#1
I don't know if this is a dumb question but I can't find out what exactly flatwound strings are. What are they? What are there pros and cons? And are they for electric and acoustic gutiars? Some help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
#2
Well regular strings are coiled. If you look at the low E it's lots of strings coiled up into one as such. Flatwound is the same thing, except the outside is made smooth.

Pros: No scratching sound when sliding about and changing chords
Easier for slides as there's less friction

Cons: Not many available so if you don't like whats on offer.. tough
Can't do pick scratches


I have a set on my acoustic however they can be used on electric too, they are mostly used for jazz though and so can only be found in higher gauges
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#3
they are mainly used for bass guitars really
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#4
is there any other way to get rid of that annoying sound when changing chords?
#5
lift off more when changing. otherwise go for flatwounds. they arent that much more expensive than regular strings. Mine cost me £6, ernie balls in a shop would cost £5
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#6
keep in mind tho that flatwounds dont ring out a note as long as regular strings, that's a killer on sustain
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#7
Higher gauge flat wound strings are great for that classic mid-60's sound.

Best way to determine exactly what they are and what they do would be to slap a set on your guitar for a few weeks. See what you think.
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#8
Theres a step between the 2 called half wound. But not as much selection. Never find em in a store you have to order them. And many of them are stainless which is pretty hard on fret wire. Your better off just sticking with the regulars wound strings.
#9
roundwound are like spaghetti and flatwound, linguini.

Kinda found out flatwound helps a lot in the studio, for riffings, as it doesnt make that changing chord noise. Roundwound has better though, imo.
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