COMEBACK OF A LEGEND / SPIRIT OF THE 80S!

IN THE 1980'S THEY SHAPED A WHOLE GENERATION OF ACOUSTIC AND WESTERN GUITARISTS: THE ADAMAS PHOSPHOR BRONZE GUITAR STRINGS

The cult strings have made a name for themselves among acoustic guitarists thanks to their special balance of playing feel and an unmistakable sound.

Unique string composition and elegant vibration characteristics – this is what every guitarist who has ever used Adamas strings on their instrument has kept in mind.

At the beginning of 2018, GEWA Music released the cult strings as a new edition in two versions: as HISTORIC REISSUE, strictly following the original 80's strings, and as the nano-coated NUOVA COATED version for a longer life of the strings.

Strictly following the original specifications of 1980, the new edition of Adamas Phosphor Bronze guitar strings also features a number of characteristics that have always been typical of Adamas strings.

But what exactly makes Adamas Phosphor Bronze guitar strings so special?

Point 1: Unique string composition

Just looking at the strings, it becomes clear that Adamas consistently does its own thing, even with the new edition of the cult strings from the 1980s: four out of six strings are completely different from those by other manufacturers and have a thinner string diameter - for an overall more pleasant handling. E6 and A5 strings each have identical core wire and wound wire diameters. What does that mean? Both strings vibrate more uniformly and with a more defined amplitude. This string composition also makes chords more pleasant to grasp and facilitates quick chord changes.

Point 2: Robustness in the everyday life of a guitar string

It has happened to every guitarist at least once; the G-string breaks during bending - annoying! In order to minimise its susceptibility to breakage, the G-string was redesigned. The result: the thinnest wound string can now better withstand the stresses and strains of a string's life, such as fast solos and bending. But the B-string has also been optimised and does not sound out of balance in combination with the wound G-string.

Point 3: Better sound due to solid brass ball-ends

Adamas does it its own way here too, as ball-ends are often made of steel or nickel-plated iron, with a hole in the middle. Due to the greater mass of the solid ball-ends, the strings can vibrate better and this ultimately has a very positive effect on the sound of the bronze strings.

Now and then: string package from the year 2018 (left) and the original from the 1980s.

As a direct reissue of the original strings from 1980, the HISTORIC REISSUE PHOSPHOR BRONZE strings deliver the authentic sound and handling of the original model. The HISTORIC REISSUE strings are delivered in an unmistakable adaptation of the traditional red Adamas string packaging from 1980.

The NUOVA COATED PHOSPHOR BRONZE strings are a world first due to their nano-coating with a higher copper content. The additional coating of the core wire is an exclusive innovation from Adamas and guarantees up to six times longer life of the strings.

The cult strings from Adamas are also the first choice for guitar beginners. The individual strings are color-coded for easy identification when re-stringing – the correct string is guaranteed, especially when it has to be done quickly.

Tip: Adamas strings don’t just look great on Ovation, GEWA or Adamas guitars, but also on any kind of steel-string acoustic guitar!

Texte: Steffen Schneewind
Photos: GEWA music/ ADAMAS
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