BEFORE THERE WERE ADS, BEFORE THERE WERE ENDORSERS, BEFORE PLAYING GUITAR BECAME A FASHION, A YOUNG MAN NAMED JIMI PLAYED BLACK DIAMOND STRINGS

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Black Diamond Strings is excited to partner with the Jimi Hendrix Foundation’s “Music For Life” Program. Each Black Diamond Jimi Hendrix set of guitar strings comes with a retro collectible sticker. There are three different packages each representing one of Jimi’s iconic performances: the Monterey Pop Festival, Royal Albert Hall and last but not least, Woodstock. 

The Jimi Hendrix Foundation is dedicated to the betterment of the world community through music. In honor of the love and giving spirit of Jimi Hendrix, the Foundation works to improve the quality of life for children and the world and to inspire creativity in music, arts and sciences. The partnership with Black Diamond Strings will allow the Jimi Hendrix Foundation to showcase their Music for Life program. Music for Life was established to provide children and young adults with musical instruments and instruction without the worry of cost. A portion of your purchase goes to the foundation

 

An important part of Hendrix's sound was due to his use of carefully selected string gauges, which evened out the guitar's response from string to string. String gauges would run .010, .013, .015, .026, .032 and .038.  The big difference here is that you're using the .015 for the third, because if you use the .017 for the third, the actual sound of the guitar is very G-heavy.

The electrical output of the strings is dependent on the square of the diameter; if you square all the diameters and look at them. Many times people use a set of strings that are entirely imbalanced, and they just don't sound that good. Most people would say a .010 to .013 is the correct jump. Also, the .015 is much better for the G than a .017.  

A .015 squares out at .225 and .017 is 289. So you're going to get 28 percent more output just with a two-pound different in string size. ( Interview with Roger Mayer )  You can get much more of an idea about the balance of the guitar. 

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