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« on: October 30, 2014, 08:46:22 PM »

After a great deal of experimentation, I have reached the conclusion that Larrivee guitars love 80/20 Bronze strings. Anyone else agree ?
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« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2014, 09:59:02 PM »

After a great deal of experimentation, I have reached the conclusion that Larrivee guitars love 80/20 Bronze strings. Anyone else agree ?

Which Larrivee guitars? Hmmmm?

I tried 'em on my various OO models and then went back to the Elixar Phos Bronze. I was hoping they would brighten up my hog top, but to my ear the 80/20s sounded harsh. But then my ears are shot. Good that you found the strings that work for ya!

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« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2014, 10:57:38 PM »

I love the dry, punchy attack and top end clarity they give. I don't like how they sound after they wear though.  I'm eager to try the Newtone 80/20s as their PB lasts a long time and if their 80/20 is the same way I'll be a happy camper.
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« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2014, 11:40:43 PM »

To each his own, I put 80/20's on my Larrivee and removed them the very same day. My 12 string Taylor came with 80/20's. The guitar sounds so good I'm going to leave well enough alone. So its Phosphor for the Larrivee 80/20's for my 12 string Taylor 
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« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2014, 12:05:15 AM »

I used 80/20's on my OM-05MT all the time.  I haven't really liked them on anything else but they sure worked on that guitar for me.  I miss that guitar a lot -- the looks, the smell, the sound.  Oh well...
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« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2014, 12:09:40 AM »

The 80/20s' work for me on all my Larrivees. I hardly ever use a pick, being primarily a finger picker.
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« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2014, 12:11:46 AM »

One firther point. If you try the 80/20s', give them a couple of days to bed in.
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« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2014, 07:49:17 AM »

After a great deal of experimentation, I have reached the conclusion that Larrivee guitars love 80/20 Bronze strings. Anyone else agree ?

After a great deal of experimentation I have found that I really hate the sound of 80/20s on almost every guitar I have ever used them on.

Exception:  My wife's OM-03.  Yeah, surprised me too.

Sound terrible and harsh on my OM-03R, but really sound good on that midsize mahogany body.
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« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2014, 04:46:45 PM »

I use them on my OM-03MT and love the tone. One thing to keep in mind, I don't care for the sound of any strings when I first put them on. The 80/20's on the OM Hog top sound very harsh for the first couple days then mellow some.  I would never take strings off right away if I didn't like the sound, my experience is that they all sound different after a couple days of playing and then stabilize, after that they sound good for about three months of play time. As of late 3 months of play time equals about a years time.
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« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2014, 05:16:01 PM »

Whenever I get a new (or 'new to me') guitar, I go through a 2 week process of trying pb and 80/20 strings in various gauges to see what the guitar sounds best with.  2 weeks because I leave each set on for a few days.  I usually use Webstrings because they are cheap and sound good, but don't last very long.  So far the majority have been pb (specifically, John Pearse), but a few here and there do better with 80/20.  I've tried coated strings and just can't seem to get used to them, whether it's sound or feel, or a combination of the two.

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« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2014, 09:09:37 AM »

Hello all , 
this thread intersts me, cos I put  a set of 80/20 by mistake (intended to use phos/bronze) on my pre-owned L09,  and  I could hardly believe  how much better  it sounded and it seemed to just ring and reverb even more. . 

That was Elixirs and now I.m about to try some Newtones too.

I'm a long time owner of a mahogoy and cedar topped guitar that I always want to use 80/20's on but it always sounds better with Phosp/ bronze.

It shows you got keep experimenting, but not always to good effect! 

Pleased to0 have been able to add something from the UK!

Best regards ETC Peter harvey

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« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2014, 09:04:41 PM »

I.m about to try some Newtones too.
Be sure to try their PB too as they are somewhere in-between what you would expect from an 80/20 and PB in other brands.  The midrange richness and texture of a PB but with the note attack, round bass, and top end brilliance of an 80/20.  I was bouncing around between 80/20 and PB in other brands, never fully satisfied until I found the Masterclass PB.
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« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2014, 11:28:18 AM »

Thanks , I've  got some too!

The newtone  bronze sound fine on the 09 this am...

best regards Peter
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« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2014, 07:57:14 PM »

My Larrivee does.  But it also loves PB.  Different sound - just depends on what you like.  There are different aspects of each that I like, but I can't commit to which I like better.
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« Reply #14 on: November 16, 2014, 02:21:04 PM »

My preference in strings is for uncoated 80/20s as well. I've been using them on three different acoustics for years. Every time I've tried something different it just don't work for me.
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« Reply #15 on: November 18, 2014, 02:32:49 PM »

I am currently using Tony Rice strings and they sound great!
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« Reply #16 on: November 18, 2014, 02:57:05 PM »

Very personal... although I recently switched from (coated) 80/20 Polyweb Elixirs, which I also liked, to regular uncoated D'Addario PB and won't reverse the change on any of my current guitars. I haven't tried uncoated 80/20's yet— might be worthwile too. The coating made them feel a little less responsive to me. Might be my imagination though...
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« Reply #17 on: November 18, 2014, 05:45:42 PM »

I use them on my OM-03MT and love the tone. One thing to keep in mind, I don't care for the sound of any strings when I first put them on. The 80/20's on the OM Hog top sound very harsh for the first couple days then mellow some.  I would never take strings off right away if I didn't like the sound, my experience is that they all sound different after a couple days of playing and then stabilize, after that they sound good for about three months of play time. As of late 3 months of play time equals about a years time.

Per Mr_LV19's suggestion, I put Curt Magnum PB 80/20 on my OO-03MT.  I had replaced my EJ-17's which were about a year old and quite honestly, still sounded fine.  I just figured it was time for a change.  My first reaction was "yuk" but  felt I should give them a day or two.  Just as Roger said, they mellowed in nicely and sound fine now.  I may put EJ-17's back on next year and see if I can tell any noticeable difference.  I have never disliked them and thought I would try the Curt Magnums as they sounded and felt fine on Rogers guitar.
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« Reply #18 on: November 27, 2014, 02:55:27 AM »

You should try a set of the Martin retro/Monel strings.  They did an incredible job on my Larrivee guitars that are vintage-oriented.
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« Reply #19 on: November 27, 2014, 03:09:58 AM »

 bigrin  Some great feedback. The 80/20 strings work for me,and sometimes PB 80/20 get used cause I still got a few sets to use up,but the straight 80/20s always sound better to me. And yes I know it is very subjective.
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