I recall jazz guitarists recommending Gibson Rotomatics, not flat wounds, but probably some did use flat wounds. I figured they were for folks who wanted to avoid string noise and didn't mind sacrificing a little tone to get it.
I heard a story, possibly a legend, possibly true, about a Ronnie Hawkins recording session that is on topic with this thread. After listening to a playback, Ronnie said to the guitar player, "What's that squeaking noise I keep hearing when you change positions?" The guitarist said, "That's just string noise." Ronnie said, "Well, I don't like it. Play it again with no string noise." "But everybody makes string noise," said the guitarist. "Even Andre Segovia makes string noise." "And you'll notice he's not playing in my band," said Ronnie.
-1962 Martin D-21 -1950 Gibson LG1 -1958 Goya M-26 -1974 Yamaha FG75 high strung -A number of banjos, mandolins, Autoharps, ukuleles, dulcimers, mouth harps, a Tele clone and various other stuff. -I own a fiddle, but only play it when Maggie and the cats are all out of the house.
Post by Blackback Gull on Mar 25, 2018 7:51:45 GMT -5
I use La Bella 413p Studio Professional strings on my classicals precisely because they are smooth-wound, hence no squeak. I also get less string squeak from the Newtone Heritage Low Tension sets I use on several steel strings...
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Old thread, yes I know, and I'm a new guy here too, but I think there are some flat wound strings that sound pretty darn good on an acoustic guitar.
I started using flat wound strings on my acoustic guitars because I really hate string squeak. At first I was using D'Addario Chromes, they are flat wound strings that are intended for electric guitar and favored by jazz players. I next tried D'Addario Flat Tops, which are ground phosphor bronze strings. They had more of an acoustic guitar sound flavor than the Chromes but they were not smooth enough and still had string squeak. Next came Galli Jazz Flat acoustic guitar bronze 80/20. These Galli 80/20 bronze produced a nice warm tone and the string surface was much smoother than the D'Addario Flat Tops. The Galli were my favorite acoustic flat wound strings for awhile and I've tried all three available string gauge sets (AJF1047, AJF1150 and AJF1252). The latest flat wound I tried was the Dogal Nightclub V25. These 80/20 bronze flat wounds have a round core and even smoother surface than the Galli. IMHO the Dogal last longer and sound better than the Galli and are the best flat wound acoustic guitar strings I've found so far. However, Dogal Nightclub strings are pricey and are about a sawbuck more per string set than the Galli, so unless there is a sale, I'll continue using the Galli strings.
Sawbuck, a term derived from the resemblance of the carpentry tool to the Roman numeral X, is commonly used by interbank forex dealers to signify a transaction of $10 million U.S. dollars (USD). um no!
It has been suggested that the word sawbuck came to mean a 10-dollar bill because the X-shaped ends of a sawbuck look like the Roman numeral for 10. This explanation is problematic because earliest known use of sawbuck in print, from 1850, refers to a 10-dollar bill, not a sawhorse. But we won't rule out the possibility that the sawhorse sense was used in speech before 1850 and just didn't appear in print until later. If you are wondering about buck, we can tell you that it first appeared in print as a word for dollar in 1856 - six years after the first recorded use of sawbuck for a 10-dollar bill.