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Re: Round Wound and Flat Wound

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Posted by dan lacour ( on October 10, 2003 at 14:05:18:

In Reply to: Re: Round Wound and Flat Wound posted by Vando on August 28, 2003 at 07:48:39:

: Good question, James. Bass strings are typically an outer wire wrapped around an inner core wire. Roundwounds are simply a round wire wrapping -- making them "bumpy" while Flatwounds are ground flat to the point that they're smoothe. Roundwounds are infinitely more popular because they're brighter sounding, while flats are warmer and more mellow. These days it seems that most -- myself included -- use flats primarily for fretless. It lends more to the fretless tone (mrow) and is less likely to rip up the fingerboard. I have seen more cats these days(particularly jazz/swing) play flats on fretted, and it's a good tone. It depends on your taste, what sounds and feels good to you (flats do feel a bit different).

: : I really want to learn what is the different between round and Flatwound strings. (or half round)

: : Thank you

: : James Leong

Half wounds are round rounds put through a machine to squash the outer wire. They are a compromise in feel vs. tone. i.e. you get (most) of the round wound tone but not the course-ness of round wound, so they're easier on the fingers and fretboard.

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