MarkInLA wrote:Peterson 2, thanks for the full story about carbons. I can actually imagine what they might sound like by your descriptions. On the other hand pogmoor's reference to cat gut is interesting, too. But even if he is correct doesn't mean listeners and players will all take to the original 'gut' guitar sound, anyway. I know what you mean by 'it needs to stop". You're warning that players are buying into a trend leading away from authenticity, a sort of fad. But, to be fair to pogmoor, nylon must have rattled some players when it first replaced gut; that it's not authentic.. I believe I read that Segovia was instrumental (pun not intended) in the use of nylon...No ? ..... Mark
there are players of the belief that nylon strings only came into play because of world war 2. players in italy that seek to replicate 19th century guitar music.... they say that there was a shortage of gut strings and that fishing line (nylon) was used as a stop gap. these 19th century affectionados also claim that we would all still be playing gut strings without world war 2. That is maybe true, but nylon strings bought about an improvement to gut strings in quality and sound quality. unfortunantly other advancements since like carbon, fluro carbon, titanium, they have NOT bought about any improvement. they are marketed well, and tend to have sound that is impressive to amatuer players, but overall they are not better, and the more you play them, the more you hear they are actually dreadful and kill your instruments natural resonance.
you should listen to Segovia, though he is a bastard in personal character, he knew the guitar. he is the reason we are typing in this forum. he also taught so much about the instrument which modern academic players can not comprehend, ie tone colour.