25 different sets of strings in a year

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Laudiesdad69
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25 different sets of strings in a year

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:55 am

Hello boys and Girls! What a year it has been. I got my Ramirez 4NE about this time last year. In that time, I have tried 25 +/- sets of strings on it. Strings I've tried so far are as follows.

D'Addario - everybody uses these at some point or another. I've tried:
EJ45, EJ46, EJ27, and EJ46FF
Savarez - The other major player in the World of CG strings. I've tried:
520B, 520R, 520J, 500AR, 500AJ,501AJ, 510 AR
Hannabach- 815 trebles, Exclusive MT basse
Ernie Ball - Clear and Silver med tension
Ramirez. - med tension with Carbon G, High Tension with nylon G
Hense. - 500MT
Augustine Classic Red, Blue, and Black
LaBella - 2001 classical and 2001 Flamenco
RC. - Sonata MHT
Dogal. - Diamante trebles in regular, and strong tension

There were a couple of other sets that I tried, but I don't remember. I did try Alice, but I don't consider them to be strings, so I didn't list them above. 25 sets averages out to changing strings every two weeks, which is pretty much the truth of it.

If anybody has any suggestions on any unique or different strings that I haven't tried, I'd love to hear suggestions. Next to try is Pyramid Ss and RC Recital strings.

So far out of all these strings, three sets/combinations sound very nice and I call them keepers.
They are:
Dogal Diamante regular trebles and Savarez Cantiga basses MT.
Dogal Diamante strong trebles and Hannabach Exclusive MT basses, and finally
Ramirez med tension with Carbon G.

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Re: 25 different sets of strings in a year

Post by Justfun » Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:04 am

I'm impressed must try the Ramirez med
Thx for sharing
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Re: 25 different sets of strings in a year

Post by es335 » Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:36 am

Aranjuez Suave A800 strings or A700 in case you prefer HT, Knobloch and Daniel Mari of course are missing IMHO! :wink:

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Re: 25 different sets of strings in a year

Post by petermc61 » Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:47 am

Knobloch Double Silver (medium) with Knobloch’s carbon G, coupled with b and e either Dogal Diamanté (prefer strong) or Mari 100p.

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Re: 25 different sets of strings in a year

Post by Gorn » Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:32 pm

Don't forget to try GHS 2500 or 2510 (wound G). The basses are REALLY different from others, because they're nickel wound - but, as a matter of fact, since having bought the last sets, D and A break for no reason at all on my guitar after 2-4 days (other strings don't). Even replacement strings, sent directly from the GHS factory break at spots where there is no contact to anything at all (standard tuning/650 mm).
Maybe they won't break on your Ramirez? Would be interested to know about.
If you like them and if they work with your guitar, you'll be able to reduce string changing to 4-6 times a year :wink:
BTW: the trebles are average nylons, nothing to get excited about.
Now playing RC professionals RC10 - nice sound but show fretmarks pretty quick - have to move them frequently.

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Re: 25 different sets of strings in a year

Post by georgemarousi » Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:46 pm

Based on the tension of your favorite sets, you should also try my favorite set for most of my guitars ( including the Ramirez 1A ) , which is:

-> Daddario EJ45FF ( instead of EJ46FF )

Surprisingly, I have tried Ramirez strings too because of recommendations and I was very disappointed, worse string ever tried. basses were quite miss-folded too ( ! ) , maybe it was bad luck? bad quality control? I don't know.

Finally, if you like medium to high tension, give a try to P. Bernabe strings
Paulino Bernabe Especial 2009
Ramirez 1A 1980
Alhambra Luthier india 2012
Panagi Brothers 1970
Juan Martinez nr 55 2014 (the comeback)
Yamaha cg 110 1988 (the 1st)
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Re: 25 different sets of strings in a year

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:43 pm

Aranjuez Suave A 800
Knobloch Double Silver with Carbon G
RC 10 and Recital Strings
Pyramid SS

The above strings will all be ordered after the Big Holiday when I place my Strings by Mail order.

As far as the GHS strings breaking Gorn, I have heard this from a couple of other people as well. On one friends guitar, the A string broke at the saddle. However, this may have been due to increased break angle as a result of using String Ties ( kind of like beads as far as how they work).

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Re: 25 different sets of strings in a year

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:52 pm

georgemarousi wrote:
Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:46 pm
Based on the tension of your favorite sets, you should also try my favorite set for most of my guitars ( including the Ramirez 1A ) , which is:

-> Daddario EJ45FF ( instead of EJ46FF )

Surprisingly, I have tried Ramirez strings too because of recommendations and I was very disappointed, worse string ever tried. basses were quite miss-folded too ( ! ) , maybe it was bad luck? bad quality control? I don't know.

Finally, if you like medium to high tension, give a try to P. Bernabe strings
Yeah George, I forgot to list that one(EJ45FF). But I’ve never tried the Bernabe strings. Who sells them?

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Re: 25 different sets of strings in a year

Post by hatalap » Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:07 am

Impressive! I recently tried the Dogal Diamante regular trebles and Savarez Cantiga basses MT as well and liked it very much on one of my guitars. I've also taken a liking to the Pepe Romero strings on my Culpepper. I find them less synthetic than the Daddario. Didn't care much for the Ramirez as noted above. May have to give them one more try.

Happy holidays!

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Re: 25 different sets of strings in a year

Post by ameriken » Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:59 am

georgemarousi wrote:
Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:46 pm

-> Daddario EJ45FF ( instead of EJ46FF )
Have you tried those on any spruce tops? Curious how the trebles are. I’m thinking about the 45 or 46TT’s for spruce.
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Re: 25 different sets of strings in a year

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Fri Dec 22, 2017 7:40 am

hatalap wrote:
Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:07 am
Impressive! I recently tried the Dogal Diamante regular trebles and Savarez Cantiga basses MT as well and liked it very much on one of my guitars. I've also taken a liking to the Pepe Romero strings on my Culpepper. I find them less synthetic than the Daddario. Didn't care much for the Ramirez as noted above. May have to give them one more try.

Happy holidays!
I like the latest combination of Hannabach Exclusive, med tension basses and Dogal Diamante trebles in strong tension the best so far. As far as the Ramirez strings go, they sound great on that particular guitar which was a Ramirez. However I had a previous Ramirez that sounded it's best with D'Addario EJ45. So it is really dependent on the guitar. They seem to me to be a good, mid priced string, and that is why I will likely be using them again in the future.

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Re: 25 different sets of strings in a year

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Fri Dec 22, 2017 7:44 am

hatalap wrote:
Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:07 am

Happy holidays!
Merry Hanakwanzachristmas!😃🖒🎸🐸

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Re: 25 different sets of strings in a year

Post by georgemarousi » Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:07 am

Laudiesdad69 wrote:
Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:52 pm
georgemarousi wrote:
Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:46 pm
Based on the tension of your favorite sets, you should also try my favorite set for most of my guitars ( including the Ramirez 1A ) , which is:

-> Daddario EJ45FF ( instead of EJ46FF )

Surprisingly, I have tried Ramirez strings too because of recommendations and I was very disappointed, worse string ever tried. basses were quite miss-folded too ( ! ) , maybe it was bad luck? bad quality control? I don't know.

Finally, if you like medium to high tension, give a try to P. Bernabe strings
Yeah George, I forgot to list that one(EJ45FF). But I’ve never tried the Bernabe strings. Who sells them?
Hmm find a dealer that imports Bernabe guitars, he will probably have them. ( Here in Greece there is one )

Or order directly from Bernabe ( from there you must order at least 5 sets as far as I know )
Paulino Bernabe Especial 2009
Ramirez 1A 1980
Alhambra Luthier india 2012
Panagi Brothers 1970
Juan Martinez nr 55 2014 (the comeback)
Yamaha cg 110 1988 (the 1st)
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2014: the comeback

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Re: 25 different sets of strings in a year

Post by georgemarousi » Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:23 am

ameriken wrote:
Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:59 am
georgemarousi wrote:
Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:46 pm

-> Daddario EJ45FF ( instead of EJ46FF )
Have you tried those on any spruce tops? Curious how the trebles are. I’m thinking about the 45 or 46TT’s for spruce.
hmm no, almost all of my guitars are cedar ( besides an entry level old yamaha that has spruce but it is laminated )

IMO, most cedar guitars benefit from the "thinnest" and "brighter" sound of carbon trebles, and vice versa for spruce. ( to add on that, my teacher uses nylon trebles for his Spruce Paulino Bernabe ). But its not always the case ( depends on other construction factors too ) so someone has to try many options for each guitar ! :shock: 8)
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Paulino Bernabe Especial 2009
Ramirez 1A 1980
Alhambra Luthier india 2012
Panagi Brothers 1970
Juan Martinez nr 55 2014 (the comeback)
Yamaha cg 110 1988 (the 1st)
--
2014: the comeback

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Re: 25 different sets of strings in a year

Post by bacsidoan » Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:44 am

How about the most expensive of them all, the Knobloch Actives CX Carbon Pure Sterling Silver MT 500KAS?

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