Pro-Arte strings from D’Adarrio 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!