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Old 01-15-2019, 07:31 AM
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Default Thomastik Infeld strings - how you mount them ?

Hi,

I have a set of Thomastik Infeld strings, spectrum bronze SB112, I wanted to install on my gibson J15.

Theses strings have a ball end on one side (bridge) and about 15cm kind of silk wrapped around the other end (tuner side).
For the 6th and 5th strings, the strings were long enough so these 15 cm where completely useless and I could fix the actual string (metallic without anything wrapped around it) inside the tuner.
But for the 4th string, since the tuner is a bit further, I can only fix the silk-covered part inside the tuner.

Is it the way theses strings are supposed to be installed?
I would imagine so but i couldn't find or get any info from the supplier so far.

In this case, shall I also fix the 6th and 5th using the silk-covered (which mean I would have to make few more turns around the tuner) ?

Thanks a lot
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Old 01-15-2019, 07:40 AM
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I install them the same as I do other strings and the silk lands where the silk lands.
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Old 01-15-2019, 09:07 AM
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ok, but out of curiosity, what is the purpose of this silk then?
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Old 01-15-2019, 09:38 AM
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I install them the same as I do other strings and the silk lands where the silk lands.
Pretty much true. I just put these Jazz 11-47 Flat-wounds on my new Gretsch 5422, yesterday. I got them on Amazon. Not cheap.

From what I can gleen from their site, the silk ends help with tone. I noticed that my flat-wound bass strings have the same wrap on them.



Even the ball ends have about 3/4 of silk wrap on the them too.

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Old 01-15-2019, 11:22 AM
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I grabbed a set of Thomastik Infelds once, but as soon as I turned the package over and saw the price tag, I mounted them right back on the display hanger!

(Sorry, couldn't resist). Y'all enjoy today and hopefully get some pickin' time in.

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Old 01-15-2019, 08:45 PM
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I use TI Plectrums on all my guitars. They last forever and sound and play amazing.
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Old 01-15-2019, 08:49 PM
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They do have fancy silk wrap. My best guitar has them and they do last a long time. Nice Gretsch!
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I think they use different coloured wrap on different gauges too.
I had an 'Extra-Light' 12-string set that had purple wraps, my regular set were red.... or something like that.
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I'm interested in this since I purchased a set of these and they are arriving today, can I use the Taylor way of stringing these or do you have to wind the whole string on each post then cut them off?

I really don't know, so some help would be appreciated.

And I'm sorry if I took over the post.

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I install them the same as I do other strings and the silk lands where the silk lands.
+1

I use them on my Gibson L5 archtop.

I change the strings about once a year - not because they start sounding dead, but because I'm thinking, "dang - these are getting old and I hope they don't break on a gig."
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TI are best known for their orchestral strings. On a violin-family string, the silk helps keep it wound tight. If you cut off the silk, it may start to unravel (I know from cutting down viola strings for student-sized instruments). I don't know if the same thing will happen on their guitar strings, but I would recommend that if you need to cut it, still leave a section of silk to anchor the wound material.
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I'm interested in this since I purchased a set of these and they are arriving today, can I use the Taylor way of stringing these or do you have to wind the whole string on each post then cut them off?

I really don't know, so some help would be appreciated.

And I'm sorry if I took over the post.

Lynn
I did mine the Taylor way, as I do on all my guitars. My Gretsch has locking tuners so once I got one post slack distance set, i locked the string and bent the end 90 degree in the air and wound it up. Then nipped off the end. My locking tuners donít have a lot of post for wrap, so I didnít go the full 2 post distance on the slack. Iím have to say, I like locking tuners. Theyíre a big help and a time saver.
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I install them the same as I do other strings and the silk lands where the silk lands.
Ditto. These are medium TI Plectrums (0.013-0.061) & the wrap is a gold colour.

Mounted them Taylor method as I would any other string.

Been on for over a week now, settled in & going nowhere.

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