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In November 2016, I bought 12 sets GHS 2500's at Schneider Musik, Germany. The first set was strung up about February/March 2017 and those sets were different from my "old" strings, which obviously have been in stock for several years (the PVC-cover of the "old" ones showed a yellow stain in comparison to the "new" ones).
The surface felt a bit rougher (bad), the sound was more brilliant (good), especially D-string was stained very quickly and the finger noises were reduced less. I'd say: the "compressed round wound" nickel material was less compressed than earlier lots.
Next thing: the 4th string broke with no reason at all inside the case at a position, where there is no strain (e.g. between nut and capstan or in the middle of the soundhle). My guitar is 650 mm scale length, standard tuning, 440 Hz. O.K., bad luck - next set: same thing, 5th and a few days later also the 4th string broke inside the case. After that, I moved to the Azores islands. All strings were loosened and the guitar was put in a case for several weeks. Here on the Azores, the humidity is always >60%, so there's no need to put the guitar in a case after playing. I played two or three days: 4th string broke, two days later 5th string broke. One day later, the 5th string broke again.
It always happened in the night while the guitar is on the stand. The damage looks like as if the core fibres have been pre-cut somehow. I could imagine that there was a sharp edge or whatever at one of the winding machines.
Now I've strung up another brand and claimed at GHS directly. They answered pretty quick and promised me to send a couple of D- and A-strings. But they didn't mention what was wrong or if the problem is solved by now.
I'll gonna see what the replacement strings will do. If they're not like the "old", I do not see a reason to buy 2500's again.
Any recommendations for strings that do NOT sound cutting brilliant, do NOT cost a fortune, last "forever" (maybe nickel wound
), stay in tune very quick and are hard tension?