D'Addario Chromes

Discussion in 'Tonefreaks' started by Frogfur, May 21, 2017.

  1. Frogfur

    Frogfur Senior Member

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    Jan 18, 2013
    Ok, i have the 10-48 flatwounds on the Casino(ECG23)which are considered lite gauge strings. I like these, but the purpose of this post is that i am astounded that after being out of the case once since last September,
    These strings were still in perfect tune. Flippn' amazing.

    I have a Peterson strobe, and when that sucker is caged(within 0.1 cents, or 1/1000 of one semitone)it just don't get any better than that.

    I know that of course the guitar itself has to be stable, but for you guys that like flat wounds, these are really nice. I use the casino for jazz, surf, some types of rock'n roll, but for everything that my fenders and gibsons can't do.
    There are just some sounds you can't get with round wound strings.

    Remember too, that Lennon's casino would have had nylon saddles, and in 65 it might have come wuth flat wound strings.
    At any ratem these are nice flat wounds that are a pleasure to play,
    your fingers will thank you.
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  2. BrianB

    BrianB Senior Member

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    I've a set of Chromes (11's) on my Epi. Original tuners from 1981. It don't have the original bridge, but the one someone stuck on it has nylon saddles. Since I put the strings on, the only time I had to retune it was when I tuned it down a step on purpose... :p

    I really like these strings. :thumb:
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  3. Hatefulsob

    Hatefulsob Senior Member

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    Sep 16, 2015
    The consistency of environment a la temp and humidity has much more to do with staying in tune than brand or model of string . If you put a guitar in a case every day you can be locking in or out humidity and changing temperature more than just leaving it out in the room that you tune and play in.
  4. Axis39

    Axis39 Senior Member

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    Dec 1, 2009
    I never got on with Chromes... But, I've been a dedicated Thomastik infeld player for a number of years now. Yes, they are more expensive than other brands... But a set will last me a year to a year and a half, gigging several times a month, sometimes several times a week, along with a number of hours of practice.

    They will also stay in tune for weeks at a time (unless the humidity goes crazy, like it has this Spring). If they go out of tune, it's so minor... Literally, a minor tweak gets it right back in line. But, many times the guitar will be in and out of the case, sit in the back seat for a day, whatever, and I get up on stage and it's still in tune. Always amazes me.

    I first started using them on my Gretsches, but recently switched my LP over to them as well. I grabbed it and took it to a jam the other night... Played through some other guy's old Gibson amp and dang it sounded great!
  5. TM1

    TM1 Senior Member

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    Sep 27, 2007
    You should try the Pyramid Gold Flatwounds! Made in Germany and are basically what the Beatles would have used until they started using round wounds in late 1967. Pyramid's were sold under the Selmer name back then through the Selmer store in London. Pyramid's use a round core followed by a wrap of pure nickel round wire and then a wrap of pure nickel flat wire, so they're twangy.

    Gibson's Flatwounds were the #40 & #40L back then and made basically very similar to Pyramids'. Pyramid has been making strings for 167 years!

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