I had exactly the opposite experience with Augustine Regals on my Ramirez 1a and I must confess, did never tried their Imperial Red's because of the disapointing experience with the Regals. So, went back to use D'Addarios.davekear wrote: ↑Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:52 pmFor many years I've been using D'Addario composites...which is a good string. But I thought I'd try some Augustine Imperial Red's, which cost a lot less than the D'addario's. Well after about a week or so of using them, I actually like them better. Intonation is perfect, sound great, nice separateness, good tone. And at about $7.00 a set......great string! It was the string Segovia used, they've been around for quite a while. Evidently they know what they're doing.
Just thought I'd mention it.
IMHO, I always thought my 1A, when I still had it, sounded its best with Aug. Blues.
The other way around. Color refers to tension of basses. Regal, Imperial, Classic refers to the trebles. Easy to get them confused...David Norton wrote: ↑Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:21 pmFor those puzzled by the names and colors:
Basses are sold as Regal (high tension) or Imperial (medium tension).
Trebles are sold as Blue (high tension) or Red (medium tension).
So Regal Blue is high tension across the board, while Imperial Red is medium tension.
The cross tension options are Imperial Blue (medium bass, high treble) and Regal Red (high bass, medium treble).
Three of my guitars are strung with Imperial Red sets. It gives a good sound and good playability. The one downside I've noticed is that the Augustine strings go dull after being strung up for 4-5 months, regardless of how much actual "playing time" is on them. The Savarez Cantiga sets seems to have a longer life overall.