Strings Poll

Choice of classical guitar strings and technical issues connected with their use.
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Re: Strings Poll

Post by Justfun » Sat Mar 05, 2016 3:14 am

Elitista2 wrote:Gold medal to Augustine classic blu.
With these (and probably a good Ramirez ;) ) you can feel at home, with in mind the sounds of the records from Segovia, Parkening, Luis Gonzales, Yamashita, Solomon Silber etc...

great, I will try the blues...
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I feel really bad because I thought the D were the best. :oops: :oops: :oops:

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Re: Strings Poll

Post by JohnB » Sat Mar 05, 2016 12:01 pm

I'm sure the Augustine Blues are now very good strings but I was put off them for life when I tried them shortly after they were first introduced. The quality control at that time was very poor and the strings had by far the worst intonation of any strings I have ever tried.

That was a very long time ago and doubtless those problems are in the past.

I am currently using Hannabach 815 SLT (although they are called Super Low Tension the actual tension is more or less the same as the d'Addario Pro-Arte EJ45 Normal Tension - average 6.29kg vs EJ45's 6.32kg).
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Re: Strings Poll

Post by Intune » Sat Mar 05, 2016 12:58 pm

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.
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Re: Strings Poll

Post by janepaints » Thu Mar 10, 2016 6:58 am

1. d'addario pro arte, normal tension, on my bonafide classical guitars...2 days ago i bought some high tension pro-artes to investigate.

2. and ernie-ball ball-end folk nylons on an old harmony parlor which i converted to nylon strings, and also sometimes on my art & lutherie ami nylon.

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Re: Strings Poll

Post by Hallex » Sat Mar 12, 2016 3:42 am

D'Addario PRO Arté EJ45


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Post by James Stewart » Sat Mar 12, 2016 6:36 am

Hannabach 815MT (Black packet)

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Re: Strings Poll

Post by vesa » Sat Mar 12, 2016 7:12 am

Augustine blue regal
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Post by Brandon Walker » Sun Mar 20, 2016 5:38 pm

Aquila Ambra 900 or 2000

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Re: Strings Poll

Post by Dave Stott » Thu May 05, 2016 8:23 pm

at the risk of offending folks for revisiting an old post

Just put the Cantiga Savarez 510AR normal tension on my Cordoba GK Pro. I've been a fan of the Alliance trebles for a while but the basses were a bit lacking. The Cantiga basses are awesome!!
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Re: Strings Poll

Post by GeoffB » Mon May 09, 2016 6:41 pm

GeoffB wrote:
chrispeppler wrote:I am sure the moderators know by now that the link to the strings poll is dead (download/file.php?id=24098&mode=view) It would be great to have access to the poll.
What you are linking to is the jpg in this post, and unfortunately it appears that the jpg file itself is corrupted, presumably one of the casualties of the last server move, and the member who posted it has not visited since last May, so it's unlikely to be replaced unless some other member has a previous download of it and can let us have that. We'll probably just have to hope someone else will have the time and energy to produce an updated version.

It's taken a while, but I've managed to contact Paul, the poster of the poll chart, and I'm pleased to say he has been able to provide the original jpg, which I've now used to replace the corrupted one.

The chart covers the period from 2005 to 2011. Paul also kindly passed on the .xls file he used to collate the poll results. If anyone feels up to the task of updating the chart to the present time, and is reasonably proficient with Excel, send me a PM and I can email you a copy of the file to work from.

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Re: Strings Poll

Post by spanishguitarmusic » Tue May 10, 2016 1:51 am

I usually go for d'Addario Pro Arte normal tension strings.

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Re: Strings Poll

Post by isaacfe » Tue May 10, 2016 2:06 am

Augustine Imperial black
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2012 Ramon Blanco Cedar/Rosewood. 650 mm.
2015 Ramon Blanco German Spruce/Rosewood. 650 mm.
2016 Edgar Perez Cedar/Rosewood. 650 mm.
2016 Edgar Perez 8 strings Spruce/Cocobolo. 650 mm.

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Re: Strings Poll

Post by Mark Rose » Tue May 10, 2016 2:36 am

Hannabach 815MT on basses and treble 1 and 2, and Oasis carbon medium 3rd string. Hannabachs on all is fine, too, except the 3rd is a bit flaky at times on my guitar.


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Re: Strings Poll

Post by chrispeppler » Tue May 10, 2016 5:09 am

Thanks GeoffB for going to the trouble of obtaining a new copy of the poll chart. I love this forum; the folk here are so helpful and pleasant :)

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Re: Strings Poll

Post by Mark567 » Thu May 12, 2016 1:49 am

My guitar likes Labella 427 Pacesetter Elites, and so do I!

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