Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Steve S, Sep 10, 2001.

  1. Steve S

    Steve S

    Jul 26, 2000
    I put a set of Tomastic flatwounds on my Jazz last week to see how they play. While they are smooth and have a rubbery feel, I found that they slowed my hand down. It seems that having more surface area on the flatwounds makes it more difficult to skim over the surface. As my hand became more sweaty the longer I played, the strings got stickier and slower.

    Has anyone else found this to be true or is my technique at fault?
  2. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    When TI Flats are new, they are fairly sticky, IME, particularly the E and A strings. This gets better, but it may take a couple of weeks or more. There seems to be a little roughness left over from the manufacturing process. I've had the same experience with Ernie Ball flats, but the Fender 9050's were smooth and slick right out of the package.

    When they're broken in a little, I don't think you'll have the same problem. Plus, TI's sound better after a few weeks, and even better after a few months.