When dealing with guitar strings, ground wound is a type of string most commonly associated with bass guitars. Ground wound strings are manufactured in the same basic manner as round wound strings. After the external wraps are put around the string core, the wraps are ground smooth. Though smoother to the touch than round wound strings, ground wound are not as smooth as flat wound strings. Tonally, ground wound strings maintain much of the attack and punch associated with round wound strings, yet produce less string noise when changing position, much like a flat wound string.