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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 December 10, 2018 at 6:46pm

Don’t forget they also make strings for classical guitars as well as banjos? 

Comment by Andries D. EKER on December 10, 2018 at 5:53pm

Thanks to JIm 's Input  we need not forget the UKe Strings ,i did put metal strings on my UKE to be able to slide ! NO NEED WHIT AQUILA Nylgut strings they slide just aswell !  Thanks Jim !

Comment by Andries D. EKER on December 10, 2018 at 5:48pm

Ziko special exstra thin anyone?

Comment by BrianQ. on November 24, 2018 at 7:08pm

I meant if you dare to pay the premium price, you won’t be disappointed?

Comment by Andries D. EKER on November 24, 2018 at 7:01pm

What you mean dare? BrianQ, something to do whit the Pireamid?

Comment by BrianQ. on November 24, 2018 at 2:04pm

Haven’t seen those Pyramids for awhile, good stuff if you dare?

Comment by Andries D. EKER on November 24, 2018 at 1:19pm

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Comment by Andries D. EKER on November 23, 2018 at 3:07pm

Thats why i use a dremel whit a small HSS metal bit!  and for playing the 008 - the 009 are fine the ernie balls electric are verry strong & flexeble but for slide i find that the 011  polish steel can take the presior more when changing open tunings  and the tone stay's longer in the cone when sliding.

Comment by Paul Craig on November 22, 2018 at 10:43pm

I used to use the 9 gauge strings(custom lights .009-.042) and had problems breaking that .009 high E string all the time, guess I was just too hard on it. I switched to the D'Addario XL Regular Light 10/13/17/26/36/46(10's) long ago and haven't broke one of those. The bigger strings feel better on my finger tips and they don't seem to be as overly bright/thin as the smaller gauge to me anyway. 

I've been wanting some flatwound strings for a couple gits, but the prices kept me away. I'll get a few eventually, the LaBella strings are available for reasonable prices these days.

I bought a set of small files at a discount tool place that had some small rat tail files just small enough to do tuner holes, but you have to be careful because small cheap files break off easy. Usually they break off inside the tuner holes. Haha

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