I need some advice about which strings to buy for a Ramirez 125 Anos Cedar.
There are two sets that I've tried both with pros and cons, the cons being sufficient to make me believe there is a more appropriate set out there....
Originally the guitar had been fitted with Hannabach Goldins. I stuck with these for several sets.
The Pros Of Hannabach Goldin on the Anos:
1. Incredibly warm, rounded and sweet tone on the trebles. Lots of sustain. The best treble sound I have ever heard.
2. Unbelievable depth to the bass strings.
3. They settle in almost immediately.
4. Stunning sustain.
1. The bass strings, having such depth, completely lack any top end attack. This is such that the definition of the bass notes is completely lost - you get these amazing low tones but without a clarity of the note. Consequently the treble parts are unbalanced with the bass parts - you get clear treble and this bass 'warmth' that doesn't 'join' the trebles. Still, it's pleasant in it's own way, just too unusual a response to one's playing.
2. I've had milk that has a longer shelf-life. As I've previously posted, the strings deteriorate seriously after about ten days of playing.
3. They're very expensive. Coupled with their shelf-life, this is problematic.
So I switched to D'Addario EJ45 Pro - Arte for the last change.
Pros of the EJ45
1. Half the price of the Goldins.
2. At least three times the longevity.
3. The bass strings have the punch/attack that is missing from the Goldin i.e enough treble on the attack to make the notes more than just bass obvertones. The bass strings blend in more with the trebles and there's less disparity when one moves from bass to trebles.
4. Slightly easier to play.
Cons of the EJ45s
1. The trebles are more 'clicky' than the Goldins and lack the sweetness. You get more of a slight thin brittleness in the attack. Less sustain. This is how I remember Classical Guitar treble strings sounding from when I played twenty years ago. To this extent, I assume that the tone on the EJ45 treble is more the norm.
2. They take a hell of a long time to settle. Even two or three days later they were still unsettled.
3. Intonation problem on the B string. No intonation difficulties with the Goldin whatsover but the EJ45 second string had persistent problems.
4. Less depth to the bass strings than the Goldin.
The Pro-Arte are now at the end of their life so I'm considering which strings to try next- obviously a set that minimises these cons and maximese the pros. There are obviously guitarists here who've put a lot of time in experimenting with sets - I've returned to classical after a twenty year hiatus, so would really appreciate any knowledge and ideas on this. At the moment I'm thinking that Hannabach Silver might be the solution (if there is such a thing). I'm simply going on a hunch they might have some of the qualities of the Goldin but not in such extremes.
Thanks for the time and effort in reading (and maybe replying).