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At the time DR started production, computer assisted machinery and semi-automatic machinery for winding strings were becoming more and more common in string winding. At DR they were convinced that they could feel, and hear a difference between a machine-made string and a handmade string. The more they compared the two ideas, the more they preferred the handmade feel and sound. Also DR thought a lot of other players would share their opinion and that has proved to be true. Melissa Etheridge: “ I’m crazy about these strings ” (referring to DR VERITAS)
Accurate Core Technology (ACT) is at the heart of VERITAS strings. Superior core wire is recognized as the foundation for rich tone, accuracy of intonation, and durability. Accurate Core Technology was designed to reinforce the core wire and fill in imperfections along the length of the core wire. This results in strings with improved pitch retention, and stability.
These strings seem to hold tune at any tuning…especially noticeable when players use alternate tuning. Long lasting VERITAS acoustic strings have been tested and played by Stefan Grossman. Stefan says… “I can play 4 concerts with one set of VERITAS. I used to only play one concert with other strings.”
A C T Technology
DR RARE Strings are Low tension - the sound is loud and warm. When DR set out to produce a string with new characteristics, their goal was to redesign contemporary thinking about what phosphor bronze can do for a good acoustic guitar. Hand-carved arch-tops, dreadnaughts and good steel string acoustic guitars made of rosewood, maple, and mahogany seem to benefit from a distinct improvement in tone, depth, and sustain with Rare phosphor strings.
Players who want a fatter and louder sound, as well as a deeper bottom will appreciate the Rare phosphor tone, sound, and feel. According to DR’s heavy-playing bluegrass friend - three time national guitar picking champion Steve Kaufman, Rares last an unusually long time. Steve recommends DR to all his students.
SUNBEAM phosphor bronze strings are handwound on round cores which give a terrific result...remarkable sustain. The tone does not seem to decay as do other phosphor bronze strings, which we think of as decaying in a curve. The SUNBEAM strings seems to sustain in a straight line, until the sound “falls off”, they are also musically bright and rich sounding. Additionally they are very flexible with low tension which is typical of strings made on a round core.
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