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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / rounds vs flatwounds gauge?

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All I need is one more guitar
Aug 31st, 2018 12:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

I put roundwound 11's on all my guitars but have an electric hollowbody that i'd like to try out Flatwounds. Does a set of 11's have the same tension regardless of round or flat wounds?

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The man

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Aug 31st, 2018 01:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Generally, yes.

But it does pay to visit the makers' Websites and look as tension specs, because core wire diameters do vary across makers and string types.

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U.S. - Virginia

Sep 3rd, 2018 01:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

They aren't necessarily any more different than say, rounds vs rounds of another brand. Most strings vary in tension a bit because each manufacturers core to wrap ratio varies, like Peegoo says.

I do personally find flats to be a tad higher tension but that is part of their dead sound. I feel like this is due in part to the fact that there is virtually no gap between wraps of the flat tape.

They will be close enough though that you may not even have to adjust your truss rod.

The world of flatwounds is not cheap, and it goes somewhat deep. I love them on some guitars for certain sounds. Enjoy!

Te 52

Laws of Physics

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Sep 3rd, 2018 11:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

If a flatwound string and a roundwound string have the same outer diameter, are made of similar materials, and are tuned to the same pitch, the flatwound string is going to be at a slightly higher tension, because, having a higher "solidity", it will have a greater mass per unit length and thus require more tension to sound the same pitch.

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