point and remember liking them :thumb:
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Re: i just put on flatwounds for the first time

Postby Gone Fission » Sat Mar 10, 2018 3:45 pm

The "Low Tuning" Nickle Rockers, 11-58, used to be my standard set. This was the SRV set he played down a half step, though often with a 13 for the high E flat. I tuned to standard on a fat-necked Strat. Loved the sound, but I doubt my hands could keep up with that anymore--too much other stuff keeping me from playing all day.
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Re: i just put on flatwounds for the first time

Postby Dapper Bandit » Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:23 pm

Took the flats off for a while (Chromes have a very weird tension in the middle strings) and went back to rounds. Didn't care for them and threw on a set of Thomastik Infelds which are a real revelation! They seem a bit livelier in the highs and not so flubby in the bass register.

Ended up with a set of 13s tuned to standard, so not a lot of bending to be had but not missing that at all.
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Re: i just put on flatwounds for the first time

Postby coldbrightsunlight » Tue Apr 30, 2019 3:36 am

That sounds fun. I'd like to have a guitar with flats on permanently but it can't be my two main ones because I like bending too much
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Re: i just put on flatwounds for the first time

Postby Dapper Bandit » Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:48 pm

You can bend on flats, I could bend on the 11s I had, the 13s can bend but I'm not a maniac so I don't try to go wild on them. If you wanted to try flats I would suggest dropping down one gauge compared to your preferred rounds and you should get close.

Also, D'Addario Chromes sound lush but the A, D and G strings are way too high a gauge for the sets they're in, they may be a little pricier where you are but the Thomastik Swings are actually a balanced tension set, which is a delight for me.
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Re: i just put on flatwounds for the first time

Postby coldbrightsunlight » Wed May 01, 2019 7:54 am

Sorry probably didn't explain myself well. I've used flats a bunch and I know you can bend with flats. I have them on basses and I had a set on one of my guitars for months. But when I had them on my guitar I couldn't bend nearly as much as I like to when playing some types of music. That's why I want them on a separate guitar.
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