BY Łukasz Kapuściński
Here we'd like to present you with a guide to give you all of the important aspects into the world of the Ortega Nylon Guitar String Series. Not only will this give you an insight to the strings we have available, but also guide you through the journey to learn about all of the different characteristics from material to material, gauge to gauge, series to series and finally landing you with your perfect sound.
No matter if you are a classical guitarist, acoustic, or even an electric guitar player who is “playing” with the idea of expanding your musical vocabulary... We are here to help you find the ideal string set for your needs.
This guide features the outstanding Artist, ŁUKASZ KAPUŚCIŃSKI from the Guitars and Dragons YouTube channel. Lukasz was a graduate at the conservatory of music in Poznań (Poland).
During his musical journey, he has been featured in music videos as a professional guitarist. In his guitar arrangements and original compositions, he takes inspiration from medieval and fantasy genres.
The track featured in this Ortega string guide was chosen by Lukasz and is a traditional English ballad, Scarborough Fair. In the full-length video above, Lukasz is playing the first third on Ortega Atmosphere Balance, the second third on Ortega Atmosphere Green, and the last third on Ortega Custom Made Strings. He also shares his personal opinion and recommendation regarding all three series to make the choice easier for you. Enjoy it!
“As the name suggests, the Ortega Atmosphere Balance is the most balanced set in terms of the tension of the strings. That feature leads to providing the best experience of comfortable playing which compensated for a slightly shorter sustain. I recommend this set especially to beginner guitarists and for those who pay special attention of the ease of playing. It’s worth mentioning that the strings are manufactured in Germany.”
The finest professional nylon strings with outstanding characteristics. Through our engineering process, we calculate the windings, thickness, and core of the 3 bass strings and through this, we managed to create fully balanced string sets which resulted in a never-before-seen or heard feel and tone. This adds flexibility and increases the vibration & resonance which ultimately emerge into an extraordinary brightness and crystal clear sound experience - fully balanced and made with traditional German craftsmanship.
“The main characteristic of the Ortega Atmosphere Green set is the all-plant-based nylon strings. Apart from this special care for the environment, the set surprised me with its sound-related qualities.
Both bass and treble strings. The “greens” are providing not only a beautiful, sustainable sound but also a wide dynamic range.”
- 100% plant based treble strings
- Wound, silver plated copper basses
- Emission is reduced by more than 50%
- Made in Italy
- Perfect combination of warm yet punchy tone
- Extra D-String included
- Available in Medium and Hard tension
Ortega Guitars Atmosphere Green strings are created and manufactured in Italy. By replacing the usually oil-based treble strings with a newly developed nylon material which is made from 100% plant-based products – Ortega Guitars sets the milestone for an environmentally friendly future in guitar string production. During the production process, the carbon emission is reduced by more than 50%.
Our small but important contribution to a cleaner and greener planet. Our newly developed material delivers a perfect combination of bright, warm, punchy tone and incredible projection, precise intonation, and long-lasting tuning stability for added comfort and playability.
CUSTOM MADE STRINGS
“The Custom Made Pro series feature three different tension options: medium hard and extra hard. The last one is the one I’ve tested. It provides significant playing control and the sound is selective and settled. The Custom Made Pro strings will be an excellent choice for fast and demanding fingerstyle songs as well as for beautiful atmospheric ballads.”
ORTEGA Authentic, Select, and Pro strings are made with exclusive winding and polishing techniques. Our superior materials are globally sourced and produce a traditional rich, warm sound with a distinctive bright timbre. String sets for nylon-string guitar, acoustic bass, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, and guitarlele are included in the comprehensive collection. The anti-rust coating on the Pro and Select sets prevents tarnishing and preserves the clear tone of new strings.