E and A to match with Carlos Chorda D and G

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by Dudie, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. Dudie


    Apr 26, 2004
    I will change my E and A string from the Carlos set to more stabil strings. I have some old strings at home: Evah weich, spiro weich and velvet Garbo. Do you have any suggestions what to try?
  2. Spiro Weich are the most robust, but Evahs might fit better to the sound of gut. Both could be bowed rather well.
    Garbos don't bow as well but might fit the gut sound and have a bit less tension the the other two.
    Since I don't know how much tension the Carlos Chords have, I cannot give a better suggestion than that.
  3. TPugh


    Apr 8, 2006
    Jackson, TN
    In short, I would start with your Garbo's unless you bow a lot. In that case I'd begin with the Evah's. My two cents.

    Too bad your Carlos Chordas didn't work for you. I have found them to be one of the better options within the wound gut category. If you're interested in moving yours, let me know.

    Good luck,
  4. HateyMcAmp


    Apr 13, 2006
    Queen City of the Plains
    Krivo Pickups
    I'd go Garbos. They will match the pizz vibe and tension. I've also found they bow ok on the E and A strings, although the D and especially the G are rough.
  5. Norre


    Jan 5, 2001
    Antwerp, Belgium
    I also have the Carlos Henriquez G and D string on my bass. I changed the A and E for Garbos because the detuning was driving me nuts. Garbos are imho a perfect match for them. I also heard that Super Silvers are also a good match but I haven't tried that.
  6. dfp

    dfp Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2004
    try everything you have! then post your opinion of each! personally i'm enjoying Evah Weich E & A w/ Chorda regular G & D. I wish I had the Carlos D string sometimes, though.... :) i like this set up b/c the tension is fairly even across 4 strings, they all bow relatively well (as well as expected on the plain gut, and quite well in the case of Evahs), sound balanced, though again, i bet the Carlos D would smooth the transition from plain gut upper strings to wrapped synthetic lower strings...
  7. Dudie


    Apr 26, 2004
    Now i've tried them all and ánd the winner, for me. was the Garbos. Evah was great but they felt a bit to tight in tension compared to the Chordas on my bass. The spiros had to much growly Spiro-sound for my taste. Garbos was the best match, pizz and tension-wise.

    Since im a rather new gut user i just have a little question: How long time does it take for you before your gutstrings start to have a rough surface. I've been playing the chordas for a couple of week and they was soo smooth and fine. Yesterday i was the whole day in a WARM studio and the strings just start popping out hairs and become rough. I.ve read some on the bord and burned with a lighter and sanded some with fine sandpaper but the smoothness is all gone. Still feels great though :)
  8. Jeff Kissell

    Jeff Kissell Supporting Member

    Nov 21, 2004
    Soquel, CA
    High humidity causes the the surface of the strings to loosen up when you play them a lot...
    The hairs can be clipped with fingernail clippers or burned with a lighter. A little oil and a green kitchen scrubber will smooth out all the rest. Use the long length of the scrubber and gently run full the length of the string until it's smooth. Wipe off the excess oil with a paper towel and finally clean the area between the end of the fingerboard and the bridge with a little rubbing alcohol (so the rosin will stick!!).