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What acoustic strings do you all use?

Discussion in 'Acoustic Soundboard' started by Nate D, Oct 20, 2018.

  1. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Strat-O-Master

    Jul 25, 2017
    Whatever was on sale when I changed my strings 10 years ago.
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  2. ZlurkCorzDog

    ZlurkCorzDog ALSO BANNED Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 20, 2012
    Not On Cloud 9
    It's been awhile but mostly I've used the Dean Markley & Ernie Ball Bronze.
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  3. thomquietwolf

    thomquietwolf Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 2, 2010
    Peardale CA
    D'Addario EJ16
    But like @carver says, not that often
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  4. Biddlin

    Biddlin Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 11, 2013
    I'm using Cleartone phosphor bronze. I like the tone, feel and long life. A bit pricey.
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  5. thomquietwolf

    thomquietwolf Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 2, 2010
    Peardale CA
    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...

    And then
    Curse myself for hours, due to the change in tone...
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  6. Mutnemom52

    Mutnemom52 Strat-Talker

    Apr 3, 2018
    Currently Elixir .012's,but all of the above at one time or another.
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  7. rgbedard

    rgbedard Strat-Talker Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 3, 2018
    Santa Cruz, CA
    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.
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  8. Mansonienne

    Mansonienne Stratocrastinator Extraordinaire Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 2, 2015
    Paris suburbs, France
    Elixir Nanoweb Custom Light.
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  9. Biddlin

    Biddlin Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 11, 2013
    They are less brassy sounding to begin with so the tone stays consistent until they start to go "dead".
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  10. Stratoskater

    Stratoskater Most Honored Senior Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Running with Scissors
    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!
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  11. kbraker

    kbraker Strat-Talker

    Dec 9, 2006
    findlay ohio
    Straight Up Strings or Santa Cruz Low tension.
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  12. Strat Jacket

    Strat Jacket Senior Stratmaster

    May 11, 2018
  13. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    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.
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  14. StevieMar

    StevieMar Strat-Talk Member

    Dec 30, 2013
    Port Tobacco,MD
    Martin Retros on my Composite Acoustics OX. Lifespans on my CA Cargo, but probably Retros on that next time.
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  15. Mr Hockey

    Mr Hockey Strat-Talker

    Aug 20, 2014
    Kennesaw , GA
    I use Martin retro strings 11 gauge.
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  16. joebloggs

    joebloggs Strat-Talker

    Jun 18, 2017
    The backyard
    I also am using Martin Retro 11s. Great strings.
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  17. montemerrick

    montemerrick spiritual birthday, April 1 Strat-Talk Supporter

    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...
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  18. Nate D

    Nate D Senior Stratmaster

    Apr 2, 2016
    Philly, PA
    I just put some DR Sunbeams on my OM-28V and they’re amazing.
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  19. Namelyguitar

    Namelyguitar Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 3, 2009
    Mobile Bay
    Elixr Nanoweb by a mile! (Size - 10s)

    Occasionally, a phosphor bronze, or other bronze type for various projects.
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  20. jeff h

    jeff h Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 13, 2017
    something in the range of 10-52 or thinner. Marin or Earnie usually.
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