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Fender 50XL Stainless Steel Flatwound Guitar Strings
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Fender Stainless Flats have served a wide variety of musicians over the years. Everything from early surf to modern jazz, Fender flats have been there. This string combines the long life of stainless steel with the precision manufacturing techniques of today to produce the best flatwound strings on the market.
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I've been playing with regular roundwound 9-10's strings for a few years so that's where I'm coming from and so you know what I'm comparing these to. I like the bigger size, because it gives me a bigger target making notes a little easier to hit. They are pretty stiff strings. Sound-wise; I would say these don't have the broad spectrum of tone as regular nickle-plated roundwound strings, but what I like about them is that all the strings are about the same material so you don't notice a big tone difference running scales from the wound to plain strings.
I use these exclusively on my Artcore. They are as much a part of the sound as the beauty in the semi-hollowbody. They play clean, last longer than roundwounds, and have that distinctive attack and release.I usually replace my 3rd with a plain string, though - the wrapped third feels rough and abrupt when compared to the smooth steel of the flat wound strings and the smooth plain strings.
The strings seem pretty well made with no voids or spaces between the ribbon winding. They were very tiny sounding when they were first installed but seem to be mellowing out a little more as I play them. My main complaint is that the G string is a standard wound string and kind of defeats the purpose of having Flatwounds because it is noisy (squeaky) compared to the other wound strings.Some other manufacturers include both a standard wound and a Flatwound G in their sets but they cost about twice as much. So value wise they're not bad strings for the money.