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Barrowford Bluesman



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PostSubject: T40 Strings - Guidance please   Tue Jun 15, 2010 8:57 pm

I did a search but only found 2 previous posts on strings so I hope I'm not duplicating anything here.

I bought a T40 knowing that it needed some TLC and dropped it off at a local luthier for a general tidy up; it needed a new switch and a coil rewind.

I would like to drop new strings onto it when the repair is done but am bamboozled by the choice.

I use Rotosounds on my acoustic guitars.

From the manual the scale length is 34", but do I need to make an additional allowance for the string passing through the body?

Interested to know what people think, recommendations etc..

Ian
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PostSubject: Re: T40 Strings - Guidance please   Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:46 pm

Hey Ian,

I've tried a number of different strings on my T40's...but I fell in LOVE with Thomastic Infiled Jazz strings....some SERIOUS CLASSIC THUMPIN' strings!

Not as "dull" as classic flats, not as "sharp" as Rounds....
They are expensive, but they last forever! Smile

VERY LOW TENSION to boot!

Tony
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PostSubject: Re: T40 Strings - Guidance please   Fri Jun 18, 2010 10:58 pm

TIs are GREAT strings...I swear by them for flats but if I'm using rounds, it's DR coated strings (black beauties, red devils, etc.) for me. They have a great feel and sound great...just my 2 cents.
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PostSubject: Re: T40 Strings - Guidance please   Sat Jul 03, 2010 3:49 am

Borrowford Bluesman:
I'd check your luthier, again, as the T-40 pickups were potted in epoxy and, unless yours was one of the last couple of year's production, the coil wasn't rewound. Someone more interested in ease of production and not knowing enough to make that decision, eliminated the complete potting of the pickups, although the small potting that they used to "glue" the pickup together would, most likely, precluded rewinding the coils.
Chip Todd
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PostSubject: Re: T40 Strings - Guidance please   Sun Sep 05, 2010 9:32 pm

Sorry for necro posting this thread, but didnt want to clutter up the forums.

I just sent my T-40 in for a setup/cleaning, and I dont know what strings to put on it.

I have tried Rotosounds, not a good fit at all, and too rough on my fingers. I also tried some Slinky's and they were ok. Has anyone tried Elixirs, or think they would soud ok? I use them on my Warwick and love them to death, dont know if they will sound ok on a T-40.
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PostSubject: Re: T40 Strings - Guidance please   Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:38 am

Hi. Not sure Globally where you are.

I have tried all sorts - Stadiun Elites were my favourite for
a while but I then discovered Picato.

Yep, I know - not on the tip of everybody's tongue but for
me, they just do it.
Good amount of bass, middle and top.

I use Picato 735 LHY 40 - 100.
They do other sets, lighter of heavier but for me the 40 - 100
does the job nicely.
In the UK around 8.00 a set, which makes people think they
are a cheap string and not that good. Not true!
Check out their web site - you will see that all sorts of leading
artists are and have been using them#

Cheers. Smile
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Barrowford Bluesman



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PostSubject: Re: T40 Strings - Guidance please   Fri Oct 26, 2012 5:48 pm

chiptodd wrote:
Borrowford Bluesman:
I'd check your luthier, again, as the T-40 pickups were potted in epoxy and, unless yours was one of the last couple of year's production, the coil wasn't rewound. Someone more interested in ease of production and not knowing enough to make that decision, eliminated the complete potting of the pickups, although the small potting that they used to "glue" the pickup together would, most likely, precluded rewinding the coils.
Chip Todd

After a long lay-off with the bass I'm getting back into it again. We did indeed check the pick-ups and you were right, they could not be rewound. But my luthier friend plays a lot of bass himself and between us we found a pair of originals with not too much wear on them and in they went.

The only thing we couldn't keep original was one of the switches - I guess I could if I was prepared to put more time into it - but it's passable.

Played it on some recordings last year, and the guy liked the sound so it can't be all bad - but I've no idea how long they've been on there.

Looking forward to really exploring what this bass can do.

Ian
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