string explanation

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by fcSR5k5, Nov 12, 2003.

  1. fcSR5k5


    Jul 8, 2003
    hi guys, im a noob. did a search, couldnt find much. but could someone please explain what the differnce between strings are. ex: flatwounds, roundwounds, etc... thanx guys, im just getting back into playing. thanx again, grant
  2. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    flatwounds are a duller string. Their wraps are usually a round wire, then finished off with a flat tape like wire. Hence the name flatwounds. Roundwounds are round wire wrapped around the core wire. Groundwounds are Rounds that have been ground flatter. Not completely, ususally, but flatter. They are mellower than rounds, but not as mellow as flats. Then nylon wounds have nylon wraps on a metal core. They are kinda similar to groundwounds in sound, but a bit duller. Then there are coated strings. They have a polymer plastic coating on the outside of the string. These prevent oil and dirt from getting between the windings and deadening the string earlier. Hope that explains it.
  3. Try the FAQ

    What are the differences between flatwound/roundwound strings?
    A string consists of two parts- the core, and the wrap which covers the core. Flatwound and roundwoud strings are comprised of different wraps. The wrap on a flatwound resembles a ribbon. It is flat, and when wound around the strings, gives them a very smooth, continuous feel. Flatwounds are popular for their old-school tone, and lack of finger noise. They are easy on the hands and easy on the frets, due to their smooth surface. They are a favorite of fretless players because they do little to no damage to the unprotected fretboard. The drawbacks are a lack of high end overtones, and a relatively quick note decay time. The wrap on a roundwound string is a round wire, and gives the strings a bumpier, rougher feel. Roundwounds are much brighter-sounding than flatwounds, with more emphasis on the high end. They are great for all-around playing, and with their more modern tone are a good choice for slappers. The drawbacks are that they do not last as long as flatwounds, and can eventually wear down frets and fingerboards, especially on fretless basses. (However, many find that the quintessential fretless sound is that of roundwound strings against a bare fretboard.) They are also not as easy on the hands as flatwounds.

    What are the differences between nickel-wound and stainless steel-wound strings?
    Nickel-wound and stainless steel-wound strings are both types of roundwound strings, with the alloy in their name being the wrap that winds around the string core. Stainless steels are more aggressive, in their tone and their damage. They have a strong, punchy attack, but also can be rough on the fingers and the frets. Nickel strings are more mellow, with a more subdued tone, but are still bright, with plenty of overtones.