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Flatwound Guitar Strings

Complete sets are listed in the sections below. Individual flatwound guitar strings can be found in the Single Strings section.
Curt Mangan Stainless Flat Wound
Chromes Flat Wound
DR Strings Flat Wound
GHS Flatwound
La Bella Flat Wound
Pyramid Guitar Flatwound
RotoSound Guitar Monel Flat Wound
S I T  Strings Flatwound
Thomastik-Infeld Guitar Flat Wound
We carry flatwound electric guitar strings made by D’Addario, D’Angelico, DR, GHS, La Bella, Pyramid, SIT and Thomastik Infeld. Most of the flatwound guitar strings available are stainless steel. Stainless steel provides the brightest possible tone when using flatwounds. The exceptions to this rule are the flatwound strings by Pyramid and Thomastik-Infeld. The Pyramid and Thomastik-Infeld strings are pure nickel flatwound. Pure nickel flatwound guitar strings will be warmer and somewhat less bright than stainless steel flatwounds. Neither stainless steel nor nickel flatwound strings will be anywhere near the brightness of roundwound strings; instead they provide a smooth mellow tone that is perfect for traditional jazz and bebop.

Flatwound electric guitar strings differ substantially from their roundwound counterparts. As one might guess from the name, flatwound guitar strings are wound with flat wire rather than round wire like typical strings. This provides some benefits and some drawbacks. First, the benefits: flatwounds are flat. They feel very smooth to the touch. This considerably cuts down on left hand noise while fingering and sliding. They also tend to last a very long time, rather longer than the average roundwound string.  The real deciding factor when thinking about whether or not to try flatwounds is their tone. Flatwound strings have a mellow, dark tone that some players, especially jazz players, prefer.  Some players, usually rock players, do not like flatwounds at all because of their dark tone and lack of brightness and harmonics. The best flatwound guitar strings are also considerably more expensive than roundwound strings because they are more difficult to manufacture.

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