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Classical Guitar Strings?

Henry Krinkle 11 Nov 12 - 04:22 AM
s&r 11 Nov 12 - 06:46 AM
Deckman 11 Nov 12 - 06:55 AM
s&r 11 Nov 12 - 07:25 AM
alex s 11 Nov 12 - 08:35 AM
Henry Krinkle 11 Nov 12 - 11:03 AM
Don Firth 11 Nov 12 - 03:29 PM
GUEST,Tony 11 Nov 12 - 07:30 PM
Henry Krinkle 11 Nov 12 - 07:35 PM
GUEST,Tony 11 Nov 12 - 08:01 PM
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Subject: Classical Guitar Strings?
From: Henry Krinkle
Date: 11 Nov 12 - 04:22 AM

They come in different tensions. High, normal and low. What's the difference? Are high tension one's more likely to pull off the btidge and warp the neck? Have better tone?Will low tension sound tubby?
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Subject: RE: Classical Guitar Strings?
From: s&r
Date: 11 Nov 12 - 06:46 AM

High tension = louder brighter harder work Low tension easier on the fingers softer sound.

If your guitar doesn't take high tension without mechanical problems it's probably a duffer

Stu


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Subject: RE: Classical Guitar Strings?
From: Deckman
Date: 11 Nov 12 - 06:55 AM

I play a vintage Martin classic guitar (1938). I avoid using high tension strings. bob(deckman)nelson


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Subject: RE: Classical Guitar Strings?
From: s&r
Date: 11 Nov 12 - 07:25 AM

I might be extra careful with a vintage Martin...

I'd be surprised if it caused a problem though. But treasure it.

Stu


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Subject: RE: Classical Guitar Strings?
From: alex s
Date: 11 Nov 12 - 08:35 AM

I use high tension D'Addarios. No problems with a Taylor NS.
The tension is closer to steel strings, so the transition is easy.


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Subject: RE: Classical Guitar Strings?
From: Henry Krinkle
Date: 11 Nov 12 - 11:03 AM

I've been going with regular tension. I'm new to nylon string guitar. I like having a variety of guitars. I just got a La Patrie Etude in a trade. I like it alot. I may try high tension, but regular seems fine.
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Subject: RE: Classical Guitar Strings?
From: Don Firth
Date: 11 Nov 12 - 03:29 PM

I've been using D'Addario EJ45 sets (normal tension) on my Oribé classic (actually, it is a Japanese-made "Gitarra Artesana" guitar imported by José Oribé and sold under his label). They sound great. In fact, the guitar in general sounds great. It looks like a José Ramirez, which is what Segovia played, and when I played it at the Seattle Classic Guitar Society a few years ago, there were several there who owned Ramirez guitars and since it looked like a Ramirez and sounded like one, they assumed that it was a Ramirez.

Not too shabby for a guitar that cost me one-tenth of what a Ramirez costs.

On my flamenco guitar, an Arcangel Fernandez, lightly constructed, I use D'Addario EXP46 hard tension strings. Steve Novacek, who is a fine concert guitarist and teacher, assured me that my Fernandez could handle the tension despite its light construction and they would make for an even brighter, fuller tone. He was right.

On my GO travel guitar (scale length an inch shorter than standard) I use D'Addario EXP44 extra-hard tension strings. That little box sounds quite good for its small size, but the EXP44s make it sound a mite louder and richer (I've even had people ask me, after a performance, it the little squirt is a period instrument of some kind!).

The EXPs are a tad more expensive, but they're coated and they tend to last longer.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Classical Guitar Strings?
From: GUEST,Tony
Date: 11 Nov 12 - 07:30 PM

There isn't a huge difference in the tension of nylon strings, so don't worry about damaging the instrument. Tension in pounds for various D'Addario string sets:

EJ43 Pro Arte Light Tension Nylon (27.5-42): T = 78.2
EJ45 Pro Arte Normal Tension Nylon (28-43): T = 83.6
EJ46 Pro Arte Hard Tension Nylon (28.5-44): T = 86.9
EJ44 Pro Arte Extra Hard Tension Nylon (29-45): T = 89.7

EJ15 Extra-Light Phosphor Bronze (10-47): T = 135.1
EJ16 Light Phosphor Bronze (12-53): T = 163.2
EJ17 Medium Phosphor Bronze (13-56): T = 188.8
EJ18 Heavy Phosphor Bronze (14-59): T = 217.1

I once bought high tension strings by mistake and didn't even know it when I had them installed. The only reason I ever found out was that the D string broke pretty quickly and I got out the empty package to check the exact description so I could be sure not to buy the same strings again.


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Subject: RE: Classical Guitar Strings?
From: Henry Krinkle
Date: 11 Nov 12 - 07:35 PM

I think my La Patrie can handle it. They make sturdy guitars. I have a Godin electric, a Seagull acoustic and now a La Patrie classical. Good guitars.
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Subject: RE: Classical Guitar Strings?
From: GUEST,Tony
Date: 11 Nov 12 - 08:01 PM

I have two Seagulls, which I really liked until I lost all interest in playing steel strings five or six years ago. I should sell at least one of them.


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