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Thomastik-Infeld Magnecore Round Wound .026, PB26

Thomastik-Infeld Magnecore Round Wound .026, PB26
Manufacturer:
Thomastik-Infeld
Manufacturer Part #:
PB26
SKU:
TOI_PB26
Price:
$5.65

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By Thomstik e.
Sweden
Not for players in search of tone
January 5, 2020
First of all I must say that I have used Thomastik Infeld strings for electric guitar for many many years and believe they are miles ahead of any other manufacturer (though you must pay for such extreme high quality).

The Power Bright series though seem to cater to a very different set of players. I've tried .026, .040 and .053 gauges. The .053 has the most pronounced characteristics but others are consistent there too. Acoustically and electrically, they are dull and dead compared to the BB Bebop strings. If the sound of a flat wound string is what you are after then the PB strings might work for you.

If you are a player who quests after exceptionally good tone and play energetic and charismatic rock with or without high gain and distortion then the "Bebop" BB strings are the ones for you. There are the strings that provide brightness, power and tone needed for rock or fusion music. Never mind that they are called "Bebop".

Where the PB string might come into their own is for the player relying 100% on electronics for tone. In that I suspect the strings even out the differences in sound between instruments. If you switch guitars during a set it might be possible to have have a very similar sound without changing the amp or signal chain settings.
Pros
  • May even out the sound between different guitars
  • Can give a flat wound string type of tone
Cons
  • Do not provide an exciting or charismatic sound for rock music
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