Results 1 to 13 of 13

Thread: I have got to hand it to Gibson!

  1. #1
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Charlotte, NC
    Posts
    398

    Default

    I have been using J75`s exclusively since owning my Sam Bush three months now. I just restrung with Bush monel strings and I have been further blown away by the tone. I was hesitent at first because of the smaller diameter of the E, A D strings. No doubt they have a smooth balanced sound on this mandolin. # # I will be stocking up with huge quantities of these!!!! #


    Darrell
    Gibson MM #V-70335 5/2002

  2. #2

    Default

    mandojeremy and I have been preaching the praises of the Bush/Monels for along time...Im glad more people are catching on..

  3. #3
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Tennessee (Still Missing North Carolina Though!)
    Posts
    1,708

    Default

    Agreed Scotti but it could be bad for us if they do catch on! Shortages of Bush/Monels and then what would we do?
    If F-model mandolins have F-holes then why don't A-model mandolins have A-holes???

  4. #4
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Washington state
    Posts
    904

    Default

    One more happy Monel user here! I got a bunch on clearance at guitar center for $4 a set, they're great!
    I have one set of Sam Bush monels and the rest are just billed as 'Gibson monel strings'. Do they still make the Bush set with the extra strings? That's a cool feature.

  5. #5
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Tennessee (Still Missing North Carolina Though!)
    Posts
    1,708

    Default

    The Bush set is the only set you can get now except for the rare leftover stock of monels.
    If F-model mandolins have F-holes then why don't A-model mandolins have A-holes???

  6. #6

    Default

    What are the string sizes on the Bush monel's? Are they a Gibson string, and if not who makes them? How do they compare with the Bill Monroe set that comes standard with new Gibson's?

  7. #7
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Tennessee (Still Missing North Carolina Though!)
    Posts
    1,708

    Default

    .011, .014, .025., and .041 I would seriously doubt that a "Gibson" string is a gibson string because there are only a few string manufacturers in the US and Gibson isn't one of them. Try GHS, D'Addario, or Martin. There are a lot of string label manufacturers though!
    If F-model mandolins have F-holes then why don't A-model mandolins have A-holes???

  8. #8
    Registered User Steven Stone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Boulder, CO
    Posts
    462
    [ I would seriously doubt that a "Gibson" string is a gibson string because there are only a few string manufacturers in the US and Gibson isn't one of them. ]

    I do not believe this is correct.

    Gibson does have a string manufacturing facility in the US.

    I KNOW they make guitar strings there, and I suspect that Gibson mando strings are made there as well.

  9. #9
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Tennessee (Still Missing North Carolina Though!)
    Posts
    1,708

    Default

    I stand corrected, I didn't know they wound their own strings.
    If F-model mandolins have F-holes then why don't A-model mandolins have A-holes???

  10. #10
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Mineral Wells, TX
    Posts
    18

    Default

    I believe also that John Pearse manufactures his own strings, as well.

    -Raf

  11. #11
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Nashville, Tn
    Posts
    255

    Default

    Gibson has owned their own string mandufacturing facility for many many years in Elgin Illinois. I believe John Pearce are made by GHS.
    Have a Great Day!
    Joe Vest

  12. #12

    Default

    Question for jeremy and scotti, with preamble to set frame in which to answer...

    I have picked a few different types of strings, and have settled on j-75's, not for any silly "macho" reason , but because the larger diameter A and E sets. It seems that the tension allows the pick to "pop" off of those strings better than lighter gauge-and-tension strings...so, the question:

    Do you find the lighter A of the Bush set sort of floppy?

    Oh yeah...TS pick, semi-triangle (halfway between 346 and dawg styles), and moderate attack...not really Bush-esque arm flailing, but definitely not "quiet arm".

    Thanks in advance for any discussion you might provide.

  13. #13
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Tennessee (Still Missing North Carolina Though!)
    Posts
    1,708

    Default

    Believe it or not, I don't have any trouble with the A string and never did. When I first started using the monels about 6, 7, or 8 years ago I would switch out the A strings and use a .016 because I was used to the J75's and I did that for about six months until I ran out of extra A strings. Then I just used what it came with and I got used to it. It is much easier to do pull offs on the A with a .014 actually. I don't think you would have any trouble with them but you might want to wait until the new D'addario FS74's come out and try them because they have a .016 I think and they are stainless steel wound just like the Monel/Bush strings.
    If F-model mandolins have F-holes then why don't A-model mandolins have A-holes???

Similar Threads

  1. Gibson f9 is "hand tuned"
    By OlderThanWillie in forum Equipment
    Replies: 10
    Last: Feb-12-2007, 10:05am
  2. Hard, loud pick hand with relaxed chord hand
    By David M. in forum Theory, Technique, Tips and Tricks
    Replies: 9
    Last: Dec-10-2006, 5:10pm
  3. right hand
    By Lawrence Molloy in forum Theory, Technique, Tips and Tricks
    Replies: 10
    Last: May-02-2006, 12:38pm
  4. Right hand
    By Swedish-Banjo in forum Theory, Technique, Tips and Tricks
    Replies: 11
    Last: Oct-01-2005, 6:59pm
  5. fretting hand (left hand) arm pain and remedy.
    By tofuhippo in forum General Mandolin Discussions
    Replies: 4
    Last: Aug-03-2004, 7:24pm

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •