#1
I have a solid spruce top with solid rosewood back & sides. It has a very nice bass response with an overall warm tone but lacks somewhat on the treble end. I am looking for strings that will add some brightness. Any suggestions?
#2
Elixirs are kinda bright, if you wanna pay the extra jack for em.
#5
Quote by deltaten
80/20 phosphor bronze' on the light side..mebbe start w/a .10???


Definitely not .10s, unless TS' guitar was set up for .12s (the rule of thumb being +/- one gauge).

OP: .12s tend to be kinda bright, as do coated strings (Elixirs, EXPs, Cleartones, etc.). If you want to consistently have a bright tone, change your strings more often, like every other week. I personally like a somewhat bright tone and I use Elixir Polyweb .12s (.13s are also pretty good if you'd like a little more bass response).
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#6
Either Elixer or DR. For Elixir I like the nano's, in 80/20. Both brands are known for making bright strings.
Acoustics:
1994 Seagull SM6
2007 Takamine G5013SVFT

Electrics:
2008 Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top (Cherryburst)
1964 Gibson Melody Maker D (DC)

Amps:
Traynor YGL-1

Pedals
MXR Distortion III (C4 Modded)
#8
What is the difference between polyweb & nanoweb Elixirs? Is bronze or phosphor bronze brighter?
#9
Nanowebs have a thinner coating, and tend to give more the string's natural tone. A little more trebly in my experience. Polywebs have a thicker coating, which feels smooth and helps prevent finger-squeak. Polys tend to have a little warmer sound. There are various opinions as to what's brighter; 80/20 or Phosphor, depending on brand, gauge e.c.t. All things even, I find Elixir's 80/20 Nanowebs to be bright without being overly-bright. It's why Taylor puts Elixirs on their guitars now.
Acoustics:
1994 Seagull SM6
2007 Takamine G5013SVFT

Electrics:
2008 Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain Top (Cherryburst)
1964 Gibson Melody Maker D (DC)

Amps:
Traynor YGL-1

Pedals
MXR Distortion III (C4 Modded)
#10
80/20 bronze (brass) is a bit brighter than phosphor bronze. I actually think coated strings do sound somewhat duller, especially if the coating is on the thicker side. And if it's very thin, it doesn't do anything in the way of longer string life. Plus the plain treble strings are not coated anyway.

Check out D'Addario's little "bright-mellow" icons under their different sets: http://store.daddario.com/category/144846?language_id=1&currency_id=1