kervoas wrote: ↑
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:37 pm
Wondering which strings might be best suited to playing without nails ?
I like the feel of Dogal trebles (medium tension) but haven't yet found basses which feel right and match the sound qualities of the trebles.
Apologies if it's already been said 100 times, I couldn't find much using search.
No nail players tend to like the treble strings to have a bit of 'grip', hence why pure gut is sometimes used. The alternative is to use a rectified nylon string which again gives a bit more grip than polished nylon. With the would bass strings I tend to go with Aquila copper basses D type (lute strings) or you can try the Aquila real silk or the synthetic silk Ambra set. I can't say that I like the polished nylgut though. You might find tuning down to 415 Hz helps too. The basses are more fundamental in sound, less ring and sustain.
It's more expensive to buy strings that aren't in a set but strings can last for a very long time with no nail players so the real cost isn't all that great.