Refining tone & feel, a string gauge at a time - Gabriel Tenorio String Co explained - Pt.2
With Part.1 of the blog series spotlighting Gabriel Tenorio Strings that we released earlier this week, you'll have a good idea now on why the twists are important and which are the right one's for your guitar. One detail you may have noticed if you've browsed the store looking at, is the more refined gauge choices available. With half gauges, refined specs and names like 'Super 10s', it's understandably easy to be lost among the choice, but it's all very much within reason, stick with it.

Gabriel Tenorio Strings Explained
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All this refinement comes from a lifetimes(so far!) work, along with inspirations, teachings and passions of a highly skilled mentor. So why not a standard 10-46 set for example? Well when it comes to product development, Gabriel Tenorio always sets out to create the best set of strings available for that specific guitar. No generalising, no settling for something that works okay with a range of instruments, this is a process that finds him working hard at creating an ideal set, a Jazzmaster set for example that brings out all of the parts that makes a Jazzmaster feel just right, and sound superb.

Gabriel Tenorio Strings Explained

So you'll notice when you open the hand stamped box of strings, of which each are individually wrapped and noted with their respective gauge, that some have some gauge numbers you won't be used to seeing on the off the shelf sets from your local guitar store. (Although in more recent years, refined gauge sets have increased in popularity on the mainstream market, perhaps Gabriel's work over the years has influenced the market!) This is from refining a set to find the perfect balance, both for tone and feel. So if a 44.5 feels better balanced than a 46 in a set of 10s, then that's how they'll be made. Round Core strings have a different tension feel than hex core, a more accurate tension representation of the gauge figure. This has a reflection in these strings.

Gabriel Tenorio Strings Explained

Each guitar model is the subject of many many hours hard work, ensuring the very best result is found. I'm going to use the Jaguar and Jazzmaster sets as an example here. Both work well with a 11-50 set, but due to scale length differences and the overall feel of the guitar being different, there are some finely tuned tweaks along the way. The Jazzmaster set being 11-14-18-30-40-50, whilst the Jag set 11-15-19-31-40-50. You'll see how the B, G & D are different, only slightly, but enough to ensure the correct balance is captured on the shorter scale instrument. This is what this is all about, even the slightest differences are considered, nothing overlooked.

Super 10s (10-44.5) are another great example of this. Gabriel looked into the classic 10-46 set, and made some changes which included a slightly finer wrapped D. This makes the playing feel more balanced, a breeze to play but without any loss or jump in tension. It's details like this you simply don't find in a mass produced string, it's the attention to detail only a skilled artisan can encapsulate. 

If you wish to chat about any of the specific gauges, or guitar styles then by all means drop a comment below or get in touch. With such an absolute wealth of information for every single set, this would be quite the article indeed! So I wanted to touch on a couple of the sets to give an sense of the thought processes at and why Gabriel does what he does. Sit tight for another feature which is a true insight into this craft, I'm incredibly excited to share that one.


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