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Thread: Southcoast Classic metal strings

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    Default Southcoast Classic metal strings

    I just put on a set of Dirks (southcoast) Classic Metal strings, HML-CM, on my Webber baritone. They're a steel string, very thin tuned to Bb.

    Dang, I thought they would be faunky but they really ring out and feel silky smooth.

    I had been missing the steel string sound and was contemplating buying a tenor guitar, may still do that, but these strings sure come close to the sound I was looking for.

    I wish Southcoast would come out with a hi tensioned linear G stringset but understand why he doesn't. It's all about the resonance factor. These CM's sure have that factor.
    Last edited by Patrick Madsen; 02-27-2014 at 09:40 PM.

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    I am really tempted to give these a try. I'm just afraid that if I like them, I will be compelled to buy another ukulele just to have one strung with metal strings.
    Thou Shalt Not.

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    I've been meaning to try these...in the meantime, I was perusing the internet and found a reference to "tenor guitar with ukulele tuning". I'd been missing the steel string sound so I bought a Blueridge tenor ($300-350?) to give it a try. Really like it and it's a big hit at the uke jams...I can finally hear myself!
    Talking to a guitar builder in my area here about a steel string tenor ukulele. He's going to make a sort of plain jane "prototype" model to try out the concept, Engleman and some exotic combo. Hope to keep the cost to less than $1200.

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    I own a couple tenor guitars and love them.

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    My guitar quota was reached years ago... although I am moving to a larger house, so maybe a tenor guitar might go unnoticed by "she who rules the nest."
    Thou Shalt Not.

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    much love for southcoast strings!

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    I've had some on my Kala Archtop for two years. They're great and so is south coast's Dirk.

    They don't hurt the neck; they feel like regular strings but sound like metal.

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    Here are the SC Metals on a Kanilea K1 Deluxe, before and after samples compared to a linear set I build from Savarez and Fremont.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrTr2qsQcuo
    I'm a huge fan of the metals.

    Cheers,
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    Jay
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    Southcoast strings are the best I've ever had on my ukulele. Never tried the steel set but I love my 2 wound strings with the trebles, I can't see myself changing too soon.

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    Great demo, thanks for sharing.

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