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Has any one created a custom set like I have listed above or am I just wasting time trying to find a comfortable, balanced set?
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A while back (maybe even a couple years ago) we had a discussion very similar to this. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to look for it in our posts.
I don’t think you’re wasting your time as Newtone makes a set exactly as you described. Here’s a description from their website: newtonestrings.com/acoustic_page.htm
NHS-010 .010 .013 .017w .023 .032 .043
15lbs 16lbs 16lbs 15lbs 16lbs 16lbs Total=94 lbs
NHS-011 .011 .015 .019w .026 .036 .047
19lbs 19lbs 19lbs 19lbs 20lbs 19lbs Total=114 lbs
NHS-012 .012 .016 .020w .028 .038 .051
22lbs 22lbs 21lbs 22lbs 22lbs 22lbs Total=131 lbs
NHS-013 .013 .017 .022 .031 .042 .055
26lbs 25lbs 26lbs 26lbs 26lbs 26lbs Total=155lbs
Now also available for DADGAD tuning:
NHS-DADGAD .013 .017 .020 .027 .036 .059
20lbs 20lbs 21lbs 20lbs 20lbs 20lbs Total=122lbs
These strings are a completely new range which are designed to have a reduced and virtually equal tension on each string. They are made on Round cores with unique core-to-wrap ratios, so the gauges which match up with some of our standard sets are not the same at all!
There are several advantages of using these strings. Vintage guitars, light braced guitars and people who have problems fretting due to arthritis or tendonitis can use these strings without worrying about twisting or uneven pulling on the bridge. Low tensions also mean ease of fretting.
Gordon Giltrap has given us his first impressions of the strings:
"Anyone who has spent time playing the acoustic guitar will testify to the fact that string gauge and action can make all the difference in the world to how an instrument can respond. I have spent most of my playing life trying to get my guitars to play as easy as possible, and have spent many hours experimenting with different string gauges and coming to the conclusion that it really is a play off between tonality and playability, but at long last here is string that gives the player the best of both worlds.
I have never been a ‘muscular’ player with the strength that some players are naturally born with, so for me these superb low tension strings are a God send, giving a great sound with a wonderful ease of playing. Enjoy the feel of an electric on your chosen acoustic and experience the difference."
My thoughts on this (and I may be way off): Does the string tension on a “normal” set of 12’s or 13’s also make up the “normal” sound that we’re so accustomed to? In other words, will lower tension on particular strings give a different tone? I think it would be worth a try. They’re a little pricey though (13.99 a set at juststrings.com). You can go to mandolin café and click directly to the “just strings” site or here’s a direct link: juststrings.com/acousticguitar.html
I was going to try these myself but never got around to it. Now that you’ve brought it up, my interest is rekindled. I always like trying different strings, so I may just order a set myself.
BTW, thanks for all your valuable, informative posts,