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I'm looking at my little string change date book, and I see that back in March I put a new set of Thom-Infeld Spectrum 13's on my little Guild F20. 2 weeks later I took delivery of my sweetasss '50 J50 and moved the T-Is over, where they stayed and played until the guitar went to the doctor on June 2. There they stayed tucked in an envelope for a little over a month and sounded fresh when put back on when the guitar came home. Today I decided to try my go-to Dunlop 80/20's on the J and moved the old T-Is over to my L00. They woke that old guitar back up and still sound strong as ever.

 

Think I'm done experimenting with strings...and picks. I'll spend 20 bucks on strings, but won't do 30 on a flat pick.

 

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T-I make the best tapewound strings ever IMO. I've had a set on one of my archtops for at least 2 years!!

 

I also found Optima Gold Strings are pretty amazing - very loud, thick tone and clangy.

 

The Martin Titanium core ones are the most expensive I've seen; £36(GBP) a set in UK!!! Haven't tried those!

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Is there a certain brand of nylon strings that you guys recommend?

 

Augustine or D'Addario IMO.

Augustine are strictly classical guitar strings; D'Addario also do 'Folk Nylon', special Flamenco strings and various coatings.

There are 3 different tensions too, soft/med(normal)/hard, and you can buy mixed tension sets with soft trebles and hard basses, etc.

 

There are other makes too I'm not familiar with; I've found that the 3 wound bass strings rust or tarnish very quickly in cheapo nylon string sets.

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Augustine or D'Addario IMO.

Augustine are strictly classical guitar strings; D'Addario also do 'Folk Nylon', special Flamenco strings and various coatings.

There are 3 different tensions too, soft/med(normal)/hard, and you can buy mixed tension sets with soft trebles and hard basses, etc.

 

There are other makes too I'm not familiar with; I've found that the 3 wound bass strings rust or tarnish very quickly in cheapo nylon string sets.

 

Thanks! I have a set of D’Addarios, gonna grab a set of Augustines

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All of the ones I play: 10s on my Carvin SH550 and AS Tele; 11s on my ES-335 and Epi Dot; 12s on my Ibanez AFJ91 and Epi Joe Pass

I see you have 11's on your ES-335. I have 10's Dean Markley Blue Steel round wound strings on my BB King. If I put flat wound on to try it what set, gauge and brand would you recommend? And I would prefer not to have it set up. Never though of flats on my BB. Thought most people used them on hollow Jazz Boxes?

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I see you have 11's on your ES-335. I have 10's Dean Markley Blue Steel round wound strings on my BB King. If I put flat wound on to try it what set, gauge and brand would you recommend? And I would prefer not to have it set up. Never though of flats on my BB. Thought most people used them on hollow Jazz Boxes?

 

One of the nice things about T-I (Swing) flats is that their string tensions are roughly equal to most round wounds with the similar gauge, possibly because the low E and A strings tend to be slightly thinner in the set relative to other brands. Flatwounds tend to be warmer and mellower, though the T-Is are a little brighter than most other brands, esp. the unwound E and B. I like the warmth, but mostly, I like the feel and the long life.

 

I started out with flatwounds on hollow bodies, alone, but liked them so much, I put them on everything. My favorite style to hear and play is jazz, but I don't think flatwounds should be limited to style. A lot of early rockers, including Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, and **** Dale, used flatwounds. Jimmy Vaughn and Albert King... flatwounds.

 

A warning about T-Is and locking tuners- the bass strings can break when locked. Better to wrap them. I found out the hard way.

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I'd recommend the Savarez 520 PE set. This set has wound G, which IMHO makes a big difference in intonation and the over sound of the (often troublesome) G string.

 

Very good point. I forgot that name, another excellent brand.

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I'd recommend the Savarez 520 PE set. This set has wound G, which IMHO makes a big difference in intonation and the over sound of the (often troublesome) G string.

Thankyou kidblast. I could ask questions, but they’re strings. I’m just gonna try some and see what happens

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The difference is the wound G. It intonates better, especially if you don't not have a compensated bridge, & most nylon's do not.

 

I use my Taylor Nylon a lot, and I find the string has more clarity and defined tone. The unwound G string always seems to be a bit of a problem for me. This really does improve that to my ears. I was using D'Addario Pro Arte's (I think that's how it's spelled..:) ) since I bought the guitar, I moved to these and I don't see going back to the non-wound G sets.

 

So yea,, try it, maybe your ears agree with what I hear!

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