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« on: May 01, 2010, 04:05:31 AM »

I want a set of strings that have a "dark mellow tone".  I don't like that crisp bright sound.  I guess you could say that I want something that sounds dull and deep.  Does that make any since?? hahaha.   And advice would be great. 
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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2010, 09:58:36 AM »

Sounds like you should leave the same strings on your guitar for a year or two.
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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2010, 11:35:30 AM »

Perhaps you could try a bunch of strings to see what gives you the sound.  I would recommend Newtone Masterclass Nickel - basic steel strings (not cheap though!) if I remember correctly.  I tried a set on an OM-03MT that I used to own, and I liked them.  They lacked a bit of that sparkly brightness, but they had a great feel to them.  

Back in the heyday of ragtime/blues, there was no phosphor bronze or bronze, just pure steel right?  Somebody please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, as I would be interested to learn just what strings they were using back in the day.
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« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2010, 01:12:51 PM »

Do you have any idea what kind of strings the old bluesmen played? I'd suggest barbed wire but my guess would be ... six or 12. Newish.     
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« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2010, 01:35:39 PM »

Well back in the late 60's and into the early 70's about all a guy would find at most shops were black diamonds, and if memory serves me maybe some reds. If you look hard enough you may still be able to find them too (probably in the barbed wire section  ). I thought they found the holy grail when they started carrying Ernie ball super slinky's at a lot of the shops.

Today, it'll take some time and a lot of recording to wade through the many offered to find you personal favorite for each guitar. Mine ended up being DR Sunbeams, followed by Curt Managan uncoated. Took me months to go through recording 9 different sets fresh and just before changing at 25 hours to come to my personal choices, there are a lot more to choose from now days.
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« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2010, 02:26:26 PM »

Black Diamonds are still available but now there more or less like most strings.The E.Balls die rather quike so you may want to use them{Earthwoods}.
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« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2010, 05:48:00 PM »

What you describe seems to be like tyhe ne Red Brand strings. They are mellower richer, stiff and less plolished that the usual culprits. I like the sound, but the last time I tried them I used D'Addario steels for the treble. Same stuff, better polish. Otherwise, maybe just use worn strings?
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« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2010, 06:30:54 PM »

Are you talking about the Red Brand "copper bronze" strings???  I just bought those the other day at guitar center and finally strung up the guitar last night.. They have a very unique sound. Can't tell if I like them just yet. Might need to give it a week or so. 

I usually buy DR Rare strings.  They have a nice dark tone.  I usually just keep my strings on for a very long time without changing them to get that dull sound I like. hahaha
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« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2010, 08:32:25 PM »

Are you talking about the Red Brand "copper bronze" strings???  I just bought those the other day at guitar center and finally strung up the guitar last night.. They have a very unique sound. Can't tell if I like them just yet. Might need to give it a week or so. 

I usually buy DR Rare strings.  They have a nice dark tone.  I usually just keep my strings on for a very long time without changing them to get that dull sound I like. hahaha
yes those are the ones. I hated them when I first strummed them. After 24 hours they settled in and sounded warm. Let us know your evaluation.
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« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2010, 10:18:51 PM »

The ones I remember were just called Red, and they were sold uncoiled in long paper wrappers.
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« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2010, 12:40:18 AM »

Two suggestions:

1  Ask the clerks where you buy your strings what they recommend. Dealing with different preferences all day long might give them a perspective that most of us don't have. We all have our biases.

2  Look at your technique. Fingerstyle vs. flatpick. Close to bridge vs. close to fretboard. If flatpick, what size and shape. If fingersyle, a lot of nail or a lot flesh.

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« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2010, 10:02:02 PM »

  Any string that has lost its dog, wrecked its truck, and is separated from its wife... 
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« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2010, 10:45:11 PM »

Any string that has lost its dog, wrecked its truck, and is separated from its wife... 

There ya go. Real insight
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