The Acoustic Guitar Forum

Go Back   The Acoustic Guitar Forum > General Acoustic Guitar and Amplification Discussion > Classical

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 04-07-2019, 06:59 AM
Thoughtfree Thoughtfree is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Posts: 15
Default Cheapo "Irin" and "Alice" strings - good or bad?

I'm leaning toward bad.

Formerly a steel-string player, I've mostly performed on a Cordoba electrified nylon-string lately - lower tension on my arthritic left-hand index finger. Using a pick, playing standards. All good, but I haven't settled on a string brand.

I bought some Irin and Alice nylon sets off eBay over the last couple years. Amazingly cheap, like two bucks or less per set. Black-colored 1-2-3 strings, silver-colored wound 4-5-6. Just put a set on the old Alvarez I play around the house. The wound strings seem OK but the hard-surfaced plastic strings seem extremely thin, and continue to stretch, and stretch, and stretch, more than any nylon string I've tried.

OK, I went too cheap. Anybody's experience similar to mine, and what low-priced brand should I be using?

Thanks!
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04-07-2019, 07:51 AM
oldwasichu oldwasichu is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Northern Illinois
Posts: 140
Default

Try a set of D'Addario EJ27 strings. They are geared for students and are around $5 a set. Personally, I like the EJ45's better, but up to you if you wish to save $3-4 a set and find the tone acceptable.
__________________
1972 Yamaha FG150
2008 Takamine EG561c
2009 Yamaha CGX171cca
2009 Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Studio EC
2013 Taylor 214
2013 Martin D-17M
2014 Taylor 516e
2014 Taylor GS Mini Hog
2015 Taylor 324e
2015 Taylor 414ce-N
2015 Taylor Custom GA 12 fret
2015 Taylor 612ce 12 fret
2016 Taylor T5 Custom AA koa
2017 Taylor 712ce 12 fret LTD
2018 Taylor K22ce 12 fret LTD AA Koa
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-07-2019, 05:24 PM
bmoss02 bmoss02 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 26
Default

I've used Alice strings before. In my opinion They're ok...ish. I prefer D'addario but I mean for the price they are ok. I wouldn't use them for a performance. But for just doing some picking around the house they're fine. Just inspect them before you put them on. On one set I had the B string had a gash about halfway through the string.

Hope this helps!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-16-2019, 07:49 PM
mtdmind mtdmind is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 435
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bmoss02 View Post
I've used Alice strings before. In my opinion They're ok...ish. I prefer D'addario but I mean for the price they are ok. I wouldn't use them for a performance. But for just doing some picking around the house they're fine. Just inspect them before you put them on. On one set I had the B string had a gash about halfway through the string.

Hope this helps!
I agree they are OK for practice. I use them on my beater guitars.
Reply With Quote
Reply

  The Acoustic Guitar Forum > General Acoustic Guitar and Amplification Discussion > Classical

Thread Tools



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:38 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, The Acoustic Guitar Forum
vB Ad Management by =RedTyger=