Strings for a Ramirez R4

Choice of classical guitar strings and technical issues connected with their use.
Wally
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Strings for a Ramirez R4

Post by Wally » Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:28 pm

Does anyone have an opinion if certain strings might sound better than others on a Ramirez R4. Before I started exploring I wanted to ask for any input.

Thanks

Wally

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Re: Strings for a Ramirez R4

Post by Aaron Powell » Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:38 pm

Hi Wally, some strings I like (I do not own your guitar) that are easy to play with a sound on the warmer side:

- Ramirez Nylon medium; lovely warm sound (but do like the high tension set as well)
- Augustine Imperial Black; overall great balance with brighter trebles (can't go wrong trying these)
- Augustine Classic Red; my favourite for tension balance and round very warm sound (bass slightly dry but I like that)
- Aranjuez Suave Silver 800; somewhat similar to Imperial black with brighter basses (very easy to play )
- Daniel Mari 100p; trebles are very good and reasonable bass strings (these seem to good for many guitars)
- Royal Classics Sonata LT; lovely overall set (worth trying)
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Re: Strings for a Ramirez R4

Post by petermc61 » Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:38 pm

I think there is a better way of approaching your question.

As asked, it suggests some sort of ideal string match to an R4. This ignored three critical factors - your playing style (different people produce different sounds on the same guitar plus strings combination), your taste in sound and the feel of the strings.

If you can tell me what was originally installed or is currently installed AND what changes to sound or feel you are seeking then I could certainly provide some suggestions that will take you on the right direction.

Peter

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Re: Strings for a Ramirez R4

Post by Wally » Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:06 am

Aaron thank you for your suggestions i will definitely try some of them.

Peter you bring up a great point and I realize I didn't provide any specifics at all.
I'm looking for something that sounds on the darker side. I'm looking to get a thick and dark sound out of the bass strings while I'm playing tremolo on treble strings. I play on the louder side. I can provide more info if needed. Thank you for your help.

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Re: Strings for a Ramirez R4

Post by Wally » Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:10 am

From the treble strings I'm trying to get a more of a damp and quiet sound especially in the higher register areas of the guitar.

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Re: Strings for a Ramirez R4

Post by Aaron Powell » Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:24 am

Cheers Wally, Peter will be able to provide some very good suggestions for you to research. He has vast knowledge of strings and how appropriate they are for the musician and instrument.

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Re: Strings for a Ramirez R4

Post by Wally » Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:27 am

Yes Aaron I can tell by his reply alone. I look forward to his suggestions.

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Re: Strings for a Ramirez R4

Post by Alytw » Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:32 am

FWIW I really like Augustine Imperial Trebles and Cantiga basses on my 4ne. I saw those recommended in another thread and am glad that i tried them.

Adam

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Re: Strings for a Ramirez R4

Post by Wally » Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:03 am

Thanks Adam.

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Re: Strings for a Ramirez R4

Post by petermc61 » Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:10 am

Wally, so you know what is currently installed on your guitar?

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Re: Strings for a Ramirez R4

Post by petermc61 » Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:11 am

Aaron Powell wrote:
Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:24 am
Cheers Wally, Peter will be able to provide some very good suggestions for you to research. He has vast knowledge of strings and how appropriate they are for the musician and instrument.
Thanks Aaron - I think! You just told the world I have no life! :lol:

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Re: Strings for a Ramirez R4

Post by Wally » Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:24 am

I do not know. I just got it.

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Re: Strings for a Ramirez R4

Post by Wally » Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:43 am

Did you mean red or black imperial?

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Re: Strings for a Ramirez R4

Post by 630mm » Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:18 am

For dark basses with heavy playing and light and round trebles, I would recommend Augustine Blue Classics or D'addario EJ44s. These sets have thick basses and darker sounding nylon trebles.
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Re: Strings for a Ramirez R4

Post by Alytw » Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:27 am

The imperials have the same trebles. I tried the black (low tension) basses, but like the Cantiga much more so I just get the treble set. Personal preference but the Cantiga basses sound really nice to me on my guitar.

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