How much does the strings actually effect the tone?
a LOT. Enough to actually change the entire characteristics of your guitar. But of course, it also depends on your guitar.
really? lol i didn't know it was that important. I have a Jasmine by Takamine. Thanks
Yes really. I tried a set of Dean Markley's on my acoustic a while back and it made it louder, but darker and deeper. Then switched to a set of Martin Silkies. It was like a completely different guitar, both in playability and tone. The Martins were so light and bell like, with much more pronounced overtones and clarity.
I feel that strings definitely affect the tone. It took me a few tries until I found the strings that sound best on my acoustics.
wow... I just thought a string was a string lol is it the different gauges or the way it's wound or the material or all three? or more?
Guage, material, the core wire, how it's wound, etc. Everything will change the string's tone.