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EV Strings
What differance does it make?
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September 12, 2015 - 11:14 am
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Hello there,

 Well I got to thinking (I know can the men in the white coats) about the strings on my EV. its been about a year since I changed them last.

And since there has been alot of talk about AV strings, I wondered what other EV owners use on there violins and why.

Since tone and volume are electronically set, do strings like steel vs Synth make a differance?

  I normally just use a cheap set of D'Addario Prelude on Frankenstein. But should we be more concerned with what we chose as in the NS EV strings?

I would like to hear you oppinions.

happy fiddling

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September 12, 2015 - 1:47 pm
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Thanks for the good topic.


I am interested also.  I still have the strings that came with my EV.. I am sure they are "crap" strings.


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September 13, 2015 - 5:25 am
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I prefer synthetic core strings on my EVs. My yamaha has larsen virtuoso strings and they are wonderful. I had higer tension zyex strings on it previously and find the virtuosos were easier on my fingers and more expressive without loss of volume despite the lower tension.

My 5 stringer has chinese synthetic core GDAE and a prelude C. I need to change the prelude C out for something else because it is so noticably dull compared to the other 4 strings.

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September 13, 2015 - 2:06 pm
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Preference of strings on an EV are primarily a function of what type of pickup you have at the bridge. The magnetic pickups like you would find on a guitar will require a steel core string so the magnetic field is created. A piezo pickup, like shown here is typical of most "affordable" violins.

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A high end violin like a Woods or NS Designs might have a mag pickup but they are almost as much or more than the whole EV you would buy as a beginner. A Barbarrea pickup can run $300 (just for the pickup!) so you don't find many on the entry level violins.

With that said, normally it is recommended to use a steel core string on the electrics because the steel is less dampening and most people play EVs' with effects boxes and amps so the string only has to vibrate, not move wood to create sound. In many respects if you have a very cheap or inexpensive pickup on your EV, you can just about use any type of string on it that suits your tastes.

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September 13, 2015 - 2:39 pm
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Hey Dennis,

       I was asking the general users, I dont think that there are that many here using highend EV's. Most of us like you and I use a piezo pickup, which is no more then I mic under the bridge or enbedded in the bridge. With that said, wouldnt there be a difference in the warmth and color of the strings that would have to come through?


I'm not sure if I am expressing it right, But I would think that some would hear a difference or have some reason as the style of music they play.

So let hear everyones thoughts.

With violins there is no fretting over the music.

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