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Forum Ringside => Guitars, Amps and Effects => Topic started by: TwilightOdyssey on September 02, 2005, 06:53:05 PM

Title: R Cocco handwound strings
Post by: TwilightOdyssey on September 02, 2005, 06:53:05 PM
Has anyone used 'em? I've heard rumours that they are better than the DR Pure Blues I currently use.

They are finally available in the US and I was thinking about getting some.

http://www.coccostrings.com/index.swf
Title: R Cocco handwound strings
Post by: steve on September 02, 2005, 07:38:54 PM
Never heard of them,worth a try i guess.
Never tried the DR blues either always stuck with boomers.
What are the DR's like?
Title: R Cocco handwound strings
Post by: TwilightOdyssey on September 02, 2005, 07:41:45 PM
DRs are by far the best I've ever used, especially the Pure Blues, which are pure nickel around a nickel core.
Title: R Cocco handwound strings
Post by: Tim on September 02, 2005, 08:36:39 PM
New one on me too, likewise I've been a Boomer player for almost 20 years...they always do it for me! 8)
Title: R Cocco handwound strings
Post by: TwilightOdyssey on September 02, 2005, 08:40:05 PM
Sometimes I wonder if I'm ahead of the curve, or just out there on the lunatic fringe! Most of the stuff I like seems to be unheard of!!
Title: R Cocco handwound strings
Post by: steve on September 02, 2005, 09:04:42 PM
Quote from: TwilightOdyssey
Sometimes I wonder if I'm ahead of the curve, or just out there on the lunatic fringe! Most of the stuff I like seems to be unheard of!!


Thats good, we can rely on you to keep us up to date then!Joke.
I run a musical instrument shop and im supposed to be keeping my finger on the pulse and being aware of new stuff,but its so hard there are new names and makes popping up every second.
Title: R Cocco handwound strings
Post by: Davey on September 02, 2005, 09:08:58 PM
knowing you


+1 for lunatic gear head ;)
Title: R Cocco handwound strings
Post by: Ratrod on September 02, 2005, 10:58:46 PM
Our lead guitarist swears by DR's. Can't say I'm convinced yet, my D'addarios stay in tune better.

If those Cocco strings stay in tune for three weeks, I'll give 'em a go.
Title: R Cocco handwound strings
Post by: nuntius on September 02, 2005, 11:06:16 PM
Three weeks????


I've never had a guitar last more than a day in perfect pitch, it always needs tiny ajustments the next day when I pick it up...  I spend ages stretching in my strings too.  Maybe it's just the way I play but I seriously doubt any set of strings will stay in tune for three weeks.  Even a double locking trem will need a little fine tuning every now and then.. certainly before three weeks.

I just went on holiday for a week, came to pick up a guitar and it was nearly in pitch, but needed tweaking.

Maybe I'm just anal about my guitar being in tune, maybe I play more heavy handed than you, but 3 weeks sounds a little impossible for a daily player axe.
Title: R Cocco handwound strings
Post by: Ratrod on September 02, 2005, 11:21:26 PM
Do you do a lot of extreme bends?

No, really. I strum really hard on my strings, use vibrato, etc. I only have to tune in case of temperature changes. Have you tried lubing your nut with graphite (from a pencil)?

The Reverend (D'addario's) is still in perfect pitch since three weeks. I had to retune it because some  :censored:  tuned it to his own specs (wich is out of tune), I've tuned the BC Rich last week ( Darco's), stayed in perfect tune for three weeks. Only the Yamaha is a bit dodgy sometimes.

I check the tuning every time before I play, btw.
Title: R Cocco handwound strings
Post by: nuntius on September 03, 2005, 01:30:33 PM
Are you using a tuner or your ear?

If I'm just using my ear then it's practically not noticable, but with a tuner a tiny bit sharp/flat on a string or two (read by one/two notch(es) on the tuner).. perfect = dead centre as I see it, and I'm still doubting any guitar played a couple of hours a day for 3 weeks could keep in tune dead centre.

Yeah, I do bend a lot, behind the nut also.  My guitars aren't noticably out of pitch at all by any means, I can miss tuning a guitar for a quite few days if I'm being lazy and it won't be noticable, just not perfect by a tuner.
Title: R Cocco handwound strings
Post by: Ratrod on September 03, 2005, 02:31:46 PM
I use a tuner. I play nearly every day. It's hard to guess how many hours it comes down to. I don't always use the same guitar. When it comes to tuning stability the Reverend is amazing. Dual action truss rod, rolling bridge, graphite nuts and locking tuners. These really help the instrument to stay in tune. It was supplied with SIT strings that don't really live up to their name, so I switched back to D'addario's. Not all sets are equal though. Sometimes there's a set that breaks very easilly or is constantly out of tune and sometimes you'll get a set that lasts for six months. When the Reverend is out of tune slightly, it's mostly just a wiggle on the whammybar and it's fine again.

It can vary per person. Angus goes through a dozen SG's during a show while Malcolm just uses that single Gretsch and a huge pile of picks.

(Sorry if I'm hi-jacking this thread TO.)
Title: R Cocco handwound strings
Post by: _tom_ on September 03, 2005, 03:21:26 PM
I really hated the DR Tite Fits I bought a while back. They went out of tune easy and snapped too quick. D'addarios seem to be the best so far, but still break quite often. But, the coloured ball ends look nice when you look at the back end of the tailpiece  :roll:
Title: R Cocco handwound strings
Post by: FELINEGUITARS on September 03, 2005, 05:59:44 PM
Richard Cocco was part of the La bella family as far as i remember
La Bella used to make my favourite strings : Hard Rocking Steel.
http://www.labella.com/layout_showcase.asp
Title: R Cocco handwound strings
Post by: MDV on September 03, 2005, 07:50:57 PM
Never heard of them....

Been on boomers for 5 years now. Thought Id give DR tite fits a try today.

Dissapointed  :(

Boomers remain the king  8)
Title: R Cocco handwound strings
Post by: HJM on September 05, 2005, 02:12:53 PM
Nah TO - you've just got more brass.....

I used to like Thomastik strings, and DRs, but I prefer to get a better deal and change often, very often. New or nearly new strings of any reasnoble brand are better than a set of expensive strings that are twice as old imo!

Using Everly strings at the moment - on the last box so I might give Boomers a try, they're half the price of DRs and 1/3rd the price of Thomastiks!
Title: R Cocco handwound strings
Post by: Underground_Player on September 05, 2005, 03:32:12 PM
I've been using DR Hi-beams for a few months now, and I think they're great tone-wise and bend-wise. I've tried D.M. Blue Steels a couple of times since cos I heard they were the ultimate, but I thought they sounded cold and sterile (read: 'really overly clean'). Could have been the icy blue packaging, perhaps....who knows what the subconcious is capable of :?  :roll:

To me DRs seem to have a midrange grindyness which I love. I've never heard people say they go out of tune easily, though. I've been having tuning stability probs with my Organic ever since I bought it with Titefits on, having used them on a Pacifica for not more than 2 or 3 weeks previously. Up until now I've assumed it was the nut, but the nut seems really well cut (its graphite, and cut specially for DR .11-.50s).

How bloody confusing.
Title: R Cocco handwound strings
Post by: TwilightOdyssey on September 05, 2005, 03:36:46 PM
Quote from: HJM
Nah TO - you've just got more brass.....

Are you saying i'm impudent?  PDT_042
Title: R Cocco handwound strings
Post by: Bob Johnson on September 05, 2005, 03:36:47 PM
DR make some incredible strings, particularly the Rare Bronze acoustic strings (I don't use anything else). But having said that I personally believe D'Addario are probably THE string for the the rock/metal/working guitarist. They make strings in massive volumes so their manufacturing process control is second to none, they're relatively cheap so you can change them frequently (professional guitar players don't do more than one gig on a set of strings) and the range of strings they offer, like light tops heavy bottoms etc, is superb. Forget the small time marginal string vendors, go for the people who have the development budget, that's my advice.
Title: R Cocco handwound strings
Post by: Ced777 on September 05, 2005, 04:34:05 PM
GHS Boomers for me... for a lot of years...
I read their Burnished Nickel are wonderfull too (great volume balance betwen  strings). But pretty hard to find.  :cry:
Title: R Cocco handwound strings
Post by: PhilKing on September 05, 2005, 04:46:35 PM
Over here D'Addario do the 25 set packs for $59 from Musicians friend.  I've tried many other strings and like John Pearse and Scalar (Dean Farley's strings before Snake Oil), but D'Addarios are a loth cheaper and sound good for the price.
Title: R Cocco handwound strings
Post by: big steve on September 05, 2005, 05:45:13 PM
wow, that's pretty excellent value. 5 a pack is standard for d'addarios here :( although you can get cheaper on stringsdirect.co.uk etc

prs strings are really nice in my experience, only ever had one set of them but they sounded very good. i dont like the wound G on the 11 guage sets though.

HJM, what kind of thomastiks do you use? power brights?
Title: R Cocco handwound strings
Post by: Tim on September 05, 2005, 07:50:41 PM
I'm with HJM on this one, change regular and often.All my axes have new strings every show but then again with the amount of water and pyro flying around it's like playing a gig in the middle of a battlefield :lol:
Like I said before, GHS Boomers, 3.50 a set, not cheap but not mega bucks either, are a great everyday string....and they work!
We've just got hold of Framus strings which I'm putting in with the pickups now(all BKPs come with a set)and they're really good too......no idea what they are, which is sometimes a good thing as you just get on with it!
Title: R Cocco handwound strings
Post by: Johnny Mac on September 05, 2005, 08:24:47 PM
I'm a bit lame when it comes to strings! I've only ever used Ernie Ball Super Slinkys!
Title: R Cocco handwound strings
Post by: 38thBeatle on September 05, 2005, 11:12:58 PM
I use Fender strings- they seem ok to me- bullets on the 1960's r/i . I use fast fret on them and they seem to last ok but I do change them before they break.
Title: R Cocco handwound strings
Post by: HTH AMPS on September 11, 2005, 02:02:10 PM
I was recommended some strings called 'DR Duck' and they really are better than the D'Addarios I've previously been using forever.  The Ducks have lasted well over a month and still sound great. I get them direct from Dr Duck in the US and they work out cheaper than buying D'Addarios here in the UK by the box.  I even got a free string winder  :D

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