StringTalk!

Had a intervieuw This afternoon whit Roman ZAJICEK "Rozawood Guitars"Tsjechie.

He is a Master Luthier maybee the Best there is in Europe,from the Old school Builders.

There was a Workshop at The Fellowship of Acoustics near my hometown in Dedemsvaart Holland.

In the intervieuw we talk on topics like strings,Woods,dobro's, that past ,while we where at the workshop in the Vintage & rare guitar store from Rudi Bults The Fellowschip of Acoustics in Dedemsvaart,Holland.

His guitars have a distinctif sound that have no comparance whit standaard American or other Europian Guitars.So i started of asking him about strings, myself i am having some resevations on the choice of strings,i dont think it has to do whit what brand, but more what strings u use for what sound on what instrument, like you have the Lapsteel ;it uses thick and smooth strings, but i can not use those on my Dobro,and  big roundwounds sound to rambling  to my ear.

The other Day i broke a string on my long time set of Martins&co "Silk&Steel", who i like on my Dobro and some of my own builds,Seeing a Video by "Roy Rodgers"years ago he recomended them and i stuck whit that for years,but now they where out of sale and i had to make do whit "Martins& co"Vintage, whits  i find not that swell to my ears, and when i quot BrianQ on this when he remarked me on a Ry Cooder Quot : that he liked his strings for slide to be flat & stail for optimum sliding.While de same set (i bothTwo) sounds a millioen on my Susuki "Nagoya"est 1885 .And like on my Favorit CBG Slider i have a Ernie Ball Set 008 from ADGB,sounding whit a humbucker pickup mind you superbo,So what do you think is the consensus on this ;

Thick or Thin? Flatwound or Roundwound? copperwound or silverwound? cheap or exspencif?

Is there any theory on this ? and what are your exspirience?

A.D.Eker     Builder/Player  BCB (BlackCatBone)  CBG's Holland.

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Comment by BrianQ. on November 16, 2018 at 11:58am

What brand of flats? Have you tried D’Addario silk & steel, not flats but definitely a good string?

Comment by Andries D. EKER on November 16, 2018 at 3:49am

Here is a pic from a factory setup in string land from the Didario & ernie Ball plants , on how they produse the strings.

Comment by Andries D. EKER on November 16, 2018 at 3:44am

Finaly found some FLAT Wound strings to my liking ! they are pricy but worth the buy !!

Comment by Andries D. EKER on November 14, 2018 at 3:28am

They keep popping up! no good flat wounds found yet ! 

Comment by Andries D. EKER on November 14, 2018 at 3:27am

Comment by BrianQ. on November 9, 2018 at 8:26pm

Well, every manufacturer has their cheaper models & really that just means cheaper materials? As far as I know Martin still manufactures here? But really anything is possible? Check out the Clapton acoustic set made by Martin, they’re pretty good, he’s never put his name on anything that wasn’t any good. Most off brands of strings are made in China. Guitar center & Music go round here in the states have their own strings but really just rebranded chinese manufacture? I know a lot of major companies have their packaging printed in China? I’ve never understood this,but anything to save a buck? Do they have Elderly brand strings there? Those are made in Southern California, I’ve seen the row of winders in the warehouse, it’s pretty badass! And the strings are good, but fetch a premium price, well worth paying.

Comment by Andries D. EKER on November 9, 2018 at 3:23pm

Thanks BrianQ! Thats qualety info ! There Bud Thanks!! How about the New Martins&Co new line Made in China !! USA Brand that produced in China ! Say's so on the rapper? inferior Material? how can this be ? Whil this not damage the reputation ? for now the strings perform purfectly they are on two weeks now, and still ring like New !

Comment by BrianQ. on November 9, 2018 at 11:46am

I’m surprised they don’t have them where you are? Ernie ball has been making Earthwood strings for 25+ years. I actually like them better than the electric slinky’s. They come in weird sizes, starting with an extra light gauge 10-10.5 even an odd 11.5 up to the regular acoustic sets at 12 or 13. My only gripe is they don’t have the long lifespan, they kinda loose their playing edge & go flat after a short while. Which is a characteristic of phosphor bronze being softer than something like nickel or steel wound. But they have warmer tone than ghs & Dunlop brands, so if you like a bright sound, then these are not for you,but definitely worth the price. I believe all Ernie ball strings are still made in U.S.? Tip: Economy  or price point strings are all made in China, that’s why they don’t carry a premium price? I tend to stay away from these, they’re ez on your wallet,but are made with inferior materials. Working at a music store, I get to pick the brains of every supplier rep who comes in the door, they love to talk so much that they’ll spill all the secrets of the industry. Cheers 

Comment by Andries D. EKER on November 9, 2018 at 11:02am

Thanks Jeff ! take your time No Hurry ! earthwood Strings? must be local? New? or do you use them all the time! are they USA Made ? 0r China? co'se i found out that some USA Brand strings are prodused in China!

Comment by Jeff 'Bones' Reilly on November 8, 2018 at 3:10pm

Haven’t played for a while but getting close to be able to , so I’ve restrung my Sigma 6 string with some of Earthwood  I’ll give you a report after next week or so AD . 

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