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Smooth Flatwounds

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by snyderz, Jun 20, 2002.


  1. snyderz

    snyderz

    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    Looking at some fretless sixers, but have a question on what strings to use once I get one. I've gotten spoiled by Lakland Osborn stainless flats, as they are the smoothest string I've found. Unfortunately, they don't make a 6 string set. I've tried others like TI, EB, and SIT, but they all had a texture on the string. Anyone know of a flatwound string that is smooth and in a six?
    Thanks,
    Doc
     
  2. notduane

    notduane

    Nov 24, 2000
    Location
    dang doc, that's a toughie :confused:

    "off the shelf", the first thing pops to mind are LaBella 760N6
    tapes (29-128). Not exactly s/s flats, but they've definitely got
    a smooth feel.

    D'Addario Chromes (s/s flats) are pretty slick, but their smallest
    single string is 40. I guess you could build a really heavy sixer set
    from single Chromes.

    Rotosound RS77 Monel Flats and RS88 Tapes ARE offered in 6-
    string sets. It's been a while since I had a set of RS77's on anything.
    IIRC they're not quite as smooth as say, GHS Precision (s/s) Flats.

    Glad to be of little or no help whatsoever :rolleyes::p Happy hunting :)
     
  3. BassMann2112

    BassMann2112

    Jun 21, 2002
    I tried Round and the ground Wounds on my 1959 Fender Jazz and let me tell ya they both wore my neck a bit. I fell in love with the feel and tone of Ribbon Wound strings for the frettless. they are the smoothest string I have ever encountered.
    Good Luck
     
  4. snyderz

    snyderz

    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    Thanks, guys. I'll let you know what I come up with.
    Doc
     
  5. FunkySpoo

    FunkySpoo Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2002
    I have LaBelles' stainless flats on my sr5 and they seem really smooth to me but I've been using rounds for a while so anything might seem smooth. But really they are smooth.