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I have been trying lots of strings and found that carbon strings are the best for me.
I currently have high tension Savarez Alliance for the B and G strings, which is fine, but even the normal tension E string of all brands have crazy tension of over 10kg, which is up there with a 0.012" steel string. This is just isn't balanced and the picking technique needs to change drastically to and from this string.
I think, from what I have read on this forum is that this gauge was chosen for two reasons (my hypothesis):
1. Classical guitarists don't like (not used to) the feel of really thin strings
2. The thinner the high E string, especially carbon, the brighter and "more metallic" it sounds.
Neither of these are problems for people who play steel string guitars and/or play music that is conventionally played on steel strings (like me).
I contacted Ken Middleton who makes carbon ukulele strings under the brand name "living water strings" (UK company), and he sold me 4metres of a 0.57mm string for a price that is competitive with buying a single E string from a shop 5 times, if I get 5 strings worth out of the 4m (which I should).
The feel is much more balanced than the 0.62mm and the projection is only slightly less and is still balanced with the power of the b and g strings. Bending is much easier, especially around the 1st and 2nd frets. It sounds slightly brighter but not much. I am very happy with this solution.
According to Arto's string tension calculator:
(normal tension Savarez Alliance)
0.62mm - 10.121 kg (not balanced)
0.57mm - 8.555 kg
B string (high tension carbon Savarez Alliance)
0.71mm - 7.449 kg
G string (high tension carbon Savarez Alliance)
0.86mm - 6.885 kg
Last edited by epcritmo on Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:22 am, edited 1 time in total.
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