The 'D' String Mystery

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Linnin, Aug 9, 2018.

  1. The Devil

    9.5%
  2. Damnation

    6.8%
  3. Darkness

    9.5%
  4. Demography

    6.8%
  5. Sunshine & Carrots

    39.2%
  6. Distinguished

    8.1%
  7. Delightful

    13.5%
  8. Deliverance

    1.4%
  9. Dee Dee

    5.4%
  1. Linnin

    Linnin

    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    Why is it that out of all the string sets I have played in my lifetime (48+ playing years) the 'D' is always the best sounding string and the longest lived?

    I don't even like the key of D. I especially detest Db minor. I don't mind playing D as part of a happier key such as G or A, but D is just the Devil & damnation. Darkness. Whereas vitamin D is all sunlight & carrots.
     
  2. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    “...D minor is the saddest of all keys...People weep instantly when they hear it...”
    -Nigel Tufnel
     
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  3. Linnin

    Linnin

    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    ^^^See?^^^ It's true, I wasn't lying.
     
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  4. Linnin

    Linnin

    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    Not a bit. D 'vestigation.
     
  5. D = Delightful. Beethoven's Violin Concerto is in D Major. :)
     
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  6. Linnin

    Linnin

    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    But what about your D strings? What about them?
     
  7. I haven't noticed any intrinsic qualities in my D's that would distinguish them from the others.
     
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  8. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    In many string sets the D string has the highest tension at pitch. Sometimes by an alarming margin.
     
  9. Linnin

    Linnin

    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    Hmmm High Tension … Maybe that is why they are so special!
     
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  10. Linnin

    Linnin

    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    My D's have been decidedly distinguished.
     
  11. That's why I don't use D'Addario any more. In contrast, a lot of the GHS factory sets are a lot better balanced overall.
     
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  12. bearfoot

    bearfoot Inactive

    Jan 27, 2005
    Chittenango, NY
    You might just have an affinity for the D.

    :ninja:
     
  13. mellowgerman

    mellowgerman Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    Yeah, it may just be the tension thing.
    I've always preferred higher tension sets as they almost always sounded better to my ears and felt more comfortable... though I'm sure playing style and setup preferences factor into the equation there as well
     
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  14. db59

    db59 Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2015
    Dee lite (ful) hqdefault.jpg
     
  15. Linnin

    Linnin

    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
  16. 4SG

    4SG

    Mar 6, 2014
    The D is more exclamatory. See?

    D'oh.jpg
     
  17. scuzzy

    scuzzy

    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    I find A strings to be the bestest.

    Just waiting for the certain G string remarks to commence. ;)
     
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  18. Linnin

    Linnin

    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
  19. Felken

    Felken

    Jun 28, 2016
    Ottawa, CAN
    I voted Damnation, but that's because I like Opeth.
     
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