Electromatics

5120 With Flatwound Strings?

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I've previously posted about my 2008 5120 with the "Gretschbucker" pickups. Well, although a lot of people like to change out the pickups, the more I play it, the more I'm convinced that these pickups have a really nice tone for playing jazz, so I think I'm going to leave them in. Also, since she seems to be moving me in a jazzy direction, along with sticking with the "Gretschbucker" pickups, I'm thinking of changing my round wound strings to flat wound strings. Not the most earthshaking question, I know, but I'm curious to hear if any of you have tried that and if you liked what you heard. Any thoughts?

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Plenty of flat stringers around here. Lots of Thomastik fans, if you have the budget for them.

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I tried it on mine, and it works great if you're after that warm mellow jazz tone. The Gretschbuckers are still brighter and crisper than typical Gibson/Epiphone humbuckers. I already have that tone covered with other guitars, so I went back to roundwounds on the 5120, along with a Tru-Arc Aluminum bridge, which combined give the 5120 a more distinctive voice which can cover a whole spectrum from jazz to funk to reggae and beyond.

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Like Parabar said, the G'buckers are bright pickups, which I liked as I'm primarily a single coil kind of guy. I had them on a Synchro jet, and flats worked nicely. Nice looking guitar, BTW.

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I used to put flat wounds on every few years and would love them, for about a week. Then, off they'd come and a set of round wound Daddario's would go on. However, lately, at the suggestion of Billy Zoom and some others, I tried pure nickel wound strings; Burnished Nickel Rockers (semi flat) by GHS. I like them a lot and they seem to last for a very long time before intonation problems start.

A few of my students at York U. bought 5120s and I encouraged them to leave the Gretschbuckers on. You're right; they make bery nice jazz boxes. What would improve your guitar, if your are using it for only jazz, is a good custom fitted ebony or Brazilian rosewood bridge. I just finished my first Macassar ebony one and it sounds like a cross between Brazilian rosewood and Gabon ebony.


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