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« on: September 16, 2008, 07:02:52 PM »

Ive always been a PB guy - and never though outside the box - do 80/20 bronze give you a brighter sound - trying to see if my OMv60 's sound can be a bit brighter - ( currently use EXP's  custom light in PB) I'm also thinking about Alchemy strings as a change .  any thoughts
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« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2008, 07:22:20 PM »

yes, 80/20's are brighter but the brightness fades much faster...still...I used them for a few years, the plain old D'Addario 80/20 and they were great.  I still play plain old D'Addarios now but I've switched back to the PB
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« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2008, 07:34:10 PM »

Personally, I think just about anything would sound better than EXPs. I tried coated strings once, a few years ago, and took them off a few days later and never used coated strings again.

Regarding 80/20s vs pbs...Yes, the 80/20s will give you a brighter sound. Believe it or not, I found that on my OM, the best sounding strings I've found are the GHS signature bronze (the Laurence Juber set, they come in various gauges). All of my other guitars are strung with John Pearse but, for some reason, the GHS sound best on my OM. Bright but not overbearing.
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« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2008, 09:49:05 PM »

80/20 or Phosphor Bronze? Where do babies come from? Does God really exist? Ford or Chevy?... These questions have been asked by man for thousands of years. The answer lies not within the strings but within yourself. What really is brighter? I my self find different qualities in each string that could point toward one being brighter than the other. PB's to me seem to have a sort of extended frequency range so that the highest of frequencies are prominent, yet they have a more equal response. 80/20's on the other hand are more upfront sounding with a boost in the high mids. I'm sure you'll get lots of opinions but...



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« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2008, 10:40:33 PM »

Jeremy --  P/B. My wife. Yes. Ford.  whistling rolleye whistling
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« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2008, 01:56:49 AM »

I have tried Alchemy's sound nice at first but go dead very quickly. Personally I like Phosphors Bronze on Larry's. On Martins I like 80/20  It brightens them up. But that's just my opinion. Try different ones go with what you like.
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« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2008, 02:04:26 AM »

I would also say yes (I think), but they sound great on my hog omv.
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« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2008, 11:02:10 AM »

Novalis set me straight.  I bought some extra John Pearse 80/20 Bronze sets he had; I really like them.  They really accentuate the unique tone of the guitar's woods I think.  I bought a set for my Taylor twelve string that I'll be trying soon.

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« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2008, 01:29:38 PM »

I tried 80/20s a couple of times -- D'addario, I think they were -- sounded bright and nasal. I prefer PBs.
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« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2008, 01:56:40 PM »

I've always used PB strings and thought the the 80/20s where a little on the bright side, but I have been trying out the Newtone MasterClass 80/20 and so far I am very impressed. I agree with ncognito about the 80/20s accentuateing the tone of the guitar's wood. I would have to say that it isn't so much that they are brighter, but that they have more presence then the PB strings.
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« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2008, 07:56:12 PM »

Jeremy --  P/B. My wife. Yes. Ford.  whistling rolleye whistling

Jeremy  -  80/20 ... my wife (not Dale's) ... Yes ... Chevy (actually, Pontiac)   
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« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2008, 08:25:21 PM »

canoe65 -- at least we agreed on something! 
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« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2008, 10:22:28 PM »

I've always used PB strings and thought the the 80/20s where a little on the bright side, but I have been trying out the Newtone MasterClass 80/20 and so far I am very impressed. I agree with ncognito about the 80/20s accentuateing the tone of the guitar's wood. I would have to say that it isn't so much that they are brighter, but that they have more presence then the PB strings.

I agree.  I was using Master Class PBs on my OMV-50.  Then, as an experiment I tried the 80/20s.  Initially they sounded too bright, but after a few days they settled in and sounded great.  They also kept their tone longer than the PBs.  The PBs tended to last about 4 weeks, then sounded thuddy.  I'm on my second set of 80/20s (custom lights).  If I get the same results as the first, I've found the right strings for my OMV-50.
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