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Best Guitar Strings?

Fortunato 18 Nov 99 - 01:08 PM
Jon Freeman 18 Nov 99 - 01:25 PM
jeffp 18 Nov 99 - 01:40 PM
Mudjack 18 Nov 99 - 01:54 PM
Tony Burns 18 Nov 99 - 02:08 PM
18 Nov 99 - 02:29 PM
Easy Rider 18 Nov 99 - 03:12 PM
Gary T 18 Nov 99 - 03:30 PM
Caindawg 18 Nov 99 - 03:31 PM
john c 18 Nov 99 - 03:41 PM
kendall 18 Nov 99 - 04:17 PM
kendall 18 Nov 99 - 04:31 PM
Wesley S 18 Nov 99 - 04:37 PM
Michael K. 18 Nov 99 - 04:40 PM
kendall 18 Nov 99 - 06:35 PM
catspaw49 18 Nov 99 - 06:58 PM
kendall 18 Nov 99 - 09:29 PM
Mbo 18 Nov 99 - 10:17 PM
Matt 18 Nov 99 - 10:28 PM
BK 18 Nov 99 - 11:14 PM
DonMeixner 18 Nov 99 - 11:31 PM
John of the Hill 19 Nov 99 - 12:04 AM
Brendy 19 Nov 99 - 02:01 AM
murray@mpce.mq.edu.au 19 Nov 99 - 04:55 AM
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Subject: Best Guitar Strings?
From: Fortunato
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 01:08 PM

What are you folks using for guitar strings out there? Since I quit stringing Black Diamond I can't tell the difference between 'em. D'Angelico, Martin, Gibson, John Pierce, etc. Bronze is Bronze, etc. Now comes Gortex Elixir, what do you think?


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 01:25 PM

I've never been able to be sure whether this string business is all in the mind or not but I have always had preferences all the same.

When I had a Yamaha, I used to reckon that Ernie Ball Earthwood light guage suited it the best. I seem to prefer Martin Bronze Light for my Fylde. I use Picato bronze for my Tenor banjos and any old bronze mandolin sets for my mandolin and manolin banjo.

Jon


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: jeffp
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 01:40 PM

I suspect the issue of strings is as personal and passionate as any other area where taste is the primary determining factor. That being said, I use D'Addario Bronze Light on my Guild dreadnought, whatever silk and steel set available on my old Epiphone (I like the gentle tone they give with the small body), and Dominant strings on my fiddle. Others will have their own favorites, but FWIW, this is what I've settled on for my playing.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: Mudjack
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 01:54 PM

When it comes to a phos. bronze, I use the cheapest I can find. Euphonon String Co. out of Orford, NH. has strings for about $3.00 a set affording me to replace them more often. Euphonon will customize your order to any combination you want. They can provide loop ends for banjo and mandolin. The strings come without any indivual wrappers or fancy packaging. Remember, this is a string company and more likely than not, these are the same strings that major guitar builders order with their names and packaging. I usually pay an extra dollar per order to have them sent in a long box so that the strings are'nt coiled, which means they're not stressed before I get them. There has been a couple of times in twenty years I've had problems with the product, I order a doz sets at a time once a year.
The gortex Elixers are stirring quite a buzz among guitar players everywhere, I'm just not ready to spend $20 for strings.
Mudjack


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: Tony Burns
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 02:08 PM

At my 2nd music lesson with Rick Fielding last night he suggested I get Master Class strings for my guitar.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
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Date: 18 Nov 99 - 02:29 PM

I suspect all guitar strings are made by the same corporation - since Black Diamond went south - So they are all the same stuff- You pay more for higher grades and packaging. One side effect - 5 string banjo especialy old timey will not play on this newer stock! It has to sound clunky or too clangy there is no inbetween like used to be with Black Diamond.

Interesting to notice there are many different makers of fiddle strings and Dominant are IMHO not very good, there is one maker in Europe where they actualy extrude the strings from steel and wrap em in Bronze! It's a while since I was last there so the name escapes me - the strings are not expensive either. The USA fiddle string market is driven by some pretty weird forces so there's only Dominant in the local stores here.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: Easy Rider
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 03:12 PM

I say, "Buy 'em cheap, and change 'em often".

I use Webstrings

Webstrings

At $2.25 ea., you can't go wrong.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: Gary T
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 03:30 PM

I've been happier with John Pearce (sp?) than with anything else I've tried.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: Caindawg
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 03:31 PM

I play hard - use steel finger picks and a big thumbpick and I play everyday. Almost every tune is attacked rather than simply *played*. I have tried 'em all and broken them all especially the 3rd. I have been using DR Rare phospher bronze for about a year and IMHO, there is nothing like them for longevity and rich sound. Thomstik are close, but I don't like their buttery sound for the blues. If I'm performing regular weekends, I'll change these about every 10 days. The great thing about them is they seem to 'give' a little easier for bending and seem to be under less tension at pitch. They aren't cheap at $13.00 or so Canadian but every other string I've used I've had to change at twice that frequency.

-Caindawg


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: john c
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 03:41 PM

Only one answer - Zebra from DR Handmade Strings. Theyre a bit more expensive but last for ages and are wonderful to play. Heartily recommended.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: kendall
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 04:17 PM

guitar strings are like gasoline..different brands work better in some cars than in others. I used to use Martin Bluegrass on my old Gibson J-45, then I got talked into trying a set of Blue Steel. After tuning up, I took a pair of wire cutters and cut them off. Now, on my Taylor 810, I have tried different brands, and D'Addario bronze works best. They come on like gang busters, and they last a long time. (Wish I could find a wife like that)


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: kendall
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 04:31 PM

guitar strings are like gasoline..different brands work better in some cars than in others. I used to use Martin Bluegrass on my old Gibson J-45, then I got talked into trying a set of Blue Steel. After tuning up, I took a pair of wire cutters and cut them off. Now, on my Taylor 810, I have tried different brands, and D'Addario bronze works best. They come on like gang busters, and they last a long time. (Wish I could find a wife like that)


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: Wesley S
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 04:37 PM

This is what has been working for me -

On my 30 year old D-18 I've been using Martin Bluegrass strings. I don't play bluegrass per say but I like the blend of the lighter stings on top and the medium guage strings on the lower three. I tend to play a little bass heavy anyway. This is my main guitar for on stage.

My new Martin OM-28V gets the same strings it came with - light gauge Martin Studio Performance series. It sounded great the first time out of the case so why not dance with the one that brung ya.

My mandolin gets D'addario 80/20 bronze. Someone suggested them - they work fine.

The Elixers that I've used don't sound quite as bright at first but they stay brighter longer. I use them on an Alverez that I use when it's too cold to take my Martin out of the house. I will also give them as a Christmas gift to a friend that I play with who NEVER changes his strings. He drives me crazy. I'll probabally use them on my Lowden 12 string next time because changing a set of 12 can be a pain. And I use the 6ers a lot more than my 12. I've been paying around $15.00 for the Elixers around here {Texas} .


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: Michael K.
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 04:40 PM

Over the years, I've played just about every type and manufacturer of steel strings for acoustic guitar. For the past 2 years, I play a very obscure and hard to find brand called ''Masterclass'' a handmade string manufactured by a small company in England called NEWTONE.

I was introduced to them through the guitar shop I deal with here in Toronto called The Twelfth Fret. They are also the only distributor of them in North America that I know of.

They cost about the same as higher end D'adarrios or Pearces, etc......but even when the ringy-ness goes out of them, they still sound really good...and I've recorded with ''dead'' strings on my guitar, and the recordings still sound great. I use a custom set of medium lights with the bass strings being medium gauge and the higher strings being light. I haven't found anything better to put on my guitars.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: kendall
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 06:35 PM

guitar strings are like gasoline..different brands work better in some cars than in others. I used to use Martin Bluegrass on my old Gibson J-45, then I got talked into trying a set of Blue Steel. After tuning up, I took a pair of wire cutters and cut them off. Now, on my Taylor 810, I have tried different brands, and D'Addario bronze works best. They come on like gang busters, and they last a long time. (Wish I could find a wife like that)


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: catspaw49
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 06:58 PM

I don't want to turn this into a Brazilian Rosewood thread, but gauging is about as important as brand. There are a lot of good string companies and probably some fantastic ones as well, but you also have to take into account the guitar size, action, type of music, your own style, saddle and bone material, capo usage, etc. You're always going to have some compromise, but I'd have to give the gauge as much credit as the brand.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: kendall
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 09:29 PM

medium always


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: Mbo
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 10:17 PM

For my acoustic guitar, the best strings in the world are Martin Folk Guitar Silk & Steel Wound M130. They are excellent for strumming as well as fingerpicking. The music shop where I live sells the Silk & Steel strings for reduced prices because nobody buys them. The guy behind the counter couldn't believe that I asked for them, he said he couldn't remember the last time someone actually requested them. Sound like junk? I DON'T THINK SO! My guitar teacher & friend Earl Jones recommended them as the best strings to use. And Earl is very well respected from Nashville to Myrtle Beach to right here in Jacksonville, NC, where he is known to small children as "Cowboy Earl." He knows his stuff. I have a bad but endearing habit of hardly ever changing my strings. The ones I have on it now have not been changed since December of last year. On my original classical guitar, I didn't change some of the strings for five years, because I didn't wan't to give up their beautiful veteran sound. I personally think if you play your strings all the time, they'll stay sharp! It's always worked for me!

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: Matt
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 10:28 PM

Elixir strings are rumored to be D'Addario with the Goretex coating. Larry Pattis, who has some connection with the company, averted his gaze and refused to comment. They sound like D'Addario after an hour of playing time, and keep that sound longer than a similar set of D'Addario's.

Flatpicking Magazine did a comprehensive comparison / review last year .

I just stick with the D'Addario J17's.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: BK
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 11:14 PM

Talk abt personal choice.. I used to use HEAVYS on my D-28; that's what it came w/in 1957 - 'n I could hardly play it. After high school I joined the Navy in '62 - I came home & took it back to my duty station & taught myself to play by ear & LOVED the ORIGINAL D'Angelico heavy gage bronzes, reportedly made for John to his personal specs, by D'Merle. Truly, for me there has never been a string -at least for old Martins- that even came close; they were tooooo incredible...

Now they no longer exist & my fingers are just a wee little bit older. I've long liked GHS bright bronze mediums on guitar & their phosphor bronze on mandolin. But recently I mainly play the new DM - it has relativly delicate bracing & Martin was stroppy abt using mediums, but ok abt "bluegrass" gage 'n I could only get phosphor bronze at first, & got to like 'em. Recently got that gage in bright bronze, put 'em on in great anticipation & found I HATE 'em. They just ain't as smooth & the base E is nowhere near as rich or bronzy.. The base E on my poor DM sounds regular now instead of arresting - yech! It must be in pain; I'll get 'em off fast... OTOH, barely play enough banjo to know what I'm about so not sure there.

BTW, talked to a certain well known guitarist who accompanies a great fiddler, 'n she idn't think the brand made much difference.. definitely personal as all get out. Trust The Force, Luke!ie, your ear...

Cheers, BK


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: DonMeixner
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 11:31 PM

I use Martin Bronze lites or Darco New Yorkers on every guitar I own. A Guild F 30 which I love, A Yamaha FG 180 which I love, A Martin New Yorker (0-16NY) which I love, and an Ovation Elite which I tolerate all get the same strings. I called Martin about the lites on the 0-16 and thay said fine, so I did.

For me, strings is strings.

Don


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: John of the Hill
Date: 19 Nov 99 - 12:04 AM

I hate the sound of brand new strings and to my ears GHS Vintage Bronze have a quick break in time and good durability, besides my local store usually has them on sale. John


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: Brendy
Date: 19 Nov 99 - 02:01 AM

Right!
First of all the Washburn:
'60, '50, '40 '27 17, 17,
The Tak
'56 '47 '39 '25 '15 '13
The trusty Morris 9 string
2x11, 1x17,1x20, 2x27, 39. 47. 56
The Balladeer: (get this) '42 (steel), '39 (steel), '39 (steel), '25, (ph br), '17 and '13.
We could start getting into the Gibs and the Guilds, but I'm half shot and don't have time just at the minute; I've been told to get my walking shoes on, 'cos there's a session tommorrow.
BIG PLUG..... All the above are D'Addario, unless otherwise specified.
Donal Lunny always had a penchant for Picato. Up to the top of the class Jon.
Strings are as personal as the insides of your nose.
I change them before every gig.
When people ask me why I don't cut the tops off my strings, I say, honestly, that they don't stay on long enough for that kind of treatment. Very few people feel comfortable with my guitar(s) in their hands. Mostly it's because of the thickness of the strings.

This also has an effect on th old love life: "Be Careful" and " Take your finger picks off first please", and the like constantly ring in my ear.
Any left-handed, right thinkin' women out there?
Jill spissed, B.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: murray@mpce.mq.edu.au
Date: 19 Nov 99 - 04:55 AM

I agree with all those who said the strings are a presonal thing and that they depend upon the guitar. For a long time I believed our local guitar sales guy that D'Addario phospher/bronze lights strings were the best for my guitar (Maton BG808L--a 00 sized guitar) because that is what the factory supplied them with. A short time ago I put on some Pearce 80/20 bronze lights. I played with them for a day and by the next day my guitar sounded better than it ever did before! I can hear it myself and so can others. I am going to experiment a bit now to decide if it was change to 80/20 or if it was specifically the Pearce strings that made the difference. When I tell this to people they say, nah! 80/20's sound dull compared to phospher/bronze.

With my nylon-stringed guitar I like Hannabach blue, which are fairly high tension strings. I think this is, in part, because I play a steel string guitar and tend to have a heavy touch. A friend of mine who has a far better and more resonant classical guitar, and who only plays classical, hates the high tension. He can't make a good clean bar chord with them for one thing. But on his guitar, normal strings sound louder than the high tension ones on mine because of the better instrument. I dislike medium strings for that reason. I just can't make barre chords sound clean with them.

I haven't tested this completely, but I think the Pearce strings hold up longer under retuning--that is going from one open tuning to another.

Murray


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: Terry Allan Hall
Date: 19 Nov 99 - 08:42 AM

For about 25 years I've been using D'Addario J-16s (Phos. Bronze Lights - .053-.012)on my various guitars, but about 4 months ago I was given a set of Elixir Light guage by the manufacturer, and I gotta say that they certainly last! They sounded like a set of J-16s that had been played about a week, and after 4 months of 3-5 gigs per week, they still sound like they're a week old. I'm pretty impressed, and will likely continue using them, as so far they've saved me approx. $30 (figuring that I usually change my strings every 4 weeks @ $7.50 per set).

Those of you who like Phos. bronze should try 'em out.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 19 Nov 99 - 09:48 AM

A couple of people have mentioned gauges of strings. One problem with the tenor banjo tuned "Irish" (GDAE) is that it is very rare to see a suitable set of stings in music shops as nearly every set is designed for "standard" (CGAE) tuning and the question along the line of "I've bought a set of srings for my tenor and they don't tune right..." crops up from time to time in alt.banjo.

I buy single stings and use 13, 18W, 28W, 40W for my 17 fret model. I don't know about other players but the 18 could be plain of wound and I have a very strong preference for a wound second string.

Jon


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: Easy Rider
Date: 19 Nov 99 - 11:30 AM

We should bear in mind that there are only two or three actual manufacturers of guitar strings in North America. I can only think of D'Addario and Martin. Martin bought the Darco company, a few years ago, and moved it to Pennsylvania, except that the Darco brand is assembled in Mexico, by Martin. Every other brand is made by one of these companies. Elixer even says, on their Web site somewhere, that they buy their strings and coat them with Gore Tex.

The more interesting questions are those of material and guage. I like 80/20 much better than phosphor bronze, and I use light guage because I am primarily a country blues and folk music fingerpicker and not a professional performer. Lights are easier to bend notes on too.

A small bodied guitar, especially one with scalloped braces calls for light guage strings. Lights will allow the top to vibrate more and give more sound. Flatpickers and rhythm players generally play dreadnoughts and prefer medium guage, for the stiffness and louder sound. Doc Watson uses mediums. On a National or a Dobro, I would expect to see heavy guage strings but nowhere else.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: Husker
Date: 19 Nov 99 - 01:51 PM

I have been experimenting recently with the strings on my Tony Rice. Used to use D"addario bluegrass but tried elixers, and found they simply last longer. They are not as bright right off the bat which for my particular guitar is good since it is sensitive and I normally need a cuople of days to work in a new set. Tried Martin SP and they were pretty good but did not last as long. Like someone said, some strings work better on some instruments and it also depends on what style of music you are playing. I like bluegrass so I need to hear a certain sound in my own ear that I am comfortalbe with, that is not to say someone else would have a different opinion. Elexiers in Nebraska go for 14.95 / set.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: bbelle
Date: 19 Nov 99 - 02:03 PM

Okay ... you experts out there ... I play a 30+ y/o Gibson B25. I hate to change strings, therefore, I wait until I can cajole someone into doing it for me. My hands are very small and my fingers are short. I use the capo on almost everything. My instrument has fantastic action, but it's still a real stretch for me to play G's and G7's. Going from G to C and back again is also tough. I fingerpick and strum w/pick and I'm trying a little bit of flatpicking (very little, very cautiously!). What kind of strings should I be using! BTW ... I don't consider this thread a BS thread and have learned a lot from these kinds of "instrument-related" threads ... moonchild


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: Bert
Date: 19 Nov 99 - 02:13 PM

I tried a set of Elixir when they were giving out samples. They were a little softer on the fingers but I didn't find them any more durable. They sounded OK.

They would have to last about three or four times as long as regular strings to be worth the difference in price.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: ScotsBard
Date: 19 Nov 99 - 02:53 PM

I've been using DeanMarkley Acoustic Med.Lite for the last couple of years (012,015,025w,034w,044w,054w) mostly because they had gauging that suited my box and style. I tested various combinations from 011-046w to 012-050w to 13-58w before settling on this gauging.

They get changed when I notice that they're getting too stiff (from work hardening) to bend the pitch easily by pressing harder behind the fret, or when they loose too many of the bright harmonic overtones. The slightly heavier wound strings keep fret buzz a deliberate effect with the medium-low action I prefer for finger-picking and occasional strumming.

As much as I love playing the old dreadnaught Martin and Gibson boxes, the custom Takamine I'm playing these days (basically a classical cutaway with steel strings) seems to have fewer problems with feedback or deadness at various pitches. I'd attribute that more to proper combination of bracing pattern, soundbox geometry and string gauging than to particular instrument manufacturers.

As far as the phospor-bronze vs. silver plate vs. blue steel vs. whatever ... the winding adds mass and diameter to the string. From the standpoint of vibration analysis, thinner cores will sound brighter, and winding material's most important property is its density. Almost everything else is marketing hoorah.

(For classical or flamenco guitar I've used nothing but Savarez Blue card. Their nylon formulation seems to have higher elastic modulus than most of the others.)

ps: Mudjack, do you have an address for the Euphonon String Co? That's pretty good pricing!

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: John of the Hill
Date: 19 Nov 99 - 08:42 PM

Moonchild, I know you want ideas on strings, not guitars, but I wonder how something like a Tacoma Papoose or a Baby Taylor would work for you. The shorter scale and smaller body might suit you well. John


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: MichaelM
Date: 19 Nov 99 - 10:17 PM

I have used D'Addario Bluegrass (medium bass lighter treble) on my guitars for a number of years but found he Newtone Master Class brilliant on my Breedlove but not up to the mark on my other guitars. I put the Newones on one guitar and cut them off three hours later.

Michael


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 19 Nov 99 - 10:36 PM

Terrific point by Michael Miland. The Newtone Masterclass are the kind of "in string" right now (and the price reflects it) 'cause they're made by a former metalurgist in England, and some heavies are using them. But...But.. the king of Cynics, (your truly) tried them and got hooked! 'Bout a month later I found that they sound marvellous and play very easily on my dreadnought, but on my little o-18 I'm back to Darco lights. Best strings I've ever tried? Adamas lights. Then they started to break consistantly and I was back to Darco.
For several years I got my strings packaged and sent from "Joestrings" in Connecticut. I used a 68 silk and steel on the bass of my twelve string, cause I tune really low, and they'd make up a custom set cheaply. They got em from La Bella. Guess who's private stock the "68" came from? They had almost a hundred for him if needed. No prizes for the right answer, but hearty congratulations.
Rick


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: bbelle
Date: 20 Nov 99 - 09:21 AM

I've tried both the Baby Taylor and the Papoose and the necks are too wide and the strings set up too high, plus they don't give out the sound of my Gibson, which has been my only guitar for the past 30+ years. Like I said the action is great. Part of the problem is that I have arthritis in my hands, which makes playing sometimes laborious... I'm still looking for some advice. C'mon, Mr. Fielding ... I know you have some ... moonchild


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: JedMarum
Date: 20 Nov 99 - 09:33 AM

I used to say buy cheap and change often, too ... but I always have a problem with phospur (especially in summer) and phosphur is what most string makers like to use for their very bright sound. So I started hunting for the best priced, lowest phosphur content. Along the way I tried the Elixers. They have a good sound (not great) they are much quieter (no scraping sound as you move your hand up the neck) but for me the key is they sound good, forever! They just seem to last and last and don't loose their new string quality.

I still prefer the sound of the Martin Bronze (I use mediums on most of my guitars) but I use Elixers on my main performance guitar - so I don't have to change them every week!


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: Husker
Date: 20 Nov 99 - 10:32 AM

Liam, from previous posts I see you are a Santa Cruz player also. Do you notice the need to play in a set of srings for a day or so until the brightness wears off. Seems that the separation of the tones from each string are getting in each others way until the strings deaden somewhat. That is why I like the elixers , they are not as bright right out of the chute.


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: catspaw49
Date: 20 Nov 99 - 10:54 AM

Moon...considering what you like to play and your guitar...try a set of GHS Bright Bronze, Light Gauge. No long explanations here...Just try a set on your B and see what you think.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: bbelle
Date: 20 Nov 99 - 11:49 AM

Thanks, 'spaw ... that's the advice I was looking for. Mr. Fielding must be sleeping it off 'cause you just know he love's giving advice ... moonchild


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: Dan Landers
Date: 20 Nov 99 - 12:35 PM

Hi Moon, as you can see I'm still incognito while I try to figure out "netscape something or other", but it doesn't stop me from giving advice! OK, here's a suggestion. Martin extra lights WITH an unwound third! Every blues player on the planet changes the wound third to an unwound. I'd try a .20 gauge. Should make it feel easier on your fingers. Bon Chance!

(Dear) Abby YoYo


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Subject: RE: BS: Best Guitar Strings?
From: JedMarum
Date: 20 Nov 99 - 07:14 PM

Husker - I have put Elixer mediums on my Santa Cruz 000, which was setup for lights. The Elixers feel smaller, though the guage is normal for mediums. The Elixers feel better on my Santa Cruz then they do on my Larrivee. I probably have some bad playing habits; I rest the neck in my palm and wrap my hand aroung it, I use my thumb a lot for the 6th strig. The long and short of this is that I use a lot of muscle, and leave a lot of meat on the strings! That is probably why I can't use phosphur; I leave too much oil and skin behind.

My Santa Cruz sounds great with the Elixers. The strings do mellow after a few days, though less so if you use Elixers.


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