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Date Created: 12/18/2009

Last Updated: 1/7/2011

Q: brader! need ur advice on strings..

A:The short answer would be whatever works for you.

Untuk Acoustic Guitar

Untuk acoustic guitar I have to admit mase memula main gitar dulu, kawan cakap pakai tali electric guitar kasi senang main, aku pon buat. But don't do it. Untuk acoustic guitar, pakai tali acoustic guitar. Tali electric guitar is not designed to bring out the tone quality of your acoustic. Memang la tali acoustic lagi keras, tapi sound lagi bagus untuk acoustic guitars.

And since around 1999 sampai January 2010, aku takde acoustic guitar. So aku tak banyak experience on this. But sejak aku beli acoustic guitar taun lepas, aku terus pakai Elixir punya tali.

I tend to prefer Elixir Phosphor Bronze with Nanoweb Coating, Custom Light gauge. Aku suka Nanoweb berbanding Polyweb sebab Polyweb ni pakai lama sket dia punya coating jadi flaky. Anyway, tali jenis ni dia coated. So it will last a long time and maintain the tone very well.

Like I said I don't have much experience with acoustic strings. Maybe ade brand lain yang lagi bagus. But sebelum aku beli acoustic aku, aku selalu try acoustic kat kedai. And I tend to be comfortable with gitar Taylor punya tali, not just the guitar. And I know that Taylor guitars punya manufacturer install tali Elixir kat gitar dorang. So sebab tu la aku pakai Elixir. Taylor is a high end brand, so I'm guessing that they put the good stuff on their guitars.

Elixir is not cheap. But I think it's worth it. It lasts a long time, and it sounds really good in my opinion. Well, bile sebut pasal acoustic guitar, korang bukan boleh tukar sound dia macam electric guitar. So the choice of strings is really important.

 

Untuk Classical Guitar

At the time of revising this article (Jan 2011), classical gitar aku adalah gitar paling baru. It's my first classical guitar. So I really don't have much experience with it. Classical guitar aku brand Cordoba. Cordoba install Salvarez strings on their guitar. I guess it's good. But instructor aku recommend D'Addario Pro Arte. So aku pon pakai la tali ni. I have no problem with it so far, or maybe my ears are not well trained enough to tell the difference.

So for the time being aku pakai Pro Arte normal tension.

Warning: Kalau gitar ko jenis classical, jangan sekali-kali letak tali steel. Only use nylon strings on classical guitars. Classical guitars are not designed to take the tension of steel strings, which is a lot higher.

 

Untuk Electric Guitar

Sejak aku memula main gitar dulu, memacam jenis tali aku dah try. Gibson, Fender, Dean Markley, GHS, D'Addario, Ernie Ball dan macam-macam cap tali aku try.

And seinggat aku, dulu-dulu aku suke pakai tali yang high E dia 0.08 punya. Now I prefer 0.09. Tali yang aku pakai ni maybe is not the one that can give me the best tone. But I'm comfortable with it. Tangan aku bukan kuat pon.

Until now, I personally like this particular one.

Ernie Ball Super Slinky. Yang ni tali dia yang kedua paling halus. Yang paling halus (0.08) is called Extra Slinky. Aku ade gak beli Hybrid Slinky, tapi tak try lagi. Hybrid Slinky first three strings dia sama ngan super slinky, but the other 3 tebal sket. They have many different combinations.

 

 

Ape-ape pon, my advice would be, try as many strings as you can. Find what works best for you.

And kalo ko dok kat Malaysia, aku tak sure tali ape yang bagus, yang durable and affordable. The thing is humidity hurts your strings. Mase aku kat Malaysia dulu kalo tak main beberapa hari jek dah karat. Here in California, I can keep the same set of strings for a long time sebab udara sini kering. Kalau tak main bertaun-taun pon tahan. Many times aku tuka sebab sound dah tak sedap, not because they break. So, you may want to consider durability gak. In fact, for you guys tali gitar ni quite expensive I think. So you don't want something that doesn't last very long. And aku rasa because of the humidity, you have to clean the strings often with rubbing alcohol once in a while.

And one last thing, bile baru lepas tukar tali, make sure you stretch the strings. Stretch bukan setakat main cam biasa jek. You have to really stretch it, tapi jangan sampai putus la kan. The reason is tali baru memang tak boleh maintain tuning. That's why bile aku sebut pasal string last time aku cakap aku nak give it a few days before aku sure yang strings aku boleh maintain tuning. Even dah stretch pon it will still take some time for it to maintain the tuning well enough for me to be confident with it. Kalau tali nylon memang lebih selalu go out of tune berbanding steel strings even dah stretch pon. Don't worry, it's normal.

Cara nak stretch tali tu, first, tune to the correct tuning. Pastu stretch tali tu. Pastu check tuning balik. You'll see the the tuning will be way off. Retune it. Stretch again, check the tuning again. It will still be off, but most likely not as bad as before. Keep doing it until the tuning converge.


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