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“Dear Sir,
A few months ago I placed my first order with you and built my very first guitar. Ovangkol back and sides with Sitka top.
I have been a craftsman for a number of years, rebuilding antique pianos, including making new soundboards and bridges, and decided to try my hand at guitars after buying a Taylor 814ce.
The results of my first attempt were surprising, to me and to others. Since I'm a bit "old-school" I built it entirely by hand, no table saw, router, joiner etc. (I did use a drill press!). I have already received requests for custom made guitars, and from a store interested in selling them.
It really helped to find quality supplies, all in one place, so I could start this experiment - which may just turn out to be my next and final career.
Many Thanks.
ps. I have just placed a second order so I can start making a few more......”

- Jon Ballard

La Bella Strings

STRINGSLaBellaGROUP800E.O. Mari, maker of LaBella Strings has been making strings since the mid 1600's. They are still a family owned and operated company manufacturing a large variety of strings in the U.S.A.

The treble strings of all the nylon strings we carry are made from LaBella's special high density "Nylon 202" and the basses are silver-plated, wound. The higher tension strings are great for shorter-scaled instruments with the exception of the Professional strings which are well suited to longer scales.

The steel string sets all have plain steel 1st and 2nd strings and phosphor bronze wound 3rd thru 6th strings.

A word about tension - Tension is the amount of force, usually expressed in pounds, needed to bring a string up to its intended pitch at at given scale length. A medium tension high E string on a 650mm scale guitar requires more pounds of force to be tuned to to E on a 660mm scale instrument. So, a medium tension set becomes closer to a high tension set on longer scale guitars. It's always a good idea to check with the builder or manufacturer before installing extra high tension strings on your instrument.