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#1 User is offline   Sheilsoft 

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Posted 26 January 2018 - 12:20 PM

Hi folks,

Recently bought the excellent Century 1966 archtop guitar. What a superb guitar... now my favourite from my little collection.
I now need to buy some new strings, but looking at the range of gauges pre-strung on purchase... D’Addario 11, 14, 19(wound), 30, 41,52, this set is not available.
The closest set I can find is the D’Addario EXL115W, 11, 14, 21(wound), 28,38,49 set... a slightly heavier 3rd string and lighter bottom 3, which may require action adjustment.

Anyone know anything closer?

Don’t understand why Epiphone sell a guitar set up for a string set that isn’t available.

Rgds,
Howard
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Posted 01 February 2018 - 12:42 PM

Just buy singles and make up your own set. It will cost about twice as much but you'll be able to match what you have.
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Posted 01 February 2018 - 04:11 PM

Thanks... I was trying to avoid going down that route, but looks like the only way to get a close match.

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Posted 01 February 2018 - 05:02 PM

View PostSheilsoft, on 01 February 2018 - 04:11 PM, said:

Thanks... I was trying to avoid going down that route, but looks like the only way to get a close match.

Rgds,
Howard


One other thing would be to check for an L-5 string set. Gibson discontinued them back around 2013 I think but you might be able to find a few sets on Ebay. There's at least one in the EU: https://www.ebay.com...tgAAOSwaSZaTHWr

Eventually you'll have to build your own or find something else that works.
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Posted 01 February 2018 - 06:41 PM

View PostSheilsoft, on 26 January 2018 - 12:20 PM, said:

Hi folks,

Recently bought the excellent Century 1966 archtop guitar. What a superb guitar... now my favourite from my little collection.
I now need to buy some new strings, but looking at the range of gauges pre-strung on purchase... D’Addario 11, 14, 19(wound), 30, 41,52, this set is not available.
The closest set I can find is the D’Addario EXL115W, 11, 14, 21(wound), 28,38,49 set... a slightly heavier 3rd string and lighter bottom 3, which may require action adjustment.

Anyone know anything closer?

Don’t understand why Epiphone sell a guitar set up for a string set that isn’t available.

Rgds,
Howard


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Posted 02 February 2018 - 08:45 PM

View PostJohnny 6 String, on 01 February 2018 - 06:41 PM, said:



I don't see a wound 19 anyplace in their catalog. That's going to be the problem here.
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Posted 02 February 2018 - 11:13 PM

View Postflyingarmadillo, on 02 February 2018 - 08:45 PM, said:

I don't see a wound 19 anyplace in their catalog. That's going to be the problem here.




You can order your own custom sets


I see just looking now and no they don't have a wound 0.019, but they do have a wound 0.020 kinda splitting hairs
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Posted 05 February 2018 - 01:50 PM

Maybe take a look at Thomastik Infeld Jazz Swing strings. Excellent strings, a little more pricey, though. You can build sets. Didn't see .19Ws, but they have .18Ws. A couple of pro Jazz players recommended them for my Zephyr Blues Deluxe, loved them.
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