#1
I'm trying a new type of strings called Alchemy (by Dean Markley) soon, as my Martin 80/20 supply has run short. What are the sonic differences between phosphor bronze and 80/20 bronze? Or does it vary greatly depending on the manufacturer? I'm looking for a bright string to compensate for the dark sound of my dreadnought.
#2
It's been awhile since I've used them, but I seem to remember Alchemy's not being as bright as other coated strings. If you're looking for a bright coated string, Elixirs may be your best bet.

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#3
I don't like Elixirs.

And Alchemy's aren't really coated from what I understand. They seem to be like any other string, just treated with something.
#4
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I don't like Elixirs.

And Alchemy's aren't really coated from what I understand. They seem to be like any other string, just treated with something.


have you tried elixirs?

80/20's tend to be bright to begin with, then mellow out and become warm once worn in.

if you can find DR strings, they might be good. i have a set, but i haven't used them yet.
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#5
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have you tried elixirs?

80/20's tend to be bright to begin with, then mellow out and become warm once worn in.


if you can find DR strings, they might be good. i have a set, but i haven't used them yet.


That's one reason why I'm considering a switch to Alchemy strings - someone that reviewed them spoke to one of the company's metallurgists, and the strings were actually designed to sweeten a bit with age before descending into the "dull, worn" sound. Apparently, the vibrations cause the compounds within the strings to slowly reach perfect hardness, which results in improved sound.
#6
you should just give all the strings you can get your hands on a try.

i've run through elixirs, d'addarios (both regular and exp), martins, ghs bronze phosphore, john pearce 80/20s, and i'm sure there are a few more.

you'll find that after playing around with all the strings you can find, one brand will just work with your guitar more than others.
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