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815C 09-27-2021 06:59 AM

Anyone tried Thomastik-Infeld Classical Strings?
 
Has anyone tried out the Thomastik-Infeld classical guitar strings, and if so would you recommend them?

They aren't cheap. But neither are the Thomastik-Infeld Bebop Jazz strings I use on my archtop and I love those.

Bax Burgess 09-27-2021 08:24 AM

I'll be repeating this for awhile: that's a pricey string. Absolutely, I'm curious, but no, I haven't and will not be trying them - one consideration being that great strings on one guitar can be pedestrian on another.

tbirdman 09-27-2021 09:01 AM

I love the Plectrum series for my steel string guitar. I'm curious about these classical from Thomastik. I also notice they have John Pease Folk for fingerpicking. I'm curious about them for my steel string guitar. I do have SAS.:)

al_az 09-27-2021 05:52 PM

I am mostly an electric/ fingerstyle acoustic player. Of course had to buy a classical guitar, for no other reason than to say I have one. I went through several different classical strings, found I really needed high tension strings as I just could not deal with low tension strings. I got frustrated by the random string breakage, I seldom played the guitar but more often than not when I did go to pull it out I would find a broken string. I actually also realized I did not really care for the sound of a classical guitar on the pieces I was playing. I looked around and bit the bullet on a set of TI Classic S rope core strings KR116. They are FANTASTIC!!! COSTLY! but worth it. I have had the set for about 3-4 years. I never have to tune, they just never seem to drift. The sound is NOT nylon, somewhere in between steel and nylon. That being said it is a much more usable tone for what I play.
Here is a quick little thing I just recorded. Nothing added, totally dry to give you an idea of what they sound like. The guitar is a Juan Hernandez Profesor. And yes I used a thumb pick,shot me.

Bax Burgess 09-27-2021 07:20 PM

What al_az said.

ssynhorst 09-27-2021 11:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tbirdman (Post 6819386)
I love the Plectrum series for my steel string guitar. I'm curious about these classical from Thomastik. I also notice they have John Pease Folk for fingerpicking. I'm curious about them for my steel string guitar. I do have SAS.:)

tbirdman,
The John Pearse Fold strings by Thomastik are to make classical trebles sound more like steel strings, not the reverse - for classical guitars.

From my experience and what I read it seems Thomastik is trying to experiment with different ideas for different results, a costly process. It seems they do have various different tones and playability.

I commend them for the attempts and suggest you might pay a bit to join the experiments. I have rarely in my life wanted to do anything ordinary. You cannot be above average doing what everybody does. - Stevo

Norsepicker 09-28-2021 05:19 AM

I have a 19th century parlor guitar that was bellied when I got it. I had steel strings on it at first which threatened to lift the bridge, then regular nylon strings and I didn't like the sound. The Thomastik classicals are perfect, exactly what I wanted. Incidentally I use Thomastick mandolin strings on my bowlback mandolin and they are perfect. The long life of the strings make them affordable. I haven't had to change strings on either instrument in over a year and they are still good.

Bax Burgess 09-28-2021 06:38 AM

I have a set of KR116 on a Rainsong 'nylon' parlor, handed it to a guy who played some gentle Blues, who then remarked that the strings were warm and clear. Something about the inner rope windings of 6 to 7 'thinner than hair' wires makes for a low tension, smooth and sweet sounding string.


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