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Apr 11, 2021 - 8:37:54 AM
2104 posts since 2/12/2009

My understanding was that this company went out of business a number of years ago causing lovers of Chris Sands picato made strings much anguish, I have just seen and ordered some brand new Picato nylon strings from Ebay, anybody know what the deal is with this company ? From my reading they never ceased trading at all.

Apr 11, 2021 - 8:51:35 AM

csacwp

USA

2836 posts since 1/15/2014

Picato makes fantastic electric guitar strings that are almost impossible to find in the USA. That's all I know.

Apr 11, 2021 - 11:47:32 AM

245 posts since 5/25/2015

Don't know the history but I think they're connected to Strings Direct (.co uk). I bought a set late last year and I'd be interested in what you think of the strings when you get them. Seem ok to me.

Apr 11, 2021 - 11:58:39 AM

2104 posts since 2/12/2009

I used to buy Picato strings in about 1973 when I was learning guitar, I had read that the reason Chris Sands strings went out of production was that Picato made them and, they had gone out of business ! colour me confused !

Apr 28, 2021 - 6:49:44 AM

245 posts since 5/25/2015

quote:
Originally posted by spoonfed

I used to buy Picato strings in about 1973 when I was learning guitar, I had read that the reason Chris Sands strings went out of production was that Picato made them and, they had gone out of business ! colour me confused !


Hi Nick. Hopefully you got your Picato strings by now? How are you finding them?

Apr 28, 2021 - 7:29:13 AM

2104 posts since 2/12/2009

quote:
Originally posted by gentrixuk
quote:
Originally posted by spoonfed

I used to buy Picato strings in about 1973 when I was learning guitar, I had read that the reason Chris Sands strings went out of production was that Picato made them and, they had gone out of business ! colour me confused !


Hi Nick. Hopefully you got your Picato strings by now? How are you finding them?


Hi Mark, they arrived very promptly and to be honest I see no discernable difference between these and Clifford Essex strings, This seems to confirm to me that they are all bought in from some source I don't know about, I very much doubt that either CE or Picato have a plant for manufacturing strings so, I would say give or take the odd bit of tweaking gauges , they are identical . Impressive service though, it is good to know there are alternative sources in the UK to buy these strings.

Apr 29, 2021 - 12:13:30 AM

11288 posts since 10/27/2006

From Wikipedia:

"Picato Musicians Strings has been owned by Strings And Things Limited since the early 1980s when it acquired the business of General Music Strings Limited, the original founders. General Music Strings Limited was established in the 1940s by the Stein family and by the 1970s were prolific British producers of strings for acousticclassicalelectric and bassguitars; as well as banjomandolinukulele and violin. It was during this period that Tony Iommi lost the tips of two of his fingers in an accident and the Picato company designed an extra low gauge string set (.008" - .032") especially for him.[1] At that time Picato strings were used by many famous rock guitarists and bassists such as Ritchie Blackmore,[2] Roger Glover[3] and Eric Clapton[2] to name just three."

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