Get a smooth sound like silk, adequate tension and better mids and lows in your Spanish Lute.
The classical lute strings had a steel core and around it a thin layer of silk that separated the wound. This manufacturing process was abandoned due to the production price, however the sound was much more delicate and complex, without much brightness.
Why are twisted nylon strings used?
The reason is to solve a problem of construction of the instrument. The bone of the bridge should be compensated as in an acoustic guitar with steel strings, that is, it should not be perpendicular to the strings, but rather inclined. For this reason, twisted steel strings tend not to tune correctly when stepping on the frets. The solution is to put some twisted nylon strings because they do not need so much compensation and allow it to tune better.
On the other hand, there are musicians who prefer the sweeter sound of nylon core strings versus steel core strings.
Calibers of the strings for Laúd Rivero Silk & Steel:
- 0.012 (Plain steel)
- 0.016 (Plain steel)
- 0.026w (Soul in steel with silver wound and a thin layer of silk between both metals)
- 0.034w (Soul in steel with silver wound and a thin layer of silk between both metals)
- 0.032w (Soul in multifilament nylon with copper wound in silver)
- 0.040w (Soul in multifilament nylon with copper wound in silver)