Post by ourclarioncall on Jul 13, 2020 0:36:05 GMT -5
Hi. I recently had issues with my unwound g string being too loud. As you probably know historically the g was a wound string and this made a difference in tuning stability and volume. Some folks who swap the unwound g back to a wound g report that the string has now gone from being the loudest to the quietest ! So yeah , i was asking myself similar questions on pole stagger etc.
Post by ourclarioncall on Jul 13, 2020 1:16:40 GMT -5
I just re-read old photos of info from a forum on this.
i think basically “vintage stagger” was designed to get even balanced volume on a set of 4+2 strings (4 wound and 2 unwound) and also to match the radius of the neck, well mores specifically the radius of the strings which would have been the same or close.
Folks wanted lighter or more bendable strings and the g became unwound, which has an effect on volume and tuning . And also the fingerboard radius of more modern guitar got flatter and flatter.
I have a strat copy with a 12” radius and have used both staggered and flat pole pickups on it. The flat pole ones are pretty balanced to my ears using an unwound g. I’ve also experimented with wound g’s too.
not sure if that goes a little way towards answering your questions
i had a bit of a mysterious thing happen when I put on a set of D’Addario NYXL balanced tension strings, and the loud g string problem I was having went away !? the unusual thing was that in this pack the g string was slightly heavier and thicker which would create more output with more mass but surprisingly it was quieter and the whole set is nicely balanced I both tension and volume . I could go on and on but these strings are brilliant! A new standard .