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DADGAD Members - please add links to the list of online DADGAD resources.  The list is growing!Continue

Started by Michael Robertson. Last reply by Jean Banwarth Oct 20, 2013.

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Comment by David Casseres on July 12, 2010 at 9:58am
Regarding how to set the strings under the pins, here's a link to Frank Ford's "restringing clinic page."

It looks like it's for beginners, but I picked up some good tips there after playing for decades. Actually the entire site is a national treasure.
Comment by Michael Robertson on July 12, 2010 at 9:36am
One other point on bridge pins... I read an article somewhere about how most people don't set the strings correctly when they use bridge pins and this adversely affects the sound and the strings take longer to settle. The article said that strings should pop into place when set correctly. I'm sure there is more to this...
Comment by Michael Robertson on July 12, 2010 at 9:13am
Interesting point Britt. My bridge pins are the originals that came with the guitars (Guilds). I will be interested to hear what you say about the differences.
Comment by Mike Nepper on July 12, 2010 at 8:44am
Yes Michael, I have tried the 80/20's and they were actually a little too bright for my taste - guess I like the deep dark mysterious tones. Of course, all this get's down to personal taste for particular guitars. I have a couple of favorite guitars - one is a Yamamoto Talus - Redwood top with E.I. back and sides which is just an overtone monster and could easily tame the 80/20's. Another is a Breedlove C-1 - Maple / Spruce which is just plain loud through the range and has bright highs and a huge bottom end and it likes the Phosphor Bronze. As far as bridge pins go, I have used bone, ivory, and ebony. There are suttle differences in each, and again I suppose it boils down to taste. I have not tried bronze. I know that a good fit is important for pins, and I have actually done some finish work to fit a couple sets of bone pins. (that's about the extent of my luthiery skills!) I really like the ease of use of pinless bridges - ala Breedlove.
Comment by Britt Jackson on July 12, 2010 at 7:40am
I'd also like to weight in on this discussion. First off, I like the fit of the Elixir "lights" 11 thru 52 for my Taylor ce-814. But I still keep an open mind (or would that be open ear-anyway), I tear off the front cover of the string packaging, keep it in my case as a reminder. My question concerns bridge pins, in relationship to string selection (in the quest for the holy grail of "tone"). While the intent is not to hijack this thread, I would love to hear what material bridge pin are being used by the members of this forum. Note, I'm using wood (and they are outta here, NEXT string change).
Comment by Michael Robertson on July 10, 2010 at 7:28pm
Mike, have you tried the the 80/20 Elixers? They are supposed to be brighter?
Comment by Mike Nepper on July 9, 2010 at 7:42pm
I am a big fan of Elixir Phosphor Bronze Nanoweb. I run a light gauge set with 13, 17 instead of 12, 16. I have tried a couple sets of EXP's that I got for free and took them off almost immediately and went back to Elixirs. Be sure to get the phosphor bronze though - they sound almost as good as D'Addario un-coated strings and last literally 5 - 6 weeks of daily play.
Comment by Michael Robertson on July 9, 2010 at 9:13am
String question - I have recently started using coated strings recently. I'm using the D' Adarrio EXPs. They are not as bright, but I'm impressed with the extended life. Curious to see what others think of coated strings...
Comment by MÁRIO RIBEIRO on July 7, 2010 at 7:54pm
"Sie Begh & Sie Mohr" and "Rondo" are both played in DADGAD tuning.
Comment by Michael Robertson on July 3, 2010 at 6:59pm
My son and i have been playing some songs using a combination of regular tuning and DADGAD. He plays in regular and I'm playing in DADGAD. Gotta say, it sounds really good. More like two different instruments. real full sound.

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