First off, I wasn’t sure if I should throw this in the help/recommendation section or not, but feel free to move it if necessary.
So anyway, I was thinking of getting some supplies together and trying to make a decent string. I’m more of a bulk string kind of guy myself, but I’ve always been fascinated by how different each and every string plays. With that being said, I do venture into the boutique strings every now and then. But before I go and start fooling around, I was just curious—What makes strings play so differently?
Let’s set material aside for the time being. Obviously, if a string is made of a different material, it’s going to change the play and feel. But let’s just assume that we’re comparing a handful of different 100% Poly strings. Why are some softer/rougher than others? Why are some lighter/heavier? Why do some slack better than other?
And probably the question I’m most curious about…
Why do some stringshold tension better than others?! This baffles me.
Everyone loves a string that can hold its tension well trick after trick, but what aspect of string design effects this characteristic? Now, I’m sure the answer isn’t quite as simple as my question makes it seem, but I’m just looking to learn more about what makes a good string.
These are a few of the aspects which I’m sure differentiate strings from one another, but I’m just not sure how. At the end of the day, I know it will come down to experimentation, but if you guys have any insight to guide me along the way, I’d really appreciate it.
Quality of material — This is obviously key, but isn’t polyester just polyester? How do you go about getting a higher quality poly, or even distinguishing “good” poly from “bad” poly?
How loose/tight the string is initially tensioned — How does this effect the feel of a string?
Thread count — Not even entirely sure of what this means, or how to go about accounting for it when you make a string… But lets put this up for discussion as well.
Oh! And last but definitely not least, if you guys know of any tutorials or tips on string making, please share!
Thanks everyone. ;D