Do you know how it "killed" the guitars? I would think a B string would snap before it tuned up to pitch. But even if it didn't break, how did it mess up a guitar? Did the bridge rip off or something? I'm just curious.MikFik wrote:I don't know about his bass strings but I have read that Segovia killed a guitar or two by taking old b strings and using them for the 1st string because he liked the string really tight. Makes me think he may have used the highest tension trebles he could get.
I use a 660 mm scale guitar myself and I have tried hard tension strings before and they work just fine, After all, there is only 10mm difference (about 3/8") between 650 and 660 mm and that's NOT all that much.
My teacher has heard from several sources that Segovia used a B string for the first string. Richard Brune even wrote that one time when he returned a repaired guitar to Segovia, he saw a guitar in a corner strung up with B strings. My impression was that Segovia was pre-stretching the strings to see which would not break at the higher tension. Brune is under the impression that Segovia stopped using his Hauser guitar because it developed a weakness in the first string. Brune then postulates that maybe that weakness developed from using the B string for the first string. Jose Ramirez III in his book, Things About the Guitar, says that there was always a wolf-tone on the Hauser first string and Segovia got tired of dealing with it.Summer wrote: Do you know how it "killed" the guitars? I would think a B string would snap before it tuned up to pitch. But even if it didn't break, how did it mess up a guitar? Did the bridge rip off or something? I'm just curious.
No, he didn't...just the B string for the 1st string.Summer wrote: And if he used a B string for string one, did he use a G string for string 2, a D for 3, an A for 4, an E for 5 and maybe a thicker string from a viola/cello or some other stringed instrument for 6?
Probably was.jack_gvr wrote:I recall reading (this is hearsay, sorry no footnote) that Segovia said that at some point his high E string "developed a sickness" and that that was the reason that he developed so many fingerings exploiting the upper part of the B string instead. This may be relevant to the comment about the Hauser, above.
I've never tried this with a classical guitar. . .but with electric guitar, different story.Mick the Ramirez Man wrote:I cannot imagine tuning a B string up to E! When I played mandolin, I sometimes used a C#m tuning that tuned one of the A strings up to B, and that made me paranoid! But B to E?
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