Thoughts on wound G string

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

  1. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    I prefer wound Gs but i now use TI jazz 11s, and the wound G is too hard to bend as much as I need so I replace it with an unwound string of the same gauge, P19.
  2. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    They chafe a bit but you get used to it.
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  3. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
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  4. Bertotti

    Bertotti Country Gent

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    I was using these until I went to the .012 set of NYXL with the wound G but now use TI 12s, a couple with the jazz swing and a couple with jazz bebops. I never ever broke an NYXL string though to me they did sound more twangy than the regular DA, as long as I am able I will continue to use the TI strings.
    Last edited: May 17, 2019 at 7:13 AM
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  5. unbridled

    unbridled Synchromatic

    Aug 20, 2008
    I do need to point out that, although I use the wound G live, if I was to do studio work, I'd have to switch to an unwound G or swap my bridge back to the factory unit, because my Compton is for an unwound G. There isn't a huge disparity in intonation, but it is there.
  6. Grand Marquis GT

    Grand Marquis GT Electromatic

    Mar 2, 2017
    Abilene, TX
    I rock the same strings in flatwound. 10-48!
  7. ramjac

    ramjac Electromatic

    Aug 14, 2011
    I was getting some annoying wolf tones from behind the bridge on my 5122. Switching to a wound G took care of it. Switching back to an unwound G took care of the tendinitis in my ring finger.
  8. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    I'm a rhythm player, so, I'm more about a fatter tone than bending strings. Wound G works well for me.
  9. macatt

    macatt Gretschie

    Mar 18, 2011
    Silverdale WA
    Not for me.
    It's a very common move to bend the unwound b and g strings together simultaneously.
    The pitch naturally raises 1/2 step on the b and 1 whole step on the g string.
    In a pentatonic type scale position that gives you a 7th and a 5th interval when bent. Sounds great and I use it often in different situations.
    BUT you can't do this with a wound g.

    S Mac
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