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turnermoran

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recs for bright strings? mellow strings? 

Hey folks - I have a guitar that needs some improvement in the high end. It's a cheaper blanca w/ trebles that don't sparkle.

Any recs for strings that might bring out the best the guitar is capable of?

Also, I have a guitar that could use some mellowing. (I don't use it for flamenco).
Any recs for strings that warm it up and take some bite out?

Past string threads seem to mostly focus on quality control, and general opinions. Granted, it's all subjective. But to a point, no?
Thanks!
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guitarbuddha

 

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RE: recs for bright strings? mellow ... (in reply to turnermoran

Give the guitar to someone good and hear the tonal pallette change with the same strings.


D.

I was in a cycle shop the other day and there was a guy who was a minimum of four stones overweight and couldn't even couldn't sit right on the bike. He was asking what the lightest saddle was.
I swear the salesman actually said he would go faster with the new saddle.
The world is full of mystery. Used to be cycling was mostly about having a decent bike and training a lot. Now it is about paying three times as much for a weird fragile bike and forgetting about training.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 17 2013 23:23:46
 
pink

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RE: recs for bright strings? mellow ... (in reply to turnermoran

Luthier #20 I find are consistently good ....I use them on a cheap Cashimira blanca the trebles always give the sparkle that I want and the basses have good longevity with their tone too.
I've also had good results with daddario exp 45 normal tension.

Best

pink
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 17 2013 23:31:00
 
Arash

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RE: recs for bright strings? mellow ... (in reply to guitarbuddha

quote:

ORIGINAL: guitarbuddha

Give the guitar to someone good and hear the tonal pallette change with the same strings.


D.

I was in a cycle shop the other day and there was a guy who was a minimum of four stones overweight and couldn't even couldn't sit right on the bike. He was asking what the lightest saddle was.
I swear the salesman actually said he would go faster with the new saddle.
The world is full of mystery. Used to be cycling was mostly about having a decent bike and training a lot. Now it is about paying three times as much for a weird fragile bike and forgetting about training.


yeah but i think if you give a cheapo guitar to Antonio, Gerardo, God (also known as Paco;), etc. those treble strings wont always magically start to "sparkle" either. Or to stay with your example, if the saddle is made out of iron, then it will be a pain in the a.ss literally for any cyclist, no matter how good he is. Sometimes you see some pros trying out cheapo guitars and you clearly see they feel totally uncomfortable and even miss a lot of notes if the guitar is really bad.

This "good players can make any guitar sound and feel good" is exaggerated sometimes. Also when you say 'give the guitar to someone good', you automatically assume that turnermoran is a 'bad' player and can't even get a good tone out of treble strings, which i think we don't know either.
Its pretty easy to test a guitar and the sound of the trebles, if you know the basic flamenco techniques (you don't even need to play anything specific), so i think nearly anyone can do that.

Also one reason why imo even beginners should start with a mid quality guitar with good sound (or sound potential) and feel instead of the cheapest piece of wood available. It will increase motivation.

Back to question: if the guitar has the potential, then changing strings MIGHT SLIGHTLY improve the sound of the trebles, but if the guitar is a "dead" guitar, then changing strings wont help. Most of the time, the sound of the trebles wont change a lot with different brands anyway, its more the "feel" under your fingers which can be totally different with different strings.

Also i think its pointless to tell you a specific brand and model.
The answers were "general" for a good reason. Because each guitar is different and each player is different. LaBella might feel good under my fingers and sound good on my guitar, but not for you and your guitar, etc.
There is no way around trying out different strings on YOUR guitar and under YOUR hands to find the best for you.
For instance i think Blacksheer always puts on EJ46 on his guitars because he feels those suit them good. David from Sanchis told me now he always uses Savarez Cantiga, etc. etc...... and even there i am pretty sure many buyers of those guitars change the strings later since they found something else which suits them better

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El Kiko

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RE: recs for bright strings? mellow ... (in reply to turnermoran

you could try ....
Galli GR45 Titanium Genius

i used them on one guitar and the trebles came through much better .. however on another guitar not so much ...so it also depends on the guitar....I think a lot of people search for strings to so;ve guitar sounding problems ....but really it can only help a small ammount at best ...the guitar is what it is ......

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 18 2013 14:33:50
 
Sr. Martins

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RE: recs for bright strings? mellow ... (in reply to turnermoran

Strings that sound bright and still feel pretty much like regular strings are, in my experience, Aranjuez and La Bella 820.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 18 2013 14:42:56
 
turnermoran

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RE: recs for bright strings? mellow ... (in reply to Arash

thank you for feedback gentlemen.

obviously, every guitar is only capable of so much. I'm not expecting a miracle. Just looking to optimize.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 18 2013 16:26:30
 
mark74

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RE: recs for bright strings? mellow ... (in reply to turnermoran

Another vote for LaBella 820's

They make my cheap Yamaha 172 sound halfway legitimate. It's the percussiveness of the bass strings when doing rasgueos that make them work.

I can't say that they're necessarily more "bright" than other strings...I've heard the Savarez carbon strings are the brightest, but I haven't played them. But La Bella 820's sound hella-flamenco.

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tele

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RE: recs for bright strings? mellow ... (in reply to mark74

savarez alliance trebles are definately brighter but also thinner than normal strings. La bella 820 are brighter than normal ones but not as much as the alliance trebles

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 22 2013 11:50:59
 
el carbonero

 

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RE: recs for bright strings? mellow ... (in reply to turnermoran

normal the alliance ares carbon.

All the carbon are more bright that labella.
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