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Apr 12, 2024 - 2:59:52 AM



1 posts since 4/3/2020

Why do perlon (nylon core) strings such as Dominants and Pro-Arte have a steel e string? Why not a nylon e string so that the entire set is balanced? Classical guitar strings are all nylon core from the 1st to the sixth string. This is the reason that I prefer steel core strings such as Pirastro Chrome Core. They also stand up well. I have shredded a Dominant A string in 5 days while teaching at a fiddle camp.

Apr 12, 2024 - 6:46:53 AM
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Gut E strings are much thicker than steel strings, and perlon E strings would be as well. Pure steel E strings produce a clear and rich tone that you can’t get with a wound string. This is why wound E strings, even though they have a steel core, sound dead by comparison. Add to that the way the bow responds to strings that are thicker. It takes a different approach with the bow to play a string that’s considerably different. The other strings are engineered carefully to work well together, so throwing a string into the mix that’s not optimized for playability with the set distorts playability as well as sound.

You can play pure gut E strings, which have a much different character, but the violin world moved to the single strand E almost entirely once the technology was developed. I think the high tension of the E would also make a perlon E more likely to snap.

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