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A recent guitar purchase came with flat wounds on them.  I'd never played them before. Never seen them discussed here.

Talk amongst yourselves.

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Use nothing but flatwounds on my bass and love the smoother sound they produce.  Never used them on guitars though........

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It has been years since playing a guitar with flatwounds.  I remember them feeling a little stiffer and sounding less bright.  For someone playing clean they might be good, but from what I remember they really would not be good for someone playing with a lot of gain. 

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Excellent on a 12 string.  The sound of the 60's.

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On bass always and I love compressed rounds which feel like flats, on my 12 string guitar.  I need to try pure flats on a 6 string.

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Count me in as another who has them on all my basses, but have never played them on a guitar.  Love the tone though, think mellow Wes Montgomery.

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Only rounds on bass, preferably nickel. Tried flats; they suck hard.

Put flats on my Tele and jazz box. Good for a change, but I'm using rounds on the rest of my guitars.

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Flats are a warmer tone.  Love on the jazz box and fretless bass.

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My standby Gibson Howard Roberts moves from general purpose guitar to straight jazz box with a change to flats (D'Addario Chromes, to be specific). 

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I keep a set lying around just in case someone needs a completely incompetent jazz faker to sit in. 

CAVEAT:  not even remotely tolerable with gain - lots of weird overtones (undertones?) that (inconceivably) make me sound even worse!  Could be the choice of Chromes - only ones I've tried.

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I use stainless ground rounds (D'Addario half round) on my fretless basses they feel good, tone is good and they last fer freakin' ever. Flatwounds on a guitar can be cool, they give a slightly compressed sound and feel.  Wayne Moss of Barefoot Jerry is a great example.

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I use 12-52 Daddario flat wounds on my Newport. They are not dull sounding, or brite. I love them.

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Never tried them. Maybe try a set on my Talladega. Based on what y’all are saying about them I don’t think they’d suit any of my other guitars. 

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For me?  Oh, God no.  It's not that I can't hang a little in the Jazz/Fusion realm, but classic rock is  where I'm most comfortable.  And flatwounds just go against everything I do tone wise.  

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Messed around with them for a guitar with a pitch-to-midi converter, as they generate fewer overtones to confuse the processing. Hard to bend. A bit dull sounding, but cool for jazz. I have a few sets that I expect I will never use.

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GHS BriteFlats .010s on my Gretsch PowerJet. Plain 3rd string. Mellower tone like a true flatwound, but they sustain longer.

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On 5/8/2020 at 3:36 PM, sixesandsevens said:

P-bass?  Yes.

Guitar?  That's a thing?

Yes, on jazz boxes played finger style with a clean signal chain.

 

On 5/7/2020 at 5:54 AM, Teh said:

Flats are a warmer tone.  Love on the jazz box and fretless bass.

And the flats minimize wear on a fretless fingerboard. Want more attack from flats on a bass? Play with a pick; it'll bring out attack and a sense of drive.

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39 minutes ago, JohnnyB said:

Yes, on jazz boxes played finger style with a clean signal chain.

It was a joke.  I probably should have included my buddy here: ;) 

:D 

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7 minutes ago, sixesandsevens said:

It was a joke.  I probably should have included my buddy here: ;) 

:D 

 

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