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Flatwound Choice, sound and tension ?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by damos, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. damos


    Feb 6, 2006
    I play with Fender Roundwound (45, 65, 85, 105) and i want to try Flatwound but what 's the best choice for me considering the gauge to have the same tension as the roundwound. I'm thinking about THOMASTIK JF324 : Gauges 043-056-070-106
    It seem very closed to my Fender roundwound in term of gauge and sound ?
    I play a passiv Jazz
    Help me please for my choice

  2. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    Pretty sure the TIs will have less tension.

    I'd maybe try a medium gauge set of Chromes.
  3. Gord_oh

    Gord_oh Midtown Guitars: Ulyate Pickups & StringJoy Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2008
    +1 on medium gauge chromes.
    i started with the light gauge, but i really liked having a bit thicker E string. (.105 IIRC)
    so far they are my favorite flats and thats pretty much all i use.
    although i am starting to venture into half rounds, we will see.
    IMO, stay away from Fender flats, they are very very high tension IME.
    i tried chromes first, then got a set of Fender flats and i hated them.
  4. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    I tried Fender flats as my first set of Flats... and yeah, they're high tension. I was just playing a medium set, but I have never played a set with a higher tension than those.

    I figure even the Jamerson set has less tension than medium Fenders lol. Well, maybe not.
  5. TimB 619

    TimB 619 Guest

    May 28, 2010
    The new Fender 9050L's are not bad tension wise at all.
  6. Marton


    Sep 20, 2005
    GHS regular gauge.
  7. Johnny Alien

    Johnny Alien Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2003
    Harrisburg, PA, USA
    The 32" scale will work on a 34" scale if you string through body but it's close. They do have slightly more tension than the 34" scale. I would suggest just going to the 34" scale. They are not scary low tension. They would be close to a extra light set of Fender rounds.

    Chromes are great flats. IMO they will be slightly higher tension than the Fender rounds you are currently using. Are you trying to match gauge or tension?

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