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Colombo

Spain

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Jun 11th, 2019 02:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've read somewhere that to get George Harrison's sound you need to use tape-wound strings. Is that true? Did he use those strings on his Duo Jet?

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Planet Peegoo

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Jun 15th, 2019 08:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

Probably. Flats were extremely popular in the 50s and 60s.

Colombo

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Jun 16th, 2019 05:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks! I don't think I've even seen those for electric guitars.


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Planet Peegoo

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Jun 16th, 2019 05:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

Every big-name string maker offers them.

In the 50s and 60s, flats usually had a wound G and sometimes a wound B.

Colombo

Spain

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Jun 16th, 2019 10:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

Doesn't that make bending much more difficult? And, now that I think of it, are these strings more difficult to play in general? If I'm used to .10 strings, should I also use .10 flats, or a different gauge?

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Big Joe

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Jun 16th, 2019 10:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

Flats compared to round wound, in the same gauge, feel like a heavier gauge string to me.

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Planet Peegoo

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Jun 16th, 2019 04:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

They do generally feel heavier under the fingers. The tradeoff is smooth feel and greatly-reduced finger noise--but with reduced sustain and an often darker tone than round-wound strings.

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Jun 16th, 2019 06:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

It is said that early in the Beatles' career, when George met James Burton for the first time, he asked him "How do you get those big string bends?" Burton replied "Well, you've got to use light gauge strings," which apparently was news to George. It's certainly plausible that the trend towards lighter gauge strings had not found its way to
England in the early '60s.

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Planet Peegoo

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Jun 17th, 2019 04:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

The Nashvillains of the time discovered they could install banjo strings (lighter gauge than guitar strings available back then) and bend strings all day long.

Colombo

Spain

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Jun 18th, 2019 03:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for all the interesting info. What I like about this forum is that I learn something new every time I come here.

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