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La Bella Electric Guitar Stainless Steel Flat Wound, .012 - .052, 20PCM

La Bella Electric Guitar Stainless Steel Flat Wound,  .012 - .052, 20PCM
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By Doug
Grand Forks, BC
Great feel and balance
January 13, 2019
I've been playing Chromes for years, never fully satisfied - the D & G strings seemed weak and muted - big jump in clarity and output from the G to B string... Anyway, these are awesome on my Ibanez AK75.
By Robert
No Effort Required
June 10, 2014
"The tone" is built into these strings. I don't have to work at it compared to the Chromes. So, the Chromes with stay on the semi-hollow for versatility and the La Bellas are for the archtop. These strings seemed to have the most tension of all the brands that I tried so the 12s might be as heavy as I would go. I couldn't put the guitar down. That's usually a good sign that you found the right string.
By Robert
Jazz Tone!
June 9, 2014
I am anticipating the arrival of an Eastman archtop so I am trying out flatwounds on my EastmanT186MX. I have always been a fan of flats...in theory...the thuddiness was always a problem. But I want an archtop with no squeaks. Just tried the 52 Chromes. Brighter with a hollower sound and not the best feel for fingerstyle. These LaBellas have a solid, mellower tone and have a (slightly) more natural feel on the fingers; maybe a bit more tension but a gauge higher would not be a problem. I might stay with the Chromes on the T186 for more brightness and versatility but the LaBellas are definitely in jazz territory. I'll be trying others which might be different but not necessarily better. Not a fan of the Thomastik's gauges, by the way.
By Tim W.
This is it.
April 24, 2014
Well I have tried and loved the TI flats, but at $27 a set a bit pricy for me. Have these on my Ibanez 175 knock off and my newly purchased Ibanez AM93. Tried the DR flats and Chromes. DR just was too dead. The Chromes were good but lacked complexity. The LaBella set was the ticket. They have the smoothest feeling of the bunch and have the perfect balance of warmth and overtone complexity that really let complex voiced chord ring and have great inner note definition. Great sustain too. The ONLY other string I have tried that I would consider are the TI flats and at less than half the price I will stick with LaBella.
By Guillaume
good sound
September 8, 2009
I tried a lot of strings for jazz and Labella is the best for jazz. They have more attack than D'Addario. They added an E and a B. They have a smooth and warm sound.
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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