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grahams

United States

Nov 10th, 2016 03:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've used the SAME Elixir strings (nanoweb Phosphor Bronze) for like 8 years now, and recently played a friend's acoustic guitar with non-coated strings and really liked that feel (guess I never even thought of giving anything else a chance).

Found a guide to help .. um... guide me (linked below). They say Martin Acoustic SP are the polar opposite of Elixirs. Maybe I don't want to go that far on the other side... anyone here use D'Addario, Earthwoods, or John Pearce? I'll take any opinions or recommendations you got ;)

5 acoustic guitar string recommendations

(This message was last edited by grahams at 05:57 PM, Nov 10th, 2016)

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Nov 10th, 2016 04:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm a D’Addario EJ16 Phosphor Bronze guy. Light 12s mostly.

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Nov 10th, 2016 05:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I'm a D’Addario EJ16 Phosphor Bronze guy. Light 12s mostly."

+1


twangdoodles

michigan usa

Nov 10th, 2016 05:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've never liked coated strings myself. Martin SPs are my mainstay but I also like the Earthwoods. I've used Pearce strings before and liked 'em o.k. but they weren't enough to knock me off the Martins. I only use 80/20, don't care for phosphor bronze.

I should say though that I like the sound of my guitars best when the strings are broken in, can't stand the brashness of brand new sets. I've never had a problem with longevity (maybe my sweat is particularly mild) so I don't have to put up with coated strings.

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Nov 10th, 2016 06:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Several years back I tested many different brands back-to-back on my high end Guild. D'Adds, DRs, GHS--I can't even remember them all. I finally settled on the John Pearse phosphor bronze and have enjoyed them ever since. Great sound, flexibility & play-ability, and they last a good while as well. That's what I would suggest--buying a few different sets and give them each a week of play and find your faves.

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Nov 11th, 2016 06:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use these on all my acoustics. J45, 00028EC, 2 Yamaha's.

Martin Silk & Phosphor

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Nov 11th, 2016 07:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have yet to like any coated strings.

On my acoustics I like John Pearse strings - have for years, now.
I've recently experimented a bit with D'Addario and EB Earthwoods, but I'm back to the JP's now.

Foggy1
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Nov 11th, 2016 01:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like the Ernie Ball 80/20 Earthwoods.

Mostly 11s

Viera
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Nov 11th, 2016 03:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I also like John Pearse strings, but the couple of sets that I have tried didn't last very long.

I'm currently using Gibson Masterbuilt Premium phosphor bronze 12/53s on my Advanced Jumbo. The guitar has never sounded better. I was previously using coated D’Addario 13s. I've only had the AJ for a couple of years so I'll probably try other brands.

Actually I just picked up a couple of sets of Ernie Ball 80/20 Earthwood 12/54s. I'll be trying them next.



tuninguitars

Indiana

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Nov 12th, 2016 07:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

D'Addario EJ26 11-42

Doc B
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Nov 17th, 2016 02:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

EJ16's or Martin FX lights

reverend mikey
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Nov 17th, 2016 09:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Viera wrote:

"I'm currently using Gibson Masterbuilt Premium phosphor bronze 12/53s on my Advanced Jumbo. The guitar has never sounded better. I was previously using coated D’Addario 13s. I've only had the AJ for a couple of years so I'll probably try other brands."

I've found the same thing with my Gibson J-45 - only with the Gibson 80/20's, which I'm usually not fond of. I'll have to try their PB strings as well...

...so many strings, so little time (these days) ...

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Nov 19th, 2016 12:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mangans have been my go to lately. Non coated and last well. They seem to have an uptick in volume and compliment an OM guitar well.

Viera
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Nov 19th, 2016 07:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like your tagline thumbpicker.

One thing about coated strings is that for me they seem a little friendlier for sliding, which I do a lot of. A little less friction and a little less squeak. Maybe I'm just imagining things.

That said I just threw on a set of Ernie Ball 80/20 Earthwood 12/54s on my Martin 000 12 fretter. They played fine and seemed to sound better than whatever coated strings they replaced.


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"Thumbpicks don't slide into soundholes"
Nov 20th, 2016 08:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah! Thanks Viera.... They really don't slide into sound holes......they usually just fly off your thumb and roll underneath a table or something!

JuiceDaddy

Grand Prairie, TX

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Dec 7th, 2016 08:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I go through more strings than most, usually two sets a week (I gig 3-4 nights a week, and my sweat kills 'em). If you'd like to try something different, I've fallen in love with the D'Addario Nickel Bronze. It's a darker tone, more old school sound, but geez, it's gorgeous! Prior to these I played Curt Mangans, but they wouldn't last an hour, and I mostly used Ernie Ball Earthwards.

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Dec 7th, 2016 02:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My limited experimentation has led me to like Martin SP 13-56. Occasionally I'll buy the Martin Marquis instead. I like them both. I think the SPs last a bit better. As I'm getting older my hands are getting a bit creaky so considering dropping to 12-54s next time I restock, but I really prefer the tone and feel of thicker strings on acoustics.

ScottB

USA

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Dec 7th, 2016 05:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

D'Addario EJ17 medium on my HD-28. EJ-16 light on the OM and Folk models.


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Dec 8th, 2016 09:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

D'Addario Flat Tops...a groundwound string. I use the lightest gauge, which is a bit heavier in practice due to the wound strings having been ground down.

They are slightly less bright first off, but they keep their tone a long, long time, with less string noise.

I tried a couple sets of Elixers. They flaked long before my Flat Tops would have gone dull. I didn't like the tone.

FWIW, I use D'Addario electric strings and have interchanged coated with non-coated. Once on, I can't really tell the difference, tone or feel wise.

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Dec 22nd, 2016 07:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have used Martin Phosphor Bronze Marquis. Love the tone but they do not last long.

The Martin Phosphor Bronze SP's are good strings with longer life than Marquis.

May absolute favorite are the John Pierce Phosphor Bronze. Unsurpassed tone and longevity good.

(This message was last edited by Bubbalou at 09:34 AM, Dec 22nd, 2016)

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