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  • #531017
    Collin
    Collin
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    What kind of acoustic guitar strings are good for classic country?

  • #531228
    Chris
    Chris
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    I like to use EJ17s by D-addario to get nice tone. And I see alot of others using the Martin lifespan strings but I am open try trying new strings if there is something better. Does anybody else have a preference?

  • #531232
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    Gary
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    Everyone has their own “ear” but I have become very partial to the GHS Americana strings. I use mediums on my Martins and lights on my Gibsons. I love the tone of these strings.

    • #531292
      Collin
      Collin
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      Thanks Gary and Chris — The GHS Americanas are new to me. I may try those next. My “ear” still needs plenty of work- whether or not I can hear a difference in tone is a whole different story. I’ll let you know how it goes!

  • #531331
    Deadfilmstar
    Deadfilmstar
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    Myself, I prefer Ernie Ball phospher bronze. Usually string with 11s or 12s depending of guitar and target.

    My gibson jumbo has 12s, my martin,11s. gives the jumbo even more punch and sustain.. the martin.. thin and bright.

    most of the time the gibson.. is down a step, then drop tuning, i find it still keeps the guitar loud as it takes more tension to tune thicker strings

    I can play the heck out of those strings and they dont loose clarity or brightness for a long stretch.

     

    • #531366
      Devin
      Devin
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      I haven’t tried Ernie Ball phosphor bronze strings or the GHS Americanas but I’ll give them a shot. Always looking for better tone.

      Has anybody tried Black Diamond phosphor bronze strings? I’ve always been curious after hearing that one line in “Church Street Blues” about stringing up this old Martin box with old Black Diamond brand.

      I used to only play with Elixer Nanoweb phosphor bronze mediums…was pretty set on those strings being the best since they’re really soft to the touch, but then someone here at CGO posted a comment about John Pearse phosphor bronze strings being much better than Elixers and other brands. I tried out the mediums a few months ago and I’m sold on John Pearse phosphor bronze for now…amazing tone. I will say, they don’t last as long as Elixers since they’re not coated, but the tone sounds much better to me. You can hear them in the latest “Tennessee Stud” lesson video. I bought some Fast Fret to apply to the strings before and after I practice and it seems to make them last a lot longer.

      I hope people keep posting on this topic because I’d love to hear about some other brands to try…

    • #531511
      Bryan
      Bryan
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      John Pearse strings are my favorite also, and I read that Doc Watson used John Pearse phosphor bronze strings.

    • #1533738
      Jocelyn
      Jocelyn
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      These advices are all appreciated!

  • #531374
    Jon
    Jon
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    I use the Ernie Ball Homewood Phosphor Bronze or the 80/20 Phosphor(mostly on my J45). No complaints here.

  • #531884
    Bart Marshel
    Bart Marshel
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    I also like the Elixer P/B Nanoweb strings. I love the feel and the fact that they last a really long time between string changes.

    • This reply was modified 9 months, 3 weeks ago by Bart Marshel Bart Marshel.
    • #532003
      Jocelyn
      Jocelyn
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      I’m going to try these on my J15.

  • #531910
    ibpickin
    ibpickin
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    I attended the IBMA this past week and had the opportunity to try the ” Straight up Strings”. Their heavy gauge is more like a medium , and the mediums are more like lights. Something about the torque and tension between the strings being more balanced. I was pretty impressed with the sound and feel. definitely worth getting a set to try.

    • #531956
      Devin
      Devin
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      Very cool. I’ve never heard of those but the technology sounds really interesting…just did some snooping around on their Siminoff “Straight Up Strings” website. Think I’ll place an order and give those a try. Thanks for the tip.

    • #532096
      ibpickin
      ibpickin
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      You wont be disappointed.

    • #532526
      Jon
      Jon
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      That does sounds really interesting. I’ll have to check them out. Thanks for the info!

    • #2035191
      Tim
      Tim
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      Nice, thanks for the tip. I’ll try them out. I also tried the John Pearse phosphor bronze Devin was recommending and they are excellent.

  • #531995
    Justin
    Justin
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    Strings are something I’m always trying out.  I’m using Elixer at the minute.  They are expensive but last a long time.   I like the idea of using the same strings as Doc Watson though, so for my next change I’m gonna try John Pearse I’ll let you know how I get on 😀

    • This reply was modified 9 months, 3 weeks ago by Devin Devin.
  • #532103
    cassarta11
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    I heard great feedback about nickel strings

    Has someone ever tried those types of strings ? What’s really the difference ?

    thanks in advance

  • #532382
    cassarta11
    cassarta11
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    Pyramid strings … I have heard great feedback as well

    just saying

  • #532383
    cassarta11
    cassarta11
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    Pyramid strings … I have heard great feedback as well
    <p style=”text-align: center;”>just saying</p>

  • #532523
    cassarta11
    cassarta11
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    Santa cruz strings

  • #532561
    fransverboom
    fransverboom
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    I really like the sound of the Martin acoustic M535 phosphor bronze strings , i have tried lots of others but these are the best for me

  • #532569
    cassarta11
    cassarta11
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    good to know , i ll have a try ! prechtig dag man !

  • #1533472
    cassarta11
    cassarta11
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    Santa Cruz Parabolic Tension Strings
    Santa Cruz Guitar Company is pleased to announce the release of Santa Cruz Parabolic Tension Strings.

    When it comes to strings, it’s all about tension. While gauge is simply the measurement of the string’s diameter, the tension of a string determines its relative volume to the other strings (EQ). String tension is determined by its core to wrap ratio, which can vary greatly among manufacturers. This can create multi-pound differences between brands and an illogical EQ within any given set.

    Santa Cruz Strings are engineered to do what others cannot, to put the exact tension on each individual string to create the appropriate download pressure. These calculated tensions determine the optimal relative volume between strings, or EQ, for your instrument.  Santa Cruz Strings require precise core to wrap ratios and precision fit and finish for unprecedented tolerances of one half of one thousandths of an inch. This accurately determines the tension/volume of each string to the exact EQ that your guitar was designed for. State of the art metallurgy and micro-coating assures long life by preventing corrosive moisture from contacting the core of these nickel and lead-free strings.

    This project has been a decade in the making; commercially available strings were never able to truly complement the complexity of overtones and sustain that SCGC achieves by individually tap tuning and hand voicing each guitar. SCGC, therefore, sought out the wisdom of their friends and colleagues within the audiological sciences to collaborate on a new design that will fully drive Santa Cruz Guitar Company’s complex acoustic tone.

    All new SCGC guitars leaving our small shop in Santa Cruz will be set up with these new Santa Cruz Strings, and individual packages of both the Low Tension and Mid Tension sets can be purchased by clicking below. SCGC finds that most players prefer the Low Tension Strings for smaller bodied guitars, OOO, OM, H and F Models, and the Mid Tension Strings for dreadnought models. If you prefer to use Mid Tension Strings on smaller bodied guitars, it is recommended that the guitar be set up to accommodate the added tension.

  • #2034942
    kristanprimoz
    kristanprimoz
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    Recently I started using Wyres phosphor bronze (P.T.F.E. coated), CP12-54 on my vintage D-28. They sound amazing also on Collings 000-2H.

  • #2035658
    Alex
    Alex
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    Has anybody tried to ‘boil’ old strings in water with a bit of vinegar? It does seem to restore the lustre and most of the original tone, but the strings become fragile somewhat. They can sometimes snap upon tensioning again. I guess it’s not the boiling that weakens them though, but the fact that they have been pre-tensioned for months and the metal has developed internal stress points. Annhealing at 500C in a muffle furnace might also work but I haven’t tried that! I am a chemist and we do have a muffle at work, so I might give it a shot. I’ll keep you posted on developments!

    • This reply was modified 8 months ago by Devin Devin.

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