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La Bella Electric Guitar Stainless Steel Flat Wound, .011 - .052, 20PL

La Bella Electric Guitar Stainless Steel Flat Wound, .011 - .052, 20PL
Manufacturer:
La Bella
Manufacturer Part #:
20PL
SKU:
LAB_20PL
Price:
$13.34

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Product Reviews for La Bella Electric Guitar Stainless Steel Flat Wound, .011 - .052, 20PL

La Bella Electric Guitar Stainless Steel Flat Wound, .011 - .052, 20PL4vjJuly 10, 2011First I'd like to correct the specs on this item. In spite of the "PL" suffix, the 3rd string on this set is wound, not plain. Now, on to my impressions: I've tried four different brands of flat wound strings on my Archtop, and these are my current favorite. I did try the La Bella 20PCM (12s) set, but found them just a little too stiff feeling. These strings have a nice attack, yet are mellower than round wounds. They are also very smooth feeling, which is what you want in flatwounds anyway. These strings cost a bit more than I think a set of strings should cost, but they are not the most expensive flatwounds either. Also, I've had the current set on for a couple of months, playing about 2 hours per day, and they still sound fine. If you are switching from a set of round-wound 12s, this might be a nice set for trying flat wounds. Although I could not find tension information on these strings, it is my understanding that flat wounds tend to be higher tension than their corresponding round wound counterparts. I definitely find that flat wound 12s feel stiffer than round wound 12s. I do sometimes change from round to flat and back again. Finally, I should say that I had a leftover set of 12 and 16 1st and 2nd strings leftover from a 20PCM set, which I used to replace the 11 and and 15s on this set, and I really like this combination. It would be nice if I could buy individual LaBella strings so that I could make up this custom set. All in all, definitely worth a try if you are checking out flatwounds!

 

NOTE

DESCRIPTION

DIAMETER INCHES

TENSION LBS

1st E

Plain Steel

.011

 

2nd B

Plain Steel

.015

 

3rd G

Stainless Steel Flat Wound

.020

 

4th D

Stainless Steel Flat Wound

.028

 

5th A

Stainless Steel Flat Wound

.039

 

6th E

Stainless Steel Flat Wound

.052

 



 

La Bella ELECTRICS
Flat Wound Stainless

"The original set design for electric guitar, the Flat Wound Stainless series are the first ribbon-wire wrapped strings. Developed in 1940 by La Bella, these strings are manufactured for all types of electric pick-ups. With a high magnetic content for increased electronic output, their smooth surface eliminates finger noise and string squeaks. Flat Wound Stainless sets have a very bright sound, a smooth feel and a long playing life. They are the first choice of many Jazz, Pop and Country guitarists."

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