Project # 0048
Inspired by the vintage instruments we all love and the musicians that played them, we went searching for a string formula from the 60s, and a way to apply them to the modern playing application. We found a set of Fender Electric Spanish No. 10 strings and wondered if there was anything special about them. Gabriel Tenorio inspected and verified some interesting information regarding these No. 10 strings, and we were inspired to tell the story.
In the 1930s the V.C Squier company began manufacturing violin, banjo, and guitar strings that became very popular, and when Leo Fender began his pioneering journey into the electric guitar, Squier provided the strings. In early 1965 the Fender corporation acquired the business. Shortly after, Fender was sold to CBS and the Squier name was retired until the later use of the name for the budget instruments we all now know.
Gabriel Tenorio continues a legacy of handwinding strings that is unseen by any other American string manufacturer, so his interpretation of these classics capture the essence of the originals while updating the gauge size for more modern playability.
The original No. 10s were remarkably heavy at a gauge of 13-55, so many players of the era would adapt the sets by adding in a .10 for the high E string, and shift the remaining strings up to create a 10-46 set. This is why the sets are available in the Traditional 13-55 gauge, and the Adapted 10-46 Gauge.
The Gabriel Tenorio Classic No. 10 Exclusive Pure Nickel Strings are available in Standard Cut for Tele/Strat/LP style guitars, and Trem Cut for JM & Jaguar style guitars.