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We make each gauge of wound and some plain strings in several degrees of stiffness or "tension".
 For instance, an .026 can be loose, somewhat stiff, more stiff,  or very stiff.
We use the following letters to indicate the degree of stiffness, or how flexible the string feels when playing it:

.026R + rubber band like (for touch instruments)

.026 = flexible

.026H = indicated "Heavy" and is a bit less flexible

.026S = indicates "super core" and is stiff

.026U = ultra core and is very stiff

 

Round core wound strings available!

The actual "pull tension" or LBF on the strings tuned to pitch varies slightly. The amount of flexibility is determined
by moving the string from side to side while it is tuned to pitch. If you want your string(s) to feel like a "Cheese Slicer" wire,
you would select "U"/ Ultra Core.

All strings can be made with full wrap, tapered core, exposed core, skeleton core, or any combination of the above. You can order sets made with your choice color of thread wrap. Black, Red, Royal Blue, Burgundy, Jade Green, Light Blue, Purple etc.


We make everything to order

Please allow  1 - 10 weeks  depending on what you order and the amount of orders placed ahead of yours at the time you order.

 

You must fill out the string design specification form  at the bottom of this page when ordering!

All orders and payments not accompanied by the string design specification form will be rejected!

Our Policy
We are a custom string shop.
Nothing we make is prepackaged, just waiting to be drop-shipped. When you click on You are ordering custom made strings.  If you fail to submit the design specifications for the custom strings you have ordered (forms located at bottom of each order page) within 48 hours from the time you submit payment, you will be issued a credit which is good for 45 days and is not refundable.
We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone and at anytime.


Guitar scale 23" - 29" bass strings coming soon.

Bass scale 30" - 43"  ( Note: You will need to contact us by email before ordering so we can review specs to
custom make the string for your bass)

Bass strings for octave 1, octave 2 and octave 3 coming soon.

By request we will be making string sets for 4 - 11 string basses.


Single roundwound strings and sets are available in stainless steel, pure nickel and  phosphor/bronze.
The nickel plated steel will be available soon.

Strings can be designed using a number of different string formulas. As an example, we can make a .175 with different core sizes, tensile strength, and wrap wire combinations so the  string feels extremely tight or loose, like a rubber band. They can sound transparent or deep, dark and full.  If you need to know the amount of pull force on each string, we can provide a real time digital readout for a nominal fee. 

We make custom handmade strings and sets. We are the first to offer octave zero strings for the 28.625"-30"
scale with bass and guitar ball ends. So B0, the same low B on a 5-string bass is available for guitars like the Agile Intrepid Pro, Halo 10-string and Oakland Axe Factory ERGs. We make standard bass guitar E1 for the 25.5" scale guitar.
 

We check each wound string for timbre and sustain while it is still on the winder. We confirm that the string     sounds great  before we send it to you. We can provide you with a recording of the sound of the open string you've purchased for a nominal fee.

 This audio example is of an .070 nickel plated steel guitar bass string plucked while still on the string winder :

Guitar .070 nickel plated steel on winder (Aiff file)

Use headphones!



Octave 3 (C3-B3)


   
 
 
.013-.016  Wound Bass String  $25.00

Contact us re: tunings and scale lengths

 

 
     
 
 
.017-.020  steel round wound bass string  $20.00
Designed for F3-34" scale
A transparent, bright F3 174.61Hz string
with beautiful tone and funky snap

 

 

 
     

Octave 2 (C2-B2)

   
 Coming Soon!    

Octave One (C1-B1) Contra

   
                                 
 
      .072-.098  round wound stainless steel guitar $9.75

  ( fill in form below with specific gauge, scale length etc. when ordering)

 

 

 
                                 
 
      .072-.098  round wound nickel plated steel guitar $10.75

  ( fill in form below with specific gauge, scale length etc. when ordering)

 

 

 

 

         .094    F#1 for the 28.625" scale length     $9.75

                        (tight, "springy" bright with bass)

 

 

 

     

        .098    C1-C#1  for the 28.625" scale length   $10.50

                                (bright bass, springy)

 

 

 
                                    
 
   .099-.103  wound bass string for guitar $ 11.50
             Designed for E1 - 41.203 Hz
                              26" scale
                Same as bass guitar low E
 

 
                                    
 
   .104-.110  wound bass string for guitar $12.35
             Stainless or Nickel plated steel
              Available for 25.5"-29" scale
               

 
     

Octave Zero (C0-B0) Sub Contra

                                       
    .118 stainless steel  roundwound B0 30.868 Hz
   ( same as the low B string on a bass guitar!) $9.50

    Note: This string is "tight", not floppy, and sounds great!

 

 

 
  

   .120 -.124   steel round wound bass string  $14.00

                         Designed for G#0
                              30" scale

 

 
  .       
         .125 - .150 Wound Guitar String    $22.00
     Wound guitar bass string with guitar ball ends

 

       Be sure to fill out the String Design Specification Form at
                   the bottom of this page after ordering.

 

      .140   steel round wound bass string  $12.00

                         Designed for B0

                           34"-40" scale

 

 

 

 
  

      .145   steel round wound bass string  $12.00

                             34"-40" scale

 

 

 
  

      .150   steel round wound bass string  $19.00

                          Designed for B0

                            34"-40" scale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

             .151 - 200 Wound Guitar String  $25.00

        Wound guitar bass string with guitar ball ends

 
    

     .155   steel round wound bass string  $19.00

                             34"-40" Scale

 

 

 
    

     .158   steel round wound bass string  $19.00

                             34"-40" Scale

 
 

     .160   steel round wound bass string   $19.00

                             34"-40" scale

 

 

 

 

 

 

      .164   steel round wound bass string   $19.00

                             34"-40" scale

 

 

 

 

 

       .169   steel round wound bass string  $19.00

                             34"-40" scale

Click Here for an audio file of the OctaveZero .169 tuned to open G0 on a 34" scale bass guitar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     .172  steel round wound bass string   $19.00

                              34"-40" scale

 

 
 

     .174  steel round wound bass string   $19.00

                              34"-40" scale

 

 

 

 

    .175  steel round wound bass string   $15.00

                              34"-40" scale
                       ( limit one per order )
 
    

 

      .178  steel round wound bass string   $19.00

                             34"-40" scale

 

 
        

 

      .180   steel round wound bass string  $21.00

                            34"-40" scale

 

 

 

 

 

 

                              

.181  steel round wound bass string  $21.00

34"-40" scale

                               followed by the .181 tuned to open C#0.
                                
                                Listen to audio (aiff.) This is the same .181 as in the
                              above example, tuned to open E0@34"
 
 

   

    .182   steel round wound bass string  $21.00

                             34"-40" scale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    .184   steel round wound bass string  $21.00

                            34"-40" scale

 

 

 

 

 

   

    .185   steel round wound bass string  $16.00

                            34"-40" scale
                      ( limit one per order )
 

 

 

 

 

   

    .186   steel round wound bass string  $21.00

                        34" - 40" scale

 
 

   

 .188   steel round wound bass string  $21.00

                            34"-40" scale

 

 
 

    .190   steel round wound bass string  $21.00

                            34"-40" scale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   .194   steel round wound bass string  $22.00

                           34"-40" scale

 

 

 
     

 

    .198  steel round wound bass string  $24.00

                          34"-40" scale

 

 

 

 
 

    .200   steel round wound bass string   $25.00

                           34"-35" scale

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

   .202   steel round wound bass string   $25.00

                           34"-35" scale

 

 

Double Zero Octave (C#00-B00) Super Sub Contra

We wind F#0 strings in gauges ranging from .160 to .206. We also make C#0 strings ranging from .184 to .230.  When ordering a string, such as a .206 for example, please indicate the intended tuning for the string. This will help us determine which type of .206 to wind for you. 

The F#0 .206 will be "floppy" if tuned down to C#0.


   Finally, a "punchy" low C# string that doesn't flop the fretboard!

.216 C#0 at 34"   (Listen to audio (aiff file)

    If you listen through a  pair of good headphones or speakers, you will be able to clearly identify the .216 tuned to C#0, followed by G#0 played on the .140 string, and then C#1 played on a .110 string. This is not a performance. We suggest listening to this short clip several times or looping it. The OctaveZero strings have tonal consistency and sound like they belong to the rest of the string set. They do not sound like a "thud" with a  timbre that is not consistent with the rest of the string set. This recording was made by plugging the bass directly into a CD burner, proving that one does not need a giant speaker cabinet to reproduce audible, pitch specific sub contra ( octave zero) and super sub contra ( octave double zero) notes. These strings are playable, and "pitch discernible" above the 12th fret.

 

   
  
   .206  steel round wound bass string    $26.00
                         34" - 35" scale
              Also works for zero tuning!

 

 

 

 
 

 

     .210  steel round wound bass string   $27.00

                          34" to 35" scale

 

 
 

  
  .214  steel round wound bass string    $38.00
                       34" - 35" scale
             Also works for zero tuning!
                  Listen to audio (wav.)
 
 

 

         .216 C#0  steel round wound bass string    $38.00

                         34" to 35" Scale

                  (Listen to audio (aiff file)

 

 

 
 

 

    .240  steel round wound bass string  $40.00

                         34" to 35" scale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    .262 steel round wound bass string   $45.00

                        34" to 35" scale

     This string is designed for G#00 12.98 Hz

                    Listen to audio (wav.)

Audio file description: This is a sequence of notes recorded all on the same bass. First you will hear G#1 played at the 4th fret, E1, bass guitar low E string at the 34" scale. Next you will hear the same G#1, but at the 24th fret on the .262 G#00 string. Following this you will hear G#0 at the 12th fret on the G#00 string, and finally the open G#00. The bridge saddle was not adjusted for the .262, so the intonation is not perfect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
                                          

       

           .265 steel round wound bass string  $46.00

                         

 
                                          

       

           .270 steel round wound bass string  $51.00

 

 

 

 

 

HloGb124  30" scale     $8.00

                         

 

 
   Skeleton Core  ( per string)                $ 3.00  
These strings are made with the Octave4Plus bass ball ends (patent pending ).
The core is not twisted around the ball end to attach it to the string, allowing
for a thicker core and eliminating the 5/8" twist next to the ball end.
Number of Skeleton Cores
 

Custom String Development and Testing

Before purchasing one of these options,
you will need to purchase the appropriate string or string set .

 

A) For 1 string              $25.00
B) For 1-3 strings         $75.00
C) For  1 string set       $100.00
D) For 1 string set        $150.00

The above Custom String Development options are only for developing custom strings and do not include the price of the strings.

So, what this does not pay for is the actual string set. Once we get the test set right, then you must send it back and we will make a new custom set.

Contact us before selecting and ordering these options!

 

Development & Testing
     
           
When ordering, include the scale length of your guitar and indicate if it has a back-loading bridge
with a string tree on the headstock or if it has a top loading bridge.

Even if you have given us your custom string specifications in an email, the strings will not be made unless all of the order specifications are on this form. This includes custom gauges and the intended tuning of the string or string set.


Octave4Plus was designed for professional level musicians and luthiers who know exactly what it is they need. 
We are here to answer all of your questions before you order.
You have 24 hours from the time you placed your order to cancel and get a full refund.
Once we commit time, resources, and materials to making your strings, there are no cancellations or refunds.
Once you pay for your order, you must fill out the string design form found at the bottom of the page you ordered from. 
 

 

O4P Custom String Design Specification Form

You are ordering custom made strings. You must complete this form and submit it with your order

PayPal transaction number:      (required)

 

Name:          

Email:          

Date: (mm/dd/yyyy)  

  1.) I learned about Octave4Plus custom strings from:

   Answer:

 

  2) I ordered: (qty.) of this string/set:

  3) I want custom gauges for this set:

  4) The string or string set is going to be for a Guitar     Bass Guitar 

   Other: ( Use additional comments box at the bottom of this form)

  5) The tuning is:
   ( B0  is standard bass low B,  B1 for guitar low B,  E1 is bass low E,   E2 is guitar low E,   E4 is guitar high E etc.)

  5a) New tuning for you ? Yes No

  6) Manufacturer:

  7) Model:
   ( Email us a photo of your instrument's  headstock and bridge, no links to web pages please)

  8)  Bridge Type (Select one type below)

    a) Strings enter through the back and exit out the face of guitar
    b) Strings go through top loading bridge like Tune-O-Matic
    c) Strings just pop in a slot like a HipShot type "A" bridge
    d) Strings held by pins as on an acoustic guitar
    Other:
   

   9) Instrument has  strings

   10) It's scale length is: (measure from bridge saddle to nut)

   11) The tuning peg configuration is: Top    Bottom ( example 3/3,  5/2 etc. )

    Inline: Yes:   No:

   12) The instrument has:  Guitar    Bass   Other
     Tuners/Tuning pegs with: Slots   or Holes

   12a) I need exposed core on guitar bass strings at the tuners: Yes:   No:

   13) Use: Guitar sized ball ends   Bass sized ball ends   Other to make these strings.

    14) The tuning peg for the lowest string is located  inches/cm from the headstock side of the nut.

   14a)  The tuning peg for the highest string (A4 etc.) is located inches/cm from headstock side of the nut.

   14b) What is the distance from the nut (the nut's edge on the headstock side) to each tuner?
                         (Example 2.5" A string, 4" D string etc.)  
   15) What is the measurement from the ball end's edge ( edge facing the pickups) , when the string is on the guitar to    
the edge of each tuner ?
                     (Example:  A string 33.5",  D string 35",  etc.) 
 
   16a) What is the measurement from the ball end's edge ( edge facing the pickups) when the string is on the guitar to the fretboard side edge of the nut  
   16b) What is the total length of each string from ball end's edge to the absolute end of string ?  

   17) The nut is: inches/cm thick and is made out of 

   18) The strings sit on the saddles about inches /cm from ball end edge.

   18a) The specific measurements from each string's saddle to ball end edge:
                        ( Example: E is 1 1/2",  A is 1 3/4" etc.)   

    18b) Wound string should taper for inches/cm from the ball end edge to where the full diameter of the string begins ( guitar standard usually 1", bass 2")

    18c) The string is full wrap, no taper at the bridge:  Yes:   No:

    19) Is there a string tree on the headstockYes:   No:

   20) Does the headstock tilt back ?   Yes:   No:
   21) Flexibility of the strings I ordered should be: (stiff, can be pulled 1/8", or 1/4", etc to either side when turned to pitch, loose etc.)
     

 

   22) Thread wrap?   Yes:   No:   Color ?:        

         Wrap starts at           inches/cm from nut.

   23) The timbre/tone quality of the wound strings should be:
          Bright:     Have a "Twang"    Mellow
  
   24) The wound strings are:
         A) Stainless Steel Roundwounds
         B) Nickel Plated Steel Roundwounds
         C) Phosphor/Bronze Roundwounds
         D) Stainless Steel Flatwounds

  (Thread wrap is extra for guitar strings)

  Note: Make sure the gauge(s) of the string(s) you order can fit through all holes in the back of the guitar, bridge, and tuners etc..

  Additional Comments and information in box below: