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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / What acoustic strings are you liking these days?

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Oct 26th, 2017 02:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

I’ve switched to D’Addario Nickel Bronze recently. They’ve become my favorite set.

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North Florida

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Oct 27th, 2017 08:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

I use Newtone 11-47 on the 0015, and John Pearse 80/20 on the 00015s, occasionally I'll use the DR Sunbeams on the 00015s, a little lower tension with the round core.

Strings seem to last a long time, I do wipe them down with a piece of felt sprayed with a mix of Balistol and water, keeps them from gunking up or rusting.

Back in 2012 when I crushed my left hand in a motorcycle accident the Doc repeatedly told me my playing guitar days were over. He was wrong but I did put some low tension strings on the two Martins to re-hab the hands into shape. I still use the 11-47 and 12-54 on these guitars.

I haven't settled on a set for my classical guitar.

reverend mikey
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Oct 27th, 2017 08:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Martins are a good choice - I've used them more than anything the past few years - Phosphor Bronze, and more often now, the Monel Retros. I like the Laurence Juber gauged Retro set the best; lights on the A, D, G, mediums on the low E and high B & E.

You can't go wrong with D'Addario's either for quality/price. I bought a bunch of the New Bronze sets awhile back, but didn't care for them (I DO think they sound/feel different than the Martin Monel Retros). Since I have a few sets left, I put them on a couple guitar again... so far they're okay, we'll see how I like them after they've been on a few more days.

John Pearse are good strings. In my experience, they seem to tarnish earlier than Martin or D'Addario, but the tone is still there. This is also true for Curt Mangan strings - sound great, tarnish quickly, but still sound good.

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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Nov 1st, 2017 06:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

I just bought an Alvarez-Yairi PY70, which is a spruce/rosewood parlor. Nice little guitar.

At the suggestion of the seller, I bought a set of LaBella Light Silk & Steel strings for it. They sounded good right out of the box, but now they have been on about a week. I got it out last night, tuned it up, and was promptly blown away at how good that little guitar sounded.

No way a small guitar should have that much bass, and any boxy-ness it might have had before was gone. And they felt good under my fingertips.

Don't know how long they will last- I'm an Elixir man and am used to strings lasting a loooonnnggg time- but for now I'm real happy with them. Not expensive either, $8 for the set.

Not sure how they would sound on a dreadnought, but I think I might buy another set and put them on my other Yairi, a DY74, just to see.

Te 52

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Nov 1st, 2017 10:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

"...I got it out last night, tuned it up, and was promptly blown away at how good that little guitar sounded..."

I grew up with an O-size mahogany Martin in the house. That thing positively came alive with silk-and-steel strings. They really seem to bring out the best in parlor-size instruments.

(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 12:34 PM, Nov 1st, 2017)

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Nov 2nd, 2017 03:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

D'Addario -
For acoustic 12-string and acoustic 6-string
(both Martin (Nazareth PA, not Mexico, of course))

Ernie Ball -
Electric (Fender, Fullerton CA)

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Murrells Inlet, SC

So, so you think you can tell.
Nov 2nd, 2017 03:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

Don't know if it's just me or my Guitar, but Ernie Ball 80/20 earthwoods still sound the best on my Acoustic.

Doc B
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San Diego

Nov 5th, 2017 11:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

EJ16’s on everything unless you are a bluegrasser. Bluegrass guys like 13’s (EJ17’s) for the little bit of extra volume. They also don’t bend strings much, if at all.

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Idaho, USA

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Nov 6th, 2017 12:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have three sets of those strings, Doc, but I have yet to give them a go. Maybe next string change.

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Murrells Inlet, SC

So, so you think you can tell.
Nov 11th, 2017 06:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for the discussion everyone. Gets me thinking to try some different strings again. Ordered some EJ 16s and Martin SPs, going to give them a try next and see if they can out preform my EB earthwoods. I think the SP's i ordered are 80/20 and the EJs are phosphor bronze.


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Nov 15th, 2017 06:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'll throw Cleartones into the mix. LOVE their bass strings, so I tried a set of the 80/20 bronze 13-56 acoustics on my Epi EJ-160. Kept coming back to them, tried most of the above.


Hawaii, USA

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Nov 15th, 2017 04:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

As long as I can remember, I've used D'Addario 13-56 Phosphorus Bronze. They don't last any longer in Hawaii than any other but it's what I know best.

On My one classical guitar, I put La Bella Medium tension strings, they don't list gauges.



Dec 30th, 2017 10:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

I do not care for Elixer bass strings or poly web coated Elixers but the other night I played 2 of his acoustics with Elixer Phosphor Bronze nano coated string and loved the tone feel and playability of them. With that I put a set on my moms Takimine F-349 1979 Acoustic that was given to me after she passed away in 2005. It sound better than ever before and I have a set to put on my other acoustic .

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San Francisco, CA

Dec 31st, 2017 08:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

I still use Gryphon's Light Gauge PB strings.

D'Addario makes them for Gryphon and puts some kind of brighter looking coating on them.


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NW Pennsylvania

Dec 31st, 2017 08:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

I just got some Stringjoy this week, and so far I'm impressed.


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SoCal, USA

Jan 28th, 2018 01:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

Still love John Pearse phosphor bronze extra lights. Love the clarity, warmth, tone.

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Murrells Inlet, SC

So, so you think you can tell?
Jan 28th, 2018 03:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

I tried the Martin Sps and the Ej16s from D'Addario. I liked the martins better, for some reason just not into the Phosphor Bronze thing.

Going back to my EB earthwood 80/20 11s.


LA , Calif

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Feb 18th, 2018 12:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've tried a few brands . Martin and Gibson and fender , D'Addario , GHS Nickle for electric. Many others names that escape me now.

Started with Black Diamond decades ago and Gibson well before anyone had plain G's you had light , med and Heavy.

Sure some last longer and I don't like bright sounding strings. For me as long as they are not bright sounding I have no preference in brand. D'Adarrio suit me just fine. I played one acoustic at GC that had the coated strings. I can't stand the feel of any coating on any string. Maybe you need to get used to them , I don't feel it's worth it for me. I can get any nickle wound string for my electrics that to me work just as well as GHS . Most sets I want I need to order special because of the 13-56 so I by singles on any brand that's nickle wound.

Again my 1/2 cent opinion.

If you know how to play you can get your sound out of any brand string. Same thing you don't need a $5,000 guitar to play great if you know how.

I have a 2004 seagull S series grand and an EPI EL-00 Pro. Sure I would like a Gibson J45 or a Gibson re issue parlor 14 fret model or a real nice solid wood 14 fret parlor any brand , not going to happen and I'm fine with this. I can get the ones I have to sing.

(This message was last edited by catnineblue at 02:21 PM, Feb 18th, 2018)

Doc Sarvis
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USA/Salt Lake City

Tuned Strings and Tight Lines
Feb 18th, 2018 12:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

I second this opinion:

"Pearse 80/20 Bronze here. They sound broken in as soon as you tune up. Martin SP 80/20 Bronze is my second choice."

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Murrells Inlet, SC

So, so you think you can tell?
Feb 23rd, 2018 07:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

Going to try some D'Addario EJ 26s next. The phosphor bronze D'Addario EJ 16s are starting to grow on me.

Just want to try their 11s compared to the Ernie Ball 11s.

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