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Discussion in 'Acoustic Soundboard' started by Nate D, Oct 20, 2018.
Whatever was on sale when I changed my strings 10 years ago.
It's been awhile but mostly I've used the Dean Markley & Ernie Ball Bronze.
But like @carver says, not that often
I'm using Cleartone phosphor bronze. I like the tone, feel and long life. A bit pricey.
Do they brighten a whole lot when you change?
That's my gripe on changing acoustics...
When I'm going to play out, my manic personality makes me change...
Curse myself for hours, due to the change in tone...
Currently Elixir .012's,but all of the above at one time or another.
Recently went through string evaluations on my Ovation Legend ... loved how the Martins sounded, but they didn't last, I ruined one G string in less than 10 minutes ... ended up with Elixir Nanoweb Phosphor Bronze 011 - .052s. Don't sound quite as full and bright as the Martins, but they last ... and a month in, they sound better than the Martins did at a week.
Also use Elixir Nanoweb Phosphor Bronze on my Taylor 352ce, .010 - .047, those are Taylor's recommended strings for that guitar, and it sounds and plays fantastic.
I used to use electric strings on the Ovation because I like to do full-step bends ... but the guitar deserves better ... sounds much better with phosphor bronze strings.
Elixir Nanoweb Custom Light.
They are less brassy sounding to begin with so the tone stays consistent until they start to go "dead".
I've tried tons of em. D'Ad, EB, John Pearse, GHS, DR, Martin and some more I'm sure I can't recall. I usually use Martin Clapton's Choice on My Martin OMJM. I like these because they are round core and not hex core. If I can't find them I will use DR Sunbeams since they are also round core.
Some times I will use the D'addario Nickel Bronze if I'm doing fingerpicking stuff. Tried the Martin Retros on my OMJM, OM 21 and a Taylor and D 18 I used to own and hated them on every guitar.
I got some of the new Martin Titanium strings when I joined the Martin Owners club. I just got around to putting them on a couple of weeks back. They are great strings with a flexible feel like Retros and they have a nice warm and big tone like PB. The sizing is a bit odd as a medium set has a 55 on the bottom and a 12 on the top. The gauges are tweaked per string in the set to create the over all tension of a traditional medium set. It works and it plays just like a set of Martin SP 12's. I will say however these will not be my go to strings as I like to change them every 3 weeks or so the Titanium's are $40 a pack!
Straight Up Strings or Santa Cruz Low tension.
Used to be Martin PB, since day one. Heavier gauges as I played more.
When I saw DR had acoustic stings (my electric brand) I gave them a try.
Currently use Rare 12's, and they feel a step lighter.
I'm playing a Gibson-Epiphone PR7ERS solid T B &S bird's eye maple AE.
Can play some electric solos (2 step bends) and have even plugged it in to my low watt tube amp with just enough gain to add some dirt and it sounds pretty good.
Martin Retros on my Composite Acoustics OX. Lifespans on my CA Cargo, but probably Retros on that next time.
I use Martin retro strings 11 gauge.
I also am using Martin Retro 11s. Great strings.
i just put a set of these on the ibanez in my avatar... 12s... i'm liking them a lot.... didn't change the character of the guitar at all but louder, and the feel is really nice.... way less scratchy...
I just put some DR Sunbeams on my OM-28V and they’re amazing.
Elixr Nanoweb by a mile! (Size - 10s)
Occasionally, a phosphor bronze, or other bronze type for various projects.
something in the range of 10-52 or thinner. Marin or Earnie usually.