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I would have sworn that I posted bout these strings before, but apparently I haven’t.

For many years, I’ve sung the praises of Thomastik Jazz Swings and Jazz BeBops, and I still do. These are excellent strings and one set can last almost indefinitely if kept at tension and kept clean.

But, there’s a new player which I’m quite impressed with. Pyramid is another European string manufacturer with deep roots in the business. Their flats are well reputed. In recent years, a new product called Fusion Flats has appeared, and I find that these are great for a Surf sound.

They do not have the dull “thunk” of most flats, at the attack of each note, but strike me as falling somewhere in between a flat wound and a round wound, sonically speaking. The wound strings bend well, and the response from the wound and unwound strings is very even.

I dissected the tail of a string that I cut off, and found that the .042 had a .016 solid core, a .011 round winding and a layer of flat, pure nickel, but this last layer is wound to slightly overlap itself, somtne string looks and feels like a round wound. However, there are no gaps in the flat winding, so resistance to dirt and other contaminants is better than it would be with round wounds. If you wipe these down every time you finish playing, I expect that string life will be measured in years, just as it is with the Thomastiks I have used for years, where I have to refresh the top three, plain, strings, but seldom experience deterioration of the lower three strings.

So, how do these sound? I would say twangy and bright, but with perhaps a bit less presence than round wounds. There is no dullness, nor any tendency towards harshness. Finger nose is all but non-existent. I have these on a Jaguar with Pure Vintage ‘62 pickups, and the result is pretty much classic Jaguar. Last night I played s9me Surf and some Bakersfield Country, AKA Don Rich, and the sound for either was quite good. Tuning stability is excellent and after tuning at the beginning of my playing session, the tuning remained stable. This set is about four months old, and I detect no loss of sound quality.

The artist formerly known as: Synchro

When Surf Guitar is outlawed only outlaws will play Surf Guitar.

archer1014 wrote:

Thanks for info always great to have something new to add to sound

These are definitely a fresh new choice. Not cheap, but if they even approach the longevity I expect, they will be cheaper in the long run than bargain priced strings.

The artist formerly known as: Synchro

When Surf Guitar is outlawed only outlaws will play Surf Guitar.

Thanks again for another great recommendation, Synchro. These sound like they are exactly what I’m looking for. I currently have Thomastiks 12s on my custom surf guitar (24” scale, mustangish body, j Mascis jazz 90 pickups, with a hallmark mosrite style vibrato) and they sound and feel great but that dull thud on the low strings has always been a bit soft for me. I’ve been wanting something like half rounds or whatnot that will sit between the two worlds and give me a bit of the best of both. I think these might work well for that. Also, apparently these are on sale at GimmeSomeStrings right now.

When you say the wound strings bend well, are you able to bend them higher than a half step in pitch? I'm using a custom set of Thomastik 12s with a plain .20 G, because no matter how far I bent the string I couldn't get higher than a half step bend in pitch with a wound G.

pavlovsdog wrote:

When you say the wound strings bend well, are you able to bend them higher than a half step in pitch? I'm using a custom set of Thomastik 12s with a plain .20 G, because no matter how far I bent the string I couldn't get higher than a half step bend in pitch with a wound G.

They are probably better than the Thomastiks, but I wouldn’t go so far as to promise a whole step bend.

I’m running the 9-42 set, so the D string is the thinnest of the sound strings and it’s pretty easy to at least get a half step from the D.

The artist formerly known as: Synchro

When Surf Guitar is outlawed only outlaws will play Surf Guitar.

I just pulled my Jaguar out and I can easily get a whole step bend out of the lower three strings, and approaching a minor third.

The artist formerly known as: Synchro

When Surf Guitar is outlawed only outlaws will play Surf Guitar.

OK so this is a weird question...

How does using flats affect y'all's callouses?

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chiba wrote:

OK so this is a weird question...

How does using flats affect y'all's callouses?

No effect that I’m aware of.

The artist formerly known as: Synchro

When Surf Guitar is outlawed only outlaws will play Surf Guitar.

I only have one jag with flats, but they're SUPER fancy flats by a company called Dogal. They sound very similar to what Synchro describes the Pyramids. Not dull at all, super strident attack, and a distinct additional warmness. Anyhow I'm only posting to say that those flats cause way more soreness than rounds. At one point I was jamming those .014 - .060 rounds all day, but when I went to the similar-gauge flats my fingers felt like they were dented!

Daniel Deathtide

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