Did not like carbon strings

Choice of classical guitar strings and technical issues connected with their use.
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Did not like carbon strings

Post by Thomas » Fri Dec 28, 2018 12:14 pm

Fist time I used Carbon strings it was like play acoustic guitar. Immediately changed it to Savarz nylon and I loved it
however when the carbon strings were on the guitar the 12fret and open string note were perfect no intonation problem
however it seems after I changed no nyclon savarez the 12fret is a little sharp

OR perhaps the strings need time to settle down?

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Re: Did not like carbon strings

Post by Alexander Kalil » Fri Dec 28, 2018 1:04 pm

Nylon strings typically need more compensation at the bridge to intonate properly. If the bridge is intonated for carbon strings, nylon may sound sharp at higher frets; if it's intonated for nylon strings, carbon may sound flat. This is particularly critical with the 3rd string.

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Re: Did not like carbon strings

Post by CarbonElitist » Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:43 pm

I assume you used Savarez Alliance? IF so, I'm not the biggest fan of those either. They are a bit "harsh". Though I do like Hannabach Goldins, they are carbons with a very warm tone. I've heard good things about Knoblochs as well.
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Re: Did not like carbon strings

Post by riffmeister » Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:26 am

Some love them, some hate them.

I like them, but not on all guitars.

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Re: Did not like carbon strings

Post by Samuel Hines » Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:13 am

Savarez Alliance can sound harsh on some guitars. If your guitar is a single top spruce, they may have a hard time sounding pleasant. I've seen them work well with double-top cedars.

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