JezzaKool wrote: ↑
Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:13 pm
Some feedback on my experiences. Having played my Burguet for a couple of months now with Ramirez HT Nylon I have to admit overall disappointment with the results. Initially I swapped the single Savarez Alliance HT Classic 540J HT high E string and was pleased with the results: the Ramirez string certainly tamed the harsh sound. After a week or so I switched to the full set of Ramirez strings and then after three or four weeks a second set of Ramirez strings. Generally the sound is weaker and rather light weight across the board with very poor sustain - excepting the high E - than when playing with the Alliances. My teacher describes the guitar now as sounding like 'a girl's guitar' - whatever that means! She's attempting to persuade me that a new guitar is needed, not just new strings! Certainly playing the Alhambra guitar she uses for teaching produces a much fuller and satisfying sound. It's like having an entirely different and much more responsive instrument in your hands. So it's back to the drawing board for now and I'll order some Claro to give them a try before giving up on the Burguet. Any other thoughts welcomed.
If you come from Savarez 540J, why not try 540CJ or 540CRJ, same bass strings, but clear Nylon trebles: "New Cristal". The CJ is high tension, the CRJ is normal tension trebbles with high tension bass strings. I am currently using a 540CR set (normal tension all the way) and am quite happy with that, but still feel like experimenting more. In their Cantiga line, Savarez does mixed sets, 510MR and 510MJ, which are called "Creation". These have Cantiga basses (Model 510), Alliance 3G and New Cristal 2B and 1E. I have a 510MR set to try in future. In my experience the New Cristal take some time (2 weeks) to open up, but so did the Alliance set I used about a year ago. Based on what you write, that you were almost happy with 540J, I would start with trying either of 540CJ or 510MJ.
On the other hand have you considered nail shape? I was quite unhappy with my 1E string until I changed my a-finger nail to a different shape from i and m-finger. The a-finger now slants the other way from i and m. Arpeggios sound more even now, with the 1E not standing out as much any more.
Out of interest, can you put a value to your current guitar and the Alhambra your teacher uses? Even if you upgrade the guitar, I doubt this is likely to go away. Many players are unhappy with the 1E in carbon sets.