Originally Posted by Laurent
I use Ernie Ball Flatwound and love them. I A/B'ed them against Fender flat over the WE and hated the Fenders. They were too stiff and too mids centered tonally.
Give Ernie Ball a try!
This guy ^ doesn't know Fender changed their flat formula when they brought string production back to the US last year. I was a Fender flat hater for the same reasons 10 years ago, but now I think they are the bee's knees. They are now super-similar chromes, but offer more gauge variety and they are a little lower tension.
Never tried EB, but I also don't fancy any string in their lineup.