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Title: flatwounds?
Post by: washiwashi on August 25, 2010, 11:45:58 AM
Hi there,

has anyone of you guys considered/used flatwounds for your favourite washburn semi-hollow?

I have a set of d'Addario chromes lying around at home and an hb33dm needing new strings, so I may try that one of this days.

Any feedback on that?
Title: flatwounds?
Post by: Rocket on August 25, 2010, 01:04:57 PM
quote:
Originally posted by washiwashi

I have a set of d'Addario chromes lying around at home and an hb33dm needing new strings, so I may try that one of this days.

Any feedback on that?

Ummm... ok.
Thanks for the heads-up.
Title: flatwounds?
Post by: NickS on August 25, 2010, 06:42:23 PM
Flatwounds are highly over-rated.
Title: flatwounds?
Post by: washiwashi on August 27, 2010, 04:55:12 AM
quote:
Originally posted by NickS

Flatwounds are highly over-rated.



[:)] they may well be. Anyway, can't try before sunday...
Title: flatwounds?
Post by: NickS on August 27, 2010, 07:03:23 AM
I did not mean to discourage you away from trying the flatwounds. I just don't think they add much to the tone. Some times you get a lot of BS from the net or your friends because they don't want to admit they made an error. It's like the person saying how wonderful their new 50.00 guitar plays, and that compared to a 1000.00 model it's equally as good.
Title: flatwounds?
Post by: hollywoodmark on August 27, 2010, 07:17:00 AM
My two cents: I've tried both flats and semi-flats on my hollowbody, and they really make a difference. Lovely sound and very nice feel. You ought to at least give them a chance.
Title: flatwounds?
Post by: Groovedady on August 30, 2010, 04:53:48 PM
Must put new strings on my new J4 and I'm really not convinced about flatwounds...Any other suggestions (This is my first acoustic-electric so I'm a little in the dark on this one).
Thanks
Title: flatwounds?
Post by: washiwashi on August 31, 2010, 07:50:18 AM
alright, just put those flatwounds in!
My first impressions are a bit mixed. Actually, like with many things in life it felt bad at first
but then it may be growing in me ;)

Chords sound more defined, and the neck pickup does work better with these strings. But that looong sustain... just isn't the same.
Tonewise, I guess I still have to fiddle around a little with my knobs (bit too busy at work, lately...). It plays clean really sweet, but it isn't playing dirty all that well.
Title: flatwounds?
Post by: nogin007 on August 31, 2010, 08:30:45 AM
 my new J4 ... my first acoustic-electric

I think the J4 is actually an electric guitar, and will use electric strings. An acoustic-electric guitar will use acoustic strings. Of course, you can mix and match as you see fit. Whatever sounds the best to your ear.
Title: flatwounds?
Post by: abdef on September 02, 2010, 12:57:22 PM
Nothing like them. I have a new J7 Natural and it warms it up!! Nothing like playing jazz or holday songs with flatwounds. Those that disparage don't  know how to use them. They are not for all genres of music but they do have their place!!

Thanks for the welcome. Glad to be here!
Title: flatwounds?
Post by: boynamedsuse on September 02, 2010, 06:58:34 PM
Welcome to the forum, abdef. [8D]
Title: flatwounds?
Post by: abdef on September 18, 2010, 07:18:54 AM
I just put flat wounds on my brand new J-7. It adds a warmth tone to it's voice and helps to get rid of the annoying finger drag sound that I do not want in Jazz. It makes a huge difference to me and I think that if folks think it doesn't, they are misguided. They may not like the sound, but it does make a huge difference in the voice of the guitar.
Title: flatwounds?
Post by: Bongolation on September 21, 2010, 03:23:30 AM
I have tried Fender 50 Flatwounds on a semi and they were awful.

Remember, only three of the strings are flatwound.  The G is roundwound and the B and E are of course unwound.

The overall effect when strumming a chord was:

THUD, THUD, THUD, TWANG, TWANG, TWANG.[B)]

Maybe you'll have better luck with a different set on a different guitar.
Title: flatwounds?
Post by: Rocket on September 21, 2010, 07:55:11 AM
quote:
Originally posted by Bongolation

THUD, THUD, THUD, TWANG, TWANG, TWANG.

Hmmm... sounds like sex with my ex!
Title: flatwounds?
Post by: NickS on September 21, 2010, 07:29:58 PM
If your neck pickup sounds a bit muddy you won't like Flat's.

Rocket - Man, do you need lessons? Should be TWANG, THUD, TWANG, THUD, TWANG, THUD. YELP. WOOOHOOO.
Title: flatwounds?
Post by: Rocket on September 21, 2010, 07:36:56 PM
quote:
Originally posted by NickS

Rocket - Man, do you need lessons? Should be TWANG, THUD, TWANG, THUD, TWANG, THUD. YELP. WOOOHOOO.

You don't know my ex!
Title: flatwounds?
Post by: NickS on September 22, 2010, 07:41:03 PM
Maybe I should celebrate not knowing her!
Title: flatwounds?
Post by: Rocket on September 22, 2010, 09:53:49 PM
quote:
Originally posted by NickS

Maybe I should celebrate not knowing her!

I could hook ya up... she's remarried, but that never seemed to stop her before.
Let me know. (Be inebriated & wear waders!)
Title: flatwounds?
Post by: NickS on September 24, 2010, 06:53:26 AM
I don't think my wife of 39 years would allow me to wear waders. Thanks for the offer, thats really nice of you Rocket.
Title: flatwounds?
Post by: abdef on September 30, 2010, 12:30:59 PM
I used a set of D'Adario. It has been a month or so, still sound terrific. As I mentioned, they are not for all genres. You cannot strum them. Best with flat pick Jazz or finger style. Strumming makes them sound terrible. A little echo, a little reverb and wow!!
Title: flatwounds?
Post by: NickS on October 05, 2010, 10:04:15 PM
I just don't like one-trick-pony's myself. If you have a real Jazz-box, then by all means, try them out. I just don't think they work with the HB's at all. Flats destroy the versatility of the HB. It's the original Jazz, Blues and Rock-n-roll weapon.
Title: flatwounds?
Post by: abdef on November 15, 2010, 01:14:26 PM
Try the D' half rounds. They are crisp like rounds and soft like flats. Sound great!!
Title: flatwounds?
Post by: hollywoodmark on December 03, 2010, 10:07:59 AM
I currently have half-rounds on my HB15, and they ARE a nice compromise. I find them quite strummable, at least when used acoustically. Through the amp, they're a bit boomy.

My guitar came with flats, so I don't know the joys NickS hints at. Maybe I should try rounds next. Think 11s are heavy enough to do the job, Nick?
Title: flatwounds?
Post by: NickS on December 05, 2010, 08:11:16 PM
11's give you a really nice tone, plus they can really growl when needed.

EDIT: Any thing from 9's on up works. 10's are considered standard for 335 types. Mine came with 11's installed. Some Gibson people swear by 9's.... it's all in the tone you like.
Title: flatwounds?
Post by: abdef on December 16, 2010, 02:21:35 PM
I agree with the boominess of the half rounds but the J-7 is also a rock a billiy guitar and that sound fits nicely when played in that style. As a jazz guitar it is a comprimise.