#1
I was recently looking at strings on strinbusters and i noticed that D'addario did alot of their sets with a wound 3rd string like you would have on an acoustic but for their electric sets. I was wondering what the benefit of this was?
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#2
tuning down
My Gear
Guitars:
-Gibson Les Paul Tribute (Bare Knuckle Nailbombs)
-Ibanez "lawsuit" Les Paul (Seymour Duncan Pegasus and Sentinent)
-Ibanez S470 (Dimarzio D-sonic and Humbucker from Hell)
-PRS SE Custom (Guitarforce Black Diamond and Lord of the Blues)

Amp:
Marshall TSL100
EVH 5150III EL-34 50w
Marshall 1960a cab

Effects:
Dunlop 535q wah
Boss Super Chorus
Bogner Uberschall
Ibanez DE7 Delay
Electro-Harmonix Power Booster
Fender PT100 Pedal Tuner

Strings:
Ernie Ball Skinny Top/Heavy Bottom 10-52
#4
Feel mostly? It may have an effect on tone, but if it does, then it is negligible. My brother used 11's with a wound G for the longest time (just switched to 9's, like me, though).


The biggest difference I noticed was that it was harder to bend it, but it wasn't that big a deal.


+1 to tuning down. Never though of that, since neither of us go below Eb standard.
#6
It's slightly more stable tuning-wise, and it gives notes a little more pop.
Not all of us who use heavy gauges tune down, y'know (first two posters). My electric is strung with 11s or 12s and I play in standard. My acoustic always has 12s on.
#7
There was a time long ago when the 3rd string was always wound. Pretty sure it was tbone walker who started using a plain one. I have tried them but you have to fix the slot in the nut so a wound string wont stick. And its not the best for lead work. If you just do rhythm might work fine. I went back to regular .11s for drop tuning.
#8
yeah i agree thicker gauge strings are not just good for downtuning they have a better tone in general in my opinion. i did wonder about tuning stability as the G string does seem to be the problem string when it comes to tuning, but then for alot of harmonic tricks especially envolving the whammy bar the G string is the best string but would this not be the same with a wound string?
#9
I hate wound G's, and I use 12's.


But I just put a set of flatwounds on one of my guitars, and a flatwound G isn't that bad.
#10
what are flatwounds actually like cos they sound interesting but i;ve never played any how do they feel and play?
#11
Quote by symanoy
what are flatwounds actually like cos they sound interesting but i;ve never played any how do they feel and play?

They feel very similar to plated strings. Very smooth and slick. They won't give you much string noise.
#12
an improvement on regular strings? are there any disadvantages of them?