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Comment by Michael S. Jackson on February 18, 2014 at 4:37pm



Comment by FloridaGull on February 18, 2014 at 11:28am
Now, I wouldn't put these on my only classical - they do not provide a true classical sound - however, I have other classicals with "regular" strings, and wanted to try something different. I like them - they provide much more sparkly highs - which the regular nylon trebles sometimes lack...
Comment by FloridaGull on February 18, 2014 at 11:20am
OK - the best laid plans of mice and men oft do go astray... ;-)
I finally put the John Pierce strings on the Cordoba C5 last night - haven't had time to do any others yet... :-(
I'm glad I put them on the C5 - with the cedar top. To me, I feel they'd be a tad too bright on a spruce-topped classical. They sound like a cross between a steel-string set and a typical classical set.
Comment by Michael S. Jackson on February 6, 2014 at 2:23pm

Good plan.

The composite string - in my experience - stays in tune better, is crisper and more responsive. Not as warm. See what you think.


Comment by FloridaGull on February 6, 2014 at 1:49pm

Hmm - the guitar that is getting the Pro-Arte lightly-polished set (Walden N610CE) has a solid Englemann top and laminate rosewood back and sides - perhaps I'll try the composite first...

I'm trying the coated EXP's because I don't want to change the strings on the all-laminate ones so often...and the Lucida is the lab guitar... ;-)

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on February 6, 2014 at 12:54pm

Depends on the guitar. I have one that likes the composite (Hauser with rosewood sides and back; englemann spruce on top) but all my other guitars like the plain old plastic. Try both and let me know what you think.


Comment by FloridaGull on February 6, 2014 at 12:48pm

I have not tried the Gallistrings Genius - perhaps next time... ;-)

The lightly polished set appears to also contain an optional composite "G" string - which G string did you like better from that set?

The John Pearse/Thomastik ones have a fine metal rope core in the treble strings - and the nylon is wound around the core - an interesting concept!

Ball end...but, they'll be quicker to change... ;-)

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on February 6, 2014 at 12:20pm

Looking forward to your review; I've used all except the John Pearse. I won't prejudice your trials by letting you know how the other two perform for me. I just bought some Gallistrings Genius (4 different kinds). I've wanted to try them for a while (since I read that Ana Vidovic uses them). Have you tried them? I was suprised at how little they cost.


Comment by FloridaGull on February 6, 2014 at 9:06am

Just ordered 4 sets of classical strings from Just Strings...planning a mass string changing event for my 4 classicals...

2 sets of D'Addario EXP46 hard tensions (yes - coated...) for my all-laminate Yamaha C-40 and Lucida LG-540:

D'Addario EXP Coated Classical Guitar Hard Tension, EXP46


1 set of D'Addario EJ46LP lightly-polished strings for my Walden N610CE - to reduce finger noise when plugged-in...

D'Addario Classical Guitar Pro Arte Lightly Polished Silverplated Clear Nylon Hard, .0285 - .044, EJ46LP


And, one set of Thomastik-John Pearse Folk fingerpicking strings for my Cordoba C5 - I've been wanting to try them...

John Pearse® Classical Guitar Thomastik John Pearse Strings Silver Plated/Nylon Wound Ball End .016 - .043, THO


I'll let you know how they all work out... :-)


Comment by FloridaGull on November 27, 2013 at 11:45am

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Photo: A wild turkey


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