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Flatwounds plucks hair out!?!

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by TreVice, Nov 7, 2019.


  1. TreVice

    TreVice

    Jan 13, 2012
    DFW
    anyone else have this issue??? Just put on some flatwounds recently (1st time flatwound user) on 2 of my basses. I love how silky smooth they play but occasionally (at least once every time I play the bass) the string will PLUCK one of my arm hairs out! It feels like a little shock but low and behold there is a little hair between the string wounds as evidence to this crime. Thoughts? Does this happen only on the cheap flatwound strings? (yes I usually buy cheap strings, EB, DR, etc)

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    No.
    Edit: I meant no not me. Can't speak for others but My arm hair gets nowhere near my strings.
     
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  3. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    The Brains: FretNation.com
    If there is a gap a hair can get caught in it.

    Some flats have less space between the windings and you will not experience that.
     
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  4. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    How are the strings coming into contact with the parts of your arms that have hair?
     
  5. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    The Brains: FretNation.com
    Jaco palm slide?
     
  6. Exactly my question. Either the OP is a gorilla or he plays in a very unorthodox manner.
     
  7. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I'm a hairy dude but it's on the top of my arm. There's some on the under side but that never touches the strings either.
     
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  8. TreVice

    TreVice

    Jan 13, 2012
    DFW
    on stage usually, between songs, maybe bending down to grab a water bottle or shoot I don't know. but it happens. not in the middle of actually playing it
     
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  9. TreVice

    TreVice

    Jan 13, 2012
    DFW
    not long hair, but I do have hair on my forearms. maybe thats the problem? do most people not have hair on forearms?
     
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  10. TreVice

    TreVice

    Jan 13, 2012
    DFW
    hah, no not gorillia. I'll just be standing there with my arms down between a song maybe for a few seconds and "ding!" ouch! ***!?
     
  11. The term is lo & behold & I recommend changing your technique.
     
  12. What specific flatwounds?

    Some flats have tiny little gaps between windings, while others are more tightly wound.
     
  13. TreVice

    TreVice

    Jan 13, 2012
    DFW
    thanks, as I was typing it, it looked wrong but didn't feel like googling it to interrupt my post. lol

    and as for technique... I may indeed have to change where I rest my arms between songs and change how I grab water bottles, etc. but seriously... you never touch your strings with your forearm while grabbing something or relaxing between riffs? I mean I never noticed what I was doing until the bass with flats started snatching hairs off of me... grrrr
     
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  14. TreVice

    TreVice

    Jan 13, 2012
    DFW
  15. The EB Cobalt Flat do have gaps in between. They do that on purpose to achieve a degree of flexibility. As far as flats go, the tighter the winding, the stiffer they are.
     
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  16. TreVice

    TreVice

    Jan 13, 2012
    DFW
    hmm, gotcha. sounds like I may have to test out another brand to see if its worth it. or start waxxing my forearms. lol
     
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  17. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    Shaving will also let you play faster. Just like swimmers and cyclists. ;)
     
  18. TreVice

    TreVice

    Jan 13, 2012
    DFW
    sweeeet lol
     
  19. organworthyplayer337

    organworthyplayer337 Professional Hack Supporting Member

    Oct 28, 2014
    Charlotte, NC
    that's happened to me too OP, you're not alone :D
     
  20. MynameisMe

    MynameisMe Supporting Member

    Dec 31, 2018
    Steamy Florida
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    noun
    1. 1.
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      chemical decomposition produced by passing an electric current through a liquid or solution containing ions.

    2. 2.
      the removal of hair roots or small blemishes on the skin by the application of heat using an electric current.
     
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