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How hard it is to manufacture strings?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by FunkyMan, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. FunkyMan


    Nov 27, 2007
    That's a question a friend made few days ago while we were talking about strings and their materials (he is a rich guy btw later i tell you why i mention this)

    And he told me as a joke "How hard it is to manufacture strings? do some research and i buy those machines and we can work together"

    Although it was true or not, that made me curious about how hard it will be, so any of you know if this is actually possible? you can find someone who sells Guitar string manufacturing machinery? and the neccesary raw materials such as the nickel and steel and the ball ends?

  2. Jefff


    Aug 14, 2013
    It is probably not too expensive to manufacture strings compared to many other commodities.

    It is probably expensive to market them.
  3. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY

    I'd imagine it would be a while before you and your friend turned a profit. Like any other new business, you'll be operating at a loss for a long while before you get to break even, let alone make some bucks.

    Also, I'd think you'd have to be offering something innovative and different, or decent and dirt cheap to stand apart from the big boys of the string biz.
  4. FunkyMan


    Nov 27, 2007
    You are rigth, it will be hard at first, but definitely here in my country will be a good bussines since the price of the strings here are ridiculously high, a set of 4 strings d'addario cost about 80$ (if you do the conversion to your currency $$)
  5. uOpt


    Jul 21, 2008
    Boston, MA, USA
    Yeah, but if you are a capable business person you are probably better off making money off a more efficient import business than a manufacturing business.
  6. bobalu


    Oct 1, 2004
    above the 49th
    I think you're forgetting the "engineering/design/research" component behind the process. It's not really just a simple matter of winding some wire around a core with a ball end. Any string winding machine will do that. The proof is in how different the many sets of strings already out there sound when installed on the same bass. Just sayin'............................
  7. subdude67


    Jan 18, 2010
    even if it is a hobby for a wealthy guy.
  8. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Digital Brand Development and Product Development at GHS Strings
    I can only speak for GHS, but all of our machines are built in-house by our engineering team; it's not as easy as finding a place that makes them and place an order.

    From there, as bobalu said, there is a lot of the "engineering/design/research" involved into creating a set of strings. Materials, core-to-cover ratios, tension at which the core wire is put to when winding, tension/speed of the wraps as they're being put on the core wire all play a big part.

    In all honesty, the winding of the strings themselves is the easy part; it's all of the stuff that precedes it that is the issue.
  9. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he lóòks

    Dec 7, 2010
    22 ft below sea level
    A lot of knowledge is required:
    - Metallurgy to understand the structure and composition of metal wire,
    - Technical knowledge of machines and tools to be used,
    - Marketing,
    - .......
    I'd think twice before starting a string production. On the other hand, the existing, successful manufacturers also followed their ambition...
  10. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
  11. Cool pics...I would imagine that just like most manufacturing ventures, it would be very hard to do it well.
  12. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    On a large scale yes. You make money off volume in mass manufacturing. I am sure it is tough! I know its tough!