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What are your go to acoustic guitar strings?

Discussion in 'Backline' started by Chainsaw Calligraphy, Jul 22, 2014.

  1. Chainsaw Calligraphy

    Chainsaw Calligraphy Connoisseur of Sound

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    I'm restringing an old acoustic to keep around for recording. I haven't experimented much with different brands/gauges and figured some of you guys might be able to make some good recommendations.
     
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    Very subjective. For some reason i like martin light, Just because im used to them and they are low cost. Acoustic strings sound so much better with only and hour or 2 on them. So id go lower cost in order to change them constantly. I also find my current guitar boomy with thicker gauge strings.
     
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    I use elixir 12's
     
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    Bulk shit of whatever my brother gets at his shop.
     
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    I'm not at home at the moment, but I think they brand is Martin and they have a picture of Eric Clapton on the front - not too thick, not too thin, really good ring to them.
     
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    Daddario phosphor bronze are my go to. 80/20 give a more simple sound IMO, starts out really bright then fades faster than PB for me, PBs seems to have more overtones on my guitar which in general I prefer. I really like John Pearse strings on it too.

    IMO the best workflow for finding what you want is to work out if you want PBs or 80/20 (buy a set of each, try for a while) then look at different brands later. Personally I'd start with daddario as they are good value for money IMO. I am not a fan of coated strings but if you are Elixir are basically the standard and last for months for many people. Personally I'd rather have a bulk pack of daddario sand restring when necessary. YMMV
     
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    i love the ernie ball coated for acoustic. the feel like normal strings and last 3x more, great for recording.
     
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    I used to use Martin bronze, but switched to Elixer PBs
     
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    I play a lot of acoustic lately and the John Pearse Phosphor Bronze strings are my go to acoustic strings on all my guitars, in either lights or mediums depending on the specific guitar. If I want to mellow it out a bit from there, I'll grab some Thomastik-Infeld Spectrums - they're expensive, but they sound great. If I want to brighten the guitar and thin out the low end, Elixer 80/20 Bronze strings work well for this.

    I'm also with guitarfishbay on this: try 80/20's and PB's of the same brand to see which you like better on your guitar. Then experiment with the different brands to find your favorites. Also, I like to keep fresh strings on the guitar as the coated strings will start to peel and flake after a bit if you use a pick on them. They seem to last better for finger style players.
     

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