#1
Hey guys, this is my first post here so if I'm doing something wrong or anything, sorry in advance

I'v been playing classical guitar for 4-5 years, my current guitar is Admira A5.
The strings have been getting old (3-4 months old, maybe more) and eventaully one broke , so now I have to get a new set of strings.
The strings I had on the guitar wasn't really up to standarts, sound wise and endurance wise.
I'm not a proffesional guitarist but I play a lot at home for myself, mostly classical (soundtracks from shows and games) or spanish style. I need strings that'll sound good and last a while, while also not costing too much (the whole 6 strings set should not cost over... let's say, 25 bucks).

I know I'm asking for a lot with those strings (good sound, good quality, convnient, and cheap) but I just want you guys to help me find the best I could get for my buck

Thanks to all those who help.
#3
Garthman
Is there a specific strings I should get for my guitar? (I heard some strings could damage the neck, and certain thickness changes comfort and so on, do you have a quick guide or source that explains these stuff?).
And thank you
#4
Quote by thed66
Garthman
Is there a specific strings I should get for my guitar? (I heard some strings could damage the neck, and certain thickness changes comfort and so on, do you have a quick guide or source that explains these stuff?).
And thank you


It's really down to your preferences. Classical guitar strings generally come in three degrees of tension: low, medium and high (you might also see other terms used to describe tensions, eg: light / soft, normal / moderate, high / hard). The tensions exerted on a normal classical guitar at standard E tuning are approx: Low Tension 75-78 lbs, Medium Tension 79-82 lbs, High Tension 83 - 86 lbs (but please note there is a lot of variations between brands and sets). Some brands also offer other tensions, eg. medium hard, extra hard, etc. and strings of different compositions.

Opinions vary about the playing characteristics but some generalities are:

Low Tension

Easier fretting, especially on guitars with a higher action
Less volume and projection, more mellow
Less pronounced attack with more note “body”
Best for smooth legato techniques
Greater tendency to cause buzzing on frets

Medium Tension

Usually a balance between the characteristics of low and high tension strings

High Tension

More difficult fretting, especially on guitars with high action
More volume and projection, brighter sounding
More pronounced attack with less note “body”
Best for strong rhythmic playing

I prefer the sound and playing characteristics of medium to high tension strings and I also prefer bronze wound basses to the traditional silver-plated copper wound.

But my advice to you is to try a few different brands and sets to see which you like best - as in all things concerning guitars it's all a matter of personal preference.
#5
I used the standard D'Addario "Pro-Arte" strings for years; readily available and of good quality. However I recently have purchased two instruments that came with the Savarez "Cristal" strings....These have very stable trebles... Unlike standard strings which stretch miserably for a week after installation.
#6
Quote by Garthman

Low TensionMedium TensionHigh Tension

If I'm looking for decent medium-high tensions strings, you have any... "fullproof" brands I should defintley check?
Thank you both btw
#7
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My go-to choice of a medium tension, good sounding, reasonable priced,long lasting set would be either La Bella 850 or La Bella 900. Both sets have "gold alloy" (bronze) wound basses and gold nylon trebles. The 850 set has round wound basses, the 900 set has ground and polished basses - they are smooth and produce far less string squeak.

http://www.labella.com/products/850-elite-gold-nylon-golden-alloy/

http://www.labella.com/products/900-elite-gold-nylon-polished-golden-alloy/

For a higher tension set you might try the La Bella 850B-HT or 850-HTC - both have high tension bronze-wound basses with either black or clear nylon trebles

http://www.labella.com/products/850b-ht-elite-black-nylon-golden-alloy-high-tension/

http://www.labella.com/products/850-htc-elite-clear-nylon-golden-alloy-high-tension/
Last edited by Garthman at Jul 13, 2016,
#8
Garthman
Quote by Garthman
My go-to choice of a medium tension, good sounding, reasonable priced,long lasting set would be either La Bella 850 or La Bella 900. Both sets have "gold alloy" (bronze) wound basses and gold nylon trebles. The 850 set has round wound basses, the 900 set has ground and polished basses - they are smooth and produce far less string squeak.

http://www.labella.com/products/850-elite-gold-nylon-golden-alloy/

http://www.labella.com/products/900-elite-gold-nylon-polished-golden-alloy/

For a higher tension set you might try the La Bella 850B-HT or 850-HTC - both have high tension bronze-wound basses with either black or clear nylon trebles

http://www.labella.com/products/850b-ht-elite-black-nylon-golden-alloy-high-tension/

http://www.labella.com/products/850-htc-elite-clear-nylon-golden-alloy-high-tension/


Thank you very much!
the price on the site you send, is for a full set? I'm guessing not (seems way to cheep), but for a full set it seems kidna high XD
#9
I like Savarez strings, but I'm a fan of higher tension
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#10
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Garthman

Thank you very much!
the price on the site you send, is for a full set? I'm guessing not (seems way to cheep), but for a full set it seems kidna high XD


Yes - the price is for a full set. You might get them cheaper from online retailers like Juststrings..com
#11
Quote by megano28
I like Savarez strings, but I'm a fan of higher tension


Seconded, I pretty much exclusively use Savarez strings for my spanish guitars. Either red card's or the crystal corum's.
Last edited by GoldenGuitar at Jul 19, 2016,
#12
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Seconded, I pretty much exclusively use Savarez strings for my spanish guitars. Either red card's or the crystal corum's.


I did an A:B test on Savarez and La Bella a few years ago. The consensus was that there was very little in it but people slightly favoured the La Bella. The clincher for me was the price - the Savarez strings are twice the price as the La Bella.

See here:

http://www.harmonycentral.com/forum/forum/guitar/acapella-42/1336128-
#13
I saw the test you made and it's on new strings. I've personally found that Savarez strings reach their sweet spot a month in.

That being said, I never pay full price for Savarez strings. I usually pay somewhere close to $8 for mine.
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. . .I saw the test you made and it's on new strings. I've personally found that Savarez strings reach their sweet spot a month in. .


A month!!!

On the SavarezAlliance set I bought the bass strings were dead within 2 weeks.

Quote by megano28
. . . . That being said, I never pay full price for Savarez strings. I usually pay somewhere close to $8 for mine. . . . .


Well that's one of the ebnefits of living in the US. You won't get them for less than £16 here in the UK
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Quote by Garthman
A month!!!

On the SavarezAlliance set I bought the bass strings were dead within 2 weeks.


Well that's one of the ebnefits of living in the US. You won't get them for less than £16 here in the UK


We're probably fans of different things then. I play flamenco and classical, where the attack on the string doesn't sound all that attractive if you're doing anything other than digging into it before each thumb stroke. The first two weeks were much too twangy to get the sound I liked.
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