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 Post subject: Is there a tool ...
PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 2:36 am 
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... to measure the random, wild guitar string's gauge?

Just got a dulcimer delivered with very loose strings. In bringing it into tune, one of the wound strings popped. It was really trimmed too short to hold. It looks like a gauge much heavier than I would normally use for that string, but I don't have any way to measure it. The seller hasn't replied to an e-mail yet asking for a clue. So, turning to the brilliant members of PWA , is there a simple tool that can be used to measure string gauge? If so, where can I find one?


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 11:26 am 
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Can you compare it to some strings you already have?

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The fellow who sold it says the string was a 26. I replaced it with a 23. Comparing the 2 strings, I would have guess a much heavier string ... seemed closer to a 32. The string was a flat wound jazz string. Would that make a difference, Kitty?


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:06 am 
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Apparently you and the fellow who sold it to you weren't talking about the same thing.

Sorry, I don't know anything about flatwound strings, except that I hate how they feel. O:)

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the flatwound bass strings I use to use the gauge didn't make a difference between normal and flat wound it was just the feel of the strings that were different.
Perhaps the fellow simply misremembered what he had put on it? haha at a recent Ren Faire I did I ended up given the bowed psaltry player there a couple of my G strings
to fix what I believe was her B. But it was the same gauge wire heh. Poor girl, there was a bur on the string peg she just could not find and it was constantly popping the string.


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I do like the flatwound strings on the dulcimer. String 'zing' just isn't a sound I like. The flatwound string fixes that.

To solve the original problem I eventually bought a digital caliper. Using the inch measuring scale I can now measure the strings ... approximately. I got a very cheap caliper to 'see' if it would work and don't use it enough to worry about replacing it.


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