How do Tape-Wound strings compare to metal Flatwounds?



Asked by: Danny Sudan

Do flatwounds strings have more tension?





#4 String Tension



Flatwound strings hold more string tension than roundwound strings. More string tension increases the amount of pressure the fingers need to use to push down the strings. In other words, your finger and hand muscles will need to work harder to produce the tone than when using roundwound strings.

What is the advantage of flat wound guitar strings?

Flatwounds Strings



Flatwound guitar strings usually have a warmer, mellower, and smoother tone compared to roundwound strings. They have less high-end and are more focused sounding than roundwounds. Because of this, they can sometimes sit in mixes better than roundwound strings.

Are flatwound strings good for metal?

No, flat wound strings are too muddy for metal, except maybe sludge/stoner metal. They’re mostly used in jazz, which is one of the reasons you only see them in fat sizes. They’re big fat jazz strings. I’ve tried doing metal with them.

Which is better flatwound or roundwound?

Flatwound strings have reduced high end, giving them more emphasis on mids and lows. Bassists playing rock, punk, and pop styles often choose roundwounds for their enhanced presence in a busy mix. For reggae, R&B, and jazz, the smoother, warmer sound of flatwounds is often more appropriate.

Do flatwound strings have less sustain?





GreyBeard. I would say that flats have about 1/2 the sustain of round wounds. However, I think bass is often easier to hear with less sustain. More of a punchy bell tone sort of tone.

Why are flatwound strings more expensive?

Another thing to consider is the amount of processing that must go into the fabrication. This is why Flatwound or nylon tapewound strings will generally cost more than a typical roundwound string especially if they are hand wound (which is rare these days).

Why do jazz guitarists use flatwound strings?

Flatwound strings are wrapped in a flat wire, producing a more mellow, duller tone, favoured by straight-ahead guitarists, such as Wes Montgomery and Kenny Burrell.

Are flatwound guitar strings easier to play?

Flatwound strings tend to have a darker tone that emphasizes the note fundamental, with limited harmonic content compared to roundwound strings. Another big advantage to many players is their smoother playing feel, which can be easier on the fingertips, not to mention your fingerboard and frets.

Can I use flat wound strings on acoustic guitar?

But i was wondering if it might be possible to get a similar sound using just a flat top acoustic guitar i'm not expecting a set of flat wound strings to turn this guitar. Into a 60s 175.



Can you slap on flatwound strings?

Anyone who believes this to be exclusively the sound you’ll get is enormously underestimating the flatwound string! Their development and application has evolved tremendously, flats are available today in many flavours and can be used in virtually every genre of music. Some of them are even suitable for slap bass!

What bass players use flatwound strings?

Off the top of my head, some flat users are Steve Harris, Joe Osborn, Steve Lawson, John Paul Jones, James Jamerson, Carol Kaye, Paul McCartney and pretty much every bass player until at least the mid 60s.

Do flatwound bass strings have more tension?

Flatwound strings generally have higher tension and can be more difficult to keep in tune than roundwound strings. Most flatwounds will cost more on average than roundwound strings, although they will last much longer.



What are tape wound bass strings?

Tape Wound bass guitar strings are manufactured with nylon tape wrapped around the outer wire wrap. The tone produced by tape wound strings is mellow and warm. Tape wound strings are often used on fretless basses since they cause less wear and tear to the fingerboard than a traditional round wound string.

How long do round wound strings last?

Roundwounds: every two or three months.

Do heavier bass strings have more tension?

Simply, light strings have slightly less tension than mediums, and heavy strings have slightly more tension.

What bass strings do professionals use?

Ernie Ball Regular Slinky Nickel Bass



Ernie Ball’s Regular Slinky Nickel Bass are a classic set of strings, used by countless pros the world over. You might say they’re something of an industry standard.



Can I get lower action with heavier strings?

Yes. More tension, narrower vibration so heavier strings will let you get lower action.