Here's what throws me off about Flatwounds...

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by ZackyDog, May 9, 2020.

  1. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    @radd

    I think that you'll like them :)
     
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  2. Scott

    Scott Country Gent

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    Another vote for these. I have 12 Gretsches, all strong with 'em.
     
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  3. Joey L

    Joey L Synchromatic

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    Jun 24, 2016
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    Interesting...what is the difference in tonal using the same neck pick up in neck and bridge vs using a slightly hotter bridge pick up we use today.?
     
  4. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    Same neck pickup : Classic Gretsch sound, great clarity on all settings

    Neck and bridge vs using a slightly hotter bridge: Less clarity on the bridge and neck/bridge combined but better balanced output

    In the 50s/60s, Gretsch used the same pickup in both bridge and neck positions.
     
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  5. Buckyboy

    Buckyboy Gretschie

    No comment on strings but that piggy back Fender is awesome!
     
  6. fender62custom

    fender62custom Gretschified

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    Yeah... Thomastiks rule... love them on my Tele & Anni
     
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  7. MikeSchindler

    MikeSchindler Synchromatic

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    I’m a big fan of Thomastik
     
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  8. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    I was using JS 111s 10+ years ago and they are very nice. I may get another set. In addition to the pure nickel, round core flatwounds, I liked the brass-plated plain strings too.


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  9. HypotenusLuvTriangle

    HypotenusLuvTriangle Country Gent

    Oct 27, 2010
    Whittier, Ca
    I can't bend properly with anything above 10-46s.
     
  10. MikeSchindler

    MikeSchindler Synchromatic

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    Funny enough I usually will throw a .17 Daddario plain not wound on the G so I can bend better and then use the Daddario b and e for uniformity .
     
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  11. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    For the Thomastik Infield JS111s?
     
  12. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    Slab bodies like the pyramid round cores flats w an unwound G
     
  13. afire

    afire Country Gent

    I don't know what Mike was referring to, but I can tell you juststrings.com sells T-I sets and singles, so you can just replace the G, not all three.
     
  14. dr. love

    dr. love Electromatic

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    Flats are usually stiffer which for some is wonderful and others is pure evil. A lot of it depends on the player and the guitar. If you’re used to rounds, going a gauge lighter in flats might be a good idea, if that’s not possible you can “bump” them: When I first started using flats, I used the 5th-1st strings of a heavy gauge set with my normal light high E to get something I liked.
     
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  15. KuKuKu

    KuKuKu Gretschie

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    That's not true for Thomastik Jazz Swings. When I switched to these I went up from 10s to 11s.
     
  16. Byron

    Byron Synchromatic

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    Sep 4, 2009
    uk
    I'd rather use a ball of wool. I use 10-52 and there's no gauge in that ball park, plus i like unwound G strings. So I have to buy an expensive set of strings just to get the three E,A and D strings. Yep, I know they sell individually but its just too much fooling around.

    But, a lot of my favourite recordings are made that way with Grady Martin, Chuck Berry and Scotty Moore. Just doesn't work so well for me. Link Wray? There's a fair amount of string scraping in his tunes so I guess they weren't smoothies. JMNSHO
     
  17. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    Yes---I have seen that, thanks. It's wishful thinking on my part that flatwound gauges should align with roundwound gauges.
     
  18. SAguitar

    SAguitar Gretschie

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    Jan 17, 2020
    Oregon
    Interesting conversation! For my purposes, I gave up using flatwound strings shortly after I first tried them, and that was about 50 years ago now.
     
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  19. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    1., 2. I know what you mean
    3. scraping = you need roundwounds?

    Maybe your heros did the old trick of buying I heavy set of strings, throwing away the low/wound E, and using the A string in place of the E and so on (and a banjo string for the plain string E).
     
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  20. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    Depending on what they are on I like unwinding G stirngs also.
     
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