2 Questions about light gauge Strings ??

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MarkInLA
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2 Questions about light gauge Strings ??

Post by MarkInLA » Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:10 am

Hi. I would like to hear from those of you who always use light gauge strings, just why you do. I know tension claim varies from maker to maker. But generally speaking, why do you ? Secondly, would you happen to know what internationally acclaimed classical guitarist(s) use light gauge. For instance it might more likely be a female such as S.Isbin, A.Vidovic, due to generally having smaller, thinner fingers/hands than most males. But males included. No value judgements here. Thanks, M

Carey
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Re: 2 Questions about light gauge Strings ??

Post by Carey » Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:34 pm

I mainly use low tension strings because they produce more, and more pleasing, overtones. As the tension goes up the guitar starts to sound more
like a piano, which is fine, just not my thing. The softer tension also makes more sensitive vibrato possible, as well as RH touch, at least for me.
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johnd
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Re: 2 Questions about light gauge Strings ??

Post by johnd » Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:42 pm

Easier on my fingers - left hand.

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Re: 2 Questions about light gauge Strings ??

Post by MarkInLA » Fri Nov 24, 2017 1:36 am

Thanks for nice replies so far. I guess you can't answer the 2nd question, which is understandable. Maybe someone will know. But will you tell me the make of your low tension that you like; D'addario, LaBella.... ? MH

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Re: 2 Questions about light gauge Strings ??

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Fri Nov 24, 2017 1:45 am

I have used light gauge strings before. They resulted in a super low action and sustained like crazy but, due to temperature/humidity differences, would result in a totally flat neck with no relief, and hence, buzzing.
Only about 3 1/2 pounds difference between the light tension and medium tension that I used, but the mediums provided some relief to the neck, and took care of the buzzing. So now I just use the mediums.
I did like the low tension feel on my left hand.

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Re: 2 Questions about light gauge Strings ??

Post by fast eddie » Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:31 am

Mark,
I bought my cordoba c-10 (cedar) in July 2016 and most recently have used Savarez HT. Tonight I put Augustine MT Reds on and the difference was immediately noticeable on my left hand. The sound is also a pleasant surprise. Wish I could be a little more descriptive but they have only been on for a few hours. But at this time I would say these are a winner.

Eddie
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1974 Hernandis

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