Equipment Review: Find Your Ropes with the D’Addario Rope Finder
You may already know that D’Addario is the world’s largest manufacturer of musical instrument accessories. They are the go-to designer and manufacturer of musical instrument strings for many professionals. Today, they are helping musicians around the world find their perfect string set with an inventive new concept called String Finder.
Finding the best string set can be a daunting task. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been playing. Whether you are a beginner looking for your own sound or a seasoned pro player looking for a new sound, there are so many choices and personal preferences that most of the time you just come back to the strings that you used the last time. If that’s your sound, that’s great. But is it the best sound for you? Is there anything better?
To make this process easier and more intuitive, D’Addario set out to create what you might call a “recommendation engine” that would guide players through the decision-making process. Drawing on their decades of string manufacturing expertise, D’Addario worked with Cartful Solutions to develop a simple yet powerful tool that sifts through over 5,000 possibilities in its database to identify the best set of strings for. the needs of each player.
In String Finder’s interactive web app, you’re asked all the right questions to create a score that will direct the app – and you – to one of D’Addario’s many string options – the best. You are asked basic questions like what instrument you play and how many strings are in the set, as well as more general information about you. Are you a singer-songwriter or lead guitarist? Where do you plan to perform, outdoors or in the studio? Professional players know that all of these factors are important in making the right string choice. The website also helps you answer questions about your tonal preferences and the different properties of different sets of strings. Do you prefer light or heavy gauges, or maybe one of the many mixed gauge sets? Your preferred tone is also taken into account, along with some basic information about your playing style.
Once you have answered the questions and established a score, String Finder will show you a single set of strings which, depending on your input, is best for you and your playing situation. It also provides some alternative suggestions and offers to email the result to you for your records.
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the number of options available and miss the in-depth knowledge of what turns out to be thousands of options in order to find the best string set for your instrument, on your terms. gameplay and your styling goals. Plus, exploring on your own takes time, is mind-numbing, and expensive. String Finder was designed to take the guesswork out of the process and make string selection easier.
Find your best match with String Finder HERE.