La Bella Strings

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La Bella Strings

Post by GMR » Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:40 pm

Hello, I am a new member here. I am primarily an acoustic steel string player. I once owned a very basic nylon string guitar, several years ago. I recently acquired a new Córdoba C5 Ltd, and after spending the last several weeks looking at prospective upgrades to that guitar, I just received a new Córdoba Esteso from my darling Mrs. Claus, with the help of a very kind dealer in North Carolina.
My only experience with nylon strings has been the basic D’Addario strings carried by a local retailer, Pro Arte perhaps, and some Savarez strings I bought when I got the C5. These Savarez sets are some sort of unpolished trebles and I am not too keen on them. I am wondering if anyone has experience with the La Bella strings, particularly the Elite 850 and 900 series strings. And what might be the differences between the black trebles, gold trebles, clear trebles, or even the red flamenco treble strings. Any help and advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
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Re: La Bella Strings

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:11 am

The only LaBella CG strings that I've had experience with were the 2001 series, I put the Black Flamenco set on my daughter's Ramirez 2NE. The were percussive and piercing, bright, almost like steel. Basses were decent.

I would say try the Ramirez strings with carbon G. Either their med or high tension.

High tension in the LaBella is about 77 lbs for the set. Ramirez med tension is about 87lbs.
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Re: La Bella Strings

Post by petermc61 » Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:31 am

Amongst LaBella try the 2001 medium, or maybe medium-hard. Stick with clear trebles.

Alternative brands are Augustine (maybe the Black Imperial) or Aranjuez (Brillante 500). They are similarly priced.

The Ramirez (medium) mentioned above are better again but also more expensive.

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Re: La Bella Strings

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:52 am

GMR wrote:
Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:40 pm
Hello, I am a new member here. I am primarily an acoustic steel string player. I once owned a very basic nylon string guitar, several years ago. I recently acquired a new Córdoba C5 Ltd, and after spending the last several weeks looking at prospective upgrades to that guitar, I just received a new Córdoba Esteso from my darling Mrs. Claus
Man that's one nice Christmas gift.
My Mrs Claus got me a peg winder. I got her an electric blanket. To get a guitar for Christmas. Wow. I got my son and daughter in law GG's....cheap ones.

Man I'm telling ya, hang on to her!🖒

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Re: La Bella Strings

Post by GMR » Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:14 pm

Indeed it is, Sir. More than I could ever imagine.
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Re: La Bella Strings

Post by Ramon Amira » Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:07 am

I would suggest starting with Augustine Black bass set only (black just means low tension in Augustine's incomprehensible labeling jargon) and D'Addario EJ45 treble set only. This is a great sounding combination that is inexpensive as well. Strings by Mail sells bass and treble sets separately if you wish. Later you will have to go through a long period of experimentation, but this will get you off on the right foot.

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Re: La Bella Strings

Post by Brynmor » Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:26 pm

Amongst LaBella try the 2001 medium, or maybe medium-hard. Stick with clear trebles.
I would second this advice.

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Re: La Bella Strings

Post by sayar » Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:27 am

La Bella 2001 are very good. Worth trying.

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Re: La Bella Strings

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:39 am

GMR wrote:
Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:14 pm
Indeed it is, Sir. More than I could ever imagine.
What strings did you wind up using on Mrs. Clauses gift that keeps on giving?

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Re: La Bella Strings

Post by GMR » Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:51 am

Right now, I have a set of Savarez high tension 520R rectified strings.... not sure I like the rectified trebles much. I have a set of D’Addario Pro Arte EJ45s that will go on in a couple weeks...
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Re: La Bella Strings

Post by GMR » Mon Feb 26, 2018 3:08 am

I need to order a set of the 2001 LaBellas. I cannot find them locally.
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Re: La Bella Strings

Post by MessyTendon » Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:00 am

The clear trebles are best. I think Willie Nelson usesLa Bella black with a pick for his gigs.

Also look out for GHS strings they might be more widely distributed in the area and they are inexpensive, good quality.

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Re: La Bella Strings

Post by GMR » Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:03 pm

Thank you! Yes, Willie’s trebles are black. I have seen him a few times in recent years. I think he has used those type strings for a very long time. Man, he plays that “Trigger” hard. He has done okay playing that nylon string so unconventionally....
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