#1
i'm in need of new strings can anyone tell me what is the best kind of strings you can get for an acoustic guitar.
#2
D'ADDARIO 12's > all
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#3
i love my martins sound amazing on the acoustic, for elec i like daddario so id suspect their acoustic strings are nice too
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#8
I've tried John Pearse strings. Very nice sound, but they didn't last. Died within 2 weeks.

My current all time favourite strings are...

Non-coated: Martin Eric Clapton Signatures

These strings have a very good balance of bass and treble, which I find to be rare. Most strings I come across are much more trebly an bright. These gave a lot of warmth, but at the same time a lot of definition.

Coated: Cleartone EMP

These strings have lasted. For those of you who don't know about me and my hands... My sweat is VERY acidic. I corrode through strings like no tomorrow. Elixirs, which everyone praises for long life, die in the same period of time as any other strings. These cleartones that I have on right now haven't even started to change colour. That's quite impressive/amazing to me.
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#9
i love Elixir acoustic strings. Ive tried some Epiphone ones before too.. they were Okay.
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I've tried John Pearse strings. Very nice sound, but they didn't last. Died within 2 weeks.

My current all time favourite strings are...

Non-coated: Martin Eric Clapton Signatures

These strings have a very good balance of bass and treble, which I find to be rare. Most strings I come across are much more trebly an bright. These gave a lot of warmth, but at the same time a lot of definition.

Coated: Cleartone EMP

These strings have lasted. For those of you who don't know about me and my hands... My sweat is VERY acidic. I corrode through strings like no tomorrow. Elixirs, which everyone praises for long life, die in the same period of time as any other strings. These cleartones that I have on right now haven't even started to change colour. That's quite impressive/amazing to me.

If I remember right, you once described it as "like a fat boy working his way through a twinkie"

I'll have to give the cleartones a look. Although, coated strings kind of scare me after seeing the ones on my DCE's guitar. The coating was hanging off of the strings.......gross.......

Anyway, my personal favorites (right now at least) are D'Addario Phosphor Bronze Light. Nice, bright sound, and just enough bass to get me by.

Of course, I like a brighter, more trebly (that a word?) sound, so what I like might not be what you're looking for.
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If I remember right, you once described it as "like a fat boy working his way through a twinkie"

I'll have to give the cleartones a look. Although, coated strings kind of scare me after seeing the ones on my DCE's guitar. The coating was hanging off of the strings.......gross.......


LOL. Yes, I also believe I said that.

As for the cleartones, I think they coat the winding and core separately and then put them together, unlike Elixirs, which are definitely coated after they are wound together(I would know because when I used the elixirs, I shredded the coating off). Also, the B and high E strings on the cleartones are coated, unlike elixirs.
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#13
^Awesome. I'll have to see if my local shop has them. I get all of my accessories and such from them since I hate GC. In fact, if at all possible, I buy all of my gear from them. I think it should be a law that all guitar gear should be bought from local shops rather than crappy chain stores.
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#14
Do not buy any Elixir strings. They always seem to break within a week or two of putting them on. All the customers at the local guitar shop have the same problem with them. I prefer DR Strings, or Dean Markley Blue Steel.
#16
eh, your strings aren't really going to give you a decidedly country or bluesy or rock or metal or anything else tone. that is more determined by the guitar itself and your playing style.
#17
I personally hate Elixir strings. They keep the new string sound for too long and in my experience, they're too slick.

I've been using ClearTone EMPs and they definitely due keep for a long time but I'm thinking about trying out the Martin SPs.
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#20
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#21
martin makes great acoustic strings, i've been using elixir strings for the past few pairs and they really arent worth the extra money, you can get 2-3 packs of martin strings for the same price of one set of elixirs, i like the sound of the martins better too, just got a few packs of elixirs for christmas and havent gotten through them yet. They dont last that much longer either, and they dont feel the same, i'm really not impressed by them, yeah they dont get "dirty" but the sound isnt that great, they stay new sounding for like 2-3 weeks and then completely die, while martins have a really annoying new sound for like a few days, but then get that warm sound that you love and keep it.
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I find the cheaper D'Addarios sound good for the first few days then die off. Now my classical guitar sounds muffled. Time for a string change I guess. I use mediums on it.

I find Martin SPs and D'Addario EXPs to be way to bright and trebly for me. I'm still waiting for that 'warm' sound to come along. To the person who stated he liked bright and trebly guitars, want to buy mine? ;].

Elixirs are expensive and confusing. What are polywebs and nanowebs? Sounds too Marvel for me.

I've never seen DMs before. Any thoughts on their Gold Bronze Alchemy strings? Someone here recommended them to tame my tinny sounding Takamine.

I heard Martin Clapton's Choice are bright instead of 'warm'. Phosphor bronze again right? I'm trying to avoid them. Any other thoughts?
#23
Well...I kind of like the bright sound of Takamines. I don't really consider it "tinny" though.

Anyway, that being said, here's a link to D'Addario's website. They have a meter for brightness on their strings.
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#24
I've seen that and they weren't kidding about the brightness of the phosphor bronzes but aren't regular bronzes supposed to be mellower?

I'm also thinking of putting Silk and Steels on it in the future to try and tame it but I've never seen it either.

What about flat-wound strings?
#25
Well, I just use phosphor bronze strings because I like the bright, chimey (not tinny! tinny is bad!) tone I get out of my Tak with them.

There's a link to something like an ultimate string review thread in one of the stickies
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#26
d'addarios lights (phosphor bronze I think are the ones I use)
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