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Old 04-19-2016, 01:04 PM
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Default Flatwounds for slide & delta playing?

I'm just toying with the idea of putting flatwounds on my 60s Antoria archtop, which I use mostly for slide.

Does anyone use them for slide? I know Ry Cooder uses flatwounds on one of his strats.

Is there a difference between acoustic & electric flatwound strings? There's no pickup on this guitar & I usually just mic it up.
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Old 04-19-2016, 03:15 PM
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You could try D'Addario Flat Tops...ground wounds. Nice warm sound with less finger/slide squeak.
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Old 04-24-2016, 11:29 AM
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I play flats on several of my guitars (all electric) and tried flats once on one of my acoustics. I like flats for the acoustic, but it was a bit of a loss in overall volume. They were flats for an electric.

I thought about flats for slide, but decided I kinda like the zippy, zinginess of roundwounds. I like that little bit of resistance on the slide as well. I think having the ridges would assist in helping to making a little vibrato sustain... But, that's just a theory based on nothing! LOL
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Old 04-25-2016, 08:43 AM
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Cheers for the replies

I've put a set of Rotosound Top Tape 12's on there, as they were the cheapest flats I could find. They're supposed to be electric strings, but they do have the slightly mellower sound I was after.

There is a bit of a loss in volume, but I think the balance between the strings is much better & it's tamed the spiky sounding top end harmonics I wasn't liking. I can't say I've noticed any loss in vibrato sustain, although I can now be as casual about muting behind the slide as I am on my other guitars without getting a horrible scratch sound, which I've realised was one of the things troubling me about the sound of this guitar before.
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