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Flamenco strings, generally, have a nylon wound 3rd string.
I seem to recall getting a set of classical strings in the past, I think D'Addario, and it had 2 G strings, one wound and one unwound. I guess some players like it wound and others do not.
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Old 02-17-2014, 03:42 PM
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www.stringsbymail.com also has a tutorial on different classical strings

And Titanium strings are not metal, and carbon is not either

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i thought the carbon strings are made from fluorocarbon.


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I seem to recall getting a set of classical strings in the past, I think D'Addario, and it had 2 G strings, one wound and one unwound. I guess some players like it wound and others do not.
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I seem to recall getting a set of classical strings in the past, I think D'Addario, and it had 2 G strings, one wound and one unwound. I guess some players like it wound and others do not.
And the ProArte composites come with a composite and a nylon G string.

Those are my favorite by a long shot - use normal tension and they sound great and last forever.
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The D'Addario Composites are some of my favorites, too. The composite basses sound lively and are long-lasting, and the composite G is one of my favorite G strings for a classical guitar, despite the unusual olive green color. It sounds much better than the standard nylon G that is also included.

I wish they made a set where the B and high-E were also made from the olive green composite of the optional G, both to make it visually more consistent, and to give the B and high-E the same presence of the composite G.

Their "Dynacore" basses are pretty good, too, as are the "titanium trebles" that come with them, but the "titanium trebles" G is as dead as their normal nylon G. I like using the composite G with the TT B and high-E, either with Dynacore or Composite basses (which I change out twice as often as the trebles).

I don't think D'Addario's strings are better than those of some of the smaller companies like Hannabach, Alvarez, Augustine, Savarez, La Bella etc... but they are inexpensive and easily accessible... and have consistent tension across multiple sets and materials, which gives a consistent feel and benchmark as you experiment with different sets in the same tension. They are a good place to start for someone looking find their preferences.
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Great stuff here!
I love the specific recommendations coming from experienced users! Thank you all.
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Old 02-21-2014, 09:40 AM
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String gauges vary from mfg. to mfg,
D'Addarios high tension is the same as Hannanbachs medium tension
you really have to pay attention to the string gauges, low,medium , high
could be very different between different brands,
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And the ProArte composites come with a composite and a nylon G string.

Those are my favorite by a long shot - use normal tension and they sound great and last forever.
I just tried a set of those. My first impression was I don't like them. Three weeks later and now I do. The D string just had this obnoxious pop to it. It just sounded very unnatural but eventually it just broke in I guess.
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I just tried a set of those. My first impression was I don't like them. Three weeks later and now I do. The D string just had this obnoxious pop to it. It just sounded very unnatural but eventually it just broke in I guess.
Was it only the D string that gave you your initial impressions or did the other strings also need a breaking in period?
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I just tried a set of those. My first impression was I don't like them. Three weeks later and now I do. The D string just had this obnoxious pop to it. It just sounded very unnatural but eventually it just broke in I guess.
Did you see the little note in the pack that said unlike other strings these need a break in period?

Almost sound to me like you might have a minor nut issue or something on the D string.
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I got some Luthier strings from a generous forum member a few weeks ago, and I have to throw in my recommendation for them. They are very bright and alive, and seem very loud. They beat the D'Addario (Titanium Treble set) and Hannabach's I have used recently, IMO.
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I just tried a set of those. My first impression was I don't like them. Three weeks later and now I do. The D string just had this obnoxious pop to it. It just sounded very unnatural but eventually it just broke in I guess.
Nylon strings change in tone over the first few days, and sometimes even weeks, of use. As they stretch the diameter shrinks, which changes the tonal characteristics and attack. Once they start to go south, it is nothing but a downward spiral (basses especially), but it is not uncommon for a nylon string to sound better on day 3 than day 1, which is unexpected if you are typically a steel string user.
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Nylon strings change in tone over the first few days, and sometimes even weeks, of use. As they stretch the diameter shrinks, which changes the tonal characteristics and attack. Once they start to go south, it is nothing but a downward spiral (basses especially), but it is not uncommon for a nylon string to sound better on day 3 than day 1, which is unexpected if you are typically a steel string user.
I had heard it takes a few days for the strings to settle in. I know it varies among players, but how frequently (hours/days) does a classical guitarist typically change their strings? For example, someone playing 1-2 hours a day, would it be every couple of months?
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I had heard it takes a few days for the strings to settle in. I know it varies among players, but how frequently (hours/days) does a classical guitarist typically change their strings? For example, someone playing 1-2 hours a day, would it be every couple of months?
In general, you'll wear out the bass strings before the trebles. Many classical guitarists will change out the basses and leave the trebles. If you play with a lot of fingernail, you'll probably wear out the trebles a bit quicker. I play 1-2 hours each day and I don't play with a lot of fingernail. Four string changes a year, approximately.
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In general, you'll wear out the bass strings before the trebles. Many classical guitarists will change out the basses and leave the trebles. If you play with a lot of fingernail, you'll probably wear out the trebles a bit quicker. I play 1-2 hours each day and I don't play with a lot of fingernail. Four string changes a year, approximately.
Thanks Dogsnax (great user name too, how did you get it?) - great info.
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(great user name too, how did you get it?)
I must give credit where credit is due. I totally pilfered my user name from my younger brother, a dog lover who thought-up "dogsnax".....
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