Anybody try silk and steel strings on a Gretsch hollow body?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by NewbieBob, Sep 21, 2021.

  1. NewbieBob

    NewbieBob Electromatic

    Jul 18, 2020
    New York City
    I have G2420 and love it. I'm learning a lot of fingerstyle blues being taught on an acoustic guitar. Considering bridging the gap between the purely electric nature of the Gretsch with a sound closer to acoustic with the silk and steel strings that are said to play easier than regular acoustic strings. Am I barking up the wrong tree or have any of you tried this? Other options?

  2. Jerzey Bob

    Jerzey Bob Synchromatic

    Apr 3, 2021
    North Jersey
    I'm all about the unconvenional. Try it. Maybe some vids out there in utoob land.
  3. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    Silk core strings won’t work with electromagnetic pickups.
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  4. NewbieBob

    NewbieBob Electromatic

    Jul 18, 2020
    New York City
    Ahh. So much for that. I thought the outer windings would be picked up even if the core isn't.
  5. dr. love

    dr. love Gretschie

    Jun 2, 2008
    I believe the “silk and steel” strings are metal core with a silk layer between the windings, not like classical guitar strings where the core is non-metallic. If they stick to a magnet they should work.
  6. Bob Perrone

    Bob Perrone Gretschie

    Mar 7, 2017
    allentown, pa
    You will certainly have volume issues. Try flat wounds for fingerstyle, I use them on my Country Gent and I love 'em.
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  7. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    I guess it depends on the brand. When I’ve used them, they have a pure silk core on a silver wrap, like a classical guitar string.

    It occurs to me that the bronze and stainless steel wrappings are not magnetic. Is nickel?
  8. Desirsar

    Desirsar Electromatic

    Jun 9, 2021
    Lincoln, NE
    Nickel and cobalt will be. Stainless steel will be if its structure isn't crystalline.
  9. afire

    afire Country Gent

    Here's somebody using them on electric and he talks a little about it.
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  10. wabash slim

    wabash slim I Bleed Orange

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    I've never heard a Dobro 12 string before. What a monster!
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  11. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    Well, Roy is a monster player. I heard him use that guitar to open for BB King. He was playing through a Mesa Boogie Mk II and it sounded huge!
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  12. Arch-cone 12 string, no less.
    I have one similar. Not by intent: I hit a curb with mine.

    Love that he talks about fit of the guitars. Silk & Steel strings.
    He has his pinky professionally encased in glass.

    12 frets to the body while playing slide: never dawned on me to express it this way for slide: as a natural stop at the tuning octave!

    He ought endorse aftermarket pick guards which address his points of wear on his 0-16 Martin!
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2021
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