View Full Version : Whatever happened to Black Diamond Strings?
12-30-2010, 08:42 PM
When I was a kid, learning on my dad's acoustic, the first set of strings I tried putting on were Black Diamonds. They were silver colored instead of the usual bronze. I put way too many winds around the post!
I did a search for them and there's still a product by that name but I don't think it's the same thing. Anybody ever remember using Black Diamonds?
12-30-2010, 08:57 PM
I remember Black Diamonds very well..from the late 60's when I started playing acoustic guitar. Haven't used them for years, but they do have a website; and they still make their silver coated strings, about which they say the following:
"Acoustic Electric Silverplated"
"This is where it all began for Black Diamond. The silverplating creates a smoother sound and makes this the warmest acoustic string in our lineup."
And that is how I remember them...
12-30-2010, 10:41 PM
That's the string I was thinking of! For me, it was the mid-80s, but I know Black Diamond strings have been around, songs have been written about them!
I saw the newer ones were coated with some black coating. But I remember the silverplating, it would actually tarnish.
12-31-2010, 03:37 AM
They are in Sarasota, FL. That's who makes the Snake Oil Brand strings - I love them.
12-31-2010, 07:35 AM
What I recall about B D strings, when I started playing, in 1960:
They were about the only strings available (to me) at the time, I had to buy them at the Rexall drug store in my town or at the TV repair shop in the next town (where I bought my first electric gtr and amp), and were available in either "heavy" or "heavier than sh*t" gauges! They came in a black, flat, two-piece cardboard box and were in red envelopes. With the myriad of string types and gauges available today I have little sentimentality for those "suspension bridge support cables" that used to be sold as gtr strings!!
12-31-2010, 09:17 PM
JustStrings has them:
They have sets that are "silver plated" so I assume they are the strings that you remember playing when you were young.
01-01-2011, 02:13 PM
Goin' down to Lillian's music store
To buy a Black Diamond string
Gonna wind it up on my guitar
Gonna make that silver sing
Black Diamond and LaBella strings and Roy Smeck picks.
I recall how the windings would separate in several places and you could slide the sections up and down the core. In a pinch though, if the stores were closed you could easily remove the windings from the lower strings and then use them on the high end. But you string up a Harmony Sovereign with Black Diamonds and you would have sworn that guitar rang until Kingdom Come.
Sitting in my music room
01-02-2011, 06:50 AM
Guy Clark loves them enough to sing about them...
Black Diamond Strings
Are like white flour and grits
You play Black Diamond Strings
‘Cause it’s all you can get
01-02-2011, 04:35 PM
yep, from the 60's
01-04-2011, 02:03 AM
My dad used to get me Black Diamonds from the drugstore where he worked, early 70's. I didn't like them much but they got the job done for my Yamaha flattop. BTW drugstores (at least here in Nashville) used to sell sheet music too. You'd order it & pick it up in a few days.
"I recall how the windings would separate in several places and you could slide the sections up and down the core. In a pinch though, if the stores were closed you could easily remove the windings from the lower strings and then use them on the high end."
I was just trying to do something like that! I'm trying to use heavy Labella flatwounds on a Telecoustic for a beater jazz practice guitar & the A & D strings are way sharp. I tried to remove the windings where the contact point on the saddle is (but had no luck) thinking that somehow that would help the pitch a bit. Probably won't work but I did try it.
01-05-2011, 11:33 AM
What a nostalgic thread! Sums up my BD experiences to a "T".
I love that Guy Clark tune as well -- first time I've heard it.
01-27-2011, 04:25 PM
I use em for some guitars. They sound good, but unfortunately the backwinds are too long, making them a PITA for 50's style one piece bridge/tailpieces.
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