Polifemo de Oro wrote:So I have a question for Peter: are you apt to continue to use the Mari strings? Do you prefer them to the Dogals you use, or do they rather complement them in some way?
Yes, I still use them. Are they better than Dogal? Depends on the guitar. Let me explain....
I have too may guitars and the strings I use on them varies. Having said that there are certain strings and trends I observe across all instruments. Firstly, I never use carbon strings for high e and b. I just find them too bright and my technique (or lack of it) does nothing musical with them. Don't like their feel and tension either. So for these strings I either use Dogal hybrid or nylon. Dogal works really well on a few guitar such as the old Kohno I just sold. Other guitars, not necessarily. Amongst nylon strings the Mari, Augustine Imperial and Dr Junger Aktiv Nylon are all pretty damn good. Amongst them if you asked for a generic
recommendation rather than a guitar-specific recommendation the Mari then the Augustine would be my picks.
G string - Mari is very good (outstanding for nylon) but I am at least as likely to go for a sweet carbon e.g Knobloch, Galli.
Bass strings - the Mari are very clean, very bright and full of colour. If your bottom ends needs life or tightening then a great choice. If you bottom needs weight and warmth then probably not (think Corum, Dynacore instead). The Mari and Savarez Cantiga basses are good string choices if cost is a possible issue. Without cost constraints the Pyramid Sterling Silver strings are my first choice.