Which Savarez?

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Which Savarez?

Post by Jeffrey Armbruster » Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:04 am

So I really like the Augustine blacks--except for their life span. Way too short. I also like D'addario ej45's (sorry Peter). Given that---and the fact that I've tried various other lower tension strings that didn't work on my guitar--I need to try Savarez. But they're confusing. I don't 'think' that I want carbon strings. So:

what single Savarez full set is most like the tension of Augustine black (lower) or ej45's, and ideally no higher? I think that lower tension than the black will likely not work.

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Re: Which Savarez?

Post by eyedoc » Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:20 am

Cantina Creation MR 510
Fantastic!!!!
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Re: Which Savarez?

Post by eyedoc » Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:21 am

Cantiga

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Re: Which Savarez?

Post by Jeffrey Armbruster » Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:23 am

eyedoc wrote:
Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:20 am
Cantina Creation MR 510
Fantastic!!!!
Ron
and then: cantiga. See, I'm already confused. Savarez has way too many iterations. Can you say if they're comparable in tension to the Augustine's or ej45's? And which Savarez?

edit: oh wait sorry, my bad--cantiga creation. I'll look it up.

edit: so Savarez cantiga cr--c= nylon, r= low (or they say later, normal) tension. One or the other tension. Looks very interesting, thanks for the recommendation.

edit: sorry, you said mr, which is the cr set with a carbon 3rd string. I've never used a carbon third string. Hmmm.
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Re: Which Savarez?

Post by petermc61 » Thu Jun 15, 2017 4:07 am

Jeffrey

Firstly, you are forgiven my son. Not everybody sees the light with respect to EJ45. I won't hold it against you personally. Well, not for long anyway! :lol:

Ron's suggestion of Cantiga basses is good (buy normal tension) and I quite like the carbon string in the Creation set (an Alliance G) but I have never been able to come to terms with any of the Savarez high treble strings. As a rule, just don't like them.

Why limit yourself to Savarez? Have you thought about the Aranjuez Brillante Silver 500? Lovely trebles and nice basses that last quite a while. If you got a set of them and a set of Cantiga basses you could try two combinations as the treble sets will last as long as the two bass sets combined. The tension will be ok for you and the sound better then EJ45!!! :D

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Re: Which Savarez?

Post by Jeffrey Armbruster » Thu Jun 15, 2017 4:14 am

Thanks Peter. I'm in a frantic mood, and I have to travel (with my guitar) on Monday, so I bought the Savaraz cr AND mr sets so they'd be here before I leave--maybe!. All this mixing and matching...it's actually not so confusing I suppose. I'll see how I like the Savarez and go from there.
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Re: Which Savarez?

Post by Dave Stott » Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:52 pm

I really like the bass strings in the Savarez Cantiga 510AR medium set. But the Alliance trebles are a bit too bright for me. The 1st string is especially too bright for my tastes.

Peter's recommendation of pairing the Cantiga basses with either Augustine Imperial Trebles or the Aranjuez Brilliant Silver trebles are working great for me.

Thank goodness for SBM and their wiliness to sell partial sets of strings.. :) :)

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Re: Which Savarez?

Post by petermc61 » Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:22 pm

The ability to try various strings and mix 'n match via SBM is certainly fantastic. Coupled with their good pricing and sharp service, that's why they have been my preferred supplier for years now.

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Re: Which Savarez?

Post by Kenbobpdx » Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:02 am

I pair Savarez basses with Hannabach 815 SL trebles (super low). I like Corum basses more than Cantigas but I also get the appeal of the Cantigas. I also often use an Alliance G string.

With SBM there really is no reason to stick with full set purchases.
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Re: Which Savarez?

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:23 am

The Savarez 520B traditional low tension is the same as the D'Addario EJ45 at approximately 83.4 lbs for the set.

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Re: Which Savarez?

Post by jnbrown » Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:44 pm

I have tried various Savarez strings (and many other brands) but like EJ-46 basses and Hannabach 815 trebles the best.

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Re: Which Savarez?

Post by Lawler » Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:47 pm

petermc61 wrote:
Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:22 pm
The ability to try various strings and mix 'n match via SBM is certainly fantastic. Coupled with their good pricing and sharp service, that's why they have been my preferred supplier for years now.
+1

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Re: Which Savarez?

Post by Lawler » Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:55 pm

Jeffrey Armbruster wrote:
Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:04 am
So I really like the Augustine blacks
Me too. What is it about the treble strings that is so nice? I can't quite put my finger on it. But it's there. For me, anyway. "Mojo" is so overworked I won't even say that. No, I will. Augustine Black trebles have mojo.

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Re: Which Savarez?

Post by petermc61 » Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:18 pm

Lawler wrote:
Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:55 pm
Jeffrey Armbruster wrote:
Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:04 am
So I really like the Augustine blacks
Me too. What is it about the treble strings that is so nice? I can't quite put my finger on it. But it's there. For me, anyway. "Mojo" is so overworked I won't even say that. No, I will. Augustine Black trebles have mojo.
Sorry, but Augustine Black trebles don't exist. The Black refers to the tension of the basses in the set. You have to quote whether you are using Classic, Imperial or Regal (which specify the particular trebles).

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Re: Which Savarez?

Post by martinardo » Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:55 pm

Ahaa. I can see someone needs a mojo filter . . .
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