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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / Polyweb - Nanoweb

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Pueblo, Co

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Apr 15th, 2019 09:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

Bought some nanoweb Phosphor Bronze 11/52 for my Ovation and honestly I think it was a mistake. Where did my bright clearness and harmonics go? I do not know anything about this Elixir brand or anything about acoustic strings.

So I would like some guidance. The strings sound warm and lovely but perhaps a little too warm. Considering it is an Ovation and I like bright and in your face clarity what would you guys suggest?

reverend mikey
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N of I-90, E of I-29

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Apr 15th, 2019 11:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

Some phosphor bronze strings - unless your hands are really toxic to strings, Id just go ahead and get uncoated ones, but Martin makes a nice set of coated strings for around $12-13... their MA5xxT strings...

Otherwise, an uncoated set of PB strings from Martin or D'Addario should work well and bring back the brightness.

For example...

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Just beyond Mars

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Apr 15th, 2019 11:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

The Poly/Nano thing is a known issue, but there's always a trade-off.

They last a lot longer and their tone is way more consistent through the lifetime of the strings. Yeah, they do sound a bit muffled when new, compared to uncoated bronze, but that tone lasts a long time (many months).

Uncoated strings tend to start sounding pretty dead as they wear and gunk up after only a few weeks.

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St. Louis

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Apr 15th, 2019 03:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

I’ve used both and prefer the nanos over the polys not for sound difference but the feel. The polys feel harder to me. Like an extra coating over the string. The nanos have a coating too but it’s not as noticeable to me.

Te 52

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Apr 15th, 2019 03:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

They both introduce some rubbery material between the windings, which is bound to add damping to the wound strings. If you want the smooth feel without the tone-deadening effect, you might try a set of half-rounds.

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