GHS Santana Big Core Strings

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by John Thigpen, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. John Thigpen

    John Thigpen Member

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    I have been researching strings and ran across these on the GHS website. They were developed by Rene Martinez, are pure nickel and feature a larger diameter core, resulting in vintage tone with "increased volume and brightness". They also have half gauges on the plain strings. Gauges are:

    .0095 .0115 .016 .025 .033 .043
    .0095 .0115 .016 .028 .038 .048
    .0105 .0135 .018 .028 .038 .048
    .0115 .0150 .019 .028 .038 .056

    The two in the middle are most interesting to me.

    Has anyone tried any of these strings yet? What were your impressions? Thanks.

    John
     
  2. jonhope

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    Hi,

    I switched over to these strings last year after many years of playing Dean Markley Blue Steels.

    I use the 10.5-48's on my 25.5" scale guitars and the 11.5-56's on my shorter scale Gretsches and Epiphones.

    I really like them - they last a good while, give a nice tone, are well balanced in terms of tension for bending etc between the strings and they are a good price.

    Overall a winner for me

    :BEER
     
  3. John Thigpen

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    I'm confused by the website where it says the half gauges on the plain strings are the result of the big core. That makes no sense to me. Do the plain strings feel or sound any different, other than the half gauge?

    John
     
  4. KLB

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    What it probably means is that Santana and GHS had to go UP a half gauge on the plain strings to match the increased tension on the wound strings due to the larger cores.
     
  5. jetlag

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    The strings are nice, but be aware of this. The increased tension will mean adjusting the truss in many cases. If you decide to go these strings exclusively, it's no big deal. If you think you'll go back 'n forth or be lazy and not always have some on hand, then you'll be adjusting your truss rod alot.
     

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