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Offline mcloud10

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New life for my C104SCE
« on: February 05, 2012, 12:02:31 AM »
My C104SCE was getting on my nerves lately.  It just didn't seem to sound the same as when I first got it.  I always "tweak" my instruments to get the most out of them, and I confess I was just about at the end with this one.  I like the concept of "polished" strings, like the EJ51 D'Addarios, mostly for reasons of less string "squeak" when playing.  I tried some other polished strings as well.  When compared to a guitar I recently bought to repair (a Cordoba C5-CE), I was heartbroken.  The Washy just couldn't compare.  I also noticed that the C104's soundboard is very thick.  So, as a last measure, I bought a set of Savarez 520J Super High Tension classical strings.

Eureka!  I mean EUREKA! My guitar has come alive with tone, vibrancy, sustain, projection, and clarity that I haven't ever heard in her before!  Just as an experiment, I put the EJ51s on the Cordoba.  The sound took a nose-dive!

Given this happy conclusion, what are strings that those of you who own Classical Washburns find to your liking?  No string-dissing here; different guitars seem to "like" different strings.  Any input welcome!

Mark
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'71 Yamaha FG-300 (in restoration)
'73 Washburn W240
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical (Son's)
'10 Washburn WC150SW Classical
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Re: New life for my C104SCE
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2012, 04:44:45 PM »
...what are strings that those of you who own Classical Washburns find to your liking?Mark

SO glad to hear that your Washie is singing pretty again, Mark!

I have found that different guitars seem to prefer different tension strings.  I have used high-tension classical strings on most of my classical guitars for most of my playing life, but recently I needed to restring my Yamaha G231-II and in the small music stores in SW Kansas (where even  the nearest WalMart is 90 miles away  :o ), the selection is quite limited.  I picked up a set of standard tension Augustine strings and put them on the Yamaha.

All of a sudden it sounds GREAT!!!  I would have never thought standard tension strings would IMPROVE the sound, having been a fan of high-tension strings for most of my life.

To answer your question specifically, though, my C124SWK seems to like Aquila Alchemia strings in high-tension quite well.  My fingers don't have much acid in them, I guess, b/c I notice the tone from the pure silver wound basses seems to last and last.  Here's a link:

http://www.stringsbymail.com/store/aquila-alchemia-superior-tension-full-set-2039.html

On my handmade Hippner Hauser model, I never use anything beyond medium tension...that thing has the thinnest soundboard I've ever seen and I don't want to stress it with high-tension strings.

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Re: New life for my C104SCE
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2013, 03:21:12 PM »
Even though I don't have a classical Washburn, I am another happy red box Augustine string user for approximately 50 years.   :o  I do use others at times, but typically go back to the Augustines.
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Re: New life for my C104SCE
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2013, 08:10:55 PM »
Dang,  human you been playen almost as long as I have been alive..  :)   53 yrs.   Tom.  :)

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Re: New life for my C104SCE
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2013, 07:14:57 AM »
Growing older, not up is my anthem. 
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Re: New life for my C104SCE
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2013, 09:27:09 PM »
Growing older, not up is my anthem.

Mine is "Retired once, back at work again, still attempting to age disgracefully!"

Cheers from Dugly!!
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Re: New life for my C104SCE
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2013, 06:24:59 PM »
Yer Dugliness - If you'd stop buying high end guitars, you could afford retirement ...  ;)
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Re: New life for my C104SCE
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2013, 08:48:58 PM »
Y.D. has a nice ride on here somewhere.  Tom.  :)

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Re: New life for my C104SCE
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2013, 11:44:05 AM »
Y.D. has a nice ride on here somewhere.  Tom.  :)

This one, t.y.?



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Re: New life for my C104SCE
« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2013, 02:17:55 PM »
Yep, what a pretty car.  Tom.  :)

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Re: New life for my C104SCE
« Reply #10 on: December 16, 2013, 10:47:22 PM »
Loud sidepipes too...sounds a lot like a Harley!

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Guitar Playin' FOOL, attempting to age disgracefully!
Washburns:WD32SW,D61SW,C124SWK,WMJ21S(2),WGO26SCE,WMJ11S(now gifted),WSJ60SKELITE,WG26S.
Other fine acoustics:Breedlove custom shop 000,Hippner #506 Hauser,Takamini 2005 LTD,Epi Masterbilt AJ500RC