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  • Old time strings vs what we have today?

    Watching the Jimi Hendrix videos in the other thread got me to thinking. How were the strings back then? Were they at all different, quality, tension, feel, materials? Are strings today made largely the same but with nicer manufacturing floors? Maybe some of the old timers here (Respectfully) could chime in.
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    When I first started playing I would buy a set of strings and throw away the low "E'.

    The "A" string became my low "E". All the other strings were shifted too.

    A light guage banjo string was used for the high "E".

    Ernie Ball changed all that.
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    • #3
      I thought that back in the day, all guitar strings were supposed to have wound 3rds (which I like); thus the method mentioned above.
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      • #4
        So one would have to draw from different resources to achieve a gauge that he/she were comfortable with, sounds like we have it good in these times!
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        • #5
          Standard string sets were thicker (.12s were the norm), flatwounds were very popular, and pure nickel was more common than nickel plated steel (I think).
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          • #6
            Lots of options these days.

            Black Diamond strings were about the only ones available in the town where I lived. They were bad!

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            • #7
              Lots of options these days.

              Black Diamond strings were about the only ones available in the town where I lived. They were bad!



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              • #8
                Jimi advertised Rotosounds for a while if I recall.

                They were Ok but any set would lose the wound g outer really quickly.

                I just took a set of 20 year olds off my acoustic and they still held tuning and intonation despite being a little woolly..............

                and yes we have it really really good now in special sets, special materials, better manufacturing process and materials and so on.
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                • #9
                  In terms of available quality and variety, this is truly The Golden Age Of Strings ...
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                  • #10
                    Talking to uncle Jack about strings is cool.
                    He has always used size 10 flatwounds on his teles and strats.
                    Partly for sound, partly for comfort. Many of his gigs started at 8pm and didn't end til 5am. He says he used the light flats just to keep from tearing up his fingers.

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                    • #11
                      Interesting stuff here. So its safe to say that strings last longer now and are better quality. Would one venture to say that new strings of this era would make a vintage classic sound better? I sometimes when out to sea don't get to change my strings for months and the D'Adarios always hold up and sound great for quite a while. Would a vintage collector go so far as to track down a vintage set of strings to put on a guitar?
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                      • #12
                        this old guy i knew used to rave on about black diamond guitar strings. he said they were better than what we have now.
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                        • #13
                          There was a set of those black diamond strings in an antique shop... guess I should have given them a try
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                          • #14
                            In terms of available quality and variety, this is truly The Golden Age Of Strings ...


                            csm, you've been playing a long time.

                            What brands of strings did you use in your early years?

                            What was available on your side of the big pond?
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                            • #15
                              Gibson used to ship guitars with their Sonamatic Medium gauge strings 12/16/26/34/44/56.I used to buy these sets and exchange the 34 for a 10 they stayed in tune very welland were fairly balanced across the fingerboard. You can't even thread a 56 through a modern bridge.

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