The Gabriel Tenorio String Co.
Nothing quite beats chatting with a master of their craft. Hearing the attention to detail, passion for the product and the drive to create something really special, is all pretty inspiring. That certainly was the case when discussing gts.co strings with owner & maker, Gabriel Tenorio.
The gts.co is based in Boyle Heights, California and is a company that has great tone, quality and traditional winding methods firmly at the top of their ethos of string manufacture. Gabriel has spent a lot of time learning about strings, working with the Guadalupe Custom Strings founder Francisco Gonzalez & testing various types to develop a product he's very proud of. The company was recently restructured, so this side of the string making company can concentrate on Acoustic & Electric Guitar strings whilst the other, Guadalupe Custom Strings, towards more traditional stringed instruments.
What sets gts.co strings apart, aside from their truly handmade, round core construction, is Gabriel's method of designing strings specific to the guitar. Let's face it, from Fender to Gibson or Grestch to Martin, all of them have various scale lengths, bridge types and tremolos for example. So why should the strings you use on each of those guitars be the same, like all off the shelf strings are?
These strings are designed with a specific model guitar in mind. So sets have been designed around Les Pauls, Telecasters, Jaguars & Grestchs to name a few. Taking into account the details that make them unique, after all, there is a reason an ES-335 sounds like an ES-335 right? So making a string that has been specifically designed for that model, just makes a lot of sense. Details in the string that will bring out the best in it's specific instrument. Strings are such a big part in how you instrument feels, plays & sounds and it is great that craftsmen like Gabriel & his team are doing their thing in Boyle Heights.
We're very very proud to offer his products here at James' Home of Tone and represent the gts.co name here in the UK, and across Europe.
Top two photos sourced from http://www.scpr.org/ credit: Katherine Garrova & http://www.fretboardjournal.com/ credit: Brian K. Saunders - Who have both featured wonderful reviews of these strings. Check them out.
Bottom photo courtesy of our good friend Tim McNelly.