Caevan O’Shite Posted December 14, 2012 Share Posted December 14, 2012 Not to highjack another thread, I thought I'd start a new one: (It probably doesn't hurt that I'm using D R Pure Blues pure/solid nickel on round-core strings, .011" - .050" gauges... they really warm and fatten 'em up, try 'em on your SG with the 500T... ) ... Hey Caevan, I've been using D'Addario EPN 115 Pure Nickel (11-48). I am fairly pleased with the tone. I know I should be playing flat wounds, but I've never liked the feel of them. I am intrigued by the .050 6th string on your DR's. Do you think they would provide a warm, liquid clean tone (think Wes, Joe Pass, Bucky Pizzarelli)? I might try a set when I next have my guitars set up. They're both playing very well right now, so this would be a future experiment. Regards. Why do you say, "I know I should be playing flat wounds"? I do think the strings I use provide a warm, liquid clean tone; their round-cores and "compression winding" are a part of their tone and feel, as well. They have less high-treble and low-bass than otherwise similar nickel-plated-steel wound-strings, with more mids; punchy and smooth, fat warmth with sparkle and harmonic swirl on top. Lots of zing while they're still fresh, warm and burnished with punch as they age. I've used 'em to warm up cold, overly bright "metal" guitars, and they're my favorites for Les Pauls. Great for Jazz, Blues, Blues Rock, Classic Rock, rootsy stuff, Country... If I do the pinching claw-motion thumb thing on octaves it's an instant trip to Wes-ville... You might also like GHS Nickel Rockers and/or GHS Eric Johnson sig-strings (same thing), which are solid-nickel (wound on hex-cores) that have been roller-wound to squash the winding for a smoother feel and tone than regular round-wound nickel strings, while being brighter and much more flexible than flatwounds. Great strings, if I hadn't come upon the D R Pure Blues, I would probably use them. Then there are cool, pricey, hard to find, but very high quality (they specialize in strings for a lot of classical violin-family and other uncommon/archaic instruments) Thomastik-Infeld BeBop Jazz roundwound strings; they use smaller-diameter winding and larger-diameter core wires for a smoother feel and smooth, fat, warm tone that's brighter than flatwounds. George Benson and Herb Ellis like Thomastik-Infelds; George has his own sig-string lines of T-I flatwound and roundwound jazz strings, as a matter of fact. Ask yourself- What Would Ren and Stimpy Do? ~ Caevan James-Michael Miller-O'Shite ~ _ ___ _ Leprechaun, Esquire _ ___ _ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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