you know, there is a ton of information about musical
instruments, lessons, and just about anything else music
related on the Web. However, when it comes to
getting in-depth information about guitar and bass
strings on the Web, there are some significant problems
In many cases, the sources of information are too vague,
skewed, or just simply incorrect. You can find the problems coming from one
of four places:
1. Retail websites selling strings - Their
focus is on selling strings. Their information typically concentrates on the basics
about strings, or it is
simply non-existent. Also, they tend to be a little biased towards
the brands they carry.
2. A string manufacturer's website - A nice
source of information, BUT the information has a bias
towards their own product. Here is the reality check:
Have you ever seen a string manufacturer's site talk
in-depth about the problems of their own
product? Of course not. In addition, many of these sites
are crammed full of marketing sales hype and
testimonials by musicians being paid big bucks to
endorse the product.
3. Someone's guitar instruction website - Their
focus is on teaching people how to play. Again, the
information covers the basics such as how to change the
strings and tune them. Most music instructors do not have the
formal science background, or the credentials, to teach the
topic in-depth beyond the basics.
4. Musician's magazines and publications -
Their business is advertising. There is good information
to be found in the major magazines. However, the
information is not subjective enough, and is a little
biased towards the string manufacturers who advertise
with them. Their product reviews would never trash a string manufacturer who gives them
millions of dollars every year to advertise in their magazine.
Think about it. Remember, their business is advertising.
They do not want to bite the hand that feeds them.
Clearly, a new honest in-depth source of information
about strings was
needed. Thus, ProfessorString.com was born.
Why this website?
The focus of Professor String is about string education,
and honest information. I started Professor String as a passion and a means of
teaching musicians about a subject that is often over
simplified and has become increasingly confusing with
new technology and hype. The subject is strings, and
only strings. Whether you are a guitarist, bassist,
violinist, celloist, or an autoharp player, strings are
the components that make the sound we all love to hear.
Professor String does not recommend strings or teach you
how to play them. Rather, Professor Strings teaches you
how to make your own decisions about strings in an
educated manner. As the old saying goes: Give a man a
fish, and he eats for a day. Teach a man how to fish,
and he eats for a lifetime.
Background & Experience
years, I have consulted with many professional
instrument technicians, senior level executives,
sales professionals, marketers, and manufacturers in the stringed
instrument business. I have founded several successful
businesses over the years, including an
innovation management firm and a tradeshow
marketing firm. In addition, I have authored numerous patents in magnetic sensor
design for clients. I carried this knowledge into the realm of
electro-magnetic pickup theory, vibrational ferrous
targets, and hi-fi musical instrument design. In
short, this is the basis of work that gave me
the ability to advise clients on how to design
pickups, sensors, as well as small vibrating ferrous targets.
Professor's Motto: "It is fairly easy to
invent, design and build a product. The real
challenge is convincing somebody that they
should buy it."
Some of my clients have included Shure
Brothers, St. Louis Music, Honeywell, Allegro, Ansoft, Arnold Magnetics,
ITW, and Cherry. In addition to my work, I have been a
guitarist and bassist for over thirty years.
Along the way, I spent many years performing and
teaching the concepts of guitar and bass. Now, I am
sharing my experience and knowledge with folks like you