The rec.music.makers.guitar.jazz FAQ newsgroup's FAQ answers lots of questions on selecting a guitar suitable for playing jazz.
Jazz Tone Tips: Most jazz players use a heavier gauge string set with a wound third string. Either nickel round wound or flat wound string. Round wounds produce a brighter bell like tone than flat wounds. Some players pefer flat wounds for their lack of finger noise. Flat wounds produce a more muted tone.
Listings of string manufactures and online sites that sell strings. I use the Thomastik-Infield Bebop set (.014).
Not many stores stock the heavier gauge strings a jazz guitarist typically uses. But, I found several sources online (links below). And they can usually be found at various guitar shows around the country.
Thomastik-Infield - I've been using their Jazz Bebop Series (BB 114) for a several years.
These are the string that I use on my American Archtop 7 String. Been using them for years.
These are the classical guitar strings that I use on my ukuleles. Al well as the Ko'olau `Alohi tenor sets.
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(from their site) - Fourteen years ago Francisco Gonzalez, a very accomplished and knowledgeable musician himself, set out to design strings that would "respect the aesthetics, traditions and musical uniqueness of each instrument and the cultures they represent." His time and dedication produced the basic formulas the artisans of Guadalupe Custom Strings use to create strings that maintain a reputation for their exceptional quality, durability and craftsmanship.
Perfectly Balanced Set - Guitar runs in gauges from ultra light (008-038) to heavy (014-057) in Round Wound Stainless and Flat Wound Stainless. They also have two (2) sets of Black Nylon Tape Wounds for 6 and 7 string guitars. The 7 string set is what Benedetto strings has used on his custom guitars.
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Benefiting from the most recent discoveries, the classical guitar strings (three trebles strings made at first of plain gut and basses strings made of copper wound on silk (later on silver plated copper wound on silk)) have evolved into the use of monofilament nylon called plain nylon for the three trebles strings and of silver plated copper wound for the three basses strings.
( source: Savarez web site )
Here is a tenor uke string set that I've been using for years:
C Tuning, low or high G
C Tuning, low G or D Tuning, low A
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There 4 different sets available for the jazz guitarist. The Jazz Bebop Series and the Jazz Swing Series.
The string gauges for the JAZZ Swing Series: Extra Light, Light, Medium Light, and Medium
The string gauges for the JAZZ Bebop Series: Extra Light, Light, Medium Light, and Medium
I've been using the Jazz Bebop Series (BB 114) for a few years.
7 String guitar string sets and singles available.
Here is a partial listing of string manufactures and resources for strings that I've collected. For a more compressive list of manufactures and resellers try a Yahoo search listing.
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There is some great information on nylon strings, such as tension, scale length, etc....
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This is where I get my D'Addario Pro Arté J4303 single strings that I use for the low G on my tenor ukes.
There site has the tensions listed for the string sets. Nice touch and very reasonable prices. Here is a link to the gauge that I use for my American Archtop 7 String Legend: Jazz BeBop Series BB114. I just add a .081 round wound 7th string.
New string loose their tone pretty fast. That new string brightness disappears in a few days. At least every three months is a good guideline for changing string. Or sooner if you see any irregularities or a big loss of tone.
Here are a few site that show how to change string.
Buster B. Jones shows you his fast technique for changing nylon strings. If you're a gut string player you'll love this video. (YouTube link)
This technique for changing strings applies to ukuleles as well.
(Ed.) I use this technique and it works really well and saves a lot of time when restring a guitar or ukulele.
This is something that I always forget when checking the intonation. So I wrote it down. Now all I have to remember is where I wrote it down.
When comparing the 12th fret harmonic to the fretted note at the 12th fret. If the note is sharp, string is too short from the 12th fret to the bridge. Increase the string length by moving the saddle back (away from the nut). If the note is flat, string is too long. Shorten the string length by moving the saddle forward (toward the nut).
Normally only two to three winds around a string post is all that is needed. Be sure to have the first wind lock down the string.
Content is always being added and updated. So check-in often. Thanks, Curt
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