Strings Poll

Choice of classical guitar strings and technical issues connected with their use.
goldenoldie
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Post by goldenoldie » Wed Jun 22, 2016 3:43 pm

Savarez 540 AR

mattew

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Post by mattew » Sun Jul 03, 2016 9:21 am

Savarez Cantiga 510 MR
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Savarez Cantiga 510 CRH with Savarez Alliance G (543 R)

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Post by tat » Sun Jul 03, 2016 4:52 pm

I use Pyramid Sterling Silver Super Classic Normal Tension Bass Set and La Bella Argento Rectified Nylon Medium Tension Treble Set

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Post by vigmostad » Mon Jul 04, 2016 9:42 pm

Knobloch Actives CX Carbon Pure Sterling Silver Basses. Augustine imperial trebles.

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Charles Mokotoff
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Post by Charles Mokotoff » Thu Jul 07, 2016 10:18 am

Current double top, best set yet:
Basses D'Addario EJ46
Trebles: Hannabach Goldin
2017 Glenn Canin Spruce

Noctivagant
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Post by Noctivagant » Wed Aug 31, 2016 8:46 am

I'd used Augustine Reds for years until I fell in love with Hannebach Super Low tension. I'm about to try a set of Goldins since I've never tried carbon-type trebles.

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Post by kefroeschner » Fri Sep 09, 2016 11:44 pm

My current fav's : Thomastik-Infeld Superlona flat wound (set CF 128) 3 through 6, and Hannabach Goldin 1 and 2.
1977 Asturias AST 60, signed by M. Matano
1979 Kazuo Hashimoto C-30
1970's Shinano No. 55
1970's Grand Shinano GS 150
1970's Matsumoku 'Lyle' C-640
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'De Gama' No. 5102, signed
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Ibanez AEL 4012S 12 string
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Justfun
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Post by Justfun » Fri Sep 09, 2016 11:51 pm

Noctivagant wrote:I'd used Augustine Reds for years until I fell in love with Hannebach Super Low tension. I'm about to try a set of Goldins since I've never tried carbon-type trebles.
what is the main diff of the Hannebach? I'm using the reds=mediumtension and like them very much.
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Post by Noctivagant » Sat Sep 10, 2016 3:19 am

I originally tried the Hannabach after having two sets of Augustines with intonation problems on the B2 string. Never even a whisper of that with the Hannabachs, their QC seems to be spot on.

Hannabach lists their tensions kind of oddly. Their super low is probably closer to most company's medium or medium-hard. I felt they really made my José Ramirez with a cedar top and BRW side sing like nothing else I'd used. The basses were especially good, I thought. They were defined and punchy without losing warmth. The trebles were very similar to Augustine's reds, with maybe a little more warmth and less definition. They aren't strings I'd use for the volume you'd need in performance, though. They also outlasted the Augustines by quite a bit.

I think I'll try the Hannabach SLT basses next mixed with some carbon trebles, that might just be perfect for my guitar. I'm liking these Goldins I just put on, but kind of miss those basses from the SLT set.

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rinneby
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Re: Strings Poll

Post by rinneby » Sat Sep 17, 2016 7:08 am

Intune wrote:I use normal tension nylon D'Addario EJ45's: fine neutral sound; consistent quality; easy on the pocket book; easy on the fingers. They have a nice soft feel that allows me to play longer and cleaner without hand fatigue, a quality I value as I get older. Though they won't amp up a guitar like carbons or high-tensions might, I find they produce a solid, sweet tone on most guitars that are well-balanced and not in need of "help" from more high-octane strings. When asked why he uses EJ45's, David Russell once replied that first and foremost, strings should be easy to play and make him sound good, not just the guitar.
Agreed.

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Re: Strings Poll

Post by Dartez82 » Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:52 am

Daddario ej45ff with a ej46 e
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Post by Jeffrey Armbruster » Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:16 am

Savarez Cantiga bass strings; Mari normal trebles.

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Re: Strings Poll

Post by Scott Phillips » Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:48 am

petermc61 wrote:
Tue Jul 07, 2015 1:50 pm
I just did my annual update of my guitar inventory and what strings I have installed. Thought the results might be interesting. Each string combination below is currently installed on a different guitar (a total of 16 instruments). Where there is a mixed set the bass strings are always provided first with the trebles following.

Pyramid Sterling Silver medium nylon (x2 guitars)
Pyramid Sterling Silver/Mari 100p g and b/Dogal strong e
Knobloch Double Silver/Dogal Strong
Knobloch Double Silver/Knobloch MH carbon G/Mari 100p b and e
Hannabach Silver 200 low-medium/Mari 100p (x2 guitars)
Hannabach 728 Custom basses/Goldin 725 carbon
D'Addario EJ45C/Galli medium carbon g/Royal Classics Sonata nylon b and e
D'Addario EJ45 with a D'Addario medium carbon g
Hannabach Titanyl medium/Augustine Imperial
Aranjuez Suave 800 (x3 guitars)y
Savarez Cantiga normal/Augustine Imperial
Ramirez medium/Aranjuez Suave trebles

So Augustine Suave and Pyramid Sterling Silver are quite common, along with Mari 100p trebles. What really surprised me was that I have more nylon g strings than carbon. Before I had done the inventory update I would have sworn the opposite was true.

Peter
This was an interesting list. That was 3 years ago. Has anything changed? I know you still recommend the Mari 100p trebles a lot. I have yet to try them. I have 3 sets I got from Ostrie music. Oh and I see that you had EJ45 listed. Ostrie has those for I think $6.49 a set. Not sure if it is a sale price. Everybody else charges $9.00 for those.

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Post by petermc61 » Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:14 am

I suspect the EJ45 were fitted because I was trying them out on an instrument. They aren’t fitted to any of my current instruments.

Hannabach are less prominent now. Ramirez maybe a little more. 100p and Imperial trebles still pretty common.

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Re: Strings Poll

Post by Scott Phillips » Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:33 am

I am currently trying the Pepe Romero GCNM medium tension clear nylon trebles. They started off sounding Just like the 2001 MHT, and indeed they are all the same diameters. But after a few days, they have bloomed into something else. Warm, but with great clarity, and not harsh in the trebles. Very full sounding chords. Lately my tastes are more toward the medium tension Ramirez with carbon G and Royal Classics RL 50 Recital set.

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