Thank you!tateharmann wrote: ↑Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:35 pmNo problem - glad to answer any questions
Less than 2 years, I think about 1 year and 9 months. Unfortunately it does take some time to start sounding nice - and I'm not even close to where I'd like to be in terms of tone. There are others here that sound much better than me lol.How long have you been playing without nails ?The Aquila's are $13 US for the whole set (basses and trebles - nice to have spare trebles for when the gut ones break hehe) the Gamut's are as follows: 3rd: $14, 2nd: $10, 1st: $7 - this adds up to a total of $45 or so. But these are by no means the cheapest option out there it's just that they sound good.What is the total cost of the set you are using (Aquilas and Gamuts) ?I think you are on par with me there as far as playing time goes. Other factors to consider are your body chemistry (like do you sweat a lot and it is the acidic type that will eat through the strings?), where you live (Quebec, right?) because humid places will annihilate those strings quickly, and if you're using nails or not. For me, I live in Minnesota, USA where I would venture a guess that our climates are fairly similar.. so we are good there. I, of course, play without nails and I'm not a big sweater (is that even a word?). The first string to go will be the high E 1st (I usually buy 2 at a time)- but under my personal conditions they last over 2 months. The 2nd string can last 6 months or more and the 3rd over a year!How long would they last (playing about 1 hour a day on average)
Hope that helps
That is kind of why I'm hesitant to go no-nails.. now that I've figured out basically how to take care of my nails and get the sound I like out of them, I don't want to go through that reboot process and have to re-tweak my right hand technique. That and my more modern guitar sounds great with nylon strings and I kind of doubt it would work well with gut. I've tried Alabastro nylgut on it and it was OK but I eventually came back to Augustine regal blue which gives a thicker and fuller tone in the trebles. Not crazy about the basses but I'm too lazy to mix and match much.