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string recomendations for jumbo electric guit

Postby podunk_phill » Sat Apr 29, 2006 8:01 am

Hey ya all, I just picked up (haven’t got it yet) Oscar Schmidt OE-40 jumbo jazz/blues guitar. I’m not sure what strings will becoming with it, and was seeking some input of what to put on a jumbo archtop cutaway electric guitar? I’m use to a lighter string and I’m not sure if I should go with light or heavy flat wound or not. I am playing on playing mostly blues on it so any suggestion will be greatly appreciated.

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RE: string recomendations for jumbo electric

Postby ricochet » Sat Apr 29, 2006 2:57 pm

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Apr-29-06 AT 10:58 AM (EST)]That's not a jumbo. It's a semihollowbody patterned after the Gibson ES-335. It's got a solid block of wood in the middle holding the pickups, and plays and sounds more like a solid body than a hollowbody, though they've got a nice low-volume acoustic sound for quiet unplugged practicing, and will feed back just a little more easily than a solid body, due to the side chambers.

Any strings you'd use on an electric will work on one of these. On my rather similar semihollow Agile, I use .012-.052 nickel strings, and currently have them tuned to Open D.

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RE: string recomendations for jumbo electric

Postby podunk_phill » Sat Apr 29, 2006 8:19 pm

this actually patterend after the Gibson L series guitar. How large does the bout have to be to ba a jumbo size guitar?
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RE: string recomendations for jumbo electric

Postby ricochet » Sat Apr 29, 2006 10:04 pm

A jumbo is a specific shape guitar. And it's an acoustic guitar. It's Gibson's answer to the dreadnought. It's a big acoustic with a big round butt. The semihollows have an outline like the jumbos, but aren't nearly as thick.

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RE: string recomendations for jumbo electric

Postby ricochet » Sat Apr 29, 2006 10:06 pm

And the OE-30 doesn't look like an L-5. Looks like a 335.

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RE: string recomendations for jumbo electric

Postby podunk_phill » Sat Apr 29, 2006 11:51 pm

I have no idea what an OE-30 looks like my post and questions were for the OE-40. which looks like the gibson L-5.
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RE: string recomendations for jumbo electric

Postby ricochet » Sun Apr 30, 2006 1:20 am

Oops! My mistake.

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RE: string recomendations for jumbo electric

Postby podunk_phill » Sun Apr 30, 2006 7:25 pm

That's OK Ricochet,

We are all human and prone to make mistakes and as I tell some folks I work with some people are more human than others.

Are the string recommendations the same? Is there a web site or personal page that will describe the tonal value of different string types?

I have some ultra thins and some heavy strings for the resonator, but like I said I'm not familiar with this guitar.

Should one buy two sets of strings of various types and test and try them out and then determine what sounds best?

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RE: string recomendations for jumbo electric

Postby ricochet » Sun Apr 30, 2006 7:37 pm

I'm pretty human.

String preferences are really individual. I'd use the same nickel 12s I use on other electrics.

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RE: string recomendations for jumbo electric

Postby podunk_phill » Sun Apr 30, 2006 9:36 pm

Have you ever used the flat wound chrome strings 11-65's?
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RE: string recomendations for jumbo electric

Postby ricochet » Mon May 01, 2006 12:32 am

Nope. I steer clear of flatwounds.

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RE: string recomendations for jumbo electric

Postby podunk_phill » Tue May 02, 2006 6:29 am

why is that?
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RE: string recomendations for jumbo electric

Postby ricochet » Tue May 02, 2006 2:30 pm

Dull tone. It's great for the jazz guys who want to make lots of complex chords. They won't get that nice "bowing" sustain from rubbing a slide back and forth over them with vibrato, either. That roundwound scrape is part of the sound I want.

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RE: string recomendations for jumbo electric

Postby podunk_phill » Wed May 03, 2006 7:00 am

Thanks Ricochet for all your help and opinions they are always welcome. do you know much about footswitchs? See my new post.
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