Gabriel Tenorio String Co. - Niquel Puro - Super 10s 'JM46' for Jazzmaster
These are the new line of pure nickel strings from Gabriel Tenorio. Handmade & custom wound for a better fit. If you're looking for a traditional 10-46 set, then we are talking Super10s.
The JM46 is based upon the 10-46 set but are the diameters everyone is used to, but with a finer wrapped D and more tension in the cores. Tasty! The difference here is that the JM48s also feature the 'Long twists' specifically designed for 25.5" scale Jazzmasters, and for their floating trem systems.
What is Niquel Puro?
It is better to quote Gabriel here! -
"Introducing the NíquelPuro line of Electric Guitar Strings by the Gabriel Tenorio String Co. These are still constructed and formulated like the original GTSco line but feature the highest quality pure nickel wrap available. (original GTSco strings already feature the highest amount of nickel available in nickel plated steel). NíquelPuro is an evolution in my string making. My goal has always been to make the best sounding and feeling string.
I wasn’t interested in pure nickel at first. I felt that all the pure nickel I had ever seen in the market didn’t feel comfortable and that it was a gimmick to improve the signal strength of a hex core string. Many folks felt that nickel was warmer, others swore that nickel was louder or brighter. I wasn’t going to make pure nickel if it meant making strings that didn’t feel right to me or if it meant appeasing a boutique “tone fetish.” I had been testing nickel out for about a year and had come to enjoy how durable and strong pure nickel is to nickel plated steel. I felt this right away while making a batch of D strings which feature a very fine wrap wire. The tone once the string was installed was rich and full. A very good strong tone that had even more body than the NPS.
After running more tests, I’ve decided to bring these to market. Like with my own personal strings I used on tour in my younger days, it took me a while to feel comfortable and confident in selling these to the public. I just want to make a good string that is worth your hard-earned gig money.
I am always surprised at how long the strings last for a majority of the professional musicians who put them to the test show after show, session after session. I know that the NíquelPuro will also stand up to that test.
Some more background and thoughts on the matter….
Nickel is a very vague term thrown around the gear industry. Almost every single wound electric guitar string employs nickel. There are varying grades of nickel plated steel and pure nickel wrap wire in use in the modern string industry.
Nickel is ferromagnetic, that is important because it makes it possible to get more output from an electric guitar. It is a widely known characteristic of this metal. Steel is not magnetic on its own therefore other metals are added to different kinds of steel alloys to add magnetic properties. Without it, strings across the board would not perform as well.
We know already that different metal wraps produce their own signature sound. That is also true of the NíquelPuro line. For lack of a better term, I am going to call wrap metal “Tone Metal.” By virtue of my construction and formulation techniques, I offer more tone metal in my products as a rule. Cost cutting techniques in the industry have compromised the quality of metal some string companies use and even guided formulations focused on using thicker cores to save on expensive wrap wire. This can make for an opaque, albeit durable, string. I don’t believe this approach serves the instrument, the player, nor the tone, well.
NíquelPuro Electric Guitar Strings are made to help musicians play better, feel confident, and rest assured that they are getting the most from their instrument. You shouldn’t have to beat your instrument or destroy your hands to get a good sound, the strings just need to work for you."
I've worked with Gabriel Tenorio to make this process a little simpler, so if you own a Jazzmaster and love 10s, there's no confusion on which set to choose, these guys are it!
- Long Twists specifically designed for 25.5" Jazzmasters with floating trem units. These will also fit Gibson type guitars with Bigsbys too for example. Any questions though, of course do please get in touch!
Please note - These will not fit a Jazzmaster type guitar which doesn't have the traditional floating tremolo. For example, if you have a Jazzmaster with a stoptail or strat style tremolo. Just drop me a message if you would prefer to check before ordering :)
How they're made & 'Why Gts.co Strings?'
Gabriel Tenorio has been hand winding strings for many years, training under the watchful eye of mentor and Guadalupe Custom Strings founder, Francisco Gonzalez. He developed on his knowledge learnt in those years and stepped into the world of electric and acoustic guitar, beginning his company soon afterwards offering a level of quality string seldom seen in the guitar world these days.
Each string in each and every set is hand wound by Gabriel Tenorio, in his workspace in LA, California. Each component of the string specially chosen over years of development for consistency, tone and reliability, from core, to ball end to wrap. Also importantly, each set specifically developed to bring the very best out of it's destined instrument. The Jazzmaster set designed speficially for the Jazzmaster, Strat for Strat, Top loading Tele for top loading Tele and so on. Without a hex core in sight, these strings are hand wound, one by one around the central round core until the set is complete.
The most common question we get asked is, How come these sets are more expensive than others out there? There are a wealth of reasons, all important and will of course be evident when you string up and play a set over the course of a few months. The big companies, D'Addario, Elixir and Ernie Ball, all create a mass produced, factory made hex core string. There's no doubt they're a great product of course, but it's not the way strings were traditionally made. In those early days, it was a group of craftsmen winding strings individually just like Gabriel is doing today. The hex core allows the factory to produce strings a lot cheaper, the core grabs the wrap quickly and effectively meaning higher numbers off the production line, cheaper materials and more machinery trusted to carry out the production. Round core requires a lot more care and attention, to ensure the correct wrap is created. Hex core allows much more dirt and sweat to build up in the gaps between the core and wrap, do you find your high street sets die pretty quick? Well that is the main reason! Round core strings simply don't have that gap, no space for the dirt to build up and result in a prematurely 'dead' string. There are other companies out there also flying the round core flag and doing a great job, but they are generic sets. Nothing designed and specifically formulated around a particular guitar. A set of 10s is a set of 10s. Gabriel's work is a true reflection of a passion for his craft, a love for the guitar and a hands on industry that has passed us by due to a sign of the times and high production levels. Each set has been designed to bring out the best in your guitar, have great playing longevity and life and of course importantly, great feel and tone. I truly believe in what Gabriel is making, and have faith you will too! Enjoy your new string set! Read the full article HERE
Here is a blog article I've written about some helpful fitting notes if you are new to using Gabriel Tenorio Round Core strings.
Jazzmaster style tend to have 25.5" scale length
Jaguar style guitars have a 24" scale length