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Strings, Nails & Picks

Our guitars bodies are designed to give a detailed, studio-like sound. The thinking is that once you have that detailed sound, you can change it with different pickups, stomp boxes, hardware, etc.  However, we feel that we need to give you an insight on what we have discovered about one of the EASIEST ways to change the sound of our guitars.

Strings:

We are using D´addario Chromes 10´s, 11´s and 13´s on our archtops. We have tried all possile strings available but the Chromes exceed all other strings in detailed tonal quality. 10´s and 11´s for a brighter sound and 13´s for a deeper sound. If you want a “muddier” sound, go for strings like Pyramid or Thomastik-Infeld. 

On our flattops, we are much more flexible: most brands just sound great on our guitars.

Nails:

Most guitar players know that the length of their nails make a big difference to the sound: long nails produce bright and sharp sound. Short nails or no nails at all produce a soft and mellow sound. If you really want to experiment, go and have your first, middle and ring fingers done with acrylic nails in a beauty saloon! (Go in the evening when nobody sees you.) Filing acrylic nails to different shape really makes a big difference to the sound. Sharp and square tip produces a bright sound, dull edge produces a mellow sound.

Picks:

Many famous guitar players give high praise to Jim Dunlop Jazz III picks. We prefer a pick that has a smooth, polished and a sharp edge. You see, our target is to produce a detailed, studio-like sound and a smooth edged pick is the best for that purpose. Most picks are just pieces of plastic with different shapes and flex properties. We have noticed that polishing and shaping the pick edge makes a big difference. The actual picking sound, i.e. unwanted scratching sound, will almost disappear.  If you play with heavy distorted sound, this fact is less important. 

Palm:

Try resting you palm on the bridge and muting the base strings while playing. This is a common trick among country pickers. Our guitars respond extremely well to this technique. Although it takes a while to get used to but it is great fun to learn. A little slap back echo from the amplifier...