String types?What are their differences?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Airsick Pilot, Aug 17, 2002.

  1. Airsick Pilot

    Airsick Pilot Cleopatra

    Jul 29, 2002
    Cockpit(throwing up)
    Hey guys. Whats the difference between halfwounds, flatwounds an roundwounds. What are their disadvantages/advantages and what should I get if I want strings that will go easy on my fingers but won't really lose its punch because the strings that are currently on my yamaha are kind of abrasive and theyre a pain in the arse. I heard that they are made of stainless steel. Would nickel coated roundwound be much easier to play or should I get something else?

    One last thing. Have you guys ever tried the D'Addario Slowound?Any good?

    Any help will be very appreciated! :D
  2. nickels are easier on the fingers, i would def. go with those if i had a finger issue, on the rest of the subject do a search man.
  3. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Nickels are a little less abrasive than steels and are more consistent over time. Steels sound superbright out of the bag, but the difference between new and old is more noticeable with them.
  4. Blue Steels are my string of choice...yes, they do sound super-bright out of the bag, but after a day or two, it's sonic heaven...they last a few months too!
  5. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    pics always help :D


    Don't forget Dean Markley "Fretmasters" - kind of a ½ & ½ string.
    They start off as roundwounds, but are ground down a bit just over
    the fretboard area. The section that's over the pickups remains

    "Inner core" shape figures into the equation too. Fer instance,
    Thomastik-Infeld Jazz Roundwounds and DR Sunbeams have
    a ROUND core. They feel a bit "looser" than strings with a
    hexagonal core.