Flats on a 6122-II ??

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by Philtertronic, Dec 5, 2018.

  1. Philtertronic

    Philtertronic Gretschie

    191
    Feb 26, 2014
    scotland
    Ok, you've all probably been asked this before but is it a wise move? How do they perform with the Filtertrons?
    I'm just about to re-string the guitar and have been considering flats for a while but think I'll hold off until forum experience speaks.
     
  2. Limuz

    Limuz Gretschie

    215
    Sep 8, 2012
    Netherlands
    I have flats with TV Classic pickups. The flatwounds made the sound more even for me and I love them. I would go with a set of Thomastik Infelds. They're my favorites.
     
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  3. Philtertronic

    Philtertronic Gretschie

    191
    Feb 26, 2014
    scotland
    What's the Classic like, compared to a stock Filter'tron?
     
  4. Limuz

    Limuz Gretschie

    215
    Sep 8, 2012
    Netherlands
    As far as I know, it is very comparable to the Filtertron, but a bit brighter/clearer.
     
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  5. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    As a whole Flatwounds tend to sound a little warmer or mellow, and not as bright. They also tend to be a little more difficult to bend. I find they tend to sound very even across all strings but it might depend on the brand.

    That’s all I’ve used on my Gretsch, and I leave round wounds for my other guitars. I am currently trying different flats and are going to try half wounds before getting a new set up. From what I’ve read, half wounds give a semi feeling of flats but with an added brightness, so you could try those as well.

    I say try a set out if you’d like. Really, strings are such a personal preference in feel and sound. The only real answer is what’s feels right for and sounds great to you.
     
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  6. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    Thomastiks are on my list to try. Local shop doesn’t carry them so I’m ordering a set on line. I’ve only played Chromes.
     
  7. Philtertronic

    Philtertronic Gretschie

    191
    Feb 26, 2014
    scotland
    Good to know. I find the FTs on my Gretsch a bit too dirty.
     
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