The Bristol Spanish Guitar Centre has a wide variety of strings available for all types of playing styles and standards.
Pro-Arte strings are favoured worldwide by luthiers, players and professionals alike. Their intonation is excellent and consistent. They are neither overly bright nor overly mellow. The EJ Composite sets feature synthetic fibre bass strings, which keep their brilliance for a significantly longer time. Also, a synthetic fibre 3rd string overcomes the tuning problems with so many nylon 3rd strings. D’Adarrio’s new EXP Classical Strings deliver at least 4 times more string life with NO SACRIFICES. Their new patented EXP micro-coated basses provide a pure tone, a natural feel and balanced life for the whole set.
Savarez offers 3 lines of strings, each having their own distinct character. The Traditional bases are warm and strong. The trebles, which are less polished than other trebles, are easily controlled, secure under the fingers and like the bases have a strong, clear tone.
The Alliance line is noted for the long life of the strings. The trebles have a slightly thinner diameter than most other brands, and they are very smooth to the touch. The basses are slightly brighter than the Savarez Traditionals.
The Corum line uses the Alliance trebles, but the basses are very different. The Corum basses are more flexible, the projection is excellent, the sound is rich and warm, intonation is consistent and they have a longer life. The Corum basses are good when mixing trebles and basses within the Savarez line or with other brands.
These can be considered to be the “Strings of the Masters”, made by luthier Juan Orozco. Aranjuez strings are played by such notable guitarists as Angel Romero. These are traditional strings with a rich full bodied sound and solid timbre.
Augustine has the distinction of being the oldest nylon string manufacturer in the business. The Regal and Imperial lines use the same bass strings. Blue basses are higher tension than Red. The trebles for both lines are made using a nylon mono-filament resin developed by DuPont and improved processing techniques which greatly improve their tone and consistency. The Regal trebles are higher in tension than the Imperials. The trebles tune to pitch quickly and hold pitch very well. The basses are rich and warm with excellent intonation, but take longer than the trebles to settle into pitch.
The La Bella 2001 Series are excellent strings from an excellent maker. LaBella’s reputation for making premier strings for many instruments is world renown. Their superb talents have extended into the classical guitar world with the 2001 series. The basses are warm, the trebles are bright and clear. These strings have good sustain and project well and are very consistent. They tune up quickly and stay in tune very well. The hard and extra hard tensions can be played loud without breaking up. These are excellent strings that will compliment any level of expertise or playing style.
The basses are bright and tight without being over powering and respond well to a strong touch, as well as a gentle one. They feel positive and firm to the touch, possibly as good as my usual Pro Arte Composites.
The trebles are a little different. I am accustomed to a composite 3rd and have always had difficulty with a nylon 3rd but this one responds well. All three treble stings feel smoother and fatter than the Augustines and D’Addarios but they are sweeter as a result. They produce quite a round or “fat” tone and are slightly less well-defined than the Augustines, to my ears; but only slightly!
Full price list below
We stock a wide range of strings for the classical guitar as well as a selection for the flamenco and steel string. If you’re visiting the shop we would be more than happy to talk you through our selection to find the right strings for you.
That said we realise that it isn’t always convenient for you to come the Centre, so of the strings that we like we have added links so that you can easily buy online, if you are interested just click on the “Click to Buy”.
|Classical||Augustine||Augustine Classic/Blue (High tension)||Per set||Click To Buy|
|Classical||Augustine||Augustine Classic/Red (Medium tension)||Per set||Click To Buy|
|Classical||Augustine||Augustine Regal Blue Set Copper Wound Classical Guitar Strings||Per set||Click To Buy|
|Classical||Augustine||Augustine Red Regal||Per set||Click To Buy|
|Classical||D'Addario||D'Addario Pro-Arte EJ43 (Light Tension)||Per set||Click To Buy|
|Classical||D'Addario||D'Addario Pro-Arte EJ45 (Medium Tension)||Per set||Click To Buy|
|Classical||D'Addario||D'Addario Pro-Arte EJ46TT (Hard Tension)||Per set||Click To Buy|
|Classical||D'Addario||D'Addario EXP45 (Normal Tension)||Per set||Click To Buy|
|Classical||D'Addario||D'Addario EXP46 (Hard Tension)||Per set||Click To Buy|
|Classical||D'Addario||D'Addario EXP44 (Extra Hard Tension)||Per set||Click To Buy|
|Classical||D'Addario||D'Addario EJ15 Phosphor bronze (Warm, bright & balanced tone)||Per set||Click To Buy|
|Classical||D'Addario||D'Addario EJ16 Phosphor bronze (Warm, bright & balanced tone)||Per set||Click To Buy|
|Classical||D'Addario||D'Addario EJ17 Phosphor bronze (Warm, bright & balanced tone)||Per set||Click To Buy|
|Classical||D'Addario||D'Addario EJ18 Phosphor bronze (Warm, bright & balanced tone)||Per set||Click To Buy|
|Classical||Hannabach||Hannabach terz no. 830 MT (medium tension)||Per set||Click To Buy|
|Classical||Hannabach||Hannabach 652757 Series 850 PSP (Medium Tension)||Per set||Click To Buy|
|Classical||Hannabach||Hannabach 815 MT (Medium Tension)||Per set||Click To Buy|
|Classical||La Bella||La Bella 2001- Medium Tension||Per set||Click To Buy|
|Classical||La Bella||La Bella 2001- Medium hard Tension||Per set||Click To Buy|
|Classical||La Bella||La Bella 860 Sets (Nylon wound 2nd & 3rd)||Per set||Click To Buy|
|Classical||La Bella||La Bella 900-B (Black nylon trebles, golden alloy basses)||Per set||Click To Buy|
|Classical||Luthier||Luthier Popular Supreme - Set 20 (Medium tension)||Per set||Click To Buy|
|Classical||Luthier||Luthier Concert Silver - Set 30 (Medium/hard tension)||Per set||Click To Buy|
|Classical||Luthier||Luthier Concert Silver - Set 60 (Extra high tension)||Per set||Click To Buy|
|Classical||Savarez||Savarez 570 CS||Per set||Click To Buy|
|Classical||Savarez||Savarez Corum 500AJ (High Tension)||Per set||Click To Buy|
|Classical||Sonata||Sonata (medium-high tension)||Per set||Click To Buy|
|Steel string||D'Addario||D'Addario EJ26 Phosphor bronze (Warm, bright & balanced tone)||Per set||Click To Buy|
|Steel string||D'Addario||D'Addario EZ940 American bronze (12 string set)||Per set||Click To Buy|
|Steel string||Picato||Picato Acoustic guitar 80/20 bronze||Per set||Click To Buy|
|Classical||Aranjuez||Aranjuez Concert silver set 400||Per set||Click To Buy|
|Classical||Aranjuez||Aranjuez Classical Guitar A700 Concert Gold (Low Tension)||Per set||Click To Buy|