What strings did Julian Bream use?

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What strings did Julian Bream use?

Post by DTut » Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:00 pm

I've been enjoying some Bream recordings lately. I know he played several spruce-top guitars but I'm curious if anyone happens to know what strings he used.

And don't say the "long skinny ones" ... :lol:

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Re: What strings did Julian Bream use?

Post by Pede » Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:45 pm

I thought he used mostly Labella strings.
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Re: What strings did Julian Bream use?

Post by souldier » Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:34 pm

La Bella 10PH I believe was one, at least according to strings by mail. Word on the street is that if you start using these strings you'll play just as good as Bream did.
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Re: What strings did Julian Bream use?

Post by spanishguitarmusic » Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:46 pm

Thank you for sharing the type of strings he used! I must try them sometime on my guitar.

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Re: What strings did Julian Bream use?

Post by 630mm » Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:21 am

In "A Life on the Road" I believe he mentioned he was using Augustines but carried additional sets with him due to his frustration with G string manufacturing tolerances/issues. This was in the early eighties.
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Re: What strings did Julian Bream use?

Post by pogmoor » Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:18 pm

souldier wrote:
Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:34 pm
Word on the street is that if you start using these strings you'll play just as good as Bream did.
:lol:
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Re: What strings did Julian Bream use?

Post by rguitar » Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:48 pm

I remember reading that he disliked this question so much that his standard reply was "fishing line".

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Re: What strings did Julian Bream use?

Post by Kenbobpdx » Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:24 pm

rguitar wrote:
Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:48 pm
I remember reading that he disliked this question so much that his standard reply was "fishing line".
Right up there with "long, skinny ones." :lol:
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Re: What strings did Julian Bream use?

Post by Hotsoup » Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:29 pm

rguitar wrote:
Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:48 pm
I remember reading that he disliked this question so much that his standard reply was "fishing line".
There is some fishing line (Seaguar) that I'm actually eager to try.. :lol:

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Re: What strings did Julian Bream use?

Post by souldier » Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:50 pm

Hotsoup wrote:
Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:29 pm
rguitar wrote:
Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:48 pm
I remember reading that he disliked this question so much that his standard reply was "fishing line".
There is some fishing line (Seaguar) that I'm actually eager to try.. :lol:
I've tried them, and as far as carbon trebles are concerned, they are my string of choice.
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Re: What strings did Julian Bream use?

Post by Hotsoup » Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:03 pm

souldier wrote:
Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:50 pm
Hotsoup wrote:
Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:29 pm
rguitar wrote:
Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:48 pm
I remember reading that he disliked this question so much that his standard reply was "fishing line".
There is some fishing line (Seaguar) that I'm actually eager to try.. :lol:
I've tried them, and as far as carbon trebles are concerned, they are my string of choice.
I want to try it just for 3G to begin with, but I'm not sure whether to try 80 or 90lb test. I usually use medium or medium-hard tension nylon. Sorry for off-topic.

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Re: What strings did Julian Bream use?

Post by Elitista2 » Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:08 pm

I read that he used "Augustine imperial red".
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Re: What strings did Julian Bream use?

Post by Jeffrey Armbruster » Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:37 pm

I bet Seaguar would be great for playing Schubert's "Trout".
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Re: What strings did Julian Bream use?

Post by tgwilt » Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:37 pm

ISTR that in the movie "My Life In Music" he didn't mention any particular label, but did say that he carried a micometer with him to check the diameter of strings. I don't think that strings alone give him his extraordinary tone, but also the Hauser model guitars, fingernail density and so on. Pretty sure he could pick up a cheap guitar and make it sound great.
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Re: What strings did Julian Bream use?

Post by Luis_Br » Sat Jun 17, 2017 12:27 am

I've heard from Fabio Zanon, who made lessons with Bream, that Bream always used Augustine. I am not sure which model, but as I remember it was the classic ones (lower tension) with blue basses.

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