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Strings for Burns Legend

Postby jgoatcher » Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:05 pm

I have a Burns Legend which is currently fitted with Newtone Electric Masters 11-52 strings ( Im ashamed to say fitted 3years ago) and not surprisingly sounding a bit tired.
I was considering fitting a set of Elixir Nanoweb ( or the new Optiweb) 11-49 which I fitted to one of my Strats nearly two years ago and which still sound pretty bright.
My go to strings in the past have always been D'darrio or Newtone, but I was wondering if the Elixirs would provide the right Burnsey tone.
Has anyone any experience of them on a Burns? I always go for 11's. Or does it make any d.... difference!!
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Re: Strings for Burns Legend

Postby Iain Purdon » Sun Aug 05, 2018 3:22 pm

Would the Shadows' Marvin guitars in 1964 have been fitted with round or flat wound strings?

I ask because the Burns bass John Rostill used had flatwounds at the time he was using it (later owners changed that) and Barry Gibson supplied the Rostill reissue bass with flatwound strings, which you certainly need to get John's signature sound.
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Re: Strings for Burns Legend

Postby anniv 63 » Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:27 pm

Personally I have found the Burns Vistasonic 11-49 gauge very good and long lasting.
Think these are still made by Newtone and are pure nickel with a fairly bright tone.
Leosden Direct are the main supplier of these.

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Re: Strings for Burns Legend

Postby jgoatcher » Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:08 pm

Hi Iain, you may remember the guitar Im referrring to - weve played together several times at Watford and W arwick.
I dont think the original Burns Marvin or the Legend were ever fitted with flat wound strings. In fact I seem to remember from an interview with Hank that he did not like flat wound strings and never used them on Strats or Burns. I have always been happy with Newtone on the Burns because (a) they are pure nickel, and (b) they can provide a wound 3rd. My reservation with Elixir is that I dont think they do a wound 3rd which I feel is quite important for the Burns sound, maybe less important on the Strat particularly for the later sound.
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