I've gone flatwounds

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I got so fed up with the scraping/scratching sounds when I move my fingertips on round wounds from fret to fret. I asked a local musician friend what he suggested. The first word out of his mouth was "flatwounds."

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Took a chance. Bought two sets of D'Addario Jazz Light .11s. Put them on one of my ES-335s . . .

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What a difference!! Even if you don't play jazz-side blues (or jazz-side anything), they're what I've been seeking for eons and I didn't realise it until that friend suggested it. Both the touch and the sound make such a difference for me!

I have four more sets on order to go on all my Les Pauls, too. I will stay flatwound until death do us part!
 

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I liked Chromes when I tried 'em a few yrs ago, overall sound was awesome from my Greco LP. Only problem was, I couldn't do bends at will, like i like to...
 

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I like the half flats/semi flats if finger drag is an issue but bending is still required. They were my string of choice for a long time, quiet and they have their own tone going for themselves.

They’re worth a shot.
 

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I liked Chromes when I tried 'em a few yrs ago, overall sound was awesome from my Greco LP. Only problem was, I couldn't do bends at will, like i like to...
I stopped bending when I realised I could finger-slide just as effectively. That's when the scraping/squeaking on the round-wounds started driving me nuts at last. I put another set of those D'Addario Jazz Lights (.11) on this ES-335, too (pictured before the change) . . .

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. . . and they sound just as great on her!
 

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I like the half flats/semi flats if finger drag is an issue but bending is still required. They were my string of choice for a long time, quiet and they have their own tone going for themselves.

They’re worth a shot.
What brand makes these?
 

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What brand makes these?
GHS Nickel Rockers are kind of mashed a little. Quiet, but not silent.
LaBella makes all kinds of stuff, from Studio Brights to tape wound.
D’addario makes Chromes and Half Wound.
Thomastik-Infeld makes Swings (flatwound) George Benson custom sets, and Be-Bops (round wound). $pendy!
 

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I use flats on my acoustic archtop, but on my solidbody electrics, it's full roundwounds all the time. I want those harmonics when plugged into any of my Marshalls or Mesas.
 

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I use Chromes on my archtops. Love 'em.
 

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I used to use D'Addarios, but switched to Tomastik Infelds-- would definitely recommend taking a look at those.
 

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I used to play flat wounds, I think GHS. Maybe I need to string up one of my guitars with those again…
 

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My ES-135 had flatwounds on it when I bought it, I really liked them. I should get another set.
 

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Sold a 335 years back, with flatwounds. The buyer had never even heard of them. Got an email a short time later that he has almost completely converted his other axes. They aren't for everyone, but they are great at what they do.
 

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GHS Nickel Rockers are kind of mashed a little. Quiet, but not silent.
LaBella makes all kinds of stuff, from Studio Brights to tape wound.
D’addario makes Chromes and Half Wound.
Thomastik-Infeld makes Swings (flatwound) George Benson custom sets, and Be-Bops (round wound). $pendy!
Thank you very much!
 

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Right now I have flats on one guitar and rounds on a similar guitar (both are LPs). The guitar with the flats on it actually has more “modern” pickups, weight relief, and bridge. The one with the rounds has vintage-style pickups and bridge, and no weight relief. Which guitar sounds more vintage? The one with the flats.
 

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