Rectified trebles

Choice of classical guitar strings and technical issues connected with their use.
Posts: 10
Joined: Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:39 pm
Location: USA Oklahoma

Rectified trebles

Post by GMR » Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:51 pm

What are the tonal implications of these verses the normal trebles

Posts: 1466
Joined: Fri Jun 19, 2015 1:33 am

Re: Rectified trebles

Post by MessyTendon » Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:45 am

The surface is rougher, which provides a scratchy sound if you do not have good flesh nail contact and technique. People say they are noisy, but that is not entirely true.

Digging into the string is easier, and playing with flesh really does work good. If you have a perfectly filed ramp on the nail, which has the right amount of flesh, the rectified, have a tactile feel that is more solid and less slippery, this is a preference that works good for many.

Then there is the crowd who does not care for them. D Addario Pro Arte rectified trebles still have the same tonal characteristics as the standard line, but the difference is a personal preference.

The Savarez 520 R series of strings is different in that they are wound, where the D Addario is simply machine ground to a rougher texture.

I personally like the Savarez, but some say they are noisy and awful. What I don't like is Savarez pricing.

As for tone, I think you can coax the same tones from standard or rectified, but there is a different feel and connection to rectified strings.

Posts: 1582
Joined: Tue Nov 29, 2016 1:16 pm

Re: Rectified trebles

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:20 pm

When I started using the Savarez 520R set, they were improperly packaged. I wound up with clear trebles, which I found out later, weren't supposed to come in that set. I had bought about four sets of them and the next time I needed them, I went back down to the music store and bought them, only to find the white rectified trebles...the ones that were supposed to be in there in the first place.

Nobody at the store had noticed this, and no other customers complained, except for me, about the white trebles. Turns out that the trebles that came in that pack were the Cristal trebles. The music store gave me 4 new sets, and they were all packaged right. The weird thing for me was that I didn't even know what rectified strings were until I got a package of 520R that had the white strings in them, like they were supposed to. They were a little noisy, until I got used to them. They really helped me clean up my playing, after about a week.

Posts: 1473
Joined: Tue Jul 11, 2006 3:59 am
Location: Southern California

Re: Rectified trebles

Post by soltirefa » Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:14 pm

I find the rectum-fied trebles to have a very bad odor.

Posts: 1582
Joined: Tue Nov 29, 2016 1:16 pm

Re: Rectified trebles

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:00 am

soltirefa wrote: ↑
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:14 pm
I find the rectum-fied trebles to have a very bad odor.
And they sound đŸ’©ty!

Brandon Walker
Posts: 86
Joined: Tue Feb 09, 2016 4:12 pm
Location: Edinburgh

Re: Rectified trebles

Post by Brandon Walker » Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:24 pm

When playing with flesh, or very little nail, I enjoyed certain sets of rectified (I still don’t have long nails). They can vary a lot from one brand to another, just like any trebles.

I liked the Savarez - the 520B set. I think that was my first set of low tension, too. The finger noise died down after a couple of days.

Really nice were those that came as an alternative with La Bella Argento pure silver set - normal tension; the high tension rectified trebles were too high for me (and the basses too low).

I tried GHS ‘ground’ nylon - they were really noisy.

The best I’ve tried were the Pepe Romero. Not much finger noise and a delightful tone and feel. The only hitch: the normal tension trebles felt a bit soft for my liking; I haven’t tried the high tension set because I don’t like the Pepe Romero high tension basses. I wish SBM had a mix n match option with those.

Return to “Classical Guitar Strings”