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Thread #62745   Message #1015664
Posted By: Murray MacLeod
09-Sep-03 - 03:44 PM
Thread Name: How old are steel strings?
Subject: RE: How old are steel strings?
Now, Ted, if you check back you will see that my post was in direct response to Q's post immediately preceding, which read

"...........Difficult to say when true steel strings came in .......Able metallurgists could have found the formula before the Renaissance........"

"True steel" I take to mean high-carbon steel, and I stand by my conjecture that it was technologically impossible to manufacture such a string before the development of "super-hard" alloys in the nineteenth century.

I don't dispute that metal strings of different composition may well have been used in ancient times, but I am willing to bet that Jerry Donahue wouldn't be able to have used them on his Telecaster ....