Electric strings on my acoustic dreadnaught

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  1. Nate D

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    I dig this. A lot.
     
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    I use electric on mine.
     
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    I did it once many years ago. Really nice to be able to bend the G string so easily.
    But as I remember the tone was a little bright and buzzy.

    One of my acoustics is set up for solos; I might try that again one of these days.
     
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    Thanks Nate. That's from about 20 years ago. :D
     
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    No surprise but it’s still relevant.
     
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    It's originally a Big Bill Broonzy song. Mine is more related to Rory Gallagher's off of Blueprint. That's where I first heard it.
     
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    Yeah, I know Broonzy better than I do Rory. You did both justice and still made it your own.
     
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    I use electrics 11s on a National resonator - otherwise the bloody thing is too loud. My neighbors thank me :)
     
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    I have acoustic 10s on my seagull. Its a fun guitar to bang on.

    I've never tried electric strings though.
     
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    I already use 10's but might have to try this anyway.

    My one complain about acoustic strings is the G starts buzzing after the winding wears a little, and unwound G might solve that problem.
     
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    Thanks for this thread it has really helped me. I don't play my old Taylor 710ce much anymore because it keeps getting harder to play with my old fingers, even after having a recent professional tune up. Having the option to put electric strings on it without harming the guitar sounds like a win-win idea for me.

    I especially like the comments stating that electric strings will allow easier string bending which is one thing I could never do easily on this guitar even with light ga. acoustic strings. It doesn't matter to me that the sound volume would be lower because this thing really projects unplugged. I have to be very careful at times and use a softer strum and more gentle pick attack when playing with some of the other guys, if that makes sense.
     
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    There is a conflation going on here. The effect you’re feeling has to do with string gauge and not acoustic strings vs electric strings. Acoustic strings are usually a bronze alloy and electric strings by their nature are steel. Both of these two types of strings come in all gauges from .008-.060. You can put either type on a steel string acoustic guitar.

    There is absolutely no issue Putting steel electric guitar strings on an acoustic guitar. What you are experiencing is a difference is string gauge. Generally speaking electric strings are lighter than acoustic strings. You can buy acoustic strings in the same light gauge you use on electric guitars to get the same feel with acoustic bronze strings. The only difference between acoustic strings or electric strings is the alloy of the metal wrapping around the wound strings. Now if you put acoustic strings on a electric you will have a problem because magnetic pickups don’t pickup bronze alloys which are used in most acoustic strings. But going the other way is no problem. Many companies are now making steel acoustic strings which are just heavier gauge electric style strings. In the old days Gibson made the “Sonomatic” acoustic strings which were just heavier steel strings gauged for acoustic strings. GHS has the “White Bronze” which have no actual bronze in them and are steel. There are also the Monel Strings which are similar. Magnetic pickups need steel content in the string to work, acoustic guitars don’t.
     
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    Years ago when I used dadDario 11s on my Takamine...
    I noticed the wrap would wear through on the G string...
    Too quick....
    So I went Down to Foggy Mountain...
    Got an unwrapped 18...
    Worked out just fine...
    Keeping in mind, my playing is imperfect, unmelodic...
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    The Chorus is mostly
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    So what
    So what
    So what
    The man crooned
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    Michael Hedges used D'Addario plain and nickel wound elec strings on Barbara. Nuff said.
     
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    Monel strings predate electric guitars, but they were among (if not THE) first strings marketed as electric guitar strings, even back in the 30s.

    It is a real difference that most acoustic string sets have a wound G. I'm not aware of any source for a wound string with a smaller diameter than 0.017" (Stringjoy has them in nps and bronze) which fits fine in a set of balanced 10s but would be a little heavy for a set of 9s. If you go lighter than 10s I think you're going to have to switch to a plain G. Which is fine, if you don't mind the sound change.

    If you don't mind a plain G, acoustic guitar strings can go as light as electric strings can.
     
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    All jazz electric strings have a wound G.
     
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    Which is related to most (if not all) jazz electric strings being sets of 0.010" or smaller.
     
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    Jazz sets are thicker. Jazz electric sets are .012-.048, .011-.046 are regular electric ga., .010-.044 is light ga. .009-.042 are XL.
    Medium gauge jazz sets are .013-.058
     
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    Actually I was looking for a set of electric 10's with a wound G but can't seem to find any. I would like to put that on my Epiphone Dot. Strangely enough you can easily find accoustic 10's with a wound G.
    Anybody here knows if there are such electrics around?
     
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    I couldn't find any jazz 9s, who makes them? D'Addario's smallest is 10s.

    @Largecucumber you can find electric 10s with a wound g from Stringjoy, I'm not sure if it's one of their prepackaged sets but they make it real easy to substitute a string and their wound .017 has virtually the same tension as the rest of the strings in the 10s set.
     
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