posted on Sep, 22 2017 @ 12:14 PM
This is a great story!
Dr Kemp said:
"The laws of physics prevent equalised feel between different plain steel strings. With the new strings the properties are controlled to ensure that
four of the strings (the plain G and the [wound] D, A and low E strings) on a standard electric guitar bend through the same pitch intervals for
identical player control changes, whether that be through conventional pitch bends... or through use of a tremolo/vibrato arm.
The new strings mean that chord bends can be achieved that have not been possible before on standard guitars, such as Fender Stratocasters with
standard tremolo units or guitars with the Floyd Rose locking tremolo system.
All electric guitar players can benefit from the new strings... as the optimised sensitivity means that the D string is no longer more difficult to
bend than its neighbours and the low E string no longer goes more sharp than the rest of the strings when played hard.
Temperature related tuning problems are also reduced.
phys.org, Sept. 22, 2017 - Revolutionary guitar string rocks the guitar
Well d@mn! Of course it is announced day before the end of the world! LOL.
As a guitarist, this is rather cool news. Now I don't have to go buy a Steinberger with a TransTrem to goof around with the same thing! The fact the
strings all pitch together is going to be strange! Poor Jerry Cantrell is going to have to re-learn how to play his own songs!!
Stupid story does not tell how
this done. They do say that the process is "as cheap" as current production of strings (same source) but not
what exactly is being done. Guitar strings have a core that is then wrapped creating the wound strings. Most guitarists know the tuning ritual of
"string stretching" so the wound strings do not slip and go out of tune while playing (I do this to all my guitars and basses). I wonder if this cuts
that down any? It also means you should have a good tuner! Lucky for me I have a Peterson Strobe Stomp which comes with a tempered tuning setting (the
tuning compensates for string sizes across the six strings). Because of that tuner, I've kind of become a tuning snob! Like sitting in the audience
thinking, "dude! your guitar needs some intonation attention".
Looking at the paper linked in the article gives some more clues. He is adjusting the windings on the wound strings so the pitched tension remains the
same but the mass of the sting is varied to allow for the new behavior. He actually wrote his paper about his issues with a Fender Stratocaster! Oh
the love/hate relationship with that infernal tremolo! I use a Tremsetter on one of my strats and keep that puppy locked flat. I mostly don't even use
a tremolo any more. I guess necessity is the mother of invention!!
I use Cleartones. I hope they can do the same process because that would be the best of both worlds: strings that last forever (OK, a real long time)
and are easy to bend. I also need different sizes. I put 9's on the Parker, 10's on standard tuning (and drop D), 11's on E-flat guitars, and 13's on
Lord have mercy on our souls when Satch or Via get their hands on these! And Adrian Belew!
I don't think there are any musicians on ATS! This thread will languish and be ignored like my quantum mechanics threads.
eta: that last bit was sarcasm!
edit on 22-9-2017 by TEOTWAWKIAIFF because: grammar guerilla