A little while back, I received an email from Scott over at Stringjoy talking about strings, and wanted to see if I might be into a review. Now, I first have to say, I’ve been playing D’Dadario 10-46 for FOREVER. The thought of changing strings.. almost felt like having an affair with my wife. After coming to the realization.. no.. it’s not the same, and damn it.. a change of strings might be nice.
So Stringjoy is all about creating a custom set of strings, so I started thinking.. have I been really happy with my eternal 10-46 set? Hmmm.. come to think of it, no. I might be interested in something a little heavier on the bottom. My jazzmaster, with it’s longer scale might feel re-al nice with something a bit heavier. I went with a 10-50 set (10, 13, 17, 28, 38, 50).
Stringing these up, I immediately liked the feel of the .50 and .38 on the E/A. Damn. Love it.
The other particulars that I MUST have. Good tone, good life and no-breakage. I personally like to change strings between gigs, and have that gap is too long, I have to change for rehearsals (depending on how long and how dead the strings are). I hate dead strings. In comparison to my D’Dadario, these guys held up great. No broken strings, and the tone stay alive for a great amount of time – note.. the amount of sweat was less than normal (no gigs, etc). But overall, these sounded, played and held up great.
Okay, let’s talk about the process. If you’re interested in a custom set, head on over to Stringjoy.com and click ‘Create your custom set today’. From here, select Electric or Acoustic, select 6/7 or 8 string sets. They have pre-set string configurations or you can completely build a custom set. Sets are $10/set. I’m curious if bulk options are available (Stringjoy, if you’re reading, please let us know!). They offer FREE shipping in the US.
Overall, I was quite impressed. I’m also impressed by new gauge set as well. It’s.. sort of a game changer. These small adjustments can yield massive results to your playing and tone. Don’t take it for granted. If you’re in a string gauge rut, it might be time to switch things up. Check ’em out!