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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / What acoustic strings are you liking these days?

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Doc B
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San Diego

Nov 5th, 2017 11:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

EJ16’s on everything unless you are a bluegrasser. Bluegrass guys like 13’s (EJ17’s) for the little bit of extra volume. They also don’t bend strings much, if at all.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Nov 6th, 2017 12:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have three sets of those strings, Doc, but I have yet to give them a go. Maybe next string change.

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Murrells Inlet, SC

So, so you think you can tell.
Nov 11th, 2017 06:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for the discussion everyone. Gets me thinking to try some different strings again. Ordered some EJ 16s and Martin SPs, going to give them a try next and see if they can out preform my EB earthwoods. I think the SP's i ordered are 80/20 and the EJs are phosphor bronze.


What It Was!

Fairly Unbalanced
Nov 15th, 2017 06:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'll throw Cleartones into the mix. LOVE their bass strings, so I tried a set of the 80/20 bronze 13-56 acoustics on my Epi EJ-160. Kept coming back to them, tried most of the above.


Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Nov 15th, 2017 04:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

As long as I can remember, I've used D'Addario 13-56 Phosphorus Bronze. They don't last any longer in Hawaii than any other but it's what I know best.

On My one classical guitar, I put La Bella Medium tension strings, they don't list gauges.



Dec 30th, 2017 10:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

I do not care for Elixer bass strings or poly web coated Elixers but the other night I played 2 of his acoustics with Elixer Phosphor Bronze nano coated string and loved the tone feel and playability of them. With that I put a set on my moms Takimine F-349 1979 Acoustic that was given to me after she passed away in 2005. It sound better than ever before and I have a set to put on my other acoustic .

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San Francisco, CA

Dec 31st, 2017 08:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

I still use Gryphon's Light Gauge PB strings.

D'Addario makes them for Gryphon and puts some kind of brighter looking coating on them.


Moderator Emeritus
(with many stars)

NW Pennsylvania

Dec 31st, 2017 08:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

I just got some Stringjoy this week, and so far I'm impressed.


Contributing Member

SoCal, USA

Jan 28th, 2018 01:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

Still love John Pearse phosphor bronze extra lights. Love the clarity, warmth, tone.

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Murrells Inlet, SC

So, so you think you can tell?
Jan 28th, 2018 03:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

I tried the Martin Sps and the Ej16s from D'Addario. I liked the martins better, for some reason just not into the Phosphor Bronze thing.

Going back to my EB earthwood 80/20 11s.


LA , Calif

I try my best
Feb 18th, 2018 12:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've tried a few brands . Martin and Gibson and fender , D'Addario , GHS Nickle for electric. Many others names that escape me now.

Started with Black Diamond decades ago and Gibson well before anyone had plain G's you had light , med and Heavy.

Sure some last longer and I don't like bright sounding strings. For me as long as they are not bright sounding I have no preference in brand. D'Adarrio suit me just fine. I played one acoustic at GC that had the coated strings. I can't stand the feel of any coating on any string. Maybe you need to get used to them , I don't feel it's worth it for me. I can get any nickle wound string for my electrics that to me work just as well as GHS . Most sets I want I need to order special because of the 13-56 so I by singles on any brand that's nickle wound.

Again my 1/2 cent opinion.

If you know how to play you can get your sound out of any brand string. Same thing you don't need a $5,000 guitar to play great if you know how.

I have a 2004 seagull S series grand and an EPI EL-00 Pro. Sure I would like a Gibson J45 or a Gibson re issue parlor 14 fret model or a real nice solid wood 14 fret parlor any brand , not going to happen and I'm fine with this. I can get the ones I have to sing.

(This message was last edited by catnineblue at 02:21 PM, Feb 18th, 2018)

Doc Sarvis
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USA/Salt Lake City

Tuned Strings and Tight Lines
Feb 18th, 2018 12:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

I second this opinion:

"Pearse 80/20 Bronze here. They sound broken in as soon as you tune up. Martin SP 80/20 Bronze is my second choice."

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Murrells Inlet, SC

So, so you think you can tell?
Feb 23rd, 2018 07:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

Going to try some D'Addario EJ 26s next. The phosphor bronze D'Addario EJ 16s are starting to grow on me.

Just want to try their 11s compared to the Ernie Ball 11s.

El Kabong
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NJArmpit of Universe

A-Ahhl do the thinnin' around here!
Mar 26th, 2018 01:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

D'Addario. Made in USA and sound great.

Elixer is also made in USA, but I can't stand sound or feel of 'em.

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Mar 26th, 2018 02:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

The D'Addario PB strings seem a little brighter, "twangier" than the same type of Elixir. Too twangy for me. I'm leaning towards the Elixirs. It's just a subtle difference that appeals to me, plus they (are supposed to) last "3-5x longer."

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State of Jefferson

Apr 10th, 2018 09:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

My default strings are D'Addario PB in 12s.

I do not care for Martin strings.

My all time favorite were Gibson MONEL but they went away years ago. Now Martin has jumped into the MONEL ring, not the same.

D'Addario. Consistent and affordable and made in OOSAH

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South Florida

Apr 13th, 2018 09:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

I alternate between the Martin SP's and the D'Addarios. I can't tell a huge difference.

The main issue lately is the gauge.

I have generally found what works for me is to tune a half step down and go with 13's Medium. You get lower tension without losing much volume.

The problem pops up when I get called to lead guitar duty in an acoustic duo and they are in standard pitch. The mediums are as stiff as all get out and 12s or 11's would better but I just don't like the tiny quality of light gauge strings.

I tried going a whole step down and then capoing on the 2nd fret but the extra loose tension loses something.

So I'm in a sweet spot for myself but where I don't work well with others.

I have made a concerted effort to learn my scales with the capo on the first fret.

(This message was last edited by larryguitar19 at 11:25 PM, Apr 13th, 2018)

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Murrells Inlet, SC

So, so you think you can tell?
Apr 17th, 2018 02:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's back to the Ernie Ball 80/20 Earthwoods. I'm over the Phosphor bronze thing, the EB 11s sound the best on my guitar to me. Finished trying new stuff.



Apr 26th, 2018 05:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have liked and used Martin, EXP's and John Pearce Phosphor bronze. After hearing and playing my son-in-Law's guitar with Elixer Nanoweb phosphor bronze I now use those. They brought my mom's 1979 Mahogany f-349 to life with a nice vibrant tone. Great strings.

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Northern VA

The Fine Line Between Clever & Stupid
Apr 27th, 2018 10:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze.
They're bright and with great low end...and they go dull slower than others. I love Martins, but they loose their brightness too quickly. The aluminum bronze can be a bit too bright at first on my maple bodied acoustics, but they smooth out quick. I've been playing the heck of of my acoustics lately, around 10+ hours a week, and these are good for 2 weeks when I play that much.

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