Picato Electrics & Vinci Acoustics get heavy lady test
STRING SEARCH No. 3: VINCI.
Distributed by Keith Hand Musical Supplies, (Contact Details).
Set sampled: Vinci 'Phosphor Bronze Acoustic strings, gauge 013'. About £4.25 a set.
American made Vincis are one of those esoteric names that a lot of people have I heard of, but few seem to have actually tried, despite the fact that they've been available over here for some while now. We put a set of their Phosphor Bronzes to the test, using our resident solid-topped Ibanez dreadnought as a reference.
First thing to impress about the Vincis was their tactile feel — tight, close, high quality windings which don't scrub the skin off your fingers the moment you play a bass note. And this quality also helped them to settle in quickly and hold their tuning immaculately well — a definitive plus point, that! They're a very flexible string; ideal for Flash Harrys, or for the primarily electric player who likes to switch to acoustic now and then but might otherwise encounter problems bending a heavier gauge string.
Soundwise, the Vincis are superb. Excellent tone and balance, and bags of projection; very bright yet without being at all tinny. They bring out the best in a good-quality guitar, and on cheaper instruments could well help to counter any inherent 'boominess' by adding a bit of power to the top end.
For live work they have a very up-front presence, and miked-up or recorded they sound great. They last pretty well, too, and 'go off' gradually — I left this set on until they were positively geriatric, and have no complaints on that score.
Overall then, top marks for the Vincis. They may not be as easy to find as a lot of other brands, but if you're after a quality acoustic string then it's worth scouring the shops and giving them a try to see what you think.
Okay, they're not cheap — phosphor bronze is an expensive material — but as the saying goes, you pays your money and you takes your choice!
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