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« on: December 25, 2007, 05:17:33 PM »

ok...i know there isn't the perfect set out there, but maybe you guys can help me out....

i've been using martin sp phosphour bronze lights for a LONG time now...i love how they never break on me and how they sound.....but now that i'm getting a larrivee dread...i don't know i feel like there should be some kind of change....i love the way lights feel...but i know i can get much better tone with mediums (atleast beefier)......is there a middle ground? Not too medium...and not light......

thanks guys...i love this forum by the way!
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« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2007, 05:27:11 PM »

Ej19's.... 12 -> 56 light/med mixed, called bluegrass set.. but i play fingerstyle....

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« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2007, 06:35:26 PM »

They make actual Light-Medium strings... Not a mix of the two, instead all the strings are between light and medium guage.

Martin SP Light-Medium Strings: String gauge: E - .0125, B - .0165, G - .0255, D - .0335, A - .0435, E - .055

http://www.maurysmusic.com/inc/sdetail/25863

Here's a chart!
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MSP-4100 Light .012 .016 .025 .032 .042 .054
MSP-4150 Light/Medium .0125 .0165 .0255 .0335 .0435 .055
MSP-4200 Medium .013 .017 .026 .035 .045 .056




Eric Schoenberg also has light/medium 'Soloist' strings at om28.com
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« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2007, 12:09:50 AM »

Just try different ones. I like and liked EJs and EXPs more than Martins on my D-03 and HD-28. I've only liked 80/20s on my 00-18. I also like DR strings but they are different.
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« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2007, 01:54:44 AM »

Just a few more to add to the list above:

Dean Markley Vintage Bronze 12-54 ML
Dean Markley PhosBronze 12-54 ML
Dean Markley Alchemy GoldBronze 12-54 CL
Dean Markley Alchemy GoldPhos 12-54 CL

GHS Vintage Bronze 12-54 L
GHS Bright Bronze 12-54 L
GHS Phosphor Bronze 12-54 L

DR Rare Phosphor Bronze 12-54 M

Snarling Dogs 12-54 ML

In the end only you will know what the perfect set of strings is for you. But it is alot of fun trying different sets.
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« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2007, 03:01:13 AM »

What about John Pearse Strings?  How good are they on acoustic guitars?  Which type would you recommend?

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Joe
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« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2007, 03:30:35 AM »

GHS Lawrence Juber signature "True Mediums" work well:

1) 13
2) 17
3) 24
4) 32
5) 42
6) 56

Notice the high E and B strings, as well as the low E, are all medium guage. The rest (Middle strings) are light guage.

Jeff
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« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2007, 04:23:55 AM »

What about John Pearse Strings?  How good are they on acoustic guitars?  Which type would you recommend?

Thanks,
Joe

JP's  Phosphor Bronze, 12's sound great on my Larrivee L-05ME.

although at times, I like to mix up strings, 12's on the High end and 56's on the Bottom end.
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« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2007, 04:37:16 AM »

I've been using Elixers (because that was what was on the guitar when I bought it, and I'm ignorant).  How do they compare to those already mentioned?

PS.  How long do I need to keep adding donuts as a newb?
 
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« Reply #9 on: December 26, 2007, 07:13:26 AM »


PS.  How long do I need to keep adding donuts as a newb?
 

  Untill the Boss sez to stop
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« Reply #10 on: December 27, 2007, 01:10:50 AM »

What about John Pearse Strings?  How good are they on acoustic guitars?  Which type would you recommend?

Thanks,
Joe

For me, Pearse Phos. Bronze is sort of my default.  My Taylor 422 (maple/spruce smallish body) is light gauge (the same goes on my Breedlove C25 travel guitar), my (mahogany/spruce) Larrivee Parlor is bluegrass gauge (a walnut jumbo I had was the same), my Breedlove 12 string is lights.  I have a rosewood 000 built by a local fellow which gets Pearse 80/20 lights. 

So I guess I'd say Pearse is about as close to perfect as it gets.  After that, it's figuring out which set a given guitar responds best to.

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« Reply #11 on: December 27, 2007, 05:10:40 PM »

What about John Pearse Strings?  How good are they on acoustic guitars?  Which type would you recommend?

Thanks,
Joe

I've tried just about every common brand/type of acoustic strings over the years, lots of trial and error, and John Pearse are the all-around best string I've come across. These are the only strings I use these days on my acoustic instruments.

I think (although I could be wrong) that the tension is just slightly greater than other brands of strings. I never liked the sound of light gauged strings until I tried a set of John Pearse lights out of necessity (my ladder-braced guitar can't handle anything heavier than lights) and I was pleasantly surprised.

I've also tried the GHS Lawrence Juber set mentioned by Fstpickr. For some reason unknown to me, these strings feel really, and I mean incredibly nice on the fingers. Nice bright, bell-like quality, perfect for DADGAD and open D, although I prefer the Pearse "new mediums" because they feel like they have a little more tension.
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« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2007, 09:53:46 PM »

I've been searching for the perfect stings for a long time too...

You know how we have all those sound-clip samples of the larrivee models? ...it would be cool if we could set up the same kind of thing, but different sets of strings on the same guitar. I know it wouldn't be perfect since very guitar reacts differently to every type of strings, but it'd give you a frame of reference of what kind of strings to try, right? We use the guitar sound clips even thought every guitar is just a little bit different too, right? Hmm...

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« Reply #13 on: December 28, 2007, 10:54:26 PM »

I believe you just got to play them. Not only will you get different sound, but they may feel and wear differently as well.
A few years ago I participated in a string survey. We were sent several sets of strings and instructed to put them on and play every day.
At the same time we were to complete a log with several questions and make our own observations. A month later were sent a few more sets.
I was not told what brands I was sent until the end of the survey. The survey was four months and four brands long.

Keeping the log was a royal pain, but it really made me conscious of string differences.
If you are going to try different strings (and I do recomend doing so) you may also want to keep a log.
There may be some trade offs, price or life for example.
I also suggest revisiting a string as our ears and guitar do change.
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« Reply #14 on: December 29, 2007, 12:25:52 AM »

Best Acoustic Guitar strings...

Newtone Masterclass,   pick you guages.

Nothing else comes close.  Wish that they were a bit easier to get and a few cents cheaper.

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