strings for no nails

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strings for no nails

Post by kervoas » Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:37 pm

Wondering which strings might be best suited to playing without nails ?
I like the feel of Dogal trebles (medium tension) but haven't yet found basses which feel right and match the sound qualities of the trebles.
Apologies if it's already been said 100 times, I couldn't find much using search.
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Re: strings for no nails

Post by hilm3g » Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:03 am

I play with my fingertips - no nails. My favorite strings are Mari 100p full set( clear nylon trebles), and La Bella RN-L (rectified nylon) trebles with Savarez Corum-M(edium tension) bass strings. The La Bella RN-Ls do not feel low tension - nice tight response. Both of these sets need a few days to bloom. And they last me a long time (I play 10-16 hours per week).

I really really like the La Bella/Savarez combo. I am done trying everything, and I have 2-3 times.

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Re: strings for no nails

Post by kervoas » Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:33 pm

Thanks hilm3g - I'll give the La Bellas a try.
If you haven't tried Dogal trebles you might like those too.
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Re: strings for no nails

Post by Bernabe » Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:27 pm

the d'addario EJ45 are the best, with or without nales i think
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Re: strings for no nails

Post by jhapgood » Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:08 pm

You might consider D'Addario EJ30 Normal Tension Rectified Strings. They work quite well for no nails.
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Re: strings for no nails

Post by Michael.N. » Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:46 pm

kervoas wrote:
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:37 pm
Wondering which strings might be best suited to playing without nails ?
I like the feel of Dogal trebles (medium tension) but haven't yet found basses which feel right and match the sound qualities of the trebles.
Apologies if it's already been said 100 times, I couldn't find much using search.
No nail players tend to like the treble strings to have a bit of 'grip', hence why pure gut is sometimes used. The alternative is to use a rectified nylon string which again gives a bit more grip than polished nylon. With the would bass strings I tend to go with Aquila copper basses D type (lute strings) or you can try the Aquila real silk or the synthetic silk Ambra set. I can't say that I like the polished nylgut though. You might find tuning down to 415 Hz helps too. The basses are more fundamental in sound, less ring and sustain.
It's more expensive to buy strings that aren't in a set but strings can last for a very long time with no nail players so the real cost isn't all that great.
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Re: strings for no nails

Post by Todd Tipton » Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:36 pm

I used Nylgut a lot when I played HIP instruments. However, I honestly don't know if they make strings for a modern instrument. Anyone? However, what I liked most about the strings was their unique structure. They really tried to simulate gut and the flesh had a far easier time really getting a good grip.
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Re: strings for no nails

Post by tateharmann » Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:24 pm

Aquila makes a number of strings for modern instruments :)
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Re: strings for no nails

Post by Michael.N. » Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:51 am

Aquila make polished nylgut which is specifically aimed at modern classical guitar nail players. It really doesn't matter though, you can use their strings intended for lutes on a modern classical guitar. You only really need an unpolished string of the right gauge (tension), be that nylon or nylgut. Not that you must use an unpolished string for no nails, the choice is entirely up to the player.
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