12.10.2007

Getting wound up in strings….

A topic that is sure to bring confusion and varying opinions. There seems to be no set rules of the road when it comes to strings. I have spent the better part of a week or so trying to decipher the mystery behind the question posed so often in The Rock House Forum . I have found that I could probably write a 100 page blog on strings, seriously.

In a nut shell here’s what it comes down to. Tone, it seems to be what we’re after. Be prepared to go through several dozen brands of strings and string gages. What works for one guitarist may not give you the tone you are looking for. Your set up may be different in several ways; you may have a different guitar, different pick ups, different amp or even different pedals or effects.

There are no easy answers for strings. So I’ll let you do some reading about them. Here’s a couple of links that may be helpful to you. Check out the FAQs at the GHS web site. There is some good basic information there. The other site I recommend looking at is Professor String . You could spend the better part of a couple days reading what’s on their site, but you’ll get so much info your brain will explode.

Good luck and don’t get too wound up.

P.S. a good thing to do would be to go to the Rock House Podcast section and download the Live Chat Rock House had with Ben Cole of GHS Strings, there is lot of good info there!

2 comments:

Stormy Maverick said...

Yep.... Strings do get alot of people in a bind! I'll be sure to check out the links and read up on them myself. Even though I'm currently happy with what I have, there might be one out there that leaves me fit to be tied.

Anonymous said...

Wow! I did not know about the ProfessorString.com site. That has got to be one of the most informative sites about strings on the Web. Nice find!