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Dr.Tomastik guitarstrings

Helge in Norway 16 Feb 99 - 02:47 PM
murray@mpce.mq.edu.au 16 Feb 99 - 08:18 PM
M.Emory 16 Feb 99 - 08:43 PM
murray@mpce.mq.edu.au 17 Feb 99 - 06:21 AM
Mudjack 17 Feb 99 - 08:46 AM
M.Emory 17 Feb 99 - 09:04 AM
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Subject: Dr.Tomastik guitarstrings
From: Helge in Norway
Date: 16 Feb 99 - 02:47 PM

Anyone had any experience with these strings on Martin guitars

Helge

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Subject: RE: Dr.Tomastik guitarstrings
From: murray@mpce.mq.edu.au
Date: 16 Feb 99 - 08:18 PM

No, but I have had experience with them on other guitars. They are very easy on the fingers and tend to minimize the noise when your fingers slide over them, so I would imagine they would be good for recording.

They have a lower tension for a given gauge, and I am told they are good to put on some vintage guitars that are lightly made and might be endangered by the tension "standard" steel strings.

The reason I stopped using them was because I find them too unbalanced. They tend to be heavier in the bass than a "standard" set of steel strings, and I found the treble was sacrificed. This might be good for rythm and bluegrass work, but it isn't so good for the fingerpicking style I like to use. The price of an individual string here is so high that it was just too expensive to make up a custom set.

By the way, I am talking about Thomastik Plectrum strings. They make another kind called Spectrum which are more like standard strings as regard to tension. I have never tried them.

Murray


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Subject: RE: Dr.Tomastik guitarstrings
From: M.Emory
Date: 16 Feb 99 - 08:43 PM

Might these be good on a non-resophonic Hawaiian guitar ? I have a sweet early 20's Regal that needs tender care ; the lower tension is of interest here. Are these available as flat wound strings ?


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Subject: RE: Dr.Tomastik guitarstrings
From: murray@mpce.mq.edu.au
Date: 17 Feb 99 - 06:21 AM

Perhaps somebody more knowledegable can answer the question on flat wound strings.

They come in different weights, just like other guitar strings. The tension for a given weight (gauge?) is lower. I would think if you used slack key tuning on the guitar you might have trouble with the lower tension, although I used the AC111 which has the gauges:

.011, .014, .019, .027, .036, and .050

for bottleneck playing with the guitar tuned down, and the strings had enough tension. I have an old, lightly built guitar with the next size down from them and I have trouble using a slide with them--even a light touch pushed the strings into the frets; but the guitar has very low action. Your Regal probably has a much higher action, and you might not have that trouble.

You might not need flat-wound strings; because they are so smooth.

By the way. The inside of the label has the tensions for the different gauges. The package can be opened withoug destroying it, so you can go to a store and ask to look at that.

Murray


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Subject: RE: Dr.Tomastik guitarstrings
From: Mudjack
Date: 17 Feb 99 - 08:46 AM

They're great on old guitars that were built before steel strings came into play, or on any guitar that is lacking proper bracing. Perhaps another rule of thumb is using in place of silk and steel. They sound great on guitars but keep in mind the punch or brightness compared to stantard strings just wont be there.If you are looking for soft mellow sustain, I highly recomend them. I used them for years on an old Bruno guitar where I was afraid to use steel.I even went as far as stringing up an old 5 stg banjo. Beautiful sound but no punch. Not recommended for performance with other instruments. The volume just isn't there.The strings are terrific for any parlor instrument where you want to keep the sounds quiet but still high quality. Spendy little critters. Jack the mostly folk guy


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Subject: RE: Dr.Tomastik guitarstrings
From: M.Emory
Date: 17 Feb 99 - 09:04 AM

Thanks Murray, My Regal does have very high action - I play Hawaiian on it. For certain styles it is perfect - not a 'throaty' sounding resophonic for ballads a la Jimmie Tarlton.

Lower tension can be a problem still, intonation may be uneven in the lower strings requiring a slight slant bar position. For non-electric, flat-wounds are fine after a few hours playing.

These sound like good strings for 12 string bottleneck. Some great music has been done on 'sloppy' bass strings, I certainly could not accomplish that which Huddie Ledbetter did.


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