Local Electric Guitar Strings?

Discussion in 'Guitar Gear Talk Forum' started by amithkallupalam, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. amithkallupalam

    amithkallupalam New Member

    Hey guys! Im searching for good, cheap electric guitar strings. Steel probably. And 10-46 or 10-52. Alice and Jimm are the only companies I know. Please share which strings you use and also tell me if there are any local made strings for electric guitar with good quality. Thanks.
  2. alpha1

    alpha1 I BLUES!

    I have tried Karuna strings.
    They get rusted easily (like all local strings)
  3. amithkallupalam

    amithkallupalam New Member

    Karuna strings suck. Ive tried em. Have you tried alice? Ive tried it once and its pretty decent. Lasts for 1 and a half months without rusting and its pretty clear and good sounding too.
  4. amithkallupalam

    amithkallupalam New Member

    Jimm kind of sucks.
  5. guitarplayer729

    guitarplayer729 New Member

    alice are good
    well better than karuna
    buy daddario strings
    they make your guitar sound rich
  6. amithkallupalam

    amithkallupalam New Member

    Yeah Im gonna buy prosteels.
  7. mymusicmyguitar

    mymusicmyguitar New Member

    i use the vapa strings. They are cheap. I hav been usin the last set over 5 months now. And the strings Jus refuse to get rusted.

    The trick- do u ever wipe off the strings With a cotton cloth after u finish UR Practicin? Doin So will avoid the rustin.

    How to wipe- when we play due to sweat a Lot of dirt gathers on the back side of the strings and not the top. Leave the strings like tat for a day and theY will rust for sure.
    Hold the string in between UR thumb and 1st finger and wipe it all over wit a cloth. Even the karuna strings will last more than 6 months without rustin. Try it.

    M sure people Dont wipe their strings after Practicin and hence the rust.
  8. alpha1

    alpha1 I BLUES!

    Do we get single strings in stores?
    I always see all 6 strings bundled together in a package.

    But I don't like the gauges of strings forced upon me.
    And no, I don't wish to spend 1000 rupees for single string ...

    For a change I saw mixed gauge D'ADs strings at Furtados - Immediately picked 'em up.
    Lets hope they give me what I want.
  9. mymusicmyguitar

    mymusicmyguitar New Member

    Single strings are really hard to find here in bombay. Single strings are available only at Albertos, Mumbai MAlad..Other shops dont seem to stock them or they are always out of stock....
  10. guitarplayer729

    guitarplayer729 New Member

    u can only get karunas singularly
  11. guitarplayer729

    guitarplayer729 New Member

    are ernie ball strings available in india
  12. mymusicmyguitar

    mymusicmyguitar New Member

    OHH yes they are. Check bajaao.com
  13. amithkallupalam

    amithkallupalam New Member

  14. Sumanovo razor

    Sumanovo razor New Member

    try yemaha strings ...i guess you'll get them only in kolkata...they are bit rough but dont rust easily ...mine lasted for 7 months...
  15. arnie_t8

    arnie_t8 New Member

    Goin off topic...but are there any strings (any brand or any particular type) which are easier to bend...i mean i checked out a guitar in a store in which bending strings was easier as compared to the strings of my guitar..although the action of my guitar is quite low
  16. alpha1

    alpha1 I BLUES!

    Bending of the string is totally related to the linear mass density of the string.

    T = (2 x frequency x Length)squared x Linear mass density of string
    Frequency and Length are fixed by fretboard and tuning.

    So how do you determine the linear density?
    Simple you should know the material and the string gauge.
    String gauges are again fixed - 9, 10, 11, 12 etc
    Obviously higher the gauge, thicker the string, more the linear density, and hence more tension.

    What about the material?
    If you use nylon - its very light material - thus will have very less mass density.
    Unfortunately - you can't use nylons on Electric.

    So we have Nickel & Steel.
    1. Nickel core
    2. Steel core
    3. Nickel plated steel core
    4. SS plated steel core

    Basically nickel and steel only.
    What are the densities?
    Nickel about 8.9
    Steel about 8.1

    So which strings would be at lower tension?
  17. Sumanovo razor

    Sumanovo razor New Member

    i dont think it linear mass density has anything to do with low action...provided larger the radius of the string the nearer it 'feels' to the fretboard...

    what about phosphor bronze strings...whats the linear mass density???
  18. alpha1

    alpha1 I BLUES!

    Of course action has nothing to do with ease of bending.
    But then, it has to do with the material density... :p:

    The heavier your material - more tension you need to keep to get the same frequency.
    More tension = more bending of your guitar neck.
    More bending = higher action.

    Phosphor Bronze is 8.8 - similar to Nickel.
    HOWEVER, you need to be careful with the wound strings. The winding material on the top will change the linear density.

    BTW - all figures I have mentioned are the volumetric density. To arrive at linear density - you need to fix the wire diameter too.
    Therefore, you need to multiply it with the cross section area of the wire.

    (This explains why the same material - steel string sounds low when its thickness is more - the linear density is higher)

    When you buy the strings, you should also take into account the tone it generates.
    So is there anything magical about tone generation - or can it still be explained via physics?
  19. wylder

    wylder New Member

    I'm not sure its as simple as that. I personally use D'addarios but if you switch over to EB slinkys with the same gauge, bending gets a lot more easier.

    A possible variable you may have neglected might be that 'Steel' and 'Stainless Steel' are alloys with variable compositions. Being a mech engineer, I was fortunate to learn about how minute differences in composition greatly affects physical properties of alloys. Many times, you can change these properties even by manufacturing processes like annealing, rolling etc.

    Btw, careful with the ProSteels that someone recommended. They may be bright and chime-y but eat through frets too.
  20. alpha1

    alpha1 I BLUES!

    Yes the property of steel depends on its composition.
    I was giving a ball park figure. But in any case Steel is never heavier than Copper Bronze or Nickel. Unless you create special tungsten steel alloys

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