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A String Source?

23 Feb 08 - 09:31 AM (#2270267)
Subject: A String Source?
From: Deckman

Has anyone had any good luck in finding a reliable source of guitar strings on-line? I recently retired (set down my hammer and picked up my guitar) and now I'm playing many more hours a month. I play a vintage Martin Classical guitar that enjoys devouring strings in a week. I usually use D'addario or La Bella strings. I'd appreciate any comments you might offer. Thanks, Bob(deckman)Nelson


23 Feb 08 - 10:02 AM (#2270287)
Subject: RE: A String Source?
From: Mooh

juststrings.com used to be a good source for me. Specialty guages for the baritone, 5 string bass, tenor banjo and the like. They do carry D'Addario classicals, though I get my hard tension Pro Arte Composites locally.

I've also bought strings through 12fret.com and some better shops (Elderly?) may do likewise at savings for bulk purchases.

Peace, Mooh.


23 Feb 08 - 10:12 AM (#2270289)
Subject: RE: A String Source?
From: 12-stringer

FQMS.com is where I buy mine. Prices are good and so is the service, at least in my experience. Banjos are their specialty but they sell everything for pickers of most denominations.

I've tried several other on-line dealers but FQMS gives me the best service and prices. Darco mediums for my 12-string cost about $3/set there, which is hard to beat.


23 Feb 08 - 10:15 AM (#2270290)
Subject: RE: A String Source?
From: Big Mick

I just finished dealing with juststrings.com. I will give them another opportunity for my business, because I was slightly less than satisfied and need to know if this was typicial or just happened this time. I decided, for price considerations, to go with bulk strings in specific sizes, for my bouzouki. My initial order arrived within 3 days and I was very pleased at how quickly they responded. When I opened the package, I found that the .034 phosphor bronze and the .012 Plain Steels were backordered. It took almost two weeks for those to get here. I guess it is good policy to ship what they have, and they did not charge me for the BO'ed strings, nor for shipping on them. I guess what I am saying is overall they delivered good service, price was good, but I will be watching to see if the Back Order thing is a constant. I wouldn't be interested if that was the case.

All the best,

Mick


23 Feb 08 - 10:21 AM (#2270294)
Subject: RE: A String Source?
From: Deckman

thankyouthankyouthankyou! This is excatly the kind of information I was hoping for. My two local sources of strings are both less than adequate ... and that's an understatement. Bob


23 Feb 08 - 10:35 AM (#2270301)
Subject: RE: A String Source?
From: catspaw49

Here's a few links. I have used JMS a good bit with no problem so I was sorry to see Mick had one. I also will throw this thread into the Strings and Things Group which will show you previous possibly related threads at the top.


Just Strings

Big City Strings

Elderly Instruments

Bite My Strings

Spaw


23 Feb 08 - 10:43 AM (#2270309)
Subject: RE: A String Source?
From: Leadfingers

Highly Strung
Is run by a mate of mine , and is NOT the cheapest place , but carries a good stock , and gives excellent service .


23 Feb 08 - 11:12 AM (#2270322)
Subject: RE: A String Source?
From: Amos

I've ordered from JustStrings,com three times. Each time the service, timeliness and product were completely satisfactory.


A


23 Feb 08 - 11:13 AM (#2270323)
Subject: RE: A String Source?
From: Big Mick

Forget it, after browzing the website of Bite My Strings, posted by Spaw above, I will never shop anywhere else again. That is the finest stock I have ever seen anywhere......hands down.

Mick


23 Feb 08 - 11:16 AM (#2270325)
Subject: RE: A String Source?
From: catspaw49

Thanks Mick! That's pretty much the way I see it myself.

Spaw


23 Feb 08 - 11:19 AM (#2270330)
Subject: RE: A String Source?
From: Amos

As KEndall useter say,

Ayyyyy-YEHH!!





A


23 Feb 08 - 11:25 AM (#2270334)
Subject: RE: A String Source?
From: Big Mick

I need a shower........ Spaw........ pass the soap.

Mick


23 Feb 08 - 11:28 AM (#2270339)
Subject: RE: A String Source?
From: catspaw49

Hey....If you think I'm bending over in here right now to pick it up, you're nuts...........Just keep the cold water running for awhile Mick............

Spaw


23 Feb 08 - 11:35 AM (#2270347)
Subject: RE: A String Source?
From: Big Mick

Amos......what the hell are you doing to that Loofa sponge, lad......

that is one sick puppy,....... let me see that picture again, Spaw........ Amos......don't bogart the sponge, lad, pass it over to me....... I will use the other side........


23 Feb 08 - 11:36 AM (#2270348)
Subject: RE: A String Source?
From: Deckman

YEE GAWDS AND LITTLE FISHES ... this was about strings! me


23 Feb 08 - 11:38 AM (#2270351)
Subject: RE: A String Source?
From: Big Mick

Yep, Bob......and it still is........ strings of consciousness......LOL.

Happens that way sometimes on the old Cat.

Mick......***chuckling***


23 Feb 08 - 11:53 AM (#2270362)
Subject: RE: A String Source?
From: GUEST,Acorn4

Try:-

www.stringsdirect.co.uk

I've always found them very reliable - do "triple packs" and normally arrive by return of post.


23 Feb 08 - 11:55 AM (#2270363)
Subject: RE: A String Source?
From: Amos

If you loofa me
An' I loofa you
An' we loofa jus' de same
I gonna say
This very day
You gonna get arrested....



A


23 Feb 08 - 05:16 PM (#2270555)
Subject: RE: A String Source?
From: mandotim

I use these guys; good price, fast and friendly. strings and beyond
Tim


23 Feb 08 - 05:20 PM (#2270559)
Subject: RE: A String Source?
From: Deckman

Thank you Tim.


23 Feb 08 - 05:36 PM (#2270570)
Subject: RE: A String Source?
From: catspaw49

Comparing 4 string sets on all the US sites so far, there isn't a lot in it but the best overall pricing is from "Big City" linked in my post above. I did not compare shipping costs.....sorry.

Spaw


23 Feb 08 - 08:32 PM (#2270681)
Subject: RE: A String Source?
From: Deckman

Thanks a lot fellows ... I think I've got all the information I need. Now you can all go back to bed, or get back in the shower ... whatever pleases you! CHEERS, Bob


23 Feb 08 - 09:15 PM (#2270708)
Subject: RE: A String Source?
From: GUEST,Jeff

Don't know if they are still active, but there was a company based in Orford, NH called the Euphonon Co. I bought strings from them for at least 10 years when I was actively performing. They were the manufacturer for Guild, Ernie Ball, Martin, etc. They would to send then to me in bulk. UPS-Ground. I'd buy a dozen sets @ about 1.50 per. I'd get 2 dozen D(0.35)and G(0.26) extra as I broke those quite often. I found the manufacturer for Fender picks, too and would get 2-3 gross at a time, but I can't remember the name of the company.


24 Feb 08 - 04:24 AM (#2270818)
Subject: RE: A String Source?
From: GUEST,The Barden of England sans cookie

I use these :- http://www.webstrings.com/acoustic_guitar_strings_index.html

I buy 12 sets at a time, and at the price can afford to change them every week. I've never been less than happy with the strings nor the service, and what's more I live in the UK. They've done me fine in the last 4 years.
John Barden


24 Feb 08 - 05:41 AM (#2270845)
Subject: RE: A String Source?
From: Nick

>>I buy 12 sets at a time, and at the price can afford to change them every week. I've never been less than happy with the strings nor the service, and what's more I live in the UK. They've done me fine in the last 4 years.
John Barden

By my calculation and conversions etc that's about 24 for 12 sets delivered - is that about right?
How long do they take to arrive?


24 Feb 08 - 05:50 AM (#2270849)
Subject: RE: A String Source?
From: Nick

I have been using Stringbusters in the UK for some time but pay about 3.?? a set. Delivery is usually following day and they have been very good but - jings! - saving a poond a set appeals to the Scottish half of me.

Are the quality of the strings good? I have tended to buy Martin Phosphor Bronze mediums which looking again are about 3.60 a set. Are the Webstrings comparable (not sure I'd notice though anyway!)?