How would flatwounds sound on my Starcaster reissue?

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How would flatwounds sound on my Starcaster reissue?

Post by Meme Library » Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:19 am

I've never used flatwounds, but am starting to teach myself jazz guitar and got wondering about them on my starcaster.

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Re: How would flatwounds sound on my Starcaster reissue?

Post by NewKId » Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:59 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2hmWVOxRBU

Here's a great video from Adam Levy from his Guitar Tips series on flatwound strings.

I used Thomastik Jazz 12s ($25) on my Tele and they sound sweeter, fuller, and felt great to me. The guage is very slightly larger at 12-50 than the NYXL 11's I have on my guitar now (11-49). To me the biggest difference, in a good way, was the stronger bass notes from the low E string.

However, after a while the 11's are just a bit more comfortable to me and I feel like I can player longer in one sitting with them.

Definitely worth a try!

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Re: How would flatwounds sound on my Starcaster reissue?

Post by TeenageShutdown! » Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:06 pm

Go for it. Only you can be the judge if you’ll like them or not. If you don’t like them you won’t be out that much either.

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Re: How would flatwounds sound on my Starcaster reissue?

Post by jakeisjake » Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:58 pm

i love flat wounds, but my kids hate them.

so, i use half wounds on one or two guitars...cuts down on the screech, but still kinda has the feel of regular strings.
I'm sitting by the Arthur Kill...

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Re: How would flatwounds sound on my Starcaster reissue?

Post by Meme Library » Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:14 pm

TeenageShutdown! wrote:
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:06 pm
Go for it. Only you can be the judge if you’ll like them or not. If you don’t like them you won’t be out that much either.
Ok! I ordered some :)

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Re: How would flatwounds sound on my Starcaster reissue?

Post by NewKId » Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:17 pm

We’re a bunch of enablers on this site. Flatwounds come in different sizes so you may like 11s. D’Addario flatwounds are much less expensive than Thomastik, that are made in Vienna.

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Re: How would flatwounds sound on my Starcaster reissue?

Post by TeenageShutdown! » Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:36 am

Flatwounds are a string every guitarist needs to try at least once. Let us know your results.

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Re: How would flatwounds sound on my Starcaster reissue?

Post by 601210 » Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:00 am

I just switched away from flatwounds (they're kinda expensive and aren't even available in my country) and I really miss them on my Jazzy. I'm appreciating the sparkle of 10s again, but I much prefer the feel of flatwounds and I miss the "weight" of the tone. I'll probably set a different guitar up with flatwounds so I have choices.

Lots of people say that the added cost is worth it because they last a lot longer, but in my experience the Jazzmaster trem is still the common denominator here -- you'll still get ball end breakage, and in my case the windings came apart at the bridge. For a hardtail I bet they'll last forever and sound great the whole time, though.

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