Construction is another key component of string performance. D’Addario offers a variety of construction methods to help you achieve your perfect tone and feel:
Round Wound – The most popular and universal construction delivers that traditional textured feel most players are familiar and comfortable with.
Lightly Polished - We start with a finished round wound string then precisely flatten the tops of the windings through our unique polishing process. The result is strings with a smoother feel and reduced finger noise with the flexibility and tension of a round wound string. Great for recording!
ProArte Laser Sorted Nylon – Each ProArte treble string is sorted by a sophisticated computer-controlled laser machine which performs 200 diameter/tension measurements, insuring true sounding, precisely intonating trebles, set after set.
Classics Rectified Nylon – Each treble string is ground using our exclusive centerless grinding technique. Roundness and dimension control are unsurpassed ensuring absolutely perfect intonation.
String materials can have a dramatic impact on your tone, feel and string life. Here is a quick look at D’Addario’s diverse selection of classical basses and trebles:
80/20 Bronze - Composed of 80% copper and 20% zinc, commonly referred to as brass, preferred by some players for its brilliance and projection.
Silver-plated Copper – Warm, acoustically rich copper which is plated with ultra-smooth silver for the ideal classical guitar tone. D’Addario’s most popular classical string material.
Multifilament Nylon Core – Nylon effectively replicates the sound of silk and gut strings with better durability and consistency.
Multifilament Composite Core – D’Addario exclusive high-tech core material dramatically improves string life, tuning consistency and possesses a bold, more dynamic response.
Clear Nylon – The traditional standard for classical strings. Balance of warmth, brightness and projection with an ultra-smooth surface preferred by many professionals for its comfortable nail contact.
Black Nylon – A warmer, mellower tone than clear nylon and a popular choice for folk and some classical guitars.
Titanium – A contemporary treble material with attractive purple hue, smooth feel and brighter tone than traditional nylon. A popular choice for darker sounding instruments or when paired with our Composite or EXP basses.
Composite – Monofilament composite material delivers increased brightness and projection for 3rd/G strings. Provides more balanced volume transition between basses and trebles.
Welcome to EXP Coated Technology, the most natural sounding coated strings available!
How do we do it? D’Addario has developed exclusive wire coating machinery which allows us to fully control all critical variables in the coating process. This groundbreaking process draws wire from rod, anneals, cleans, coats, cures and spools in one continuous process ensuring adherence to extremely tight tolerances. Every spool of wire is tested with sophisticated laser refraction technology which measures coating concentricity to 10,000th’s of an inch ensuring unmatched consistency.
This micro-fine coating is applied to wrap wire PRIOR to winding. Strings are wound normally producing an uncoated feel and tone that last at least 4 times longer.
As hundreds of artists and dozens of guitar manufacturers can attest… you won’t believe they are coated!