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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / Another question about strings.

LHW

Southwest Florida

Alone in my principles
Nov 6th, 2017 09:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What type of strings would you recommend for curbing some of the brightness that is common with Taylor acoustics?

Hammond101
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So. Cal. USA

Nov 6th, 2017 10:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You might try a set of D'Addario strings. Phosphor bronze seems to be less bright than the 80/20. The Taylor owners group is pretty much hooked on Elixer strings. They are bright and come standard on Taylor. I use them on my Taylor guitars and don't seem to have a big brightness issue. I like the long life before they dull out. It's a trade off, yes. One of the things in play here is that Taylors are fairly bright guitars and don't produce a lot of lows until the top is well seasoned. With the plain strings being pretty much the same on all sets by all manufactures curing brightness can be difficult. If your guitar is fairly new you may be noticing this.

I own three Taylors and like their different tone and ability to cut through when playing with others. When playing in my acoustic duo I'm plugged in and make any needed adjustment on my amp's EQ and with the bass and treble controls on the guitar.

Is this an issue you have when playing acoustically or when plugged in? One of the things I did just a couple of weeks ago was to hand my 814ce to a friend and have him play it at one of my patio jams. I was amazed how different the guitar sounded when listening from a few feet away rather than when playing it my self. It seemed much more rounded.

shunka

Willoughby, OH , USA

I'm arrogant and a moron
Nov 6th, 2017 11:14 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"How different the guitar sounded."
Diferent player, different technique. Perhaps he/she plays closer to the bridge or closer to the neck, different pick angle etc.

LHW

Southwest Florida

Alone in my principles
Nov 6th, 2017 01:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes, it is a new guitar. I replaced the Elixirs that were on it, because it's a floor model, and I didn't know how long they had been on it.
I replaced them with D'addario Phosphor/bronze lights.
It does sound "warmer", but I am not knowledgeable on the different types of strings.

Hammond101
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Nov 6th, 2017 05:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think your new strings will settle down after a few days and the guitar nay become more balanced. Non-coated string seem to be very bright out of the package and then settle in after about a week. Then they slowly decline until you change them.

Congrats on the new Taylor!

LHW

Southwest Florida

Alone in my principles
Nov 6th, 2017 09:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thank you!

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