Re: Acoustic guitar sustain increase device?
Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:41 pm
DC-Choppah wrote:The strings are silver coated classical guitar strings.
Well, not exactly, the construction and tension is completely different. The Argentines (which I use on my Aylward BTW) are steel cored, like normal electric and acoustic strings but the windings differ, 'normal' strings are Nickel, Steel wrapped (electric) or Brass or Bronze wrapped for acoustic strings. The key difference is that Argentines are copper wound with a silver coating. Classical strings use a number of different windings (including silver plated copper). Modern ones usually have a nylon or composite core. Macaferri's original guitars used the standard classical strings of the day with solid gut trebles and copper wound on a silk core basses.
Changing just the top E will not do any harm to the guitar and the slight increase in tension will most likely increase sustain (in fact I use 10s on the Aylward but am considering trying an 11 top E as it sounds a little weak. It is due for a restring though so I will do that first in case it's just the old strings causing the issue).