Optima Strings @ NAMM 2019

I don't like changing strings! I find the activity boring and tedious. Having said that, Optima Strings GOLD are the longest lasting strings I have ever used in my twenty-three year career. How will they make money if their strings take so long to die... hahaha! I used the same set of strings for about…Read more Optima Strings @ NAMM 2019

Game Changing Gear Volume 13

Outstanding! Leo Fender created the first modern bass, the Precison Bass, popularly know as the P bass that can be heard on thousands of records around the world. Welcome to another game changer. This particular P Bass has a very interesting story behind how it was acquired. It was the year 2000,?while I was still…Read more Game Changing Gear Volume 13

Gold vs Nickel, which is better?

With the advancements in technology, guitar string makers have been pushing the envelope with new techniques in developing sound. The most notable would be the combination of gold in guitar string construction. Today we will find out if there is a difference in sound between nickel strings and gold strings. If you have a favourite…Read more Gold vs Nickel, which is better?

Optima Strings – 24 Carat Gold Strings @ Summer NAMM 2017

I met Andre, VP of Optima Strings, on the second day of Summer NAMM 2017. Our introduction to gold strings started when out of the corner of my eye I saw gold reflecting brightly from a Fender Jazz bass as we passed the Optima booth. At first I thought, “that’s silly, someone has put bonze…Read more Optima Strings – 24 Carat Gold Strings @ Summer NAMM 2017

Playing on Gold Strings… Wow!

Today we visited Optima Strings, a German company. The folks there were incredibly nice. They allowed me to re-string my Cunningham RLJS7 bass with there Optima™ Unique Studio Gold Strings. These strings are wound with 24 carat gold. I was a bit skeptical at first, but I decided to have an open mind and try…Read more Playing on Gold Strings… Wow!