Ultra light strings on an acoustic?

Discussion in 'Other Guitar Discussion' started by Roca81, Nov 11, 2021.

  1. AncientAx

    AncientAx Still hacking ....

    Age:
    62
    Messages:
    13,861
    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2010
    Location:
    Maryland
    I use these . 76D20762-93BD-413B-A4A8-29A3D1E068B5.jpeg
     
    elduderinoTF and hrstrat57 like this.
  2. Wayne Adams

    Wayne Adams Strat-O-Master

    Messages:
    729
    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2011
    Location:
    Kentucky
    I use D'Addario EJ38L .010-.044 Gypsy Jazz silver-plated strings on my Takamine electric-acoustic. Like'em a lot.
     
    Geoff06 likes this.
  3. Geoff06

    Geoff06 Strat-Talk Member

    Messages:
    54
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2021
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    I use DR Veritas .010-.048 strings on my acoustic. They have a crispness that I really like. I went about 10 years with John Pearse .010-.047 but they seem hard to find now. I would consider using heavier strings, but I play all over the fretboard and use a lot of vibrato and bends. I really like the ease of playing with lighter strings. Something about these strings also lends to them working nicely for some gypsy jazz-type sounds when a certain pick attack is used.
     
  4. jrbirdman

    jrbirdman Senior Stratmaster Platinum Supporting Member Silver Member

    Age:
    67
    Messages:
    4,463
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2016
    Location:
    Puget Sound
    I've been using Martin SP 12s lately. I do had a couple of dreads with 13s. I may try 11s on a GA Taylor I have so I can compare.
    Years ago I tried 10s but it just felt wrong.
     
  5. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

    Messages:
    42,979
    Joined:
    May 21, 2010
    Location:
    Yorkshire
    I use 9s on archtops from the 50s. They're quiet, but I prefer it that way.
     
  6. StratMike10

    StratMike10 Dr. Stratster Silver Member

    Age:
    61
    Messages:
    11,714
    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2010
    Location:
    Florida
    I use 10's on my acoustics. The guitars don't sound as loud as they were designed for, but the plus in playability is much greater value than the loss in volume. I can do things with 10's that I can't do with 12's or 13's, so for me there is no going back. @fezz parka has mentioned using electric strings on his acoustic and I might give that a try... I'm not a fan of the wound G, not at all, it's like it just mocks me, not doing anything I want it to.
     
  7. Scott Baxendale

    Scott Baxendale Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

    Age:
    65
    Messages:
    3,568
    Joined:
    May 20, 2020
    Location:
    Athens Ga
    I generally use .013’s. On some guitars I use .012’s. Anything lighter tends to loses too much tone on the low end for me.
     
    dogletnoir and Kimex like this.
  8. Roca81

    Roca81 Strat-Talker

    Age:
    40
    Messages:
    360
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2021
    Location:
    Oklahoma
     
  9. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    56
    Messages:
    3,099
    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2017
    Location:
    Newnan ,Ga.
    download.jpeg I use ....


    Extra ultra super light butter blues benders by Ernie Ball .

    Same strings as on my Strats an Teles ;)
    Ive got a Seymour Duncan Woody pickup for my Fender flat top and these sound even better on it plugged in ;)