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Title: Santa Cruz Low Tension Strings on my OM-40R
Post by: shekie on September 23, 2017, 06:51:58 PM
I just put these strings on my newly purchased Larrivee OM-40R, so far I am very impressed with them. They are not overly chime as new strings can often be, out of the package they sound great, nicely balanced, no one string louder than the rest, even tone, not overly bright nor dull. They are also gentle on the fingers and I'm finding barre chords easy to play. They also don't seem to have any intonation issues and so far they have pretty much stayed in tune. I play a mix of strumming and fingerpicking and they seem to handle both with ease.

At $18/set, they aren't inexpensive, so I'm hoping they will last for quite a while. I will put them through their paces and provide an update in a few weeks.


Title: Re: Santa Cruz Low Tension Strings on my OM-40R
Post by: George on September 23, 2017, 06:59:41 PM
Newtone also makes a low tension set and they are less money than the Santa Cruz, but they may be harder to find...  Try Strings by Mail.


Title: Re: Santa Cruz Low Tension Strings on my OM-40R
Post by: L07 Shooting Star on September 24, 2017, 08:58:53 AM
I'm interested in knowing what characteristics make a string set qualify as "low tension" and how that is accomplished in the string's manufacture.   Is low tension just another name for really light gauge strings?  Can you get low tension strings in medium and heavy gauges?  If so, what metals and processes are used that differ from making ordinary tension strings?


Title: Re: Santa Cruz Low Tension Strings on my OM-40R
Post by: George on September 24, 2017, 01:19:45 PM
Kurt, they are available in several gauges.  This link explains their philosophy...   https://www.stringsbymail.com/acoustic-guitar-strings-7/newtone-818/heritage-series-1016/

I like their doublewound and their nickel acoustic the most.


Title: Re: Santa Cruz Low Tension Strings on my OM-40R
Post by: shekie on September 24, 2017, 02:31:35 PM
I'm interested in knowing what characteristics make a string set qualify as "low tension" and how that is accomplished in the string's manufacture.   Is low tension just another name for really light gauge strings?  Can you get low tension strings in medium and heavy gauges?  If so, what metals and processes are used that differ from making ordinary tension strings?

I can't answer about metals and manufacturing processes, I can say that these Santa Cruz low tension strings feel to me like other brand's light gauge strings. They also make what they call a medium tension string and recommend them for dreadnought and jumbo sized guitars, but I haven't tried those. I didn't purchase them so much for the low tension aspect though it does make them easy to play, I bought them based on some reviews about their sound, which I find is matching my OM-40R very nicely. For what appears to be a light gauge string set (they do not list the individual gauges of their strings), they sound a bit more robust to me, closer to a medium gauge string while remaining much easier to play for my aging fingers.


Title: Re: Santa Cruz Low Tension Strings on my OM-40R
Post by: L07 Shooting Star on September 25, 2017, 05:25:45 AM
Kurt, they are available in several gauges.  This link explains their philosophy...   https://www.stringsbymail.com/acoustic-guitar-strings-7/newtone-818/heritage-series-1016/

I like their doublewound and their nickel acoustic the most.

Thanks for the link, George.