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Re: E and A strings

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Posted by tom ( on August 16, 2002 at 11:48:33:

In Reply to: Re: E and A strings posted by CASH on March 13, 2002 at 21:08:04:

If you're slapping that thing for bluegrass only, go ahead and chuck those steel strings. Bluegrass deserves better than "ping ping pong pong". You want a nice deep, dead thunk, right?

I use all gut strings (not LaBella, I use anything but - right now it's two Goetz (E and A) and two unknown European strings that were on my bass when I bought it!). A place called Kagan & Gaines in IL usually has full Goetz Gut strings. Lemur Music also has full gut sets.

But that said, it's an acquired taste-only for a select few. And I play more hillbilly/rockabilly than bluegrass - but it's a similar sound you need. PLUS, your fingers will be much better off.

: What kind of strings do you want? I personally use guts, but do you want steel, nylon, gut? I use La Bella gut strings and they work fine for me, although the price range is in the 400's. What are your preferences???

: : What would be the best E asnd A strings for me to buy for playing bluegrass and plucking? I had ordered new strings from Elderly and they sent me some dreadful Red Lable strings... (No Sustain and Dead)... I just ordered some spiracore strings from Hamond Ashley... are these what I want? I hope their not those white strings>> ... Let me know what the scoop is on these strings. I use to like Tomastics when I played in the orchestra; but found they tore my fingers up when playing Foggy Mountain Breakdown. Any info and sorces would be greatly appreciated.. Thanks... Dave Maul

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