Not happy with G string on new guitar

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Not happy with G string on new guitar

Post by jakedarake » Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:51 am

Hello.. So I was wondering what the hardest string is to get "good" when making a guitar. I recently finished a guitar (just build as a hobby) and the G string is weak. The D and B strings next to it sound good. I am using light tension EJ43 Daddario strings. Any recommendations?

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Re: Not happy with G string on new guitar

Post by George Crocket » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:52 am

Jacob, your post has been moved to this subset of the Luthiers Forum where our strings experts hang out. :discussion:
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Re: Not happy with G string on new guitar

Post by DerekB » Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:55 am

A tubby G string is a common problem. A favourite solution is to fit a brighter 3rd string. Savarez Alliance is where I suggest you start. They are available as single strings. D'Addario offer lightly polished sets with alternative 3rd strings for people who have this problem. A higher tension string might also help.
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Re: Not happy with G string on new guitar

Post by simonm » Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:00 pm

jakedarake wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:51 am
…. I recently finished a guitar(just build as a hobby) and the G string is weak. … Any recommendations?


1) Wait. :-)
Sometimes things improve after playing the guitar for a while. If you are not a powerful player, see if you can find someone who really "digs in" (as my teacher put it) to play it for a couple of hours and see if that makes a difference.

2) Test some other strings. If you search here you will find a bunch of suggestions for this kind of problem. (e.g. DerekB's suggestion)

3) I heard a suggestion of using carbon trebles initially (a couple of weeks?) to "wake the guitar up" before putting on your usual preferred set. Never tried it.

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Re: Not happy with G string on new guitar

Post by Tomzooki » Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:48 pm

Seaguar Premier 80lb fishing line. No kidding :D
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Re: Not happy with G string on new guitar

Post by SteveL123 » Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:25 pm

Is there anyone on the forum selling Seaguar Premier 80lb fishing line as individual strings? I'd like to try it but do not want to buy a 25 yd roll.

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Re: Not happy with G string on new guitar

Post by jakedarake » Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:15 pm

Thanks guys. Gonna try that. Haha I have heard of people flossing with fishing line but never guitar strings!

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Re: Not happy with G string on new guitar

Post by HNLim » Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:36 am

SteveL123 wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:25 pm
Is there anyone on the forum selling Seaguar Premier 80lb fishing line as individual strings? I'd like to try it but do not want to buy a 25 yd roll.
It's worth investing in one roll. I believe mine is a 50m roll. It will probably outlast my lifetime. I have been using it since. No regret at all.

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Re: Not happy with G string on new guitar

Post by SteveL123 » Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:53 am

HNLim wrote:
Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:36 am
SteveL123 wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:25 pm
Is there anyone on the forum selling Seaguar Premier 80lb fishing line as individual strings? I'd like to try it but do not want to buy a 25 yd roll.
It's worth investing in one roll. I believe mine is a 50m roll. It will probably outlast my lifetime. I have been using it since. No regret at all.
What if I find it's not my cup of tea? Take up deep sea fishing? :)

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Re: Not happy with G string on new guitar

Post by astro64 » Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:45 am

You'd be much better off first trying another carbon treble like the fishing line but sold as a single string, e.g. an Alliance or Oasis or Knobloch. If you like any of those, you can see if it makes sense to buy a spool of fishing line.

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Re: Not happy with G string on new guitar

Post by jakedarake » Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:18 pm

Where does a person buy single strings from. The stores here hardly carry any strings at all. Thanks

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Re: Not happy with G string on new guitar

Post by George Crocket » Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:20 pm

jakedarake wrote:
Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:18 pm
Where does a person buy single strings from. The stores here hardly carry any strings at all. Thanks
The main online strings retailers will usually stock some, particularly the G.
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Re: Not happy with G string on new guitar

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:27 pm

jakedarake wrote:
Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:18 pm
Where does a person buy single strings from. The stores here hardly carry any strings at all. Thanks
I see you are new here. Welcome. A lot of guys and gals on this forum use Strings by Mail. They are in Michigan and ship world wide. Shipping runs about 4 bucks for any size order. They sell singles and half sets on many of the brands they carry. And they seem to carry more brands than the other guys.

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Re: Not happy with G string on new guitar

Post by celestemcc » Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:05 pm

Have yet to find a nylon G string I love... I use a Savarez Alliance G whatever brand of set I have on the guitar, makes a big difference.
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Re: Not happy with G string on new guitar

Post by jakedarake » Sun Dec 03, 2017 3:53 am

Thank you very much guys! I am new and already liking this site very much!

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