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D'Addario Chrome Flatwounds
The D'Addario Chromes are a flatwound electric guitar string that delivers a renowned polished feel and warm, mellow tone. With their signature smooth feel the D'Addario Chromes are the ideal tension and tone for traditional jazz, rockabilly, and R&B playing. Constructed using a flattened stainless steel ribbon wire that is polished smooth Chromes are damped yet still very rich in tone.
Chrome Flatwound Features
- "Ribbon" wound and polished for ultra-smooth feel and warm, mellow tone
- Corrosion resistant packaging for fresh strings, always!
- Ideal for traditional jazz and R&B playing.
- Made in the U.S.A. for the highest quality and performance
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I am a professional musician who, up until last year, never played a flat wound string. So I'm watching one of my favorite local finger style blues players fly across this old Gibson and it occurs to me he must be using flats. I ask him after, he says he is. I play his guitar. Can I ever play flats? I bend every note play!
Sis months later I am in the studio working on this song in open G that has a lot of busy work and I am scratching the strings every damn second.
I buy a set of Chromes. Put them on. They feel, obviously, a lot different. But I play with them a few days and I get to know them, and...
Well I can still bend the hell out of everything. I can still do all the things I did but now there's no string noise.
I had a lot of worries making the transition but now every guitar I own (except one acoustic) has flats on them and I don't even remember what I was worried about.
As for the strings themselves: these have lasted longer than any string I have ever owned. The E and B are just normal strings and break slightly more regularly and I honestly have been buying singles to account for this.
I have played the same set on my main guitar for over 8 months and at least 30 shows. I know this sounds crazy but it is the truth.
These are probably the best strings I have ever played.
I thought I made a big mistake, but I was going to give it a try anyways, I'm so glad I did. Once I got it set up, it plays like a dream. Suddenly I find myself wanting to slide up and down the strings for fun. I'm convinced that Hendrix must've used flats because suddenly his style makes a bunch more sense.
At first, they are so clean, that they might feel like they have an unnatural stickiness to them, but after a little playing that disappears. As these are a little heavier, you'd think that they'd be harder to bend, but that is the exact opposite of what happens. They bend very easily, and left hand vibrato feels so much more natural.
Aside from the play-ability improvement, the TONES are GORGEOUS! Even before you plug in, you'll notice the vast improvement in tonal quality. Harmonics are clearer and easier to sound as well.
If you've never tried these before, give it a shot. You won't regret it.
You WILL need to set your guitar up all over again. Follow these instructions and you'll be fine.
1. Start by lowering the saddle height at the bridge. It will lessen the amount of lift on your bridge's tremolo. These strings sit higher in the saddle than round wounds.
2. chances are, that these are heavier than the strings you are replacing, therefore, you'll have more pressure on the neck, so you'll probably need to grab a 4.5 mm hex wrench tighten the truss rod 1/4 to 1/2 turn clockwise. (I'm not responsible for damage to your truss rod. Proceed with caution especially if you feel like you have to force it.)
3. You'll probably need to tighten the springs on your bridge's tremolo (unless you're using a hard tail). Once you get your normal 15 degree lift on the bridge, check the saddle height again and season to taste.
I got them for my Epiphone Masterbilt Olympia, a hollowbody jazzbox with a pickup in the bridge.
Honestly, I'm not sure if I was supposed to use acoustic or electric strings on it, so if these are the wrong strings for this guitar then...oops. However, I can say that they're actually probably the nicest strings I've ever played. Before these, I'd only ever played with the typical roundwound strings so I really can't speak for the quality of other brands, but I can tell you that if the others are as nice as these then I'm definitely a believer in flatwounds.
If you're considering buying these after only playing with normal guitar strings you should know that the main difference is that there's no texture on the strings like you're used to. I've heard this is to prevent that sort of scratch sound when you're changing chords or just playing in general, but it really changes the entire feel of the string itself. It's a lot like playing on nylons in a weird way, I'd kinda describe it as playing strings made of glass. They're slick, but they feel great. They sound great too, there's this kind of youthful pluckiness in my sound when I'm either strumming chords or playing leads. The lows are warm and full as well. Some of this is likely coming from the guitar itself (Which is a great instrument in its own right) but there was definitely a change in sound which I switched strings.
I don't know if I'd restring every guitar I own with these, but I know I'll always keep at least one this way.