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ukejack82
10-07-2010, 08:08 AM
I recently purchased a Mainland Tenor. I replaced the high G string with a wound low G string. My problem now is I get this annoying "twang" when I strum with my nail. I have tried strumming all open strings to rule out fretting issues and I still observe the sound. However, whenever I use the the meaty part of my thumb, I get a beautiful "jazzy" sound that I prefer. Is this a characteristic of wound strings or am I doing something wrong? Any help appreciated.

- Jack

mm stan
10-07-2010, 09:02 AM
Is you wound "C" string over powering in volume all your other strings.....

Ronnie Aloha
10-07-2010, 09:02 AM
Jack,

I'm fairly sure the only reason its doing that is because of the wound string. If you can strum through the open strings without that noise then the g string is probably seated correctly. It takes a little time getting used to the wound string. Some never adjust to it and go to non-wound low g strings. Its a little floppier than the wound but you'll get used to it.

rogerthat778
10-07-2010, 10:36 AM
I think it's just that you aren't used to the different tension associated with low wound strings. Maybe try to get in the habit of plucking it lighter.

ukejack82
10-07-2010, 12:43 PM
Is you wound "C" string over powering in volume all your other strings.....

Yes it is. It has a distinctive twang that just sounds out of place.