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hushnel
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Dec 8th, 2018 01:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

A new set of DR round core 11s came in the mail today. I put them on the new Yamaha Parlor Guitar. I needed to lighten up the action a bit. I replaced the bridge with bone and slightly lowered it and worked on the nut to the point I don’t want it any lower, then ordered the round core 11s to lighten up the action a bit.

The “A” string was dead, I didn’t know this could even happen, I payed it for 15-20 minutes thinking I’m imagining it, but no. I put the removed “A” sting back on and all is well.

I contacted Amazon just to let them know, and the software is sending me a new set and indicated I didn’t need to return the string or the set. Strange.

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Dec 8th, 2018 01:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

I used to use DR Pure Blues strings on my electrics. But this happened to me a couple of times--really confused me at the time. Then it became apparent what was going on and have not used them since.

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Dec 8th, 2018 04:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've encountered this a few times. Sometimes it's a dead string like you had.

Sometimes a string won't intonate.

Sometimes a string will buzz if it's bad. That is an odd one but it does happen.

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Dec 8th, 2018 05:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

I’ve had a couple, over the years, that wouldn’t intonate.

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Dec 8th, 2018 05:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yes...that's what happened with the DR Pure Blues (lack of intonation).


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Dec 8th, 2018 05:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've only run across a bad new string once. A set of TI Jazz strings I put on a Tele. Can't remember which, but one of the wound strings was a dud.

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Dec 8th, 2018 06:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

At the price of TI strings I'd be cranked.

I have often found the wound "G" on classical guitar strings to be dead.



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It's gravity...just gravity
Dec 8th, 2018 06:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

"At the price of TI strings I'd be cranked."

I was. Especially since it was the first TI set I ever tried.

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Dec 8th, 2018 10:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

It was strange, you can’t trust the reviews. I’ve never had a problem with the round core NewTones. I have a couple sets of 10s but they have a few rust spots on them. The old farm house and the Florida humidity are tough on steel.

I’ll try some bronze wool on the spots, see if they are OK. 10s maybe a little light for the shorter scale of the Parlor guitar. I use them on the longer scale 000-15s and the 00-15.

I do like the sound of the 12s but I’ve got to keep my hands working, the lighter guage and round core allow me to play with no pain or cramping.

When I initially installed the A and started to tighten it up it made a sound like a loose chime in a Cuckoo Clock a distorted metallic buzzy kind of chime, once up to A it was dead with a rapid decay.

I’ve noticed the Classical “G” too, usually not quite as noticeable as this A was, and they seem to settle in a bit after they stop stretching.

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Dec 9th, 2018 08:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hah, I actually found the thread I mentioned the dead TI string in, 10 years ago. It was a set of their "Bebop" strings, and was the A string. My recollection is the seller wouldn't stand behind it and TI never responded to an email I sent. Kinda turned me off to the brand.

The closest thing to a parlor I've had was a Taylor Mini GS which comes with Elixir Phosphor Bronze NANOWEBs. I really liked those strings on that guitar.

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Dec 9th, 2018 09:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

The Yamaha came with the Elixir NANOWEB 80/20 Bronze Light, .012-.053, they do sound good but limited how long I could play before my left hand started aching.

My right arm is 50% paralyzed, I’m left handed but play right handed, which is lucky for me, if I had started left handed I would of had to relearn playing righty back in the 70s, if I wanted to continue playing, and I absolutely would have.

I also can’t strum traditionally, the bicep and shoulder muscles are affected, I finger pick and strum with a modified Faminco style. It works for me, I use all five fingers on the right hand so I can kind of pass as guiltiest if I have to. Doesn’t affect my bass playing at all except I can’t pop the strings with my thumb, that would require a functional radial head in the right elbow which I shattered falling off a 6 story building back in the late 70s. I’m kind of “Risk Managemently Challenged” “o)

There are a few compromises, like string selection and modified action, but I can play either bass or guitar all day long and occasionally I’m even good at it.

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Dec 9th, 2018 09:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

I do remember that it was a set of DR Blue Blues that did this to me once (one string wouldn't intonate).

ejm

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Dec 9th, 2018 10:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

I don't know if I've ever come across a bad string on a regular guitar.

I came across what I attributed to a bad run of strings of .011 gauge when replacing one on a pedal steel years ago. I broke about 3-4 of them before I found one that would tune up.

Then again, it was the third string. It is tuned up to G#.

Supposedly there are a few companies that make strings specifically for pedal steel to combat this problem.

(This message was last edited by ejm at 08:27 AM, Dec 10th, 2018)

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Dec 9th, 2018 10:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have never had a 'new' dead string for an acoustic but have had one on electric strings 3 or 4 times in 50 years. That's a pretty good average. Especially when I used to change my strings twice a week for the decades I was gigging full-time.

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