Selecting your Strings
The strings you choose will have a direct effect on the sound you get. Below, we have included a list of strings and the type of tone that will be delivered by selecting a particular string.
80/20 Bronze (Brass)
80% Copper, 20% tin; gold colour; Very full low end and extremely bright top end. Tends to "mellow" more quickly than Phosphor Bronze. 85/15 Bronze is a more even sounding string.
This copper-coloured string is made from a durable, long lasting steel widely used in machinery for bushings and bearings. The strings are bright, although not as bright as 80/20 Bronze, and they retail their brilliance longer than other bross and brass alloys.
Nickel Plated Roundwound
Developed in the sixities by D'Addario, nickel-plated strings offer more brilliance and flexibility than traditional pure nickel wrap wire.
Pure Nickel Roundwound
A darker, smoother sound than nickel-plated strings, preferred by those who seek the warmest sound possible.
Even brighter than nickel-plated strings with a longer-lasting brilliance.
Flat (ribbon) wire is wound over a round core to produce a smooth string surface which virtually eliminates flingernoise and produces fret wear. This is preferred by man Jazz players for their slick feel and warm tone.
Starts life as an oversize round wound string. It is then ground to its final dimension producing a string that has a tone in between and roundwound and a flatwound.
Nylon (Classical) Strings
The top 3 treble strings are either extrusion molded or centerless ground to precise diameters and tensions. Gut is no longer commercially available. The wound basses are usually siver-plated copper although 80/20 Bronze is also available. The various processes produce strings with slightsly different tactile response, tone and intonation.
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