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oh where, oh where can my perfect strings be....

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Stangg, Jul 24, 2001.

  1. Stangg

    Stangg Guest

    AAARGH! At first i tried roundwounds, but i hated the metallic, bell-like sound. so i tried flatwounds, and i completely love the sound. BUT they are way too tight. i can't do the same aerobics i did on the rounds. especially slapping, it makes it a lot harder.

    so what's a string that pretty much sounds like flatwound, but plays like roundwound?
  2. Mike


    Sep 7, 2000
    Were you using Nickel or Stainless RW's? I use Nickel RW's because I cannot stand the twangy, sterile sound of SS. Another option is half rounds.
  3. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    I dunno about playin' like a roundwound, but Thomastik-
    Infeld Jazz Flats (JF344) are VERY low tension.
  4. Jeb


    Jul 22, 2001
    D'Addario makes "half-rounds." Kind of a middle of the road compromise between flats and rounds. That might be what you're looking for.
  5. Stangg

    Stangg Guest

    i'm pretty sure they were stainless steel.
    but, I have heard good things about half rounds. i'll try them, and get back to you.
    although, those TI flats sound pretty good, too.
  6. A nickel roundwound string, when broken in well, should not have the metallic sound you describe that is characteristic of stainless steel - by default, nickel sounds a lot warmer. Of course, there are many different kinds of combination strings that attempt to strike a balance between the two different methods of winding, such as Groundwounds, Pressure-wounds, or half-rounds mentioned. The D'Addario String Catalogue: http://www.daddario.com/STRINGCT/Dcatalog.htm It sounds like those half-rounds, mentioned by Jeb, are what you're looking for. Also the Slowounds are a good string, but are a bit more roundwound-ish sounding.
  7. I think the TI Jazz Flats may be what you're looking for.

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