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Chris Greene
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Frogs, the other white meat
Feb 18th, 2015 10:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

HATE IT! Other than less string tension there is nothing about the lights that works on that guitar. Maybe some other string? I think I'll put some mediums back on tomorrow. I'm guessing the HD28V will keep mediums!

jhawkr
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Feb 19th, 2015 06:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

These are the only 11's I've tried that don't make the tone all tinny and quiet. I use them on my J-45, Martin 000-28EC and even my Yamaha.

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Feb 19th, 2015 06:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You might try different types and brands. I've got a few acoustics that will just die if you go off your regular brand. I use John Pearse on all the Martins.

Chris Greene
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Feb 19th, 2015 09:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They were strung with Lifespan Martin mediums and it was those strings' sound I bought the guitars on. The SP lights seem to work great on my solid top Yamaha dread. Think I'll try some more. I've never tried the Pearse strings but I know the seem to have their fans.


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Feb 19th, 2015 09:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a similar dilemma. My DRS1 came with mediums from the factory. I inadvertently pick up lights by mistake. Now, I have to wait til I get home to, hopefully, exchange them for mediums.

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Feb 19th, 2015 11:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just re-strung a guitar with Pearse .011's

I forgot how good those strings are. They sound good immediately. I think Martin SP's sound better after they settle in a few days. YMMV

telegib

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Feb 19th, 2015 01:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I lost a little bass response but I have keep light guage 12-53 on my HD-28 since I have had it. It's still a cannon. I'm using Elixirs Nanoweb at present.

Just a little easier on my fingers and on the guitar.

(This message was last edited by telegib at 03:44 PM, Feb 19th, 2015)

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

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Feb 19th, 2015 04:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's still loud just a bit thin. Maybe I just was getting used to half dead strings with the mediums. We'll see when I restring it.

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Feb 20th, 2015 04:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I prefer mediums on my Martins. Lights just made the guitar sound ordinary to me. Gone was the signiture low end oompf IMO.

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Feb 20th, 2015 06:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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(This message was last edited by Bubbalou at 06:56 AM, Mar 11th, 2015)

kego
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Feb 20th, 2015 01:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought a D-18GE in December from a friend of mine who owns a shop. It was his personal guitar, and I got a great deal on it.

Interestingly enough, I *LOVED* the tone it had, and asked him what strings were on it.

The answer?

Martin Retro Lights

I bought a couple sets and plan on trying them on one of my 000 or OM Martins to see what I think. They are made of Monel steel, and I'm amazed at the tone so far. They also make Mediums (the Tony Rice signature strings I think).

This was the first time I've ever found a new type of string that way - I had no idea at all what they were, I just knew that they sounded fantastic. I have used DiAddarios, John Pearse, and many others and have more or less settled on Martin SP's, but I think I may like the Monels/Retro strings even better.

They are supposed to last longer and have a softer feel than Phosphor Bronze. I can say that they are very comfortable to play, and so far I'm still on the set that came on the guitar (and I've played it a lot!) - and I have no idea how long they had been on the guitar before I bought it. They still sound great. I'll probably try the mediums as well to see what I think.

All the talk on the various forums suggests that some folks love them and some folks hate them, but all I know is that I liked them *before* I even knew what they were - so I was unbiased by any hype. That says something to me.

At any rate, if I were you, Chris, I'd try as many different strings as you want to find the ones you like best. I definitely suggest that you give the Monel's a try though.

Enjoy the search!


Link to GC - but you can find them elsewhere significantly cheaper...

(This message was last edited by kego at 03:59 PM, Feb 20th, 2015)

kego
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Feb 20th, 2015 02:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here's the Tony Rice set...

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Feb 20th, 2015 06:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I've never tried the Pearse strings but I know the seem to have their fans."

Yep. Me too. Tried tons of different strings, but these ultimately won the battle of the brands. Their version of "light" is not too light. They went the 12-53 route, not 11 (though I'm sure they make them in that gauge). This is what sounds great on my high-end American Guild. In fact, I put a new set on last night and man they sound great.

Those Martin Retro Lights do sound interesting though.

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Feb 20th, 2015 06:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I used to think a string was a string but after restringing with another brand for a trial and absolutely hating the sound of a known monster sounding guitar ,then going back right then and putting the original brand back on and getting the sound back on it I learned to stick with what works for the instrument. Your results may Vary!

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Feb 21st, 2015 07:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Monel is very tough steel. Should resist breaking as it's not especially brittle.

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Feb 21st, 2015 12:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Another picker here that uses the Martin Retro lights on a 000-28.

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Feb 21st, 2015 07:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I string all of my acoustics with D'Addario PB Lights. On several of the guitars I do replace the first string with a Medium gauge PB.

Love 'em!

John Pearse makes good strings. If you are looking for a less bright sound than D'Addario PB's, try a set. But be aware that many folks complain about how quickly they go dead…

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Feb 21st, 2015 09:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"But be aware that many folks complain about how quickly they go dead…" (the Pearse strings, that is)

That has not been my experience.

jhawkr
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Feb 22nd, 2015 03:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"John Pearse makes good strings. If you are looking for a less bright sound than D'Addario PB's, try a set. But be aware that many folks complain about how quickly they go dead…"


That was my experience with JP's. Great sounding for a couple months, then a quick die-off.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Frogs, the other white meat
Feb 22nd, 2015 10:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I sort of liked the Martin Lifespan Mediums they equip their dreads with. Those were what sold me on the sound. Makes sense to get some more. I'm not on a quest; I just want to get the D42 back to where it was when I got it.

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