Augustine strings

Choice of classical guitar strings and technical issues connected with their use.
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Augustine strings

Post by davekear » Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:52 pm

For many years I've been using D'Addario composites...which is a good string. But I thought I'd try some Augustine Imperial Red's, which cost a lot less than the D'addario's. Well after about a week or so of using them, I actually like them better. Intonation is perfect, sound great, nice separateness, good tone. And at about $7.00 a set......great string! It was the string Segovia used, they've been around for quite a while. Evidently they know what they're doing.
Just thought I'd mention it.

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Re: Augustine strings

Post by Dirck Nagy » Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:17 pm

I used Augustine Imperial Blues; they sounded GREAT on my old Tatay, but had some quality control issues with them, so i stopped.

This was 20+ years ago, though. Maybe I'll give them another chance.

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Re: Augustine strings

Post by RenaissanceMan » Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:18 pm

davekear wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:52 pm
For many years I've been using D'Addario composites...which is a good string. But I thought I'd try some Augustine Imperial Red's, which cost a lot less than the D'addario's. Well after about a week or so of using them, I actually like them better. Intonation is perfect, sound great, nice separateness, good tone. And at about $7.00 a set......great string! It was the string Segovia used, they've been around for quite a while. Evidently they know what they're doing.
Just thought I'd mention it.
I had exactly the opposite experience with Augustine Regals on my Ramirez 1a and I must confess, did never tried their Imperial Red's because of the disapointing experience with the Regals. So, went back to use D'Addarios.
Ramirez 1a 1979 cedar top
Aria AC50 1976 Concert Guitar

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Re: Augustine strings

Post by davekear » Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:44 pm

At one point, long time ago, I didn't like them either. I was a loyal D'Addario fan. But these Augustine's sound great. What impresses me the most is the spot on intonation. Maybe they've improved over the years. I actually like them better than the D'addario composites.

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Re: Augustine strings

Post by a human » Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:04 am

I've used the Augustines since the mid '60s.
1965 Krempel Classical (660ish mm)
The rest come and go.

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Re: Augustine strings

Post by davekear » Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:15 am

a human wrote:
Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:04 am
I've used the Augustines since the mid '60s.
Well you've saved a bunch of $$$. Dinner's on you!

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Re: Augustine strings

Post by a human » Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:06 am

davekear wrote:
Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:15 am
a human wrote:
Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:04 am
I've used the Augustines since the mid '60s.
Well you've saved a bunch of $$$. Dinner's on you!
:lol:
1965 Krempel Classical (660ish mm)
The rest come and go.

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Re: Augustine strings

Post by paulvdb » Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:27 am

I'm using Augustine Blue at the moment, and I really like the feel. I find the sound a little zingy and slightly metallic, but on a guitar that's quite woody (CG100A) - so I don't mind the sound that comes out. I haven't tried enough other strings to provide a genuine comparison. Didn't fix a wolf note problem I've got but that seems to be a body resonance problem.

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Re: Augustine strings

Post by RenaissanceMan » Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:01 am

Alright, reading all these responses I give Augustine Strings a second try. :)
Ordered two sets of Augustine Imperial Red's, will keep you informed after
putting a set on my Ramirez 1a and played around with it.
Ramirez 1a 1979 cedar top
Aria AC50 1976 Concert Guitar

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Re: Augustine strings

Post by Impresario » Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:35 pm

They were the very first nylon guitar strings, developed by Augustine and Segovia, with the help of the Dupont Chemical Company.
Commercialised in 1947.

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Re: Augustine strings

Post by khayes » Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:39 pm

RenaissanceMan wrote:
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:01 am
Alright, reading all these responses I give Augustine Strings a second try. :)
Ordered two sets of Augustine Imperial Red's, will keep you informed after
putting a set on my Ramirez 1a and played around with it.
IMHO, I always thought my 1A, when I still had it, sounded its best with Aug. Blues.
Ken

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Re: Augustine strings

Post by David Norton » Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:21 pm

For those puzzled by the names and colors:

Basses are sold as Regal (high tension) or Imperial (medium tension).
Trebles are sold as Blue (high tension) or Red (medium tension).

So Regal Blue is high tension across the board, while Imperial Red is medium tension.

The cross tension options are Imperial Blue (medium bass, high treble) and Regal Red (high bass, medium treble).

Three of my guitars are strung with Imperial Red sets. It gives a good sound and good playability. The one downside I've noticed is that the Augustine strings go dull after being strung up for 4-5 months, regardless of how much actual "playing time" is on them. The Savarez Cantiga sets seems to have a longer life overall.
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Re: Augustine strings

Post by astro64 » Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:34 pm

David Norton wrote:
Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:21 pm
For those puzzled by the names and colors:

Basses are sold as Regal (high tension) or Imperial (medium tension).
Trebles are sold as Blue (high tension) or Red (medium tension).

So Regal Blue is high tension across the board, while Imperial Red is medium tension.

The cross tension options are Imperial Blue (medium bass, high treble) and Regal Red (high bass, medium treble).

Three of my guitars are strung with Imperial Red sets. It gives a good sound and good playability. The one downside I've noticed is that the Augustine strings go dull after being strung up for 4-5 months, regardless of how much actual "playing time" is on them. The Savarez Cantiga sets seems to have a longer life overall.
The other way around. Color refers to tension of basses. Regal, Imperial, Classic refers to the trebles. Easy to get them confused...

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Re: Augustine strings

Post by jscott » Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:51 pm

Re: the last two entries. I think that this illustrates why simply stating in English (or French or Arabic, etc.) what the tension is for the treble and/or bass strings would be clearer than having each manufacturer come up with their own idiomatic code.

er, "own idiomatic" is redundant, but hopefully the point is made. Redundant for emphasis, I claim.

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Re: Augustine strings

Post by Scott Phillips » Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:36 am

Mods, could you please move this thread to the “Strings” section?

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