Post by Antony Grenney
Hello. (This group seems more active than a lot of Usenet, which is nice to see still...) I wanted to ask for people's impressions of rectified nylon strings, impressions and tips.
I mostly play two inexpensive steel string guitars, but bought an all solid woods classical guitar made by 'Santos Martinez' that is better than I could expect for a £300 guitar. Because of being used to steel string I have sometimes used wound 3rd strings - I like how your hand feels better anchored, or at least that's how I'd describe it.
Later on I discovered these rectified nylon strings from Savarez and bought a few 3rd strings of different tensions. I've used these a few times, then forgotten about them, then tried them again. You get the anchored feeling but I'm thinking I'm not going to get adjusted to that amount of noise. The actual wound strings seem less noisy, but maybe that's about becoming attuned, the way we do to traffic and birdsong. Do people adjust their techniques? Do they accept the noise? (I do like a small amount of squeak, shwiiiip and buzz, etc, it's why I've got guitars and not electronic keyboards.)
I think I saw that E and B strings are available also in rectified nylon but three times the noise seems a bit much. Does anyone here swear by them?
Currently I think I'm going to make a new nut and cut the 3rd string slot for a wound string but I'll give the rectified nylon string and my brain a bit longer to make friends.
So, on the one hand I'd never heard of "rectified" strings; on the other
I didn't know you could get wound 3rd strings. Live and learn. I see
that rectified strings are "textured" and that some players complain of
string noise, so you're not alone. It's hard for me to believe thought
that wound strings would make less noise.
I don't doubt that there are personal preferences; some players will
have preferences that differ between guitars. I suspect that intonation
problems caused by wear will be more significant than any manufacturing
defects of un-rectified strings. I'd also bet that "textured" strings
will wear more quickly on the frets.
I've used D'Addario EJ-45Cs for many years. At my level of expertise I
have far bigger problems than the strings I play; the EJ-45Cs have a
reputation for being reasonably uniform and "neutral".
String noise is something you have to work on; some players don't
emphasize it as much; it's also tough to tell on a recording how much is
the player and how much is the miking and mixing.
Actually this newsgroup (like most others) is a pale remnant of its
former self. I still check in from time to time; there's a lot more
going on in various FB groups, and of course Delcamp.