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Albert Augustine และ Andrés Segovia

The History of Augustine Strings

Albert Augustine was a Danish immigrant guitar enthusiast, and burgeoning luthier. He was also a founding member of The New York Society for the Classic Guitar, the first organization to present serious classical guitar concerts in New York City, and the publisher of a prestigious journal called Guitar Review.

In the 1940s, it was more difficult than ever to source quality strings, which at the time were made of animal gut (sheep, mostly). Beyond the inconsistency of strings composed of organic materials, their usage as field sutures during the war effort made them extremely scarce. Particularly confounded by this lack of good strings was Andrés Segovia, the Spanish virtuoso whose efforts to elevate the guitar from the parlor to the concert stage had made him an international sensation.

“From my earliest childhood – and I feel as though I must have been playing the guitar before I was born – I was handicapped by the brittleness of the strings that were then available; and as I grew in years and experience, I found myself more and more irritated…” – Andrés Segovia

Vladimir Bobri, illustrator and editor of Guitar Review, introduced Segovia to Albert, who’d been stringing his guitars with fishing line made out of a new synthetic material developed by the DuPont company. DuPont saw little potential in using this product, which they called nylon, for the application of guitar strings. For Albert and Andrés, it opened up a new world of possibility.

Albert grinded and honed DuPont’s nylon monofilament in his basement, refining trebles through countless conversations with Segovia. More challenges awaited in the development of bass strings composed of a core nylon multifilament “thread” that Albert wound in metals ranging from gold to aluminum before he and Segovia agreed that silver produced the most “noble sound.”

Albert’s strings resounded in Segovia’s concerts across the globe, causing a fervor amongst guitarists in need of their own durable, reliable, brilliant strings. Before long, the players that would begin to shape the art of the guitar as it came to be known in the 20th century – from Segovia, to Olga Coelho, to the Abreu Brothers, to a young English prodigy named Julian Bream – were all playing “Augustine Strings.”

Rose Augustine, Albert’s wife was not a guitarist, she was a chemistry teacher at a public school in the Bronx. However she shared Albert’s passion for the guitar and a fierce enthusiasm for the guitar community. After Albert’s passing in 1967, Rose took the reins of Augustine Strings, advocating on behalf of her husband’s legacy and all the while nurturing the musical careers of many of the most influential guitarists of the second half of the 20th century.

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Albert and Rose were proud of their business, but it was their pride in the worldwide guitar community that inspired them to push forward for all guitarists – the fundamental concept by which Augustine Strings continues to operate today.

Augustine Strings's Mission

Augustine Strings’ mission is to produce strings that elevate every guitar to its fullest potential of sound and playability. Beyond manufacturing, donations, advocacy, platforming, networking, and direct financial support make Augustine an industry leader when it comes to ensuring the availability of musical education, especially for communities most in need.

While their hours in the Augustine Strings factory and office are spent working to produce the finest guitar strings in the world, at their core, they are musicians. Their lives have been shaped by music’s power to inspire, excite, heal, enrich, and entertain.

For this reason, They seek to uncover and support organizations doing outstanding work in education initiatives that forge the connections to this most powerful art form. Just a few of these are Austin Classical Guitar, St. Louis Classical Guitar, and Cleveland Classical Guitar. Beyond their own support, they believe strongly in advocating for these organizations within their industry so that they are recognized and supported more broadly.

Augustine also seeks to foster awareness and provide guidance and inspiration so that educators in underserved communities have access to required resources and connections that will help them to build off proven models of success.

These programs might produce extraordinarily talented players, but just as important they enhance the lives of all involved. When people play music together at any level of ability, connections are forged and spirits are lifted for both musician and listener. Opportunities to share joy, beauty, and fellowship should be available to everyone, and it is a central part of their mission at Augustine Strings to ensure that they are.


What’s tension?

Tension is idiomatic to classical guitar strings, but it can be used interchangeably with the more common “gauge” when used to describe the way a string feels and performs. Essentially, low tension strings correspond to light gauge strings and high or hard tension strings correspond to heavy gauge strings.

What’s a “Classic” string?

Augustine Classic are the original nylon treble strings developed by Albert Augustine and Andrés Segovia. Modern extrusion techniques now allow for them to be produced with perfect intonation.

What are “Imperial” and “Regal” strings?

Imperial and Regal trebles represent the evolution of Albert Augustine’s original nylon string. Comprised or premium high density nylon, these strings boast power and clarity that draws more from the guitar to bring definition and volume to each player’s unique voice.

What is the difference between “Imperial” and “Regal?”

Both Regal and Imperial trebles are premium nylon. Imperial trebles are high tension, and Regals have a slightly larger diameter that makes their tension even higher.

What are the basses made of?
Augustine basses are comprised of a nylon fiber core or “yarn” that is wound in silver-plated copper wire.
What is the difference between Red, Blue, Black, and Gold basses? Are the strings dyed those colors? Red, Blue, Black, and Gold refer to the four different types of Augustine bass strings. Each is unique for its tension and the percentage of silver in its wrap:
  • Black basses are low tension strings with a mellow tone. The favorite of many beginners.
  • Red basses are medium tension strings for players who desire more projection from a light touch.
  • Blue basses are high tension and feature the highest percentage of silver content, giving them the most projection and boldest sound of any Augustine bass.
  • Gold basses are plated in brass rather than silver and wound to low/medium tension. Their aggressive timbre is often preferred by flamenco players.

Augustine bass strings are not dyed.

What is a “carbon” string?

Polyvinylidine fluoride (PVFD), also known as fluorocarbon, is a synthetic material that, like nylon, has been developed for use as a guitar string. Carbon treble strings for guitar have a unique “feel” due to their rigidity and high density, factors that contribute to enhanced volume and bright tonal quality. These aspects make them the preference for many pro concertizing guitarists or players who participate in competitions where maximizing projection is essential.

What is a “Paragon” string?

Paragon trebles are Augustine’s very own carbon strings. They offer all of the tonal benefits of carbon with an organic warmth that distinguishes them from competing carbon strings.

What is the difference between a “Regal Red” set compared to a “Classic Red” set or a “Paragon Red” set?

“Classic,” “Imperial,” “Regal,” and “Paragon,” refer to treble strings. The colors listed in the sets refer to the bass strings. Thus “Classic Red” is Classic trebles matched with Red (medium tension) basses, “Imperial Red” is Imperial trebles matched with Red basses, “Paragon Red” is Paragon carbon trebles matched with Red basses. Same goes for “Regal Blue,” “Classic Gold,” and so on and so forth.

Are Augustine Spectra and Acoustic OEM strings?

Like all of the company’s offerings, Spectra and Acoustic strings are made in Albert Augustine Ltd.’s facility in New York, U.S.A.

Tone Chart

These are tone chart of Augustine strings.