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Old 03-20-2013, 05:29 PM   #1
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80/20 or phosphor bronze?

I've got a spruce top electroacoustic (Yamaha APX4A) and I've been debating on whether to stay with my usual Elixir phosphor bronze nanoweb light strings, or switching over to the Elixir 80/20 light nanowebs which I've just recently bought. To people who've tried these two out, which sounds more "bright" to you guys? Or better (more hollow) in general with my type of guitar.
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Old 03-20-2013, 05:36 PM   #2
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i went through this, and from what i can hear, the 80/20 when you first put them on a guitar is a lot more "brassy" or "woody". it sounds a little more old fashioned, i think. phosphor bronze sounds softer and more balanced.

after a while though, both seem to lose clarity (of course) but i think phosphor bronze has less change in what you hear.

to answer your question, i think 80/20 is brighter. the 80/20 sounds more hollow too, i think.
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:39 PM   #3
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I've used Elixir 80/20s for years and find them brighter than PBs-which are useful for taming the highs in an over-bright guitar.
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:04 PM   #4
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Welp, went with the 80/20s just to try something new. Sounds like a whole new guitar (in a good way ), got the neck adjusted too and everything. Thanks guys.
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:25 PM   #5
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Welp, went with the 80/20s just to try something new. Sounds like a whole new guitar (in a good way ), got the neck adjusted too and everything. Thanks guys.
I checked the specs and it looks like your Yamaha has a laminated top.

Many laminate guitars can trend a bit towards dull, and don't give of their best with PB strings. I have an all lam spruce / mahogany Ibanez, and it very much likes the brightness boost 80/20 strings give it. I also think that since 80/20 strings have a bit of "brightness to spare", they may go a while longer between changes.
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Old 03-23-2013, 03:01 AM   #6
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In general I prefer 80/20 on a Sitka Spruce top, and think phospher bronze sounds too metalic. However on an Engleman Spruce or Cedar top phospher bronze seems to work best.

I like a very bright and sharp tone so I have a Sitka top and use 80/20's.

Also remember, the pick material makes a hugh difference in tone as well.
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Old 03-23-2013, 03:26 AM   #7
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I love reading through threads like this and realizing how little I know about guitar. It's exciting to see the road ahead.

Sorry for not offering a valid contribution to the thread. I just felt, that in my drunken state, that was important to share and that other, more advanced musicians would feel glad knowing someone is watching, learning, anticipating.
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