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Sfarzo launch new alloy strings - EMPYREAN and NICKELANIUM

Sfarzo guitar strings

With their hook line "Superior guitar strings for superior guitarists", Santa Rosa California-based Sfarzo Strings are launching two new sets of strings in January 2011. According to Sfarzo, both the EMPYREAN acoustic guitar strings and NICKELANIUM for electric guitar give an outstanding bright sound and more sustain than conventional strings.

The NICKELANIUM Nickel Strings are advertised as Outstanding for Screaming Leads and Chomping rhythms. Excellent for live performance and studio sessions.. In addition to conventional sets of 9, 10 and 11 gauge, the NICKELANIUM strings are available in an additional 7 sets of different string gauge combinations - great for guitarists who like to experiment. read more »

Elixir launch "Pro Packs" for guitarists who change strings often

Elixir Strings Pro Packs

Serious guitarists who gig regularly can get through a lot of packs of strings... and he cost can start to be significant. In recognition of this, Elixir Strings has unveiled the "Pro Pack", a cost effective solution for guitarists that get through a large amount of strings. read more »

D'Addario warns of Chinese counterfeit strings

How to spot fake D'addario guitar string

Guitar string makers D'Addario have warned that Chinese counterfeit strings are now finding their way onto websites and even legitimate music stores all over the world. Fake D’Addario string sets have been found in the UK, Germany, Brazil, Greece, Turkey, Romania and more... and are getting more difficult to distinguish them from the genuine strings.

Early counterfeit versions of D’Addario strings were easy to spot, with poor quality packaging and printing, but modern production techniques mean that modern copies are more difficult to spot. read more »

Rotosound contact core acoustic guitar strings are now Super Bronze

Rotosound Super Bronze contact core strigs

UK guitar string maker Rotosound have re-branded their famous 'contact core' acoustic guitar strings for 2010. Known as 'Country Golds' since their launch in 1974, the popular strings have been re-christened "Super Bronze" to widen their appeal beyond the Country genre.

James How, Rotosound's founder, pioneered the contact core strings believing that the unusual design with the string's centre core resting on the bridge of the guitar helped to produce a brighter, louder sound with a longer sustain. They also have the side-effect of slightly reducing the action of the guitar without any adjustment! read more »

New power chord accessory helps beginners to Rock

Power chord trainer in use playing F5

Wanna Rock?? A brand new invention is helping wannabe Rock guitarists to master power chords.

Power chords are a major part of many rock styles and the Power Chord Trainer (see http://powerchordtrainer.com ) aims to overcome the main problem that beginners have with playing power chords, that of maintaining the correct finger spacing. Although power chords are generally considered to be easier to play than barre chords, the finger positioning can feel like am impossible task to the novice. The Power Chord Trainer acts as both a guide and a way of building muscle memory in the left hand. read more »

Halo Guitars choose Sfarzo electric guitar strings

Halo Octavia 8-String guitar

Halo Custom Guitars, whose electric guitars include the amazing Halo Octavia 8-String (pictured) are now fitting Sfarzo strings to all their guitars.

With their tagline Superior guitar strings for superior guitarists, the Sfarzo String Company of Santa Rosa, California produce a range of strings including read more »

GHS Coated Boomers for Electric Guitar now available

GHS Coated Boomers - Electric guitar strings

Round-wound American-made GHS Boomers have been firm favorites with electric guitarists for many years, with their distinctive powerful sound. New for 2010, GHS have anounced a coated version of these poular nickel steel strings. read more »

Wanna Rock? Power Chord Trainer