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Flexible material that provides vibrations in string instruments

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Changing strings on acoustic guitar - any difference in the strings in the package?

I have bought a package of strings for my guitar. Are there any differences with the strings in the package - yes there is the nylon ones for EAD and the clear ones for GAE, but apart from that? I ...
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Are the strings supposed to be directly over the pickups?

I just bought a Squier affinity strat and noticed that the strings do not directly go over the center of the pickups. This is especially the case for the bridge pickups which are at an angle. Is ...
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Tuning my ukulele strings

I just got my first ukulele and as I was tuning the strings I noticed it didn't sound right. On my tuner it says e when I play the c string and c when I play the e string. Someone please tell me how ...
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Should I keep on the old strings when sending my guitar to be set up?

I need to repair the electronics on my Stratocaster, which will require me to remove the strings. I then want to get the guitar set up. Will sending a guitar to the workshop without strings affect the ...
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Breaking guitar strings too quick

Two weeks ago I spent a decent amount of cash and time replacing all the strings on my guitar. They were getting rusty and sounded dull. Since then I've been playing about two hours a day, all going ...
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Will lighter strings extend an acoustic guitar's life?

Will lighter strings extend an acoustic guitar's life? I just sold an old acoustic I acquired in bad condition and restrung with new nut and saddle, whose bridge was beginning to lift out of the body....
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Help with string gauges for my vintage bass

I need help with my vintage 1956 Danelectro bass, its in a baritone style body and i believe its either a short or a medium scale neck. I'm just terrified of what gauge strings to give it, cause i ...
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Can a violin imitate the sound of an Erhu?

I don't know if this is "impossible" due to the different construction of the two instruments, but do you know if the violin can imitate the sound of the Chinese erhu? Here is a YouTube video for ...
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what the material made of a plain electric guitar strings?

i tried a plain nickel 80% wire on electric guitar , when i plaid it , didnt give any sound except feedback , tried stainless steel wire same result , tried steel , it gave sound but in distortion amp ...
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Do I have to replace all violin strings when E string broke?

I just received my violin 2 days ago. My E string broke when I tuning it. I enquired nearby musical instrument store and they only sell the whole set of strings. So, do I have to replace all ...
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Tuning up to get All Fourths Tuning

I use a set of 10 gauge steel strings on my electric guitar and for the past few days I have been thinking of testing out the All Fourths Tuning. I was wondering if this poses a risk of breaking the ...
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In strings bowed instruments, is it possible to play a chord in two not adjacent strings?

Or would it be only possible if arpeggiated? For example in cello, to play G string in a chord with Bb in A string (being D string on the middle)
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Is it possible to play whole notes (in Andante tempo) in bowed strings instruments?

Well, I've heard sound would faint in bowed strings instruments if note played is too long, and player runs out of bow. Is this true? and at which tempo would this occur?
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Is it possible to find strings in any integer size? [closed]

I am considering stringing my 6-string electric guitar with a series of prime gauges. e.g. 11,13,17,29,37,47 I am looking on Ernie Ball's site and while I might be able to find the 3 thinner strings,...
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Does the cold affect Acoustic guitar strings?

We had snow the other night and I forgot to grab a box of stings I had just purchased out of the truck of my car. Do you think the cold could hurt the strings ?
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I pressed hard on the floyd rose bridge

I'm a bit new to the electric guitar domain, so I got a bit scared because when I was playing the guitar. I used the bridge to distortion the sound (I hope it's correct), and at some point I pressed a ...
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Sound of guitar strings based on temperature

Does the sound of guitar strings change depending on the temperature? If you place the guitar in the freezer and later take it out will the sound be different? If you place it in the heater or blow ...
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Should you change the strings on a brand new guitar?

I'm a beginner to electric guitar, so I'm not sure what a proper guitar setup feels like. In attempt to execute my own setup, I've adjusted string action and tailpiece height to my preference (with ...
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Would a tiny pulse of electricity sent through electric guitar strings affect the pickups enough to be heard?

For the sake of the rhythmic analysis I'm doing, I had the idea to solder a wire to a metal pick, ground the strings and rig something up that sends data to a computer every time the pick touches a ...
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Nylon guitar neck bowing from steel strings

I went to my local music shop and asked for my classical guitar to be restrung, and he made the 3 low strings steel and the high 3 nylon even though it's a nylon guitar. Now the neck of my guitar is ...
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Intonation exercises for string players

I am looking for intonation exercises for bowed strings. I use techniques mentioned by Simon Fischer in his books and those have served me well I think. However I am now able to match pitches well but ...
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What are “silk and steel” strings?

I've just heard of "silk and steel" strings, but can't find out what they are. So, what are they made out of? Do they produce a significantly different amount of tension in the neck?
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Truss rod adjustments after changing strings from 9-48 to 12-60

I bought a used guitar ESP LTD viper-400. This guitar has always been set up to Standard E-tuning with 9-48 strings. But I want to change strings to 10-60 and tune guitar to Drop A or Drop B. The ...
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Hohoner HG-13 strings

I have an old Hohoner HG-13 which I would like to buy a new set of strings. One thing I saw on the subject was guitars which use vinyl you can't use metal, this one has seems to have 3 and 3. I have ...
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old strings won't hold tuning

When I picked up my guitar today I noticed my 1st string was a bizarre 2 semitones flat. I would tune it but the instant I bend it, stretch it, or play for a minute the string goes back down to the ...
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Notation for spiccato?

An older revision of Wikipedia article on Spiccato has an image showing what looks like a staccatissimo, with the caption "Notation for spiccato." I question that—it may be that strings can use ...
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String gauge switching without truss rod

My acoustic guitar has no truss rod and all this time I've been using .12-.53 gauge strings, and until now it's still that gauge, I've bought a .10-.48 but i haven't switched out the strings yet, but ...
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String ordering - Top vs bottom?

I've always been dyslexic when it comes to this turn of phrasing - Top strings connote the strings at the top of the fret-board in my mind. Even after years of playing, I sometimes have to wrench it ...
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Bowed single string instrument with lever?

Ok, so, imagine you had a one-stringed violin, except that rather than press your fingers on the string, you used a lever, kinda like a whammy bar. Does anybody know of such an instrument? Otherwise,...
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Weak High E (1st String) on Electric Guitar, any remedy?

I have a Samick Electric Guitar that's relatively an inexpensive copy of Strat. It plays all right and suits me as a beginner. However I specifically notice that the High E (1st string) sounds weak ...
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Does 12-54 to 13-56 gauge change require a re-setup?

I'm thinking I should switch to a slightly heavier set of strings for a better "rounded" tone, especially on the lower strings. Currently I use Martin Phosphor Bronze .12-.54 gauge, the one I'm ...
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Ferrous Classical Guitar Strings

I have a fretless classical guitar and I want to use an eBow (which works by generating a magnetic field) on it (because I want to work on intonation in microtonal systems). The only things that I ...
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How to understand which bass strings are best for my Yamaha RBX 170?

I need to do my first strings change on my RBX 170 and I don't know which kind of strings I have to buy. How can I understand which one are best for it?
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Acoustic strings on electric guitar

new here. I needed new strings, being a newbie I just told the clerk that I needed some 11's, one pair for my electric and one for my acoustic western. When I came home I saw that I got two pairs of ...
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Violin squeak during chord caused by old strings?

I am preparing to take the ABRSM violin test, grade 5. One of the pieces, Allegro (4th mvmt Sonata in E, HWV 373) by Händel (A:2), has a chord (measure 22, F♯, a♯, e) where my violin inevitably ...
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Is it safe to use any tension and tune to standard E?

When I replaced strings in electric guitar from .9 to .11 I had to adjust truss rod. Classical guitar has no rod so is it safe for guitar neck to put high tension nylon strings and tune It standard?
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Stringing my Kala Concert Banjolele

I have a new Kala Concert Banjolele. I am intrigued by the tones of the device but I'm afraid that I will break the strings if I try to tune to a tone too high. Our local banjo store (with no banjos ...
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Yamaha G-String keeps breaking

I have a Yamaha F335 acoustic guitar, and, about two weeks ago, I restrung it using Ernie Ball Silk & Steel Regular strings. However, about a week ago, the G-string snapped around the 3rd fret, ...
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Guitar buzz gets louder when strings are touched, goes away when I touch both the strings AND either pickup

I have a semi-hollowbody Epiphone Casino, single coil pickups. Granted some hum is to be expected with this setup, however the hum I have is unusually loud. When I am not touching anything there is ...
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E string of guitar broken so every wire will be replaced with new?

During tuning a new set of strings, my top E string snapped. My colleague says that you have to buy a complete set of strings because it does not come alone and every set have its own frequency so: ...
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What are the best strings for playing metal on an electric guitar? [closed]

I'm a newbie and want to play mostly thrash metal. My guitar is Dave Mustaine VMNT-X and amp is a Fender 10g (I know, not a great choice but money issues at the time). I've looked at Ernie Ball ...
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Which type of strings to use on an inexpensive mandolin?

I just received an inexpensive mandolin to see how I would like playing it before I buy a better quality instrument. I am sure that the strings that came on this instrument are of poor quality and ...
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what is the difference between 135B Violin String and 135 Violin String?

I need to buy a string and my instructor has recommended me to buy a dominant string. I noticed there are at least two types, Thomastik Dominant 135B Violin String Set 4/4 Size Thomastik Dominant ...
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Is there an advantage to medium gauge over light if I'm not adding tension?

I recently got a 12 string acoustic, and due to availability, put a set of D'addario mediums on (they had light, the store owner recommended meduim). It sounded great, however that's my first time ...
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Garritan Personal Orchestra 4: Strings Quality

How can I create realistic sounding string sections in Garritan Personal Orchestra 4?
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What do you think of attempting to tune an Acoustic 12-string one full step up?

Many like to tune a 12 string 1/2 to 1 full step down. I understand it reduces tension, reduces breaking the high G string and/or allows you to run thicker gauges for a fuller sound. However I ...
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weird intonation problem on the highest string

i just changed my strings for the first time in about 8 months (really long time. i know) and the highest string is not intonating properly. at the 12th fret the string is flat but at the 24th the ...
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Should I change my guitar strings?

I received my guitar a few years ago and haven't changed the strings. I don't know when the previous owner had last changed the strings, but it seemed as though it had just been sitting around for a ...
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Is a slight amount of fret buzz acceptable when lowering the action on a guitar

I recently took my Ibanez RG into the shop for new strings (same gauge as original) and asked them to lower the action. It came back with a significant amount of fret buzz (pretty much all over the ...
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Violin String snapped, and so did spare. Will I damage my violin if I leave it with 3 strings?

So, my A string snapped last Saturday and as a result I re-strung it with one of my spare strings. I should note that at this point, after tuning it, the sound was coming out a little strange (or ...