Product Reviews for Aquila Guitar Alabastro Nylgut/Silverplate Set Medium, GALBS-M
Aquila Guitar Alabastro Nylgut/Silverplate Set Medium, GALBS-MBob BoothJune 11, 2011I have used the higher tensions offered by Aquila before but this is the first time trying the mediums. None of the other reviewers seem to have long break in times or at least if they do it is not mentioned. I noticed this with the high tensions on two different guitars. The mediums took nearly four weeks of daily (~1 hr/day) playing to settle enough to produce a clear harmonic at either VII or XII, During that same period there was a noticeable deadness of the 4th string in the seventh position. Aquila suggests pulling on the strings to speed break in and perhaps I did not pull enough by hand but long break in is something to consider. Now that the strings are pretty stable intonation is quite good, harmonics sing and when used in a drop D bass tuning they just seem to come alive. Also the bass windings are of a fairly soft alloy of what appears to be a somewhat smaller diameter wire than most other strings. This means very quiet transitions and slides. In use, I think these sound very good with lute transcriptions and period pieces as a solo instrument. Not sure how they would stand up in a chamber situation especially with quintet.