Saturday 31 March 2018
Beginners When starting folk guitar with steel strings, the first symptom is finger damage! Indeed, the metal strings hurt the fingers very hard! Bronze or phosphorus bronze strings are often the only ones offered in music stores. The apprentice guitarist is often not informed that there are other string materials available to equip his folk guitar.
Silk in English means Silk, Steel means Steel. By alternating a layer of silk and steel spinning, some manufacturers managed to make the folk guitar strings softer. The 2 most famous games are the La Bella Silk And Steel 710M/710L as well as the Fisoma Silk And Steel game (harder to find because handmade by a small German luthier).
What bare at first glance with these 2 sets of strings is of course the touch. The strings seem (and are!) softer. The finger sore immediately disappears, but even more appreciable, the crossed chords become easier, it's simply magical, these are.
The sound of these strings is less powerful than Phosphorus bronze strings, however it is no less good. It offers a totally different balance, which in fact is much more suitable for solo guitarists. It offers an intimate and warm world that really makes you want to take out his guitar and play around a campfire with family and friends.
What you'll notice with the silk and steel strings is that when they're equal, they look a little weaker than their pure metal counterparts. So it may be necessary to take a medium pull if you want to regain the sensations of light.