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Another Flat wound Strings Question

1

I recently received a set of Pyramid Gold 11s from the generous JBGretschGuy. I've never been fond of flats on guitars, but I've only tried the Daddarios, and I've heard such great things about Pyramids over the years, so I'm eager to try them.

The question remains: which guitar to put them on to get the best flat wound experience possible? So I'll put it up to a poll:

  • 6120 (TV Classics)
  • Casino (Hot P90s)
  • Esquire (Noiseless Tele)
  • Cabronita (TV Powertrons)
  • Strat (Tex Mex)
2

My choice would be the 6120. Filter-Trons really sound great with flatwounds.

3

Of course flats were used on solidbodies, but they're more associated with hollowbodies of course. That would be the place to start.

4

strat!

5

The 6120. They'd be wasted on anything else.

6

strat!

– WB

I agree. Flats like bright single coils. I wouldn't even use them with DeArmonds or P-90s. But I love them on Fenders and with HiloTrons.

7

I like DeArmonds with flats (sometimes, I ususally play rounds), but flats + humbuckers = too dull, unless you're going for that very specific Jazz tone.

9

Man, what a cool variety of responses.

I'm tempted between the 6120 and the Strat. The 6120 sounds so well balanced as it is, I'm afraid to upset that, but I'm also curious if it will get me near Beatles tones. I've never gotten that knocking-on-wood tone that I've always admired from George and his Country Gent.

The Casino's already too dark, and I've tried flats on it before.

I have to admit, I'm intrigued by the idea of flats on a Strat. M assuming it'll get me towards some old-school surfy tones.

10

plenty more than surfy tones - all Fenders used to ship from the factory with flats.

11

The surf tones from Jazzmasters and Jaguars of the early Sixties was usually done with flats. You should get there if that is what you are trying for.

12

Too bad I don't have any reverb to pair with it. I've got a reverb plugin on my computer, but thats not nearly as fun.

13

I would put them on a friend's guitar. ;)

I do not sound good with Flats but others do. Out of the choices I'd put them on the Casino. Considering the hot P90s in there you'll end up with a cozy Jazz tone that hopefully keeps some of its P90 charme. Could be nice for several styles.

14

I have Thomastik flats on my 6120 with dynas and love em. I have had em with filters and a strat with great results. My interest for guitar tones ends in the 60s though so if you're into heavy rock tones from the 70s and beyond not sure they will work as well

15

Same as Elvis, I have TI JS110's on my 6120 DSW and just love them, I'm going to buy some more and try on my country gent and 6120 with Filtertrons.

16

Well I went with the Strat. It was, indeed, in need of new strings anyway, and it's my brightest guitar, so I was curious to see what the flats would do.

I've never had so much fun with this guitar. I've always had it strung with 10s and considered it a twangy blues bender, but these flats really deadened up the treble and livened up the bass, inspiring me to play it like an acoustic.

I already had the mic set up for recording, so I captured some of my noodling to torture yall:

https://soundcloud.com/pass...

Thanks Josh!

17

Well I went with the Strat. It was, indeed, in need of new strings anyway, and it's my brightest guitar, so I was curious to see what the flats would do.

I've never had so much fun with this guitar. I've always had it strung with 10s and considered it a twangy blues bender, but these flats really deadened up the treble and livened up the bass, inspiring me to play it like an acoustic.

I already had the mic set up for recording, so I captured some of my noodling to torture yall:

https://soundcloud.com/pass...

Thanks Josh!

– Otter

They sound much better on the Strat than I thought they would. Nice playing too. I sure miss being able to play.

18

I've got D'Darrio Chromes on my Country Club with Dynas and my ES125 with a P90. I did have round wounds on them before. I like the flats better on both. The pickups are vintage on both guitars.

19

I have TI flats on my Duo Jet and my Casino, but with the unwound G on the Jet. I really like the feel of flats. If however you really want to go all out try them on a Strat and play some '50's rock.

20

Reason I said Casino was because you put flats on it and your guitar is hollow with P90, select the neck pickup and if you know how to play "Rock Around The Clock" then you can sound like Danny Cedrone on that record.

Flats on a Strat I never think of Strats with flats but I do on my Jazzmaster. Come to think of it "Pipeline" by The Chantays sound like Strats with flats on them.

I am not sure but did Buddy Holly use flats on his?

21

Maybe ask Duane Eddy if he likes them?

22

If you use a delay unit, nothing makes it pop like damped flatwound bass strings played through a delay. Back in '63 when I was playing surf instrumentals in a house band I used a tape delay unit and flatwounds. I still use delay and I'm back to flatwounds to get that percussive slap.

23

Maybe ask Duane Eddy if he likes them?

– Mojave

Did he use flats? Always thought he used rounds.


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