I posted this thread in the wrong forum, i apologize First off, i want to say that i tried to search threads with this topic but i'm still not very sure on what i should do when installing Flatwounds, so i made this thread. When i install roundwounds, i cut the tuning post part of the string by a few inches so that i don't end up with too many windings and then i bend the very end of the string to make sure that the windings don't unwind or that the inner core does not slip, then i try to put the string, wind it around the tuning post and tune to pitch. I tried doing the exact same with the flatwounds that i got, but i got some bad results. The A string sounds rather dull compared to the other strings and i think it might be due to me installing these strings badly. My main question is: What do i have to do with the Flatwound strings when i install them? Is it required that i bend the very end of the string with the flatwounds, or do i just cut what is not needed and put the string without having to bend the very end? Also, when i put flatwounds, i learned this other problem known as the "twisted string". What precautions do i have to take to prevent twisted strings? Also, this is the first time that i encounter those coloured silk parts in both ends of the strings. What do i need to know about them? I have installed Ernie Ball Cobalt Flatwounds on an Ibanez SR500, btw. That's all, thanks for reading.