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I was reading in Asmodai's BTOM thread that he uses gold strings on his Streamer. I asked this question in that thread, but was largely ignored, so I figured I'd start a new thread to attract some attention.

What are the advantages of gold strings? What do they sound like compared to nickel or steel? What are the disadvantages (besides cost)?
#2
i'd imagine they'd give a bright sound but i'd also imagine they rust very easily
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#3
rustiness easily, price lol, warmer sound, not funky.
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#4
If they're actually made from real gold, they'd basically never rust at all. They'd be softer, too, most likely making the tone softer.
#5
"If they're actually made from real gold, they'd basically never rust at all. They'd be softer, too, most likely making the tone softer." thank you, it would make yolur guitar/bass heavier, you wouldnt be able to tune it well, its too ductile, they would bend and stay in odd positions, bad idea
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Aluminum is the most common for bowed instruments like violin and viola, while guitar and piano strings are usually wound with bronze. Copper, nickel, gold, silver, and tungsten are also used. Silver and gold are more expensive, and are used for their resistance to corrosion and hypoallergenicity.

I've never tried any personally so I don't know if they have any other benefits.
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I can only assume, maybe I'm wrong, that they are gold plated strings and not actually made of solid gold. Gold wouldn't be a very practical string at all for above reasons; ductile, expensive etc.

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#9
Ive seen john entwistle use gold strings on his buzzard

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#10
those are: maxima gold handmade strings... same as john entwistle used for some time... they sound freakin amazing dude... if you can find them and afford them!
#11
You can get them made by optima too, they will set you back about £33. And people saying they rust, they will not, gold is one of the most unreactive metals so will resist any corrosion.

And jrf, they are gold plated steel
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And jrf, they are gold plated steel


SO they will most probably sound like stell strings, but a bit softer due to the gold coating.
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You do realise he is using distortion? That's not the strings. I would imagine they would still have the brightness of steel strings but last much longer.
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Plus I believe it is a warwick, so it is going to have a growl no matter what.
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