Pepe Romero Strings

Choice of classical guitar strings and technical issues connected with their use.
es335
Posts: 1131
Joined: Thu Aug 30, 2007 2:12 pm
Location: Germany

Re: Pepe Romero Strings

Post by es335 » Sun Apr 30, 2017 7:10 pm

Why not a La Bella 2001 d string which is available as individual? They're at least from the same origin!?

daverkb
Posts: 11
Joined: Mon Oct 03, 2016 8:25 pm
Location: Roanoke, Virginia

Re: Pepe Romero Strings

Post by daverkb » Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:57 pm

mike.janel wrote:
I would like to jump back to the original thread for a sec.
After ordering a few sets of GCNM one after the other I find that:
A - I like the sound.
B - I like the playability.
C - I find them too expensive.
This is considering that they do not last long enough.
I find myself again having to use a D string of another set after just 5 weeks (I play less than 1 hour a day).
I would just wish they throw in another D for the same price.
Do you know any other brand that would blend well with that set?
I can't answer the D string question, but I tried the Romero PEPESR and my findings were similar to yours by word description. And so, I think that I will adopt your ABC format with a little annotation of my own. But for the PEPESRs.

A - I like the sound. [Very nice, and I do think the PEPESR were much, much better than the common fair run of the mill La Bella strings.]
B - I like the playability. [Yes, the PEPESR also played very nicely, and with an unusually nice feel on the fingers. Not too hard, not to soft.]

C - I find them too expensive. [Yes and no. At $13.00 a set, the quality of sound is very satisfying, and a bargain compared with strings priced in the $18.00 to $25.00 range. But I do like bargains! My best bargain is priced at $10.88 a set. That would be Luthier Concert Dark Silver bass sets, either #35 or #45 paired with Augustine Imperial Red trebles. Try them! You'll like them!]

Bottom line: I liked the Romero strings well enough to buy a set every now and then ... just for a change of pace.

Dave

User avatar
mike.janel
Posts: 637
Joined: Wed Apr 09, 2014 12:55 pm
Location: Israel

Re: Pepe Romero Strings

Post by mike.janel » Wed May 03, 2017 5:56 pm

The metal thread on the D starts to break loose where it touches the frets.
It actually holds the tone very well until the end.

I know that it is common phenomena with many string brands and models.
Usually, the more expensive the set, the longer is lasts. Probably related to the silver plating thickness.
The GCNM lifespan is OK, but compared to strings like Hannabach, which just last on and on I was a bit disapointed.

Savarez Corum did come to mind, but I think the Bases from the GCNM sound better.
So I guess that tone has its price. Just wish the set came with two D strings (even it it adds a 1-2$ to the price).
Michael
-----------------------------------------------
2013 Amalio Burguet 3M (Cedar)
1989 Yamaha CG 110 (Spruce)
1982 Yamaha G 255S (Spruce)

LukeMarsden
Posts: 284
Joined: Sun Jul 24, 2016 6:18 pm

Re: Pepe Romero Strings

Post by LukeMarsden » Sat May 06, 2017 7:09 am

where can i buy the Pepe strings in the UK?

es335
Posts: 1131
Joined: Thu Aug 30, 2007 2:12 pm
Location: Germany

Re: Pepe Romero Strings

Post by es335 » Wed May 10, 2017 11:52 am

LukeMarsden wrote:
Sat May 06, 2017 7:09 am
where can i buy the Pepe strings in the UK?
Can't answer for the UK but there is at least one supply in Germany, which ships all over and even beyond EU.
Search for classical strings and you will find it

Even though located in Germany, I keep ordering direct from SBM! Reliable, fast and even a tad cheaper! :wink:

User avatar
mike.janel
Posts: 637
Joined: Wed Apr 09, 2014 12:55 pm
Location: Israel

Re: Pepe Romero Strings

Post by mike.janel » Sun May 14, 2017 7:16 pm

mike.janel wrote:
Wed May 03, 2017 5:56 pm
The metal thread on the D starts to break loose where it touches the frets.
It actually holds the tone very well until the end.

I know that it is common phenomena with many string brands and models.
Usually, the more expensive the set, the longer is lasts. Probably related to the silver plating thickness.
The GCNM lifespan is OK, but compared to strings like Hannabach, which just last on and on I was a bit disapointed.

Savarez Corum did come to mind, but I think the Bases from the GCNM sound better.
So I guess that tone has its price. Just wish the set came with two D strings (even it it adds a 1-2$ to the price).
I would like to take back some of my criticism (if such thing is possible in the age of internet).
I finally realised that I wrote the previous lines when I was in the process of learning a difficult passage.
Probably way above my level, I have repeated the same passage quadrillion times. So I was playing the same notes over and over and probably pressing hard.
Under "normal" use the same set held much better.

Mike.
Michael
-----------------------------------------------
2013 Amalio Burguet 3M (Cedar)
1989 Yamaha CG 110 (Spruce)
1982 Yamaha G 255S (Spruce)

oc chuck
Posts: 307
Joined: Sat Oct 03, 2009 5:43 pm
Location: orange county, ca.

Re: Pepe Romero Strings

Post by oc chuck » Thu May 18, 2017 9:28 pm

I've tried "PEPESR" strings on two guitars.
I continue to use them on one guitar, my spruce and cypress classical.
Overall a good and expressive tone, but for me the sound is too thin
on the 'b and especially the 'e string. I just like a "thicker or fatter"
tone that I don't get on these strings.

es335
Posts: 1131
Joined: Thu Aug 30, 2007 2:12 pm
Location: Germany

Re: Pepe Romero Strings

Post by es335 » Fri May 19, 2017 3:33 pm

oc chuck wrote:
Thu May 18, 2017 9:28 pm
I've tried "PEPESR" strings on two guitars.
I continue to use them on one guitar, my spruce and cypress classical.
Overall a good and expressive tone, but for me the sound is too thin
on the 'b and especially the 'e string. I just like a "thicker or fatter"
tone that I don't get on these strings.
You may like PR's GLOW set, significantly "fatter" and more comfortable for the fingers.

Tried the PEPESR after 4 sets of GLOW and immediatelly replaced them with GLOW after only three days.
All in all not bad but too bright for my taste with a really uncomfortable tension, which was the main reason to replace them.

Even though the trebles' diameters are thinner than already stated (measured: 0.71/0.81/1.04 mm) the set feels really high tension due to the strong basses. Light top heavy bottom came to mind immediately. That's quite the contrary of what my guitar really likes!

BTW assuming that the trebles are rectified as they are slightly opaque and do have a little bit of texture, they are the best rectified strings I ever came actoss!

oc chuck
Posts: 307
Joined: Sat Oct 03, 2009 5:43 pm
Location: orange county, ca.

Re: Pepe Romero Strings

Post by oc chuck » Sat May 20, 2017 7:03 am

es335 wrote:
Fri May 19, 2017 3:33 pm
oc chuck wrote:
Thu May 18, 2017 9:28 pm
I've tried "PEPESR" strings on two guitars.
I continue to use them on one guitar, my spruce and cypress classical.
Overall a good and expressive tone, but for me the sound is too thin
on the 'b and especially the 'e string. I just like a "thicker or fatter"
tone that I don't get on these strings.
You may like PR's GLOW set, significantly "fatter" and more comfortable for the fingers.

Tried the PEPESR after 4 sets of GLOW and immediatelly replaced them with GLOW after only three days.
All in all not bad but too bright for my taste with a really uncomfortable tension, which was the main reason to replace them.

Even though the trebles' diameters are thinner than already stated (measured: 0.71/0.81/1.04 mm) the set feels really high tension due to the strong basses. Light top heavy bottom came to mind immediately. That's quite the contrary of what my guitar really likes!

BTW assuming that the trebles are rectified as they are slightly opaque and do have a little bit of texture, they are the best rectified strings I ever came actoss!


Just to be clear, the confusion is mine,
the GLOW strings are listed as light tension and clear
for vintage or flamenco guitars.

PGRN
Pepe Romero Strings GRN Classical Guitar Set, Rectified Nylon Trebles, Hard Tension

PGRNM
Pepe Romero Strings GRNM Classical Guitar Set, Rectified Nylon Normal Tension


PGLOW
Pepe Romero Strings Classical Guitar Set, Clear Nylon Low Tension

Thanks for double checking.

es335
Posts: 1131
Joined: Thu Aug 30, 2007 2:12 pm
Location: Germany

Re: Pepe Romero Strings

Post by es335 » Sat May 20, 2017 8:12 am

oc chuck wrote:
Sat May 20, 2017 7:03 am
...
PGLOW
Pepe Romero Strings Classical Guitar Set, Clear Nylon Low Tension

Thanks for double checking.
These are the exactly the strings I talking about. Don't care for their advertised application. My 2004 Kohno is neither vintage nor flamenco and PGLOW fits very well. BTW they are in no way low tension. Within the PR range they are definitely lower than PEPSR but probably even a tad higher than normal tension GCNM.

Compared to the average low tension classification of other brands they are more medium than normal tension!

Never say never but they are best candidate for my all time favorite! :D

User avatar
mike.janel
Posts: 637
Joined: Wed Apr 09, 2014 12:55 pm
Location: Israel

Re: Pepe Romero Strings

Post by mike.janel » Thu May 25, 2017 6:18 am

es335 wrote:
Sat May 20, 2017 8:12 am
oc chuck wrote:
Sat May 20, 2017 7:03 am
...
PGLOW
Pepe Romero Strings Classical Guitar Set, Clear Nylon Low Tension

Thanks for double checking.
These are the exactly the strings I talking about. Don't care for their advertised application. My 2004 Kohno is neither vintage nor flamenco and PGLOW fits very well. BTW they are in no way low tension. Within the PR range they are definitely lower than PEPSR but probably even a tad higher than normal tension GCNM.

Compared to the average low tension classification of other brands they are more medium than normal tension!

Never say never but they are best candidate for my all time favorite! :D
Just as I finally tought that the GCNM are The Strings for my cedar top, now I heare that PEPSR may be better.
At the same time I ordered a set of RC White NT that I must try.
It never ends..... :casque:
Michael
-----------------------------------------------
2013 Amalio Burguet 3M (Cedar)
1989 Yamaha CG 110 (Spruce)
1982 Yamaha G 255S (Spruce)

Brandon Walker
Posts: 75
Joined: Tue Feb 09, 2016 4:12 pm
Location: Edinburgh

Re: Pepe Romero Strings

Post by Brandon Walker » Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:37 pm

Just to bump this thread up with an observation:

I've put a set of the GRNM on today—the trebles feel a lot lower than the 'normal' tension of other brands. This chimes with my experiences of the PEPSR set, which I would not describe as 'high' at all. (In fact, the rectified trebles feel like a lower tension than I remember the GLOW set being, although I suppose it could be something to do with playing a 640 now.)

User avatar
mike.janel
Posts: 637
Joined: Wed Apr 09, 2014 12:55 pm
Location: Israel

Re: Pepe Romero Strings

Post by mike.janel » Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:53 pm

The GRNM do feel like low tension also on 650mm.
The trebles are soft on the hand and the bases are present but not booming.
The best playability I ever experienced on a full set.
Currently I look for slightly brighter and more focused trebles.
Could the PEPSR do the job?
Michael
-----------------------------------------------
2013 Amalio Burguet 3M (Cedar)
1989 Yamaha CG 110 (Spruce)
1982 Yamaha G 255S (Spruce)

User avatar
rojarosguitar
Posts: 3961
Joined: Sat Sep 19, 2009 12:24 pm
Location: near Freiburg, Germany

Re: Pepe Romero Strings

Post by rojarosguitar » Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:26 pm

mike.janel wrote:
Wed May 03, 2017 5:56 pm
The metal thread on the D starts to break loose where it touches the frets.
It actually holds the tone very well until the end.

So easy to loosen up the string and shift it a few millimetres so that the slightly worn bits move away from frets before it becomes an issue. Prolongates the life of a D-string considerably. They retune really fast because of material memory.
Music is a big continent with different landscapes and corners. Some of them I do visit frequently, some from time to time and some I know from hearsay only ...

souldier
Posts: 677
Joined: Tue Dec 08, 2015 4:45 pm

Re: Pepe Romero Strings

Post by souldier » Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:36 pm

I had a full set of PEPSR on my guitar for over a month. My honest assessment is I that I found them underwhelming. The trebles seemed a bit bright and thin sounding for my liking. Basses were average. They held their tone for about a month. Personally, they were not worth the $13 price tag and there are sets for cheaper that I prefer more.
"Success grants its rewards to a few, but is the dream of the multitudes.
Excellence is available to all, but is accepted only by a few." - Christopher Parkening

Return to “Classical Guitar Strings”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: CommonCrawl [Bot], es335 and 13 guests