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DixieMenke benphan1987 Gypsealeo

Argentines with magnetic pickups

Has anyone ever tired them with a p90? Adjustable pole pieces. Just trying to get a more Django feel and flavour and making do with what I've got.

Just curious (strings are very expensive in my country.)


  • Posts: 4,022

    Save your money and skip Argies. P90s commonly favor something with nickel. What kind of guitar is it? Then pick the correct gauge based on the type of the guitar. Then get the Django flavor through what you play, phrasing and such.

    Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • everetteverett san francisco✭✭✭
    edited October 2021 Posts: 132

    Shelley Park has done a few. You should reach out to her on pickups:

  • krzyskrzys New
    Posts: 48

    It's a Godin 5th Avenue with a p90

  • MikeKMikeK Asheville, NCNew Altamira M-10, Epiphone Zephyr Regent, Epiphone Joe Pass
    Posts: 263

    I wouldnt recommend using Argies on an archtop. I'd recommend Thomastik Bebop round wounds on your 5th Avenue, if you're playing gypsy jazz on it. They're kind of pricey, but they sound good and hold their intonation for several months, even if you gig a few times a week with them.

  • krzyskrzys New
    Posts: 48

    What gauge would be best to simulate the feel of argentines 10s on a long scale petite hole selmac?

  • pdgpdg ✭✭
    Posts: 315

    Probably similar gauges to the argentine .011s (you can look them up and approximate them); that would be my guess.

  • MikeKMikeK Asheville, NCNew Altamira M-10, Epiphone Zephyr Regent, Epiphone Joe Pass
    Posts: 263

    In my view, your archtop is a totally different animal from a selmac guitar. I play some GJ gigs on my archtop & some on my gj guitars. But in my mind, they're very separate experiences. While you can have a great time playing GJ on both, I wouldn't try to get one to sound or feel like the other. My approach is to accept each instrument for what it is, and then dig in to find the inspiration to produce the best music I can on each instrument. I use .13's (Thomastiks) on my archtop and.11's (Argies from Michael here at Djangobooks) on my Altamiras. But I would experiment until you find what sounds & feels the best to you.

  • StringswingerStringswinger Santa Cruz and San Francisco, CA✭✭✭✭ 1993 Dupont MD-20, Shelley Park Encore
    Posts: 463

    Over the last 53 years, I have owned over 100 guitars and tried every type of string. Here are my conclusions (and as always, YMMV):

    Selmacs sound best with Argies

    Flattops sound best with bronze roundwounds or silk and steel roundwounds or monel roundwounds

    Acoustic archtops sound best with bronze roundwounds or monel roundwounds

    Solidbodies sound best with nickel roundwounds

    Electric archtops sound best with nickel flatwounds or stainless steel flatwounds or nickel roundwounds

    Classical guitars sound best with nylon strings (duh!)

    Argies are an acoustic string and while you can dial in a balanced sound with an adjustable pole pickup, they are not well suited to an electric archtop. I would not waste a set on that Godin.

    rudolfochristBucobillyshakesBill Da Costa WilliamsChrisMartinsteffoWillie
    "When the chord changes, you should change" Joe Pass
  • LuapLuap New
    Posts: 2

    GHS "white bronze" strings strike a fair balance between approaching the sound of Argentines and being more "magnetically active". Worth a try imo.

  • Concur with nickel for electric archtops—like the flatwounds myself—and Monels for acoustic ones, tho they don’t sound bad electrified. Not as good as nickel tho.

    Tomastik-12 or 13 flats

    Martin Monel-12

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