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Flat Wound Strings ???

GUEST,Stubby Fingers 28 Mar 14 - 10:08 AM
GUEST 28 Mar 14 - 10:12 AM
GUEST,twerp 28 Mar 14 - 10:21 AM
GUEST,Tony 28 Mar 14 - 01:38 PM
Bert 28 Mar 14 - 02:05 PM
Will Fly 28 Mar 14 - 02:12 PM
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GUEST 28 Mar 14 - 02:21 PM
GUEST 28 Mar 14 - 03:11 PM
Allan C. 28 Mar 14 - 03:33 PM
Bert 28 Mar 14 - 04:09 PM
GUEST 28 Mar 14 - 04:16 PM
JHW 29 Mar 14 - 06:32 PM
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Subject: Flat Wound Strings ???
From: GUEST,Stubby Fingers
Date: 28 Mar 14 - 10:08 AM

Flat Wound Strings ???

Anyone got any experience and opinions to share ?

Are they more intended for acoustic or electric guitars ?

Does it make any difference ?


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Subject: RE: Flat Wound Strings ???
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Mar 14 - 10:12 AM

I've only known flat wound strings to be for electrics. I used flat wounds once on an acoustic back when I was a kid. They didn't provide good sound at all.


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Subject: RE: Flat Wound Strings ???
From: GUEST,twerp
Date: 28 Mar 14 - 10:21 AM

Great for jazz. That's all tho


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Subject: RE: Flat Wound Strings ???
From: GUEST,Tony
Date: 28 Mar 14 - 01:38 PM

My first guitar, an archtop acoustic/electric, came with flat-wound strings. They avoid the abrasive feeling and raspy sound that round-wound strings make as you slide your fingers up and down the fingerboard, but they deaden the bass strings when you play unplugged.


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Subject: RE: Flat Wound Strings ???
From: Bert
Date: 28 Mar 14 - 02:05 PM

They will sound a lot duller, a compromise might be ground wound, which are somewhere in between.

They certainly reduce finger noise and will be less painful than regular strings.

They are a good choice for a beginner.

Try a set.


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Subject: RE: Flat Wound Strings ???
From: Will Fly
Date: 28 Mar 14 - 02:12 PM

Oddly enough, they seem (to me) to feel tighter under the fingers than round wound strings. I've always preferred the latter - even when playing jazz.


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Subject: RE: Flat Wound Strings ???
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Mar 14 - 02:15 PM

http://www.stringsandbeyond.com/roundwound-halfwound-flatwound.htmlThat will show the differences.


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Subject: RE: Flat Wound Strings ???
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Mar 14 - 02:21 PM

http://www.stringsandbeyond.com/roundwound-halfwound-flatwound.html


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Subject: RE: Flat Wound Strings ???
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Mar 14 - 03:11 PM

I have them on a Hofnwr archtop and they are suitable for jazz amplified sound.


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Subject: RE: Flat Wound Strings ???
From: Allan C.
Date: 28 Mar 14 - 03:33 PM

Maybe it was an isolated incident, but when I installed flatwounds on my flattop guitar the tension required to bring them up to tune pulled the bridge away from the braces. I've never tried them again since.


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Subject: RE: Flat Wound Strings ???
From: Bert
Date: 28 Mar 14 - 04:09 PM

I didn't find that Allan. Maybe they put the wrong gauge strings in the pack.

There was a tip recently on another thread that suggested that we file grooves in the pin holes to accommodate the strings, the strings would then be anchored at the underside of the top, instead of pulling on the bridge. I'm going to do that next time I change my strings.


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Subject: RE: Flat Wound Strings ???
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Mar 14 - 04:16 PM

I tried a set of Thomastik mandolin strings which are flat wound, very nice feel to them, easy to play and a nice sound, but ultimately too quiet. [ and very expensive too ]

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Flat Wound Strings ???
From: JHW
Date: 29 Mar 14 - 06:32 PM

Someone suggested they were smoother to play and so reduced fingering noises. They seemed very stiff, or as Will Fly says tighter. Also tried round wound that are then ground flat after making so giving a flat string surface but round-wound flexibility.
Had forgotten them till now as I've long stuck with Daddario Phosphor Bronze normal round wound.
(Gurian guitar originally came with them)


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