Advice, please.

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possum
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Advice, please.

Post by possum » Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:12 am

I currently have two guitars - a Cachimba C7 (spruce) and a Matsuoka M60 (cedar).
I have two sets of strings on the way from JS; La bella 2001, Aqila Albastro MT.
To save me some trial error which strings are best suited to each guitar?

Thanks, Steve.

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Post by petermc61 » Sun Nov 11, 2018 3:08 am

It does depend upon the sound of those guitars, your nails and your tastes etc - but I would be inclined to try the La Bella dirt on the spruce and the Aquila first on the cedar.

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Post by MessyTendon » Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:47 pm

I'd say put the Alabastro on the Spruce and the nylon on the cedar, but whatever you put them on should sound better than regular nylon.

Give them time.

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Post by jscott » Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:42 am

"La Bella dirt on the spruce..." Peter has finally gone off the deep end in his string experiments.
location: Berkeley Ca.
Paul Weaver spruce modeled on a Hauser
Takamine C132S 1983 cedar

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Re: Advice, please.

Post by possum » Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:22 pm

Well, I've had the Albastros on the Matsuoka for about a week now and am very impressed. A very pleasant tone indeed.
Also, unless my aging ears are deceiving me, they sound better every day!
As for the La Bella d#$% - they are on hold as I've decided to remove the top finish from the Cachimba and apply French Polish.

Thank you all.

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Post by Chuah Hui Hsien » Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:29 am

Can someone enlight me which set/tension of strings sound good on my spruce/maple Torres 64cm guitar. The maker suggested Savarez Cristal/Corum hard tension, but I find this set too stiff for my hands to play.
I tried Savarez 520r,D'addario ej46c, La Bella 2001 MHT but still couldn't find the sweet tone I'm looking for. Basses are acceptable, but the trebles get sharp and not solid on higher register.
I welcome any kind of suggestions.

Hui Hsien
2017 Karel Dedain Spruce/Maple (Torres) 64cm
1998 Yamaha GD 10, Spruce/IRW 65cm
1988 Alhambra AL 8, Cedar/IRW 65cm

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Re: Advice, please.

Post by petermc61 » Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:39 am

You might try Ramirez medium tension. They are a nice, rich sound.

I am a little worried that the trebles sound a little ‘sharp’ to you even with EJ46. That is surprising. I would be inclined to check your nails are well polished (to glass texture, using micro mesh to finish) as this might be contributing.

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Post by Chuah Hui Hsien » Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:51 am

Great Peter, and thanks for your advice.
I play with fairly short nails,because I don't have strong nails. I shall look into the final polish of my nails.

Hui Hsien
2017 Karel Dedain Spruce/Maple (Torres) 64cm
1998 Yamaha GD 10, Spruce/IRW 65cm
1988 Alhambra AL 8, Cedar/IRW 65cm

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Post by Chuah Hui Hsien » Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:14 am

Peter,

Couldn't find Jose Ramirez medium tension from my local store. However they have a few old sets of Hard tension left. The bass strings turned slightly yellowish, I bought them anyway. I think the pricey JR set make it not so popular among the guitarists here.

I put them on my 64cm Torres, will wait for a few more days for the strings to break in completely.

After a few hours, as I observed, I can hear much seperateness and clarity from the trebles on my upper frets, as opposed to the muffled tone on my previous experiments. Trebles sound nice and melodious, not overly bright and cold.

I hope it will transform my guitar into beautiful tone and end my search for perfect fit.

Plan to order some Medium Tensions!
2017 Karel Dedain Spruce/Maple (Torres) 64cm
1998 Yamaha GD 10, Spruce/IRW 65cm
1988 Alhambra AL 8, Cedar/IRW 65cm

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Re: Advice, please.

Post by Jack Douglas » Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:26 pm

Plus 1 for Ramirez medium tension. They are a really good set of strings. Personally I wonder why people use Hard tension trebles. For me anything more than medium tension trebles is unnecessary and hard on the hands.
Richard Brune 'Artist' Cedar/Brazilian 1996

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Post by Chuah Hui Hsien » Mon Dec 24, 2018 2:13 am

Three days after stretching, the JR hard tension seems not that tight and stiff as on the first day. It became the right tension on my 64cm guitar, the trebles now sing and easy to manipulate the dynamic range and colours.

I shy away from Ramirez strings in the past as I read from a forum member that it is meant for long scale guitars. This is not true, it sounds great as well on my 61cm 3/4 size Almansa. But for the 65cm,it feels taut. It's better to get the medium tension.

Good recommendation, Peter!
2017 Karel Dedain Spruce/Maple (Torres) 64cm
1998 Yamaha GD 10, Spruce/IRW 65cm
1988 Alhambra AL 8, Cedar/IRW 65cm

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