Pepe Romero Strings

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Re: Pepe Romero Strings

Postby MessyTendon » Wed Oct 19, 2016 7:46 pm

They sound very sweet. Don't let superficial brightness get in the way of warmth...I just wish they werent 13$ a pack...that's crazy for some special plastic.

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Re: Pepe Romero Strings

Postby jdart3000 » Sat Oct 22, 2016 2:01 am

First impressions: I've had the PEPESR strings on my GVR Estudio spruce for just two days now. WOW - these are the strings this guitar has been waiting for. The balance is very even and the trebles are easy to control - subdued or emphasized, as necessary. Most surprising - the trebles sound like reverb. The whole guitar resonates. I've had this guitar for 4 yrs. and it's never sounded this good.

Hope they continue to sound this way in the coming weeks,
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Re: Pepe Romero Strings

Postby es335 » Sat Nov 12, 2016 7:35 pm

After two week playing the low tension GLOW set, I would like to share my impressions. Compared to the normal tension GCNM strings their gauges differ not dramatically.

Just four strings are different: g (-0.02mm), d (+0.02mm), A (-0.02mm) and E (-0.05 mm) where only E deviates significantly.

Nevertheless their feel is surprisingly low compared to GCNM, which felt more like hard tension on my guitar. Opposed to this the feel of the GLOW set is very comfortable for both hands!

The exceptional good balance and intonation is similar to the GCNM, but the sound of the GLOW set differs more than the little gauge variations suggests.

First of all they need quite a while to develop their full sound potential as most low tension strings. The trebles are very sweet, warm and dynamic in the sense that they response very sensible to the intensity of the stroke. In addition, they are very colorful depending on the place of stroke. Both, dynamics and variety of colors are only real weak points of the GCNM trebles.

String separation and the top e string is less pronounced as with the GCNM, which implies that they might not be the best choice for a guitar with a weak top voice.

The real surprise were the basses. Wow, what a difference to the well contoured but tighter GCNM basses. Full bodied and with beautiful warmth. All to my surprise the most outstanding string is d. A tone which is warm and full bodied over the entire fretboard, similar to the Augustin Blue d but less tight.

So if your guitar is responsive, with a strong top voice and you're right hand likes to plays quite dynamic, these might be the strings for you. My follow-up order, two GLOW sets, has already arrived! In my case a perfect match, although I'm more cautious with such superlatives with the times. :wink: :D

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Re: Pepe Romero Strings

Postby souldier » Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:34 pm

Any Pepe Romero string users that can give an update on their experience after several weeks/months?
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Re: Pepe Romero Strings

Postby astro64 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:43 pm

I have had the PEPESR strings on for a month now. These are described as having the nylon string composition from the earlier days of nylon strings, I am not quite sure what that implies, but if it means that they are warm and bright but not overly shrill, they meet that qualification. They are quite lively and produce good separation in chords. The basses hold up well and have good definition, definitely leaning to what I would consider a Spanish sound. The second string has good clarity and pops out well in chords when needed. Third strings seems Ok for a nylon. I have only tried them on one guitar so far and have not yet had a chance to compare them against the other Romero string models. Note that only the PEPESR model has these particular trebles, they come as HT only, but don't feel particularly stiff to me.

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Re: Pepe Romero Strings

Postby brian » Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:41 pm

I definitely want to try those
PEPESR. going rate is about $13 ?
any bulk purchase price breaks
anyone know about?
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Re: Pepe Romero Strings

Postby es335 » Sat Jan 14, 2017 9:26 am

souldier wrote:Any Pepe Romero string users that can give an update on their experience after several weeks/months?

As noted above the low tension GLOW strings are my premier choice on my Kohno now and I can't see any reason to stop using them! Longer lasting than the average including basses and with all the above mentioned tonal qualities! They tighten over time but exhibit excellent pitch stability then, why I'm reluctant to replace them. Might try Aquila Perla next just out of curiosity but then three other Pepe Romero GLOW sets are waiting! :wink: :D

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