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Thomastik- Infeld Strings

PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 11:55 am
by Jay Menon
I've heard very good things about these strings but tell me please - are they head and shoulders above other established manufacturers such as D'Addario and Ernie Ball? And if so, specifically why please?

Re: Thomastik- Infeld Strings

PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 12:25 pm
by Wonks
Some people I know really rate them above everything else. For them they stay in tune longer and last longer (Max reckons up to three times), whilst feeling smooth to play. I had one set and for me they didn't do anything my D'addarios did.

So it may well come down to your playing technique. They certainly won't feel any worse, but they might feel a lot better. All you can do is try a set and see for yourself.

Re: Thomastik- Infeld Strings

PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 5:26 pm
by Studio Support Gnome
I won't use anything else…..

head and shoulders above everything else i've ever tried….

last longer, feel smoother to play, great tone, well worth the extra…..


(note…… i'm talking about techno/powerbrite , the std yellow packs of infeld ones are also pretty good, but not the much better than D'addario/DR …. but are similar price to the others as well, cheaper than the ones i prefer….. )


I use 9-46 on all my Eb tuned guitars, 9-42 on std tuning, and 10-50 on Drop C^( Drop D version of Eb)


sadly they don't make a 7 string set….. :frown:


yet,.,

Re: Thomastik- Infeld Strings

PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 6:50 pm
by Sam Inglis
Are their acoustic strings worth the extra? I usually use Martins which are cheap and sound fine to me, but don't last that long.

Re: Thomastik- Infeld Strings

PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 7:00 pm
by Studio Support Gnome
I sometimes use their "Plectrum" strings , because they're very smooth, not tape wound, but ground wound , much less handling noise , but still decent sounding top end , perhaps a little darker than some, but not dull….

useful for complicated parts where fretting/ handling noise can be an issue….


and THAT is why i use them, "occasionally" , most of the time I'm more of a Rotosound "super Bronze" (formerly country gold) user.

Re: Thomastik- Infeld Strings

PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 11:02 pm
by Sam Spoons
I may try their "Plectrum" strings on my Emerald X7 then, it's very new and quite bright (I changed the factory fitted D'addrio EXP 0.012s to Elixier 0.011s 'cos I had them is stock and wanted to try the lighter gauge. The Thomastik's may be well suited to to it, carbon fibre guitars are very sensitive to string changes, more so than tonewood guitars so, while it sounds pretty good now it's worth a try.

Re: Thomastik- Infeld Strings

PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 12:42 pm
by BigRedX
I bought a set of their standard very heavy gauge round wounds as they were the most easily obtainable strings with a wound G that I needed for a Piccolo Bass.

I've also used their Jazz Flats on a 34" scale fretless bass. These are very low tension and will come as a pleasant surprise to anyone whose previous experience of flat wound strings were those Rotosound ones that seem to be more appropriate as fencing wire rather than guitar strings.

Re: Thomastik- Infeld Strings

PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 6:28 pm
by 4TrackMadman
They're quite good but when playing live I need to change strings often anyway so I settled for cheaper alternatives that didn't sound that different in the short run. I used D'Addario and Ernie Ball since I changed on all my guitars almost weekly as we did two shows per week.

Since bass strings are usually not changed as often, I put a Tomastik set that stayed for a long time on one of my recording basses and sounded fantastic.

Re: Thomastik- Infeld Strings

PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 11:32 pm
by IvanSC
Plectrums on my Martin OOO.
Same gauge as I usually use feels much easier to play - I was told it has to do with the cores they use on the wound strings.

May well be but it is certainly helping my arthritic mitts a lot.
Never tried them on bass. I have a set of D'Addario ground round wounds on my Precision at present and they are nice - just a little more definition than tape/flat wounds but still a smooth "vintage" sound.
Mind you they ARE a lot stiffer than the round wounds they replaced. Same gauge too.

Re: Thomastik- Infeld Strings

PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 1:48 pm
by Studio Support Gnome
4TrackMadman wrote:They're quite good but when playing live I need to change strings often anyway so I settled for cheaper alternatives that didn't sound that different in the short run. I used D'Addario and Ernie Ball since I changed on all my guitars almost weekly as we did two shows per week.

Since bass strings are usually not changed as often, I put a Tomastik set that stayed for a long time on one of my recording basses and sounded fantastic.


I gig…. in a metal band… (yes, granddads play metal too ! , in fact, "we/they" (gentlemen now of some years ) more or less invented it….. )

a set of powerbrites did 4-5 months duty on my main guitar. rehearsals every week, several recording sessions, and about 15 gigs….

Re: Thomastik- Infeld Strings

PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 3:40 pm
by Studio Support Gnome
here's a 6 month old set being abused.


The Wise Man

Re: Thomastik- Infeld Strings

PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 8:40 am
by oneflightup
It's interesting to see the comments here about how long strings will last...

I used to want strings that lasted so I didn't have to change them often. But my guitar tech has advised me to change strings often - that way you regularly have bright sounding strings, they're nice to play, but most importantly you're avoiding damaging your guitar (old strings damage your frets and fretboard more).
So I buy sets of strings in 10 packs (D'Addario) online and they end up being only about AUD $5 per set.

I'll have to look out for these Thomastik strings and give them a try....

Cheers,

Nick

Re: Thomastik- Infeld Strings

PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 8:58 am
by Kwackman
oneflightup wrote:most importantly you're avoiding damaging your guitar (old strings damage your frets and fretboard more).

A dumb question maybe, but how do old strings damage frets and fretboard more than new strings?

Re: Thomastik- Infeld Strings

PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 10:19 am
by Sam Spoons
Just what I was thinking?

Re: Thomastik- Infeld Strings

PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 11:14 am
by Wonks
If the strings get to the state where they are rusty, then they are certainly going to be more abrasive than if they are new and smooth.