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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / New acoustic coming, want to try a selection of strings - suggestions?

HeavyDuty
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Northeast IL

Not very bright but does lack ambition
Mar 6th, 2012 06:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'd like to experiment with different strings on a new acoustic that I have coming in a few weeks. It's a bright guitar - I think I want to preserve that sparkle, but I'd also like to at least try mellowing it a little. It's 24.5" scale and ships with Nanoweb lights.

Any suggestions for specific strings to try out? I'm a complete tyro when it comes to acoustic string selection.



MLC
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It's not just good..

...it's good enough.
Mar 6th, 2012 08:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here you go...

...happy reading

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Mar 6th, 2012 09:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah...that thread is a good one.

So much depends on the guitar itself. But as I mentioned in that thread, when I got my new American Guild 4 years ago, I went around and around with all the brands and all the gauges. Finally wound up liking John Pearse phosphor bronze strings the best. Nice flexible feel (12-53), great tone, seem to last quite well. Not saying they are "the ones" for you. But certainly worth considering in your eventual search.

HeavyDuty
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Northeast IL

Not very bright but does lack ambition
Mar 6th, 2012 01:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I searched but missed that thread - perfect. Thanks!

Peegoo
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That chicken

is WRONG, baby.
Mar 6th, 2012 02:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

FYI...if you want to return any strings you buy and don't like, it's hard to fit them back into the little envelope with the ends all curly.

So do like I do. Cut 'em short, and they fit perfectly.

hee hee

HeavyDuty
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Northeast IL

Not very bright but does lack ambition
Mar 6th, 2012 04:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Naughty boy!

Peegoo
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That chicken

is WRONG, baby.
Mar 6th, 2012 06:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thank you!

Paul L

New Jersey (Exit 4)

I need more Lemon Pledge...
Mar 6th, 2012 06:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I prefer Elixirs, but you can experiment with phosphor bronze or 80/20 formulas in whatever gauge you use. I play Taylors, which tend to be bright guitars, and generally put 80/20s on it as I like to preserve that brightness.

There's some information on the Elixir site that may be helpful.

Elixir Acoustic Strings

KD2
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KDakaWalt
Mar 6th, 2012 07:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like mediums on acoustics. It really depends on the guitar.

telegib

Canada

Mar 8th, 2012 07:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like Elixirs because they keep their tone for so long.

HeavyDuty
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Northeast IL

Not very bright but does lack ambition
Mar 8th, 2012 08:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Anyone tried Cleartones?

Stratzilla
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Mar 9th, 2012 03:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

" Anyone tried Cleartones?"

No but I play Martin Lifespan SP. They use a proprietary Cleartone coating. I'm really loving those strings on my Martin dread.

Vic Vega
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Mar 16th, 2012 08:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Anyone tried Cleartones?"

Love 'em.

They last a long time and sound great. I highly recommend them.

HeavyDuty
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Mar 17th, 2012 08:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

OK, I'll add Cleartones to the try list. Thanks!

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