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Old 08-27-2019, 06:29 PM
michaelm101 michaelm101 is offline
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Default String Choice for Versatility on Flamenco Designed Guitar

I just acquired a Cordoba GK Studio Negra with the intent of using it for live playing of 1) classic crooner standards (w/vocals), 2) Bossa Nova instrumentals, and 3) traditional Spanish instrumentals with light flamenco elements. I may use percussive techniques.

My rationale about string choice for my application: Although the rosewood back and sides results in a warmer/rounder tone compared to cypress, the guitar is nevertheless, designed with the more sharp flamenco response in mind. That said, I'm thinking that a set of classical strings will get me right "in between." Hoping this makes sense...

I don't enjoy restringing, so experimentation is last resort. Does anybody have experience with this scenario?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-27-2019, 09:03 PM
Carey Carey is offline
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D'Addario EJ45s are a good place to start. Some say they're "boring"; I'm
not so sure, and still use them after trying most everything over a long
period. I do substitute a fluorocarbon third string (Knobloch CX medium, at present), though that's partly because I often tune that string down to F#,
and the supplied D'Addario nylon third is already pretty low in tension at G and quite thick, which affects its sound in a few ways.

YMMV, of course.
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Old 08-28-2019, 03:25 AM
sirwhale sirwhale is offline
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I have a flamenco negra. My preference for versatility are carbon strings. Specifically Knobloch CX actives, either medium tension or medium-high tension.
Guitar: Camps Primera Negra A (a flamenco guitar)
Strings: Aquila Rubino, Knobloch CX, Aquila Alchemia
I play: Acoustic blues & folk
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