Guitar String Manufacturers

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  1. improviduto

    improviduto Member

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    I was recently told that there are really two, maybe three guitar string manufacturers out there. What truth is there to this?
     
  2. Tone_Terrific

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    People can confuse the fact that there may be few makers with the not so little detail that strings are made to different specs.
    'My car was made by GM'...must be as good as yours.....Corvette or Chevette...they have to be similar...right?
     
  3. Darth Tater

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    Kinda like speaker manufacturers...there's only a few but they'll make whatever you want to spec with Eminence of course being the biggest.

    I would like to know who actually makes their own strings though.
     
  4. gkoelling

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    GHS

    Dean Markely

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    There may be a couple more but I'm drawing a blank right now.
     
  5. openbar

    openbar Silver Supporting Member

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    I've heard:

    D'Addario
    GHS
    Fender
     
  6. bluesjuke

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    I don't know if D'Addario still does but I was in theri factory watching them being made in the 70's.

    Somewhere I have it saved but there is one of the major players named "Music Wire" or something very similar to that.
     
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    Brion Supporting Member

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    I do believe that it is the wire manufacturers that are limited to a few choices. Of course each wire manufacturer can make spools to the specs of it's customers.
     
  9. gkoelling

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    Not Fender
     
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    I'm curious about D'Aquisto and SIT.
     
  11. Michael T

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    I know that Thomastik-Infeld makes their own strings...I have been to the factory.
     
  12. John Hurtt

    John Hurtt Supporting Member

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    It's my understanding Fender manufactures strings at the Ensenada, Mexico facility.

    D'Addario makes their own strings and those for PRS, Dean Markley, others.

    GHS and Ernie Ball manufactures as well, I believe.
     
  13. Steve Gambrell

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    Mapes make strings for a lot of people.
     
  14. openbar

    openbar Silver Supporting Member

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    Isn't that where the "Squier" name comes from - Fender bought a string manufacturer with that name back in the 60s? I can't remember exactly.
     
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    Hmm. I always though Squier came from Esquire???

    Steve
     
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    While everyone's answering, it seems to me that there are some that manufacture wound strings themselves, but use the plain strings from a general manufacturer. So I'm not sure that those who do still manufacture all of their own actually manufacture every string in the set!

    Steve
     
  17. openbar

    openbar Silver Supporting Member

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    OK, regarding Fender making strings, found it in the book: Fender had been buying all their strings from the V.C. Squire company, CBS aquired them soon after they took over Fender.
     
  18. Bryan T

    Bryan T Guitar Owner Silver Supporting Member

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    Does John Pearse make their own strings? I've heard both ways.

    Bryan
     
  19. gkoelling

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    CBS bought Fender in 1965. I don't doubt your information but it is quite old.

    A large part of Fenders String line is made by another winding company.
     
  20. openbar

    openbar Silver Supporting Member

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    That wouldn't surprise me one bit, what with outsourcing and all.

    Nevertheless, I love the Fender Super 250 strings. (nickel plated steel, regular ends)
     

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