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Old 01-10-2013, 12:12 AM   #1
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Different strings for different acous. guitars??

I'm just curious what your feeling is to this scenario-should you stick to a specific brand of strings your guitar is strung at the factory whether it be with d'addario, elixir, martin just to name a few. My sons seagull came with d'addario-i tried an elixir light ph and no comparison-i restrung with a new set of d'addario light ph. bronze and wow was i impressed. So that being said-should we stick with whatever the guitar comes with?
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:33 AM   #2
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Nope- buy what you like. Different strings may just disclose different things about a guitar's voice.
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:37 AM   #3
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my husband and i use the strings that sound best on each guitar, and they're definitely not the same brand or type.
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:38 AM   #4
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I have been playing my acoustic with d'addario. I like the overall feel but I'm going to try the light gage next. I should get the same great sound with a nice ressonance.
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:37 AM   #5
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The overall tone you're trying to achieve should guide your choice.

I would experiment between the D'Addario 80/20 brass strings, and the same brand and gauge in phosphor bronze at least once. (Brass are brighter). In fact, you'll likely notice more difference between brass and bronze, than between brands.

To my ears, 80/20 strings "ping" more when they're new, but might stay bright a bit longer than PB.

With that said, people either swear by, or loathe the Elixirs. They're coated after wrapping, and I've heard it said the sound is a bit muzzled because of it.

Now, as to gauge of the set. Have the guitar setup properly, before you experiment with string thickness.

Heavy strings have more bass, and they're louder. They're also good if you have a heavy touch.

Lighter strings, less bass, but you can bend them, generally play faster on them, and they're easier on your guitar.

For dreadnoughts and jumbos, I suggest "acoustic light", (.012 - .053), but no lighter. They're a good all around compromise.

I think D'Addario sell more strings than just about anybody else, and you really can't go too far wrong with their product. (I use them exclusively, in both brass and bronze, for different guitars).

And remember, your mood, what you're playing, and the weather, all have a profound effect on the sound, and your opinion of it.

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Old 01-10-2013, 03:56 AM   #6
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I bought a used Tacoma late last year, and I'm still using what it shipped with. I don't know the brand, of course, but from the look of 'em, they're one of those high-copper content sets. Possibly Reds.

Very nice, warm tone.
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:17 AM   #7
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With modern quality strings, it's hard to go really wrong. Most all the name brands put out good products, and all use industrial-grade music wire from pretty much the same sources.
So...Differences are likely to be subtle at best.
Consider this... Most of us don't change strings perhaps as often as we should... They tend to be pretty ratty by the time we buy a new set.
So... We slap on a new set and viola! Boy, these sound much better! Well, sure, they sound better than the ratty old corroded and crudded-up strings you just took off.
But do you really, accurately remember what those old strings sounded like when they were new?
It's hard to make a comparison without going through such gyrations as making a high-quality reference recording to compare to....
Also, what sounds good is greatly subjective. As Cranky says, one fellow may love his Elixirs while the next thinks they're the best thing since chocolate milk.
Some like a bright, ringing sound, some like a darker, mellower tone. Also, as Patti notes, different guitars often respond better to different strings.
So....Be prepared to experiment. Change 'em often, and take notes.
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:58 AM   #8
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Phosphor Bronze are made up of 90% copper 8% tin and then a mix of some other goodies like Phosphor, zinc, etc. These would be the warmest and punchiest of the acoustic strings. Great for guitars with maple tops or guitars that are really, really bright. PB can warm them right up and provide a little extra bass.

80/20 Strings are 80% copper and 20% tin - plain and simple and these are the Brightest acoustic string you can get your hands on. A perfect solution for guitars that are too boomy - all bottom end and no treble response.

There are also some sets out there that are 85/15 - you can guess what that represents. They fall somewhere in the middle.

For those of you that really like to experiment, you can also use Electric Guitar Strings on your acoustic but use a set with a Wound 3rd and it will mimic the sound and feel of any Phosphor Bronze, 80/20 or 85/15 set.

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Old 01-11-2013, 01:55 PM   #9
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Phosphor Bronze are made up of 90% copper 8% tin and then a mix of some other goodies like Phosphor, zinc, etc. These would be the warmest and punchiest of the acoustic strings.


FYI, and FWIW, Reds are 99% copper.

http://www.redstrings.com/why_copper-bronze.asp
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Old 01-11-2013, 03:14 PM   #10
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FYI, and FWIW, Reds are 99% copper.
I guess it's true then, we've learned nothing from the "Liberty Bell incident".....
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Old 01-11-2013, 03:16 PM   #11
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oh yes we did... a good hit in the "bells" really got our attention ! (may we secretly thank the french for saving us from ourselves)
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Old 01-14-2013, 04:02 AM   #12
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I've found D'Addario EXP to sound consistently good on all of my guitars, but I know my Takamine takes to them better than my Epiphone Masterbilt. The Epi sounds gorgeous with Martin strings. They bring out a tight, responsive low-end while maintaining clarity in the higher registers.
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:08 AM   #13
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I like the light d addario's for the aj 220s. They sound great and are easy to fret.
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