#1
Never tried them. Thinking of picking some up for my ES-335.

Anyone have anything positive or negative to say about them? thanks
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#2
Never used them myself, but I've thought about them. What holds me back is the wound 3rd string, which I have tried. The feel of it is very different for bending, which even after getting used to it I found annoying, and the stuff I was playing scraped the winding off that string in about a month or two at the frets I was using a lot, though that might just've been the low gauge or even just that I got a dud string, I guess.

So basically I think flatwounds sound great, but I wouldn't use them myself because I love my bends. If you don't bend so much you should be golden.
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#3
Flat wounds are great for jazz and slide playing. I had them on my Ibanez semi hollow when i was playing in a jazz band. Nice and warm.

Didn't like them for rock and roll though, and for power chords they feel funny.
#4
Sorry tried them once years ago and didn't like the feel.
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There's no harm in trying a set and seeing if you like them. I know they are a bit more expensive than roundwounds usually, but... How else are you going to know whether they will work for you or not?

I like them for a particular type of clean tone, but not much else. They have a very strong fundamental tone, at the expense of upper harmonics. For most things, I find they sound quite dull and muddy, especially when any kind of distortion is introduced into the signal path.
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#7
They're worth it just for the feel.

I tried them for the first time on my friends' fretless, it felt like I was sliding along the hairs of Jesus. There's so little friction, and it 'growls' less when plucked with fingers. The sound is a preference thing, depends what genre you're into. I think they work well with jazz.

If it's not too expensive it's worth trying
#8
I like them on my dobro for slide.
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#10
I've tried them too. Extremely smooth feeling but extremely muddy.
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Said he loved them, I hated them, they were great as far as no finger noise when sliding power chords but sucked for bending. Overall they just felt weird and I couldn't get used to them, actually that guitar spent a lot of time in the case until I finally switched them out, but you might like them its worth a shot, not like it's an expensive permanent mod!
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I haven't used them for aboput 50 years, and they were tape-wound. IIRC, they wore out very fast and sounded dull. I play slide, but have never felt the need for the additional quietness. I'm guessing that ground-wounds would be a bit higher tension for a given gauge due to more mass per unit length. Does anyone know?
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I haven't used them for aboput 50 years, and they were tape-wound. IIRC, they wore out very fast and sounded dull. I play slide, but have never felt the need for the additional quietness. I'm guessing that ground-wounds would be a bit higher tension for a given gauge due to more mass per unit length. Does anyone know?

According to d'Addario you'd be right. Half rounds (this is the same as ground wound, right?) have a couple more lb tension at the same gauge.
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I don't find that I need less scraping noise playing slide on my teles (plus I want pick scrapes) but on the dobro they do seem to help.
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