Guitarists will happily spend considerable time souping up their instruments with fancy pickups and the like, but having achieved the sound they wanted they will promptly forget to change their strings regularly. One of the problems is that a string loses its sound almost imperceptibly and it's only when old strings are changed for new that the astonishing difference becomes available.
The only answer is to change strings with monotonous regularity, at least once every two weeks during humid weather, regardless of what type of instrument you play.
Cardiff Music Strings produce several ranges of quality strings at moderate prices, intended to fill highly specific roles for guitarists. Under the Londoner title, several sets are marketed at a price which allows the exacting guitarist to change his strings every week if necessary. Sets are made for electric, acoustic and classic guitars. The 601 Super Sensitive Londoner Slimmy Rock'n'Roll strings are available in standard and superlight gauges. The standard gauges are (in inches) .009, .011, .015, .023, .031 and .041. The Super light gauges are .007, .009, .012, .018, .027, and .038. CMS strings are made from Swedish steel. The Folk range show a bias towards a heavier string for carrying power at the bass end — gauges are .011, .016, .023, .031, .041 and .051. The standard Slimmy Rock'n'Roll set sells for around 65p, the Super light version around 80p and the folk set around 60p. CMS strings are now distributed in this country by Hohner.
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