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Thread #148046   Message #3434877
Posted By: Don Firth
11-Nov-12 - 03:29 PM
Thread Name: Classical Guitar Strings?
Subject: RE: Classical Guitar Strings?
I've been using D'Addario EJ45 sets (normal tension) on my Oribé classic (actually, it is a Japanese-made "Gitarra Artesana" guitar imported by José Oribé and sold under his label). They sound great. In fact, the guitar in general sounds great. It looks like a José Ramirez, which is what Segovia played, and when I played it at the Seattle Classic Guitar Society a few years ago, there were several there who owned Ramirez guitars and since it looked like a Ramirez and sounded like one, they assumed that it was a Ramirez.

Not too shabby for a guitar that cost me one-tenth of what a Ramirez costs.

On my flamenco guitar, an Arcangel Fernandez, lightly constructed, I use D'Addario EXP46 hard tension strings. Steve Novacek, who is a fine concert guitarist and teacher, assured me that my Fernandez could handle the tension despite its light construction and they would make for an even brighter, fuller tone. He was right.

On my GO travel guitar (scale length an inch shorter than standard) I use D'Addario EXP44 extra-hard tension strings. That little box sounds quite good for its small size, but the EXP44s make it sound a mite louder and richer (I've even had people ask me, after a performance, it the little squirt is a period instrument of some kind!).

The EXPs are a tad more expensive, but they're coated and they tend to last longer.

Don Firth