Thoughts on wound G string

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by mandobandit, May 14, 2019.

  1. mandobandit

    mandobandit Gretschie

    Apr 1, 2019
    C1F519D9-CC7E-4958-9048-3ADD5D3FE010.png I am thinking of trying this set on my new 6120 PE
    Anyone have any input ?
  2. unbridled

    unbridled Synchromatic

    Aug 20, 2008
    I use them. They sound great.
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  3. Highroller

    Highroller Synchromatic

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    Yeah, those exact strings. I put 'em on anything with a Bigsby (including my 6120) and a few others. You might be surprised how good they sound on a Tele.

    I like 'em just fine!
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  4. Donaldo

    Donaldo Electromatic

    Nov 15, 2018
    Newcastle, UK
    I use flat wounds in .11's with a wound G on my 6120, sound great. Get them on.
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  5. pilgrim

    pilgrim Country Gent

    Jun 15, 2010
    I order wound G 12 at a time, I build my own sets
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  6. lp_bruce

    lp_bruce Gretschie

    Apr 28, 2019
    Metro Detroit
    I use 11s with a wound G on one of my two hybrid guitars. I think the electric sounds are pretty much the same, but the acoustic sounds are a bit better. Not quite sure why. With all things, YMMV.
  7. Gretschtim1

    Gretschtim1 Country Gent

    Dec 4, 2012
    Dundalk, Md
    When I first started out (mainly a rhythm player) that's all I ever used. They have their own sound but aren't very good for bending whole steps. I can do it but it takes a toll on your fingers after a while - great for rhythm though. As I started to play more leads I realized they weren't for me anymore.
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  8. Gregor

    Gregor Gretschie

    Oct 17, 2018
    New Brunswick, Canada
    I use them as pictured. Had to buy a new wound G though after just replacing a set. It became frayed at the 2nd fret for some reason. Hopefully a one off. I believe these are the original strings that come with the G5220. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong.
  9. mandobandit

    mandobandit Gretschie

    Apr 1, 2019
    thanks folks for all the generous responses,
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  10. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Country Gent

    Jul 30, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
    If you use 12's instead of 10's, you'll always have a wound G, and the added benefit of building up finger strength.;):D
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  11. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    I use a wound .018 for the 3rd string on most of the Gretsches. I like the feel of it over an unwound .017 in .010-.046 NYXL set. The downside seems to be I'll wind up w/ divoting/fraying of the winding somewhere between the 10th and 14th fret on that string about twice as fast as the others on most guitars I use them on.
  12. dmunson

    dmunson Gretschie

    Dec 19, 2015
    Charlotte, NC
    I get them by the dozen. But I use them sporatically depending on the rythem sound that I'm looking for. They tend to fill in the mid range when I'm playing primarily rythem.
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  13. Rusty Silver

    Rusty Silver Gretschie

    I use 11's D'Addario wound G. Great sound, but bending a wound g is hard...
  14. Yann G

    Yann G Electromatic

    May 12, 2019
    I hate the sound of a G that's not wound, I would even try a wound B :)
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  15. sh4rkbyt3

    sh4rkbyt3 Gretschie

    Mar 8, 2019
    Elkton, MD
    I use the same ones EXL 110's on everything I own (including both of my Gretsch's) except my Epi LP. That one gets a set of EPS510's which just seem to sound better on that guitar in particular.

    A friend of mine who plays a lot of shows tried to convince me to try the NYXL's he was using but after seeing him break 4 sets of strings four shows in a row I knew they weren't for me. He quit using them as well.
  16. EC Strat

    EC Strat Gretschie

    Jan 11, 2019
    D’Addario Flat Wound 11’s for a short scale semi how
  17. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    The sole wound G I have is on my G400 acoustic :


    And it's a phosphor bronze 12-53 set of strings :


    On my electrics, it's 10-52 and 11-54 plain G string sets, using the standard tuning.

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  18. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    I tried a wound G but found it wasn’t for me. Mainly due to the feel preference while bending.

    But there’s no wrong here, only what’s right for you. :)
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  19. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    EXL115W on my 6120 . Love that extra " twang "
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  20. sleeperNY

    sleeperNY Gretschie

    Jun 18, 2008
    central NY
    I have wound g strings on all my guitars. I started playing with this setup and still use them. I have used unwound 3rd's but couldn't get used to them.

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