We've asked some friends of ours to help us form an FAQ as we are just getting the hang of the Interwebs. Here I ask myself some question and answer them to kick off the process. Please feel free to post your questions in the comments, and we will not only answer them, but most likely incorporate them into our official FAQ.
Which artists currently use GCS?
Wow, that is a great question and one which we love to answer with a list of some of the masters of old traditions and some luminaries in today's music. Many award winning ensembles and artists. Here are a few:
Raul Pacheco, Ozomatli, Electric, Acoustic Steel, Classical, Custom Electric Tres
Ulises Bella, Ozomatli, Requinto Jarocho
Ramón Gutierrez, Son de Madera, Guitarra de Són, Leona, Jarana
Gilberto Gutierrez, Mono Blanco, Jarana, Guitarra de Són
Don Andres Vega, Mono Blanco, Guitarra de Són
Noe Castro, Los Cojolites, Guitarra de Són, Jarana, Leona
Mason Stoops, Premier Guitar, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Artist Serie
Vince Hidalgo, Mariachi el Bronx, Guitarrón
Conrad Lozano, Los Lobos, Guitarrón
Quetzal Flores, Quetzal, Electric Guitar, Jarana, Bajo Sexto, 12 String, Punteador, Acoustic Steel Guitar,
La Marisoul, La Santa Cecilia, Jarana, Guitar, Ukulele
Fredo Ortiz, Bongoloids, Electric Guitar
Juan Jimenez, Los Camperos, Guitarron
Ry Cooder, Bajo Sexto
Max Baca, Texmaniac, Bajo Sexto
Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan
Andres Flores, Jarana
Aflredo Herrera, Jarana
Tereso Vego, Són de Madera, Jarana
And so many more. These artists have supported us throughout the years and now their little secret is out. Please note, we do not take solicitations for sponsorships. Thank you.
What builders and techs are using your strings?
You can find our HandMade RoundCore Electric Guitar Strings on Scero Guitars, Walsh Guitars, at Emerson Guitars, and Standard on al Nystrum Guitars.
Kurt Schoen, the innovator of the Turbo Diddley and Electro Turbo Didley has a line of strings made specifically for his cigar box guitar creations.
The following builder use our BajoQuinto strings: Sevillano, Pasaye, Hernandez
Where can I find Guadalupe Custom Strings?
We are proud to be in business with the following dealers. Please note that not all dealers carry all of our products:
Mariachi Connection, San Antonio
Casa del Musico, Boyle Heights
International House of Music (ihomi), Downtown Los Angeles
Mainland Ukes, Nashville
The Folk Shop, Tucson
Chicago Music Store, Tucson
Central Musikera, Houston
Kessler & Sons Music, Las Vegas
Salinas Music 123
Campos Music, Mesa AZ
Olvera Music, East Los Angeles
Ceaser's Music of Illinois, Chicago
Music Proz, Indio CA
West Music, Coralville IA
Southwest Strings, Tucson AZ
and more to come!
Does RoundCore really make a difference?
Yes, it does. RoundCores are perfectly round and intact. A hex-core is not only hexagonal, but not perfectly even which allows the wire wrap to affix itself to the core with ease and little to no human involvement. The wire wrap is, in effect, crimping itself around the core. That can't be good for the wire, the string, or your sound.
RoundCores allow the wire wraps to have full contact with the core without at all bending or pinching the string. The result is greater punch, true pitch, vibrant and clear tone, and rich harmonics.
If you invest in a great guitar with awesome pick ups and amazing electronics and amplification, why use a mass produced string that is made for mass consumption rather than quality? It's like putting discount tires on a fine automobile...
How handmade are your strings?
This much. It takes time, effort, and skill to make a string this way, but it produces some of the finest strings you can find. We are also free to customize our strings for to fit instruments that most people don't even know exist, or even instruments that don't exist yet.
Do you sell in bulk?
We offer wholesale prices to authorized and licensed music product businesses and luthiers. If you are interested in becoming a dealer, please contact us via email: tenorio@theGcs.co
We do not have offer any discounts for purchasing in bulk, however we will have promotional prices regularly. Follow us on Twitter for promotion announcements. @theGcs
Why so many questions when ordering?
We ask for things like scale length and bridge type so that we can provide you with a properly fitted string. Because we use RoundCores, we use a small thread of silk at the tail end of each metal wound string. This locks the string together. Do NOT cut the strings until after you have three full turns around the tuning capstan and the string has been stretched and tuned.
Do you make Custom Colors?
Yes, only on Nylon strings. The only metal wrap we emply with a specific color is our Red Copper family of strings for BajoQuinto, Guitarrón, and Electric Bass.
Can you make a custom formulation for my specific instrument?
Yes, we can make strings for a variety of instruments. We prefer to have the instrument in our shop in Boyle Heights, California, but we understand not everyone can visit or ship their instrument. We can work with you to figure it out by getting important information about your instrument. We welcome your pics and specs. email us at info@theGcs.co to get started.
How long will my order take?
Your order may take up to 10 business days to ship. We are a small shop and work to order. We generally keep all our strings in stock, however we are regularly wiped out by increasing demand and volume sales to new dealers. We will communicate with you if there is a possible issue with fulfillment at the time of your order. Please remember this is a handmade operation and it takes time to do it right.