Yep. Well, after playing roundwounds for a good six years or so I finally put a set of D'Addario Chromes on. I'd been playing Xl11s so the guage doesn't get me too much. I can't bend notes as high as I used to on the G string but hey. My ears and fingers are really happy I switched!
This forum aided toward me doing this so I guess I must thank you all. All these people recommending Chromes... what's next Mickey Baker?
PS. I've been thinking about it... so much talk of his book.
Funny you mentioned this. I have switched back to good old wound strings. But my reasoning has more to do with the material I'm playing. I now have a Tele with a humbucker and it's far more versatile with wound strings and a plain 3rd.
I play in a folk/rock/// band, but I play a semi hollow so it still works. in fact i can get away with a lot more because i don't have to be AS concerned with muting certain strings. i'm not sure why that works that way. but it's a nice change, i might try using a light guage for my G but i'm not sure.
I love the sound they make though, it's very sweet.
What do you guys find so much more versatile about rounds? I've been playing them for so long and flats for so little that I haven't noticed much restriction (aside from the bending). I find it easier to play a lot of chords but I probably wouldn't like them as much on a solidbody. I do notice that flats have a much more mellow "clean" sounding tone. They don't seem to ring as much. Anyway I'll try these for a while maybe a couple sets down the road I'll switch back for the hell of it.
Well yes, there's the bending, and there's a big difference in the tone. Which is great for jazz, but add in the shorter sustain, and it just makes a totally different animal. If I could have one ES-335 with flats and one with rounds, I would, but right now it has to do double duty.
"Imaginary guitar solos exist only in the mind of the imaginer." - FZ
Well, played a gig with the flats last night and now I'm getting a bit of second thoughts. I think I can probably make some adjustments with my amp but it didn't seem to cut through the mix as much. I've got an old fender and I never turned the bright switch on or had very high treble with rounds but with the flats on it was the first thing I changed. So, we'll see.
slowpoke, your comments on tone I think are dead on. I fingerpick, but only with fingertips, no nails. And I also flatpick. So for me, on my solidbody, the RW's are great and really come across cleaner.
I can't imagine using flats on my teles/strats and LP style guitars, but I use them on my 175. I tried TI RWs (Bebop 13s) on my 175 and the squeaking with position changes drove me nuts. I don't know if it was the heavier strings that caused it, or if it was amplified by the hollowbody, but I couldn't wait to get them off. I'm sticking to either the TI GB 14s or the Swing 13s.
So, I switched back to rounds now. I learned a lot when I had the flats on, it put a new spin on my ears and I think I'll definitely be trying them again. D'Addario makes a half flat/half round string that I think I'm going to give a shot.
I've got Gibson Brite Wires on it now and I'm diggin' em.