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La Bella 820 Red Nylon Flamenco Guitar Strings

December 11, 2016


I put on the La Bella 820’s on my Jorge De Zofia A1F Blanca Cedar Top Flamenco Guitar.  I have been using LaBella Medium 2001 and Daddario EJ45, EJ45C, EJ25B,and EJ25C.  I think I have found my new favorite string.  I will post more in a week and after a few sets.  I think they feel great, sound great and have defined rich quick tone.   I also like the wine colored red “Cabernet Sauvignon”is what I’m calling them. 

Update: 

So hears my update on LaBella 820 Red new improved string set for Flamenco Guitar. I like them on my Cedar Cyprus Blanca JDZ. The trebles have lasted 4 1/2 weeks and the bass strings 2 1/2 weeks I think I could get 3-4 weeks on bass strings but they were wearing out and I did not want to break a string live. The tone is just a bit brighter than say DAddario EJ45 but very similar to EJ25C. They feel good to me the bass strings snap and sizzle and tune up very quickly. They also can produce nice warmth. When you dig in you can appreciate the responce and clarity of tone produced. The trebles are red like a nice Cabernet red wine. I like the color. They are rectified nylon so they are not as smooth or glassy like the LaBella 2001. I have played them with my fingers and a nylon DAVA pick. I like the sensitivity of the string as it reproduces great tone from the slightest touch to being able to reproduce great tone when I dig in too. They do feel different from what I’m used to but I like them and ordering from Strings By Mail, Sweetwater 6.49 or LaBella is a breeze. LaBella also has great customer service.

New Grace Design AliX pedalboard setup

July 1, 2016

New Pedalboard Layout. One of the best things about Grace Designs AliX is that there’s enough power to power all these pedals and wirless receiver. No messy power supply or extra cables. I run this direct into my mixer, Bose L1 Compact or Bose L1II wB2 sub & ToneMatch mixer, or a powered speaker like QSC K8. Thanks Eben Grace and Team at Grace AliX ROCKS! The board is: Grace AliX, input from Line 6 Relay G30- AliX, from efx loop (TC Electronic HOF Mini-DigiTech JamMan Solo XT w FS3X Switch) back to AliX and out via DI in AliX. All pedals are powered from AliX. The pedal board is the Pedaltrain Metro 20.

Slick Bag for Bose L1 Compact

December 8, 2015

So this summer my wife was kind enough to purchase the Bose L1 Compact for me after seeing me struggle carrying heavier gear and speakers, poles, mixers etc even for smaller gigs.  I have been struggling to get my asthma under control.  There were times when I would have a bad attach when loading in or out.  The Bose L1 has made it easier and much quicker to load in or out.  I have to say for indoor and out door events where the head count is 1-120 the Bose L1 Compact is fantastic.  I have used 2 guitars and 1 line in for backing tracks.  No mixer 😎.  I use a Jorge De Zofia Flamenco Blanca with a LR Baggs Dual Souce pickup (Element & Mic) to a Grace Desigins Felix Preamp and then a few effects. All of this get routed to the Bose L1 Compact.  My only issue was I did not think the cover gives the Bose Compact the best protection.  I was happy to find the Slick Bag for Bose L1 Compact check out the pictures below.  It’s very well though out and provides 360 all around protection and easy to carry.

   
   

Felix by Grace Designs Case

November 10, 2015

For when I travel or do a session where I don’t need my pedal board I now have a case for Felix.  I take Felix where ever I go, it’s simply a must for acoustic musicians as it’s the best dual Chanel preamp out there. 

   
 

D’Addarío Pro Arté my string of choice

November 8, 2015

So after a few months of trying various strings ( DAddarío, Labella, Savarez, Luthier and Hannabach) I have been using D’Addarío strings since 1982 but wanted to try some new strings out.  I did like the warmth of LaBella but found them to not stay in tune very long, as well as fall apart on the bass strings. All of the others did not leave a positive impression to me.  I decided what I like is the D’Addarío EJ25C 85.12 lbs and EJ45 85.85 lbs. on both my Zofia and DeVoe cedar top guitars. The lower tension of the bass strings I like and the higher tension on EJ25 is the same tension of the EJ46C Hard Tension and gives me excellent projection and tone with out raising the tension of the guitar to high. When I use the EJ46 strings the guitar seemed to lose some tone as the higher tension was stifling the top.   
I really like the way the EJ45 85.85 feel on my DeVoe Negra more tension than the EJ45C 83.74which I used for years.  Below is a chart of the string tensions in the EJ45 Composite series. 

  

I figured out why DAddario says the EJ45C has 96lbs in the set. It’s kind of misleading as it not really 96lbs (they give you the extra G string composite) which for the whole set includes 7 strings which add up to 96 but with the clear string your at 83.74 or with composite string your at 84.12 for tension.  I did send them a message and hopefully they can clear it up on thier web page and packaging. 

On my Zofia cedar Blanca I like the EJ25B and EJ45. On my DeVoe Negra I like the EJ45C and EJ45.

La Bella 2001 Medium Tension 

September 6, 2015

  
Two days ago I put on a set of La Bella 2001 Medium tension strings.  The set has 78.32lbs tension, much less than Daddario EJ45,EJ45C,EJ25C or EJ25B whic is what I have been using for years.  I have to say they were quick to be able to play and stay in tune less than an hour break in time.  The (G) string really impressed me as it felt good and nice on the fingers.  I think the bass strings are silky and smoth with a defined rich tone that keep opening up for a day or two.  They feel so good on the fingers.  The trebles are very constant from g,b,e and not to bright or metallic in tone yet they do have some sizzle.  I’m really liking these so far and will post more in 2-3 weeks.  Also worth noting these strings have a online price of 7.00-7.25.  There is also a 10 pack set and 3 extra g strings.  The strings are 3.00 less than some of the Dadario sets. 

Grace Designs Felix “Tames RMC Gold & Poly-Drive II”

July 12, 2015

I think I’ve rekindled my affection towards my DeVoe Blanca with RMC-Pickups & Poly-Drive II, DPA-4099G, and Grace Designs Felix PreAmp. The Grace Designs Felix Preamp was able to tame some of the piezo quack that drove me nuts and with the DPA blended in I can get very natural tone and loud without feedback. 

    
   

DeVoe 2008 Negra Fixed (Brace) 

June 29, 2015

Finally someone who knows how to be a Luithier and fix flamenco Guitars. Luthier Luis Fernandez de Cordoba in Alexandria was able to diagnose and fix my DeVoe Negra Flamenco Guitar.  Others who claimed to be luthiers and fix the problem never did.   

   
Above are pictures of the repair that others were not able to do.  I would not take a classical guitar or flamenco to 1. It’s a Set Up in Lambertville in NJ, 2. Guitar Parlor in Riegelsville PA.  I cannot recomend these two places.  If you have a fine instrument classical or flamenco call Luis. 

Felix by Grace Designs Review

May 23, 2015

So I just plugged in my Jorge De Zofia with a L.R. Baggs Dual Source pickup using a cable from Gerald Rohm in to FELIX by Grace Design and all I can say is WOW just amazing and it sounds like my guitar louder, pure tone and clarity. Best preamp I’ve ever used for nylon string. This is my tone.  I also use the DPA 4099G mic, Kremona Pickup and RMC Pickups with Felix.  Blows away others I’ve used. Oh and I just ran Felix to powered 10in Speaker. Can’t wait to set this up on a pedal board and use Felix with a QSC or Bose. Oh well back to “Just Playing” Thanks to TJ at Sweetwater for getting this out to me and for Jim Stubblefield letting me know that Felix was being released.  This pedal is perfect for a pedalboard less than 12in long and about 5.5in wide and 2in high.  I have been waiting a long time for something like this to be available and when I found out early in the year this was comming out I was excited to have tone shaping/ sculpting possibilities.  The EQ is so musical and non steral with precision and clarity/ definition.  It’s really amazing.  The tone of your instrument really comes through assuming you have a great instrument, pickup, and or mic.  

 

Saddle Up – What to use Bone, Carbon, GraphTech?

March 18, 2015

I have been working on achieving string balance from the Low e to the high E on my Zofia blanco Cedartop flamenco guitar.  It has the Carlos Amplification Doble pickup in it with the Coaxail Trandsducer (UST) i’ve had a few string balance issues and tried three separate saddles.  I have switched to the L.R. Baggs Dual Source and prefer it very much over the Carlos System.  With the LR Baggs system I get better string balance, tone and control of my tone. 

1. Bone, 2. Carbon (1mm strip) w/ Bone, 3. Carbon, 4. GraphTech BlackTusqXL

To my ears with the L.R. Baggs and a good set up with a bone saddle you will get a great tone and sound from your instrument. 


The below picture is what I have come to prefer for the Carlos Amplification VIP Doble System. It’s bone with a 1mm cabin strip attached to the bottom of the bone with StewartMac 20 Super Glue.