Attack resistant strings?

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Attack resistant strings?

Postby De Ferre » Sat Dec 24, 2011 2:51 pm

Hello!

I'm sure you'll have the knowledge to help me out of this...

Since I'm using steel fingerpicks the strings won't last very long: a couple of gigs and they'll buzz like crazy. Specially the 3rd one. I tend to use bronze strings and I've tried also nickel ones. These last a bit longer, but not much either.

Do you know of other string type that might help?
Those "elixir" coated ones perhaps?

Thanks in advance!!!

And Happy Christmas!!! :)
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Re: Attack resistant strings?

Postby OldWailer » Sat Dec 24, 2011 6:54 pm

I just play with fingernails and a plastic thumb pick, and the plastic coated jobbies shred out really fast for me.

I think the brass Acri picks are the best (I do use picks sometimes)--the strings might last better--not because they are brass, they're just machined a lot smoother than other picks I have tried. You must attack pretty aggressively--I don't think I've ever noticed this being a problem for me. . .
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Re: Attack resistant strings?

Postby leftyguitarman » Sat Dec 24, 2011 7:23 pm

I would advise against coated strings, especially if you use a metal thumbpick. I don't like coated strings because my sweat must be acidic and the coating comes off within a couple hours. Once the coating comes off, the strings sound different across the board and the coating gets everywhere.

Have you tried 80/20 bronze strings?
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Re: Attack resistant strings?

Postby ricbleu » Sun Dec 25, 2011 4:29 am

Everyone develops their own technique as they go through the learning process. I came to finger picking via electric lead and always used a flat pick. But once I began fingerstyle on my acoustics, I found that my nails grown out to about 1-1.5mm from my fingertips gave me the sound I liked. Then there is always the option of shifting the angle of attack slightly and just using flesh. I never felt comfortable with just the thumbpick either even when I trimmed it down to project the same 1-1.5mm. And using only fingers gives the added advantage of having something less to forget when assembling the gear for a gig. So fwiw to M. de Ferre, have you considered abandoning finger/thumb picks altogether and just relying on fingers? But perhaps you have developed your entire method by using picks, so then my suggestion is of no use. Btw, I am stringing all my acoustics with pure nickle roundwound (John Pearse does a 12 and so does d'Addario) and find them deliciously mellow and very long lasting. :D Peace.
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Re: Attack resistant strings?

Postby De Ferre » Sun Dec 25, 2011 3:24 pm

OldWailer wrote: You must attack pretty aggressively-

I do, I do. As hard as the guitar can take. I play fully acoustic, in front of a mike. So fingernails are not an option (too quiet). And plastic fingerpicks are OK, but they tend to fly away now and then and they get deformed too.
I must find a kind of compromise I guess... :?
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Re: Attack resistant strings?

Postby blueshome » Sun Dec 25, 2011 9:57 pm

I too play hard. I use a plastic thumb pick (Fred Kelly) and Dunlop nickel silver finger picks and don't have string wear problems in the picking area. I gave up on National finger picks (steel) as I found they wore the strings more and were less comfortable. Maybe your problem is related to the angle you hit the strings, possibly with the edge of the picks?
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Re: Attack resistant strings?

Postby blueshome » Sun Dec 25, 2011 9:58 pm

I too play hard. I use a plastic thumb pick (Fred Kelly) and Dunlop nickel silver finger picks and don't have string wear problems in the picking area. I gave up on National finger picks (steel) as I found they wore the strings more and were less comfortable. Maybe your problem is related to the angle you hit the strings, possibly with the edge of the picks?
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