Albert Augustine Concert Classical Guitar Strings
Albert Augustine is credited with making the first truly good classical guitar strings for Andres Segovia in 1947, using war surplus nylon. Since then his guitar string design became the model for a new generation of strings, with ever growing technical advances, but holding on to the qualities that made them good enough for Segovia. Today's Augustine strings are designed to give you endless possibilities for finding the best string to suit your needs. Augustine offers distinctive combination of bass and treble strings to suit the sensitivity of particular guitar, or the preferences of the guitarist. Augustine's selections can be matched to the needs of the artist or luthier to produce the appropriate mix of bass or treble volume and response to complement the character of the instrument or piece of music. The right selection will make any classical guitar come to life.
Breaking the Code. Augustine string designations are different from other brands, but once you understand how Augustine strings are identified, it's easy to select the bass and treble combination that's right for you. The secret is to realize there are thee types of treble strings and three types of basses to consider. It's how these treble and bass string types are combined into sets that make Augustine strings stand out from the crowd, and give you control in selecting the string set that is best for you and for your guitar.
Treble strings are identified by tension class and named Classic, Imperial, and Regal. Each has its own unique sound qualities.
Classic trebles have the lowest tension and are the original nylon classical string Albert Augustine created for Andres Segovia in 1947.
Imperial treble strings are made with a modern polymer and designed for medium tension, just a little higher tension than Classics, for a responsive action and feel.
Regal trebles are also made with the new polymer, but are designed for the highest tension.
Bass strings are identified by color names (Black, Red, Blue), to distinguish their particular string density. The heavier the bass string, the stronger the response and volume. All are wound with copper, for a deep and rich bass tone.
Black basses are the lightest
Red basses are slightly heavier, and
Blue bases are the heaviest.
Starting with Classic, Imperial, or Regal treble strings, you can add Black, Red, or Blue bass strings to create distinctive six string sets, each with its own sensitivity and personality. Classic trebles with Black, Red, or Blue basses are referred to as Black Label, Red Label, and Blue Label. Imperial trebles combined with Red or Blue bass string are referred to as Imperial Red and Imperial Blue. The same approach is used for Regals.