today’s video is on part of the requirement “Darn that Dream” (music by Jimmy Van Heusen, 1939) that i have actually recorded with bronze strings.012 gauge (Ernie Ball Hearthwood), then with nickel D’Addario EXL145.012 gauge. No EQ or effects added.
1st part: Bronze Strings acoustic (recorded with Dpa microphone).
Second part: Bronze Strings energized with a 1950s de armond Rythm chief pickup, through a Princeton Reverb “Drip Edge” 1968 (tape-recorded with a Blubird microphone 15cm from the amp).
3rd part: Nickel Strings acoustic (taped with Dpa microphone).
Fourth part: Nickel Strings energized with a 1950s de armond Rythm chief pickup, through a Princeton Reverb “Drip Edge” 1968 (tape-recorded with a Blubird microphone 15cm from the amp).
Recorded on a 1931-1932 Stromberg Deluxe 16 inches.
To me there is far more gain when electrified with nickel Strings, bigger bass and total response, although to me the bronze strings sound pretty decent to me, particularly in a swing context (Charlie Christian type, or Django), however Nickel strings will work best for some more contemporary bebop style (Wes, Jimmy Raney etc.).
I need to state that this nickel set has actually a. 020 g string that is not wound and feels too soft to me (very same on Thomastik be bop.012 although i have not tried them yet). I’ll attempt the Ernie Ball nickel next time because they have the very same tension but the G string is 0.24.
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