EB Earthwoods Yay/Nay?

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  1. Nate D

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    I’ve tried them before a long time ago.

    I was a Martin string guy for years, but these have replaced them for me.

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    Oh crap how did I forget about DR sunbeams? Those are awesome strings. Hard to find local in my area but they are awesome on Martin OM guitars.
     
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    How do the Sunbeams compare to the Rares? The Rares are great new but go flat as soon as the break in, to my ears.
     
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    montemerrick no earthly reason why

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    it's time for a string change so i just ordered a set of these.... i've never used them before...
     
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    Sunbeams are a bit brighter than rares to me but not in a bad way. The coolest thing is they are round Core so lower tension especially when bending. Make sure you bring them to tension before trimming the excess or the wraps can unwind from the round core. It mentions it inside the package.
     
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    yep, all I use as well.
     
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    Somebody here turned me on to them. They stay lively for a long time. Let me know what you think Monte
     
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    Would you say that Sunbeams are in the middle of PB’s and 80/20’s totally?
     
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    New guitars may sit in a music store or a warehouse for extended periods.

    Taylor specs Elixirs on their new guitars because Elixirs last longer and sound more lively after sitting idle for months.

    Prospective buyers may be swayed by the livelier sound standard stung guitars lack over time.

    Martin uses their Lifespan chemically treated strings that sound better longer on many of their new offerings. I love those on my D12-28.
     
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    It really depends on the guitar but they are definitely brighter than rares which I find to be very dark strings.

    Exactly, Taylor used D’addario for years but switched to elixir because they wanted to use coated strings and elixir gave them a better price.
     
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    Acoustic guitar manufacturers may brace their tops for a range of string tensions for the best tone.

    A Martin 28 series will not sound its best with .010"s. Not unlike a drumhead not tightened down enough.
     
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    The Sunbeams stay lively a long time. Seriously best string I’ve found for acoustics and what I’m looking for in a string. I used them on my D-28 too. They’ve got a big tone.
     
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    I've always used Earthwoods on my old Alvarez acoustic. Nothing sounds better on that guitar than a new set of Earthwoods. On my Taylor I've always used Elixirs but have often thought about trying a set. Those damn Elixirs just last so long I haven't made the change.
     
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    Nay. Kinda’ stiff and just sort of ok. Really ok sounding brass acoustic guitar strings, that dont feel that great.
     
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    “How would you describe elixirs?”
    Dead and stifled sounding, and weirdly slick feeling.
     
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    montemerrick no earthly reason why

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    that's kind of how i feel about all Ernie Ball strings...
     
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    You know I generally love EB strings on electric I really do. Love ‘em. Their acoustic string making aint quite up to par. They definitely arent “slinky.”
     
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    Never tried them. I was recently turned on to Stringjoy, and although they are expensive, they are the best strings I have ever played.
     
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    OK thank you finally someone is saying what I've always thought. Especially the B and high E strings; DOA. Elixers are absolutely overrated IM maybe not so HOP.

    My life changed the day I found John Pearse strings. I use the Phospho bronze on my Taylor 414, and 80/20 on the Guild D25M. The guy at my local music store recommended them to me, saying he would personally buy them back if I didn't like them. He's been doing that for about 10 years now, and hasn't yet bought a set back from anyone.

    Balanced, absolutely perfect tone across all pitches, and they last what seems like forever. And if the weather hasn't changed too much, I sometimes don't even have to re-tune between sessions once the initial stretch is done. The 80/20 are just a bit too harsh on the Taylor, but on the Guild they practically make me cry sometimes, whereas it's the opposite with the phospho; a bit too soft and mushy on the Guild, but transcendent on the Taylor.

    They can be hard to find sometimes; small batches US made etc etc, and early in the pandemic they weren't being made for a while. But search online; they're around, and worth your time.
     
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    Stringjoy, made in Nashville. Any gauges put together for you and you can talk to the person who made the strings for you.