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alvinlam
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« on: May 22, 2009, 09:56:13 AM »

Hi:
Has anyone ever use a flat top phosphor bronze wound strings before? Eg D'Addario has this type of strings. See http://store.daddario.com/category/145772/Flat_Top_Phosphor_Bronze_Wound

Can you provide your view on this type of strings versus say, regular phosphor bronze strings?  If there a particular type of guitar that is more suited for such strings?

This is my first posting in this forum.  Presently only has a D-03R, hoping to add a L-09 soon.  Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2009, 12:24:01 PM »

These strings are designed to eliminate some of the SQUEAK your fingers make when playing.

The strings that do this the best are flat - wound strings.

What you are looking at are round-wound but machined down to make them smoother so that
your fingers don't squeak as much when you play.

What you gain is less squeak
what you may lose is a little bit of volume, they may not sound as loud
you may or may not notice a difference in tone.

They are called flat top - because they are something a person who plays a flat top with a flat pick might be interested in
since they do so much finger movement in their playing.

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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2009, 11:55:24 PM »

   I really like these strings.I use the EFT-17 (medium guage) on my Martin 000-15 tuned to C G C F G C .They do reduce finger noise.They also have a different feel.The tone is warm and not at all bright,which is what I want. They are different.  It's like with Feta cheese,you either love it or hate it.
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