Optima Gold Strings

Review:  Optima 2028BM Gold Strings “Brian May”

“If it’s good enough for Brian May, it’s good enough for me”. That’s what I thought when I decided to try out the Optima 2028BM Gold Strings, as endorsed by the badger-loving rock legend himself. I was far from disappointed. The Optima strings gave me a really nice playing experience, both in and outside of my guitar lessons.  In fact, I’d say it’s probably the best I’ve tried. One big reason is because they feel quite flexible to play, compared to conventional guitar strings.

Going for gold

So what’s it actually like to play guitar with 24 carat gold? What really struck me in my guitar lessons and in my own playing was that these strings seem to last much longer than others. One thing, the paint started to flake off where the fingers go on the neck of the guitar. But this was a minor point, though my students noticed it in guitar lessons. Sometimes, with guitar strings, the coating can feel almost ‘plasticky’, but with these, the gold adds a protective layer which makes them feel completely natural.

Blinging it

I have to be honest. It did feel rather flash, playing with gold strings, especially when giving guitar lessons. But they set off the gold hardware of my SG guitar rather nicely. Surprisingly, this bling isn’t any more expensive than leading brands. The strings also created quite an impression in my guitar lessons with plenty of my guitar tuition students commenting that I must be getting paid too much!

Dressed to thrill?

The strings may be endorsed by Brian May, but does that mean they suit his style of music? They only have light gauges and no heavy gauges for jazz and blues. So yes, they are great for rock, but with a limited use for my guitar lessons. I’d like to suggest to the manufacturer that they do them in acoustic and also that they make some heavier gauges. Plus, if they’re going to offer gold, why not also offer strings in different materials like platinum and silver or white gold?

Fresh as a daisy

Never mind how they look. Not only does the tone stay consistently bright, but those 24 carats protect the strings so that they don’t wear out like conventional strings. I also thought it was impressive that the stress of the plectrum doesn’t chip away at them. Particularly good for wear and tear when I was giving guitar lessons. There was still plenty of life left in them. I have to be honest. I probably wouldn’t usually buy these because their look is just a little too, well, gold, for me. But after this experience, in and out of guitar lessons, I have to recommend them.
My final thought? Look beyond the bling and you’ll find some very nice strings. Good on you, Brian May.
Rob Greco

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