The Twelfth Fret ~ Since 1977 ~

About Newtone Strings

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Newtone Strings, handmade in England

In the early 1990s we discovered this unique British string-manufacturing firm. Newtone sent us a dozen sets and we were in love! We are convinced that they are the finest strings made!

Malcolm Newton, founder of Newtone strings, is an ex-coal miner and lineman.   He spent many years as a wire rope and cable maker, eventually found his métier as a world-class guitar and mandolin string maker.

Malcolm recently retired and Newtone ownership passed to his right-hand man, Neil Silverman.

Newtone strings are a truly hand-made string, built one-at-a-time to Neil Silverman’s exacting standards.

Newtone strings use only top-grade Phosphor Bronze and pure Nickel windings on premium nickel-plated round and hex steel cores. Thousands of our customers use only the Master Class Phosphor Bronze acoustic strings.


Newtone Strings - The Twelfth Fret

Newtone Strings Round Core – Hex Core

The “Plain” Truth

As a lifetime Luthier and owner of The Twelfth Fret, I had noticed that various brands of plain strings were more-or-less the same feel and quality.   Malcolm Newton explained to me that string makers source their string wire from the same sources.

That said, string wire manufacturers offer a variety of grades and Newtone specifies the thickest nickel-plating available. This extends the life-span of your plain strings before the plating wears off and the exposed raw steel tarnishes.  

Newtone also tests tensile strength several times through the length of these enormous factory spools. He finds string qualities often change in character over the thousands of feet of string-wire on a spool. Though costly, he often rejects wire that I assume would probably be turned into strings in larger, less quality-minded, mass-production facilities.

Newtone plain strings feel smoother and we find they intonate more accurately. Many players feel that the extra heavy nickel plating gives a nicer feel to the string.

Grant MacNeill – Pres. The Twelfth Fret Inc.


Masterclass Strings

Master Class Phosphor Bronze strings are the flagship set of the Newtone line: the round-core construction offers a fuller bass and rounder tone and noticeably lower tension than conventional mass-produced hex-core strings.

A truly hand-made string using only pure Phosphor Bronze windings that is consistently true and balanced. Offered in Extra Light through to Medium gauges, we have tweaked the light gauge .012” 1st string gauges into 3 sets; most popular being the .012-.054 Custom set.

  E B G D A E
Extra Light .010 .012 .018w .026 .036 .046
Light .011 .015 .022w .030 .040 .050
Med Light .012 .016 .024w .032 .042 .052
Custom .012 .016 .024w .034 .044 .054
Bluegrass .012 .016 .025w .036 .046 .056
Medium .013 .017 .026w .036 .046 .056
12 String Light 10/10 14/14 24w/08 30w/12 40w/18p 48w/28w

Heritage Series

A new range of strings designed for reduced tension without significant tonal loss, designed to equalize tension on each string. Phosphor Bronze wound onto round cores with unique core-to-wrap ratios; thinner steel cores to reduce tension with heavier gauge bronze windings to add mass. This increased winding thickness adds mass to the string improving bass response that would normally be lost with low tension strings.

Ideal for early 20th century vintage guitars where one worries about damage from higher tension modern strings.

We have found many players with modern guitars love them too…especially technical fingerstyle players with a light right-hand attack. Players with left hand issues due to arthritis or tendonitis can benefit from the lower tensions and improved ease of fretting.

  E B G D A E
NHS-010 (94 pounds) .010 .013 .017w .023 .032 .043
NHS-011 (114 pounds) .011 .015 .019w .026 .036 .047
NHS-012 (131 pounds) .012 .016 .020w .028 .38 .051

Newtone National Strings

Newtone National strings are a truly hand-made string made from pure Phosphor Bronze Wound or Pure Nickel Wound on tin plated round steel cores. Available in Medium and Heavy Gauges, the Newtone National Strings are gauged to be full and balanced for open G and D tunings. We have found these strings work particularly well on National Reso-phonic, Dobro style guitars and Weissenborn Style Hawaiian Guitar.

  E B G D A E
Light .015 .017 .026w .036 .046 .056
Medium .016 .018 .027w .039 .049 .059
Standard Med .013 .017 .026w .036 .046 .056

Newtone Aloha Strings

Although the Aloha have the same gauges making up the set as the National Mediums, they are very different.
They are still on Round cores and wrapped with Phosphor Bronze, but they have lighter cores specifically designed for ‘Slack Key’ tunings to avoid damaging the neck of Weissenborn, hollow neck style instruments.

.015 .017 .026w .036w .046w .056w

Newtone Archtop Strings

Pure Nickel, Compound wound. Jazz guitarists playing traditional archtops often waver between round wound and flatwound strings.  Choosing the perfect string for jazz is often the cause of much angst! 

Round wound are clear and balanced but can be too bright and produce finger string-squeak.

Flatwounds feel incredible: rubbery and flexible and no string squeak. They offer a full, fat bass response but at stage volumes can be dead and muddy sounding.

Newtone Archtop Strings offer a unique “double-wound” or “compound-wound” string.

With a conventional round-wound string as a “core”, the string is wound a second time to “bulk up” to the full final string diameter. For example: picture the fine windings on a typical 4th D-string. Then wind it a second time with the same fine windings to “bulk up” to a low E string diameter. This gives you an E string with the feel of the fine windings on a D string.

The result is less string squeak, a softer more flexible feel similar to flatwound – yet retaining the treble clarity one expects from round wound strings.

Light.011.015.022w.030.040.050
Med-Light .012 .016 .024w .032 .042 .052
Medium .013 .017 .026w .036 .046 .056

Django Jazz Strings

Django Jazz Strings are individually handmade from the finest materials available, and wound to give the authentic tone and feel of the acoustic gypsy jazz guitar.

Compatible with all pickup systems, these strings are not restricted solely to acoustic use. A smooth warm tone can be expected on all guitars.

“Strings, like guitars, are things of personal preference. All I can say is that these strings are the finest I’ve found – free of all intonation problems, supple, brightly responsive, long-lasting and made in perfectly matched gauges. They will improve the tone of any steel-strung acoustic guitar and, consequently, your playing.”
Ian Cruickshank (Author, “The Guitar Style of Django Reinhardt”)

low tension .011 .015 .020w .028 .036 .046
medium .011 .015 .022w .028 .040 .050

Newtone Mandolin Strings

phosphor bronze loop-end to the same exacting standards as the Master Class acoustic guitar strings. Premium Phosphor bronze is wrapped on heavily nickel-plated round cores.

These are THE best mandolin strings available.

Note that European gauges are light by North American standards so their choice of gauge-names can be misleading. The medium light .009 to .035 is extremely light! We use this gauge on early 20th century, vintage bowl-back mandolins and on cheaply made mandolins in danger of structural failure.

The so-called “Custom-Heavy” set was especially made for The Twelfth Fret.

This Custom-Heavy, .0 11-.041 gauge is our “standard gauge” most commonly used by bluegrass mandolin players.

Medium-Light .009 .012 .022w .035
Medium .010 .013 .024w .037
Heavy .011 .014 .026w .039
Custom Heavy .011 .016 .026w .041

Newtone Mandola Strings

phosphor bronze loop-end

.013 .024 .034 .048

Newtone Octave Mandolin Strings Phosphor Bronze

.012/.012 .022/.022 .034/.034 .042/.042

Newtone Irish Celtic-Bouzouki Strings

These round-core Phosphor Bronze strings are hand-made in the style of Newtone’s Masterclass strings. Normally available in loop-end, Newtone Irish Celtic-Bouzouki Strings can also be special ordered in pure nickel wound and/or ball-end construction for no extra charge. Gauged to conform to common Irish Celtic-Bouzouki tunings but we also have many professional Greek Bouzouki players who prefer these strings.

regular .011/.011 .015/.015 .024W/.011 .030W/.015
Custom Heavy (w/extra octave bass strings) .012/.012 .018w/.018w .028/.028/.015 .042/.042/.018w

Burns of London Electric Guitar Strings

Pure nickel-wound strings hand-made in the tradition of the legendary Burns Bison (Vista-Sonic) Guitar Strings as used by Jim Burns on his famous Burns of London Bison Guitars. These incredible strings were available to most of the greatest British Rock and Blues players in the late 1960’s.

Newtone Burns of London strings are a truly hand-made string using only pure nickel windings on tin plated hex- steel cores. Newtone Burns strings are consistently true and balanced for modern conventional Rock, Blues and Jazz guitar styles. The high quality, pure nickel wound construction give a fuller, mellower and rounder tone with noticeably less treble “edge” than most modern strings.

They are available from Extra Light though to Medium gauges. We have fine tuned the medium-light gauge range by offering two .011 gauges, Medium-Light and Custom by offering a 3rd G string in .019 plain or .022 nickel-wound.

  E B G D A E
extra light .009 .011 .016 .024w .032 .042
custom-light .009 .011 .016 .026.- .036 .046
light .010 .013 .017 .026w .036 .046
LT-HB .010 .013 .017 .032 .042 .052
custom .011 .015 .019 .030 .039 .049
medium .011 .015 .022w .030 .039 .049
med light .012 .016 .024w .032 .042 .052

Newtone Irish Tuning Tenor Banjo Strings

Gauged to suit the unique alternate tunings used by Irish banjo players for Celtic and traditional fiddle tunes. Theses round-core Phosphor Bronze strings are hand-made in the style of Newtone’s Masterclass strings.  Available in loop-end for no extra charge.

.012 .018w .028 .038

Newtone Tenor Banjo Strings

Ideal for traditional Jazz, Dixieland and old time British Music Hall styles of Tenor banjo. These round-core Phosphor Bronze strings are hand-made in the style of Newtone’s Masterclass strings. Normally available in loop-end, Newtone Tenor Banjo strings can also be special ordered in pure nickel wound and/or ball-end construction for no extra charge.

Medium .010 .016 .024w .032
Heavy .011 .017 .026w .036

Newtone Plectrum Banjo Strings

Ideal for traditional Jazz, Dixieland and old time British Music Hall styles of Plectrum banjo. Gauged to suit the higher tension long scale neck of the Plectrum banjo. These round-core Phosphor Bronze strings are hand-made in the style of Newtone’s Masterclass strings. Normally available in loop-end, Newtone’s Plectrum Banjo strings can also be special ordered in pure nickel wound and/or ball-end construction for no extra charge.

Medium .010 .012 .016 .024w
Heavy .011 .013 .017 .026w

Newtone 5-String Banjo Strings

These round-core pure Nickel-wound strings are hand-made in the style of Newtone’s Masterclass strings. Normally available in loop-end, Newtone 5-String Banjo strings can also be special ordered in Phosphor Bronze wound and/or ball-end construction for no extra charge.

Newtone Banjo strings are made to conform to the gauges most commonly used by Bluegrass and Nashville session players. Many banjo players prefer the warmer tone of the pure nickel-wound strings but the greatest tonal advantage is due to the superior quality of Newtone’s exceptional plain strings

E.S.  Custom .010 .012 .014 .022w .010
Custom Medium .011 .013 .016 .024w .010

 

  • Model: Newtone Strings
  • Country of Origin: United Kingdom

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