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Hartke Strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by dragoon419, Jan 23, 2008.

  1. Hey. I was wondering if anyone plays Hartke strings. That, and if anyone has any pictures of Hartke strings, cause I hear they have coloured ball-ends similar to D'addarios.

  2. KrispyJones


    Dec 3, 2006
    i played them and propably will someday again!
    they sound pretty close to the rotos to me but cost only 10€ per set !
    to me they dont die faster than most strings or so !
    and yes, the have the same ballends than daddarios
  3. Has anyone else used these strings?
  4. John Wentzien

    John Wentzien

    Jun 25, 2007
    Elberta, AL
    Artist:TC Electronic RH450 bass system (original test-pilot)
    I got a free pack in the mail when they first came out. I took them off 5 minutes after I installed them. About the worst strings I have ever tried in 35 years. Just my opoinion.
    They are cheap...try 'em if you want...
  5. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    I didn't think they sucked that bad.

    They start out pretty bright and tone down fairly quickly.
  6. I have been using the xlight Hartkes for several years and I get great tone with them. I heard they are seconds from the D'Addario factory or something. I haven't found enough difference to justify the cost of more expensive strings.
  7. +1 - absolutely horrid!... and I never waste strings, I'l deal with a set that's not my particular sound for a few months, but much like John I took mine off within 15 minutes and restrung with trusty D'addarios.

    I even told it to Larry Hartke when their ads were running his number for people to call and talk "shop" with him. He took it well as I was polite about it, but still let him know strings perhaps weren't Hartke's line of business. :p
  8. 251


    Oct 6, 2006
    Metro Boston MA
    I bought 10 sets on closeout. They're OK. They seem to last about 4 to 5 months compared to the 6 or more months I get from other strings.

    Judging by the way they blacken my fingers, I'd say they're nickel plated.

    Ball ends are; E - gold, A - red, D - black, G, silver. The A is paint while the others are anodized. There is no thread wrap.
  9. I bought them to try beacuse they were cheap. They were absolutely cheap.

    Think of a rusty ice pick in the freezer being jabbed into one ear, as a replay of Quint scratching his nails on teh blackbaord in the movie Jaws is played thorugh a huge amplified full surround system, while someone clamps vice grips onto your left testicle, while the other is manually pulled completely off.

    Yep - they are that good !
  10. So, I take it they're not your cup of tea?
  11. Other than that..........yeah - they were ok.......

  12. John Wentzien

    John Wentzien

    Jun 25, 2007
    Elberta, AL
    Artist:TC Electronic RH450 bass system (original test-pilot)
    I think they are made in CHINA also...
  13. jasper383


    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    No, not Chinese.

    I think they are D'Addarios, made to Hartke's specs, much the same way Sadowsky strings are made by La Bella to Sadowsky specs. The colored ball ends are a giveaway.

    Not to say I liked them when I had them, but they felt more like D'Addarios than other strings I have tried.

    Similar to the GHS strings you can get at Walmart; a little rougher, a little cheaper, a little shorter lasting.
  14. I don't care for aluminum strings.
  15. Lorenzini

    Lorenzini Supporting Member

    Dec 31, 2004
    Los Angeles
    Sadowsky strings are made by R. Cocco, not La Bella.
  16. jasper383


    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    That's right. I had the wrong parent company.

    R Cocco also makes La Bella, correct? I guess what I'm trying to say is that Hartke falls into the D'Addario family the way La Bella and Sadowsky fall into the R Cocco family.
  17. Sadowsky

    Sadowsky Commercial User

    Nov 1, 2000
    New York City
    Owner: Sadowsky Guitars Ltd.
    Richard Cocco Jr. is the president of E. & O. Mari Inc. They make LaBella strings. R.Cocco was the brand of his father, who had no connection with E. & O. Mari for over 20 years. R. Cocco made strings on his own until his death several years ago. The brand was acquired by an Italian company. There is no connection with this current company and E.& O. Mari/LaBella.

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