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Title: Which Strings?
Post by: Skip Ellis on July 20, 2017, 11:07:52 PM
I've got a new 000-40r from Notable next week and was wondering what the recommendations are for strings. I think they come with Elixir which I hate and will change them out as soon as it comes through the door. I play mostly (90%) fingerstyle and was thinking of going to silk and steel or extra light 80/20 (not too fond of PB either but might give them a try). I really like Monel but I'm not sure they're the right choice for a rosewood guitar. Any thoughts? I'm leaning, at least in my mind, toward John Pearse extra lights.


Title: Re: Which Strings?
Post by: George on July 20, 2017, 11:39:18 PM
More likely to come with D'Addario EJ16 I believe.  Monel is great on any guitar.  Pearse makes great strings too.  Try different kinds and different gauges, that is the best way to figure out what you and the guitar both like the best...


Title: Re: Which Strings?
Post by: broKen on July 21, 2017, 12:13:18 AM
I would recommend playing it a few days with the d'addarios, before changing to another.


Title: Re: Which Strings?
Post by: eded on July 21, 2017, 12:48:50 AM
First thought that comes to mind is finding a great local tech to develop a relationship with.  A really good setup makes lighter strings (and thinner tone) a thing of the past.

Ymmv

Ed


Title: Re: Which Strings?
Post by: mike in lytle on July 21, 2017, 03:38:11 AM
 :donut :donut2 :coffee
You have expressed an interest in DADGAD so I think maybe extra lights might not work cause the heavier strings might just flop around.
You may end up with a 12-54 set to make it work. Just me. I play in alternate tunings and have gravitated.
I also agree to suggest trying out the stock strings for a week or so while you are checking out the action on the guitar.
A lower action and mediums with finger picking could make the guitar a dream.
I played with silk and steel for many years, but don't (won't) use them anymore. No benefit.
You will need to experiment with the type of strings (80-20, PB, monel and maker). In the end you will find what works.
Sorry the L-05 did not work out.
Mike


Title: Re: Which Strings?
Post by: B0WIE on July 21, 2017, 04:09:17 PM
99% of the posts asking "which strings" never explain what the person is actually looking for.  The two mentioned (silk & steel and 80/20s) couldn't be more different than each other so it would be good if you could summarize what it is that your ear is after.  In other words; more of ____, less of _____.  Right now, it's like asking "What should I have for dinner?"  Well, what are you in the mood for? 

BTW, please don't take that as a rant or anything condescending.  I only say that because there are some who inexplicably get offended at posts suggesting they re-think the question.


Title: Re: Which Strings?
Post by: clicker7 on July 21, 2017, 09:43:33 PM
I like D'Addario phosphor bronze.

I play a Larrivee maple (L-03fm), mostly fingerpicking, and D'Addario pb's lights sound great on it.

I recently started using, EJ26-- Custom lights. They have great sound, plenty of sustain,  and are kind on your fingers.

Joseph


Title: Re: Which Strings?
Post by: ducktrapper on July 22, 2017, 12:50:41 AM
Six ... new. No need to thank me.  :cheers


Title: Re: Which Strings?
Post by: Mikeymac on July 22, 2017, 04:24:42 AM
Six ... new. No need to thank me.  :cheers

Tom, you're back! And with such sage, practical advice - well done.

 :+1:


Title: Re: Which Strings?
Post by: Walkerman on July 22, 2017, 10:37:34 AM
Everyone plays differently, everyone has different perceptions of sound.  You just have to try a bunch of different strings until you find ones that please you.  Remember that new strings generally sound better than old strings.  Don't mistake that "new string sound" as being a "better string sound."


Title: Re: Which Strings?
Post by: ducktrapper on July 22, 2017, 05:37:11 PM
Tom, you're back! And with such sage, practical advice - well done.

 :+1:

String threads have gone on until every possible set, gauge and combination have been recommended so I tend to keep it simple. Like Walkerman says.


Title: Re: Which Strings?
Post by: Danny on July 25, 2017, 04:56:10 AM
 Phosphor bronze, let em settle in for a week or so before dismissing them.

Everyone plays differently, everyone has different perceptions of sound.  You just have to try a bunch of different strings until you find ones that please you.  Remember that new strings generally sound better than old strings.  Don't mistake that "new string sound" as being a "better string sound."
Good advice.


Title: Re: Which Strings?
Post by: mattwood on July 25, 2017, 12:20:39 PM
Skip I would consider trying out DR Rares and Sunbeams.  Easier on the fingers than some strings and I find they last better than other noncoated strings and have a very pleasing tone. 


Title: Re: Which Strings?
Post by: rbpicker on July 26, 2017, 12:10:08 AM
I know that Monels are recommended primarily for mahogany guitars, but I love them on my 000-40R. Mine has the large.soundhole and the sound just flows out of that guitar. My former bias was toward Larrivee mahogany , but the 40 series sounds great dressed in rosewood.

Rb


Title: Re: Which Strings?
Post by: rockstar_not on July 26, 2017, 12:59:16 AM
Am I a bad person for liking Elixir strings?


Title: Re: Which Strings?
Post by: Danny on July 26, 2017, 01:13:49 AM
Am I a bad person for liking Elixir strings?
Most definitely :humour:


Title: Re: Which Strings?
Post by: mike in lytle on July 26, 2017, 01:18:08 AM
Am I a bad person for liking Elixir strings?
:donut
No.
Mike