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La Bella Electric Guitar Stainless Steel Flat Wound, .011 - .050, 20PL

La Bella Electric Guitar Stainless Steel Flat Wound, .011 - .050, 20PL
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La Bella Electric Guitar Stainless Steel Flat Wound, .011 - .050, 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!
These professional Jazz Guitar Strings are made to fit archtops and hollow-body guitars, therefore are NOT suitable for standard solid body guitars with 25.5 or 24.75 scale like a Stratocaster or Les Paul model.

Wound length of each strings is 36″ (distance from ball-end to silk); only the silk portion should wrap around the tuning post






1st E

Plain Steel



2nd B

Plain Steel



3rd G

Stainless Steel Flat Wound



4th D

Stainless Steel Flat Wound



5th A

Stainless Steel Flat Wound



6th E

Stainless Steel Flat Wound




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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