Where Are Most Strings Made?
Are they "offshore" with an American name on the package?
What strings are made in the USA?
Are Made In America better than "offshore"?
Reading the forums it seems that the failure rate of strings and general quality is not all that great on average in many instances
And it seems that there are quality control issues per the fact that string quality varies from package to package.....
Obviously strings are wound by machine........thousands of strings at a time.
So any glitches on the machine = a bad or notsogood string set run.
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Unlike most other stuff, strings are still primarily made in the USA.
Rotosound are made in the UK which is just as good.
Fender recently shut down their Mexico plant and now have their strings made in the USA.
Most 'bass companies that sell strings' like Ken Smith, Spector, Sadowsky, Pedulla, Lakland, and Zon have sting manufacturers make their strings, but are still made in the USA.
In fact, I'm not sure what well known strings are NOT made in the USA (or UK).
But I'm not sure about:
If you are wanting something not made by a large 'cookie cutter' method by the thousands, you want Fodera strings. Handmade one at a time by just a few folks.
I personally primarily use DR and Fodera strings for that exact reason, plus www.bassstringsonline.com sells them in custom sets.
A notable exception is Tomastik-Infeld, which are, to the best of my knowledge, still made by hand and by machine in Austria. Many bass players love the TI jazz flats; they are great-sounding strings that last a long time for, over the time they last, a fair price. But they are too floppy for me. They also make fantastic double bass strings for jazz.
TI also makes Powerbass rounds, which last a good long time and have a nice mix of fundamental, mid grind, and clear highs. Good stuff.
Pyramid Golds are made in Germany ...
TI = Austria; Pyramid = Germany; IQS = Italy I know for a few.
R Cocco are Italy I think as well.
Don't forget Dunlop. Benicia, (the first capitol of) California.
Doesn't one of the big manufacturers make mtd strings?
Our strings are wound on machines, that many dedicated people operate. They're definitely not as automated as you might think, although still not as old school as using a hand winder to make strings (although we still use the hand winding machine on a couple of sets/gauges). Our machines have been designed and built in-house, and we have an on-staff mechanic that is constantly ensuring that machine issues don't exist.
Since many of the string manufacturers use the same materials from the same company, any defect in that wire can be spread immediately to all companies using it. We have a group of QC people that have a list of criteria to gauge groups of strings by, and if they don't match that list, they're ground down and destroyed.
The "bad egg" does get through sometimes (as with ANY company), and we try to make it right when it does.
I'll also add that D'addario and GHS make alot of strings for other brands
Labella and d'addrio are NY based
Black Diamond Strings are in Sarasota, Florida.
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Does Ernie Ball make their own?
Labella makes most of Carvins strings- Labella are located in Newburgh, NY I used to see the E&O Mari sign right off main st when I lived there.
I can't think of current string makers off shore, but the Snarling Dog's (before being bought out) were made in Korea.
Yes, Ernie Ball makes their own strings in Coachella, California.
Im guessing Labella had a hand in "Inventing" the double ball end string in conjunction with Ned...
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