The Master Class series are designed for Acoustic guitars and were the original strings to feature Round Cores.
Available as standard in Phosphor Bronze, they are also available in 80/20 Bronze and Nickel.
Baritone gauges are available as follows:
Signature Gauges: (To be tuned a Whole Tone below standard pitch, or lower)
Michael Messer worked with us on designing a series of strings specifically for National Guitars. These strings are designed to have perfect when playing in regular or open tunings.
At first sight, these gauges seem very heavy indeed. By utilising a principle used in the 1920's that having a round central core rather than a more modern Hexagonal equivalent. Greater string life and easier playability can be achieved.
All guitars sound better with heavier strings, the problem is playing them! Michael Messer National guitar strings tune to pitch at lower tension than other guitar strings of the same gauge.
If you are gong to play in high tunings like E or A, it is advisable to use our light gauge set.
A Double wrap of Phosphor Bronze over a Round core gives these strings a unique feel and sound. They are warm and mellow without the string squeal of single wrap strings.
These Electro Acoustic strings feature a Nickel wound 3rd, whilst the rest of the wound strings are Phosphor Bronze with all being on Round Cores. The advantage of having a Nickel wound 3rd is the improved tonal transition from the Phosphor Bronze to the plain 2nd and 1st strings when strummed. Whilst the Nickel is brighter than Phosphor bronze, it is less so than the plain strings. There for there is a gradual increase in brightness, rather than a jump from the wound to plain strings.
These strings have been made specifically for Resonator guitars. Adapted to suit the tunings used by slide players you will find they have a well balanced tone and tension across the set.
These Django strings are designed with the bright jazz sound in mind. Although they were designed with this style of instrument and style of playing in mind, they suit any standard guitar if you are looking for a bright sounding, low tension set. They come as standard with Ball Ends, but Loop ends are available.
Also available in Phosphor Bronze upon request.
There is currently only the one gauge available wound with Silver Plated Copper.
Now also available, Paul Vernon Chester's - Manouche Maestro Django strings.
Although the Aloha have the same gauges making up the set as the National Mediums, they are very different. They are still on Round cores, and wrapped with Phosphor Bronze but they have lighter cores specifically designed for 'Slack Key' tunings to avoid damaging the neck of Weissenborn, hollow neck style instruments.
|Now also available for DADGAD tuning:|
These strings are a completely new range which are designed to have a reduced and virtually equal tension on each string. They are made on Round cores with unique core-to-wrap ratios, so the gauges which match up with some of our standard sets are not the same at all!
There are several advantages of using these strings. Vintage guitars, light braced guitars and people who have problems fretting due to arthritis or tendonitis can use these strings without worrying about twisting or uneven pulling on the bridge. Low tensions also mean ease of fretting.
Gordon Giltrap has given us his first impressions of the strings:
"Anyone who has spent time playing the acoustic guitar will testify to the fact that string gauge and action can make all the difference in the world to how an instrument can respond. I have spent most of my playing life trying to get my guitars to play as easy as possible, and have spent many hours experimenting with different string gauges and coming to the conclusion that it really is a play off between tonality and playability, but at long last here is string that gives the player the best of both worlds.
I have never been a 'muscular' player with the strength that some players are naturally born with, so for me these superb low tension strings are a God send, giving a great sound with a wonderful ease of playing. Enjoy the feel of an electric on your chosen acoustic and experience the difference."