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« on: September 26, 2016, 04:31:46 PM »

First of all: sorry for my bad english. I am from Germany and don't write in this language very often.

After a "long journey" I finally got my Larrivee dream guitar. An OM 50 Traditonal Mahogany which I traded für a Lakewood A 32 custom some days ago. The Lakewood is a very, very fine guitar, but it did not work well enough with the traditional blues I play.
The Larrivee fits perfect. Can't stop playing.

On all my guitars I play and played D'Addario EXP 80/20 Bronze Strings with the exeption of the Lakewood which sound very poor with these strings. I tried many strings and finally I found Pyramid Round Core strings (Western Folk) which turned out to be ideal.

I put EXPs on my Larrivee and it sounds very, very well. But has anybody any suggestions if there are still better strings for this guitar.

Btw: I hate Elixirs.....
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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2016, 06:30:36 PM »

What ways would you like to change the sound? It's hard to make a recommendation without knowing your tastes.
That said, Newtones are my favorite on most of my Larrivees. They're much easier to find in EU than in the US.  The Masterclass series is complex and balanced sounding.  They also last a very long time.
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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2016, 07:32:31 PM »

My Larrivees' love Martin M140 80/20 Bronze strings.
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« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2016, 08:15:21 PM »

"I put EXPs on my Larrivee and it sounds very, very well. But has anybody any suggestions if there are still better strings for this guitar.

Btw: I hate Elixirs....."

I got nothing for ya, since I've only used Elixars for years on all my guitars. . .  rolleye

Your english is better than 90% of the people I read on Reddit, so congratulations for that. The only thing I'd put a red pencil thru is that "sounds very, very well."  It would read better to natural english speakers to write "sounds very, very nice" or "sounds really great" or "sounds very beautiful". "Well" in this context suggests the sound is not sick . . .

Forgive my being picky, but I thought you might want some feedback. Welcome to the the forum!

 
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« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2016, 09:14:54 PM »

Thank you very much. Yes, I know how hard it is for english and american people to always use the correct words in german..... But important is, that one understands what is meant.

It is not so that I'm not content with the EXPs, but sometimes there are strings on guitars that sound "nicer" than others and I wondered if anyone maybe has any suggestions.

95 % of my musik is old style acoustic blues of the twenties and thirtees (Blind Blake, Skip James, Robert Johnson and so on). Quite unusual for a german you might say,  but I've been  loving the blues since I was a child. And this was a long, long time ago, about 50 years now.....
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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2016, 09:27:02 PM »

You know, JCL is in Germany now.
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« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2016, 11:26:55 PM »

Ah, for your style, try Newtone Double-Wound. They have a warmer tone, well-suited toward old timey tunes. Similar to the Tomasik Infields but much less expensive. If you don't like Elixirs, that tells me that you generally don't like bright strings.  You may even enjoy Silk and Steel strings. They don't have the same articulation and richness as the Newtones but they are fairly cheap and have a darker tone, perfect for most 30's bless.
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« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2016, 11:34:55 PM »

Ah, for your style, try Newtone Double-Wound. They have a warmer tone, well-suited toward old timey tunes. Similar to the Tomasik Infields but much less expensive. If you don't like Elixirs, that tells me that you generally don't like bright strings.  You may even enjoy Silk and Steel strings. They don't have the same articulation and richness as the Newtones but they are fairly cheap and have a darker tone, perfect for most 30's bless.

Where are you getting your Newtones now?  I have lost all of my sources of supply online that I used to get them from...
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« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2016, 04:22:05 PM »

I would love to try these Newtone Double Wounds. But I'm afraid they are much too expensive in Europe: up to 35 € in England (about 40 $!). A bit cheaper in Spain.
In Germany I didn't find any.
But I keep looking.

I think I'll try Pyramid Round Cores first, which did quite a good job on my Lakewood.
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« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2016, 05:13:54 PM »

Where are you getting your Newtones now?  I have lost all of my sources of supply online that I used to get them from...
SuperStrings, which is a UK shop that is happy to ship to the US. Depending on the dollar fluctuation and whether they are running any sales, I've gotten regular Masterclass for as low as $9ea.  Right now, double-wounds are $12.76ea (be sure to check the price without VAT) and you can get 5% off first time orders.
http://www.superstrings.com/newtone-master-class-double-wound-guitar-strings/

In the US, I believe Strings By Mail carries them.  Newtone is a small company and demand exceeds supply so, when they're available, snatch them up.
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« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2016, 08:14:27 PM »

SuperStrings, which is a UK shop that is happy to ship to the US. Depending on the dollar fluctuation and whether they are running any sales, I've gotten regular Masterclass for as low as $9ea.  Right now, double-wounds are $12.76ea (be sure to check the price without VAT) and you can get 5% off first time orders.
http://www.superstrings.com/newtone-master-class-double-wound-guitar-strings/

In the US, I believe Strings By Mail carries them.  Newtone is a small company and demand exceeds supply so, when they're available, snatch them up.

Thanks for the tips!  I will try these guys.  I like the Double-Wound, the Heritage and the MasterClass in both nickel and bronze.
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« Reply #11 on: October 03, 2016, 04:05:39 PM »

A short improvised blues in E major with my OM 50. Filmed with a Samsung Galaxy S6.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsEynitJ8QY
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« Reply #12 on: October 03, 2016, 04:08:33 PM »

Great stuff, thanks for sharing!

 
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« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2016, 04:40:03 PM »

Fantastic playing!  I would slap some Martin Monels on that beauty and I think you would really like the tone it would produce for  your style of playing.
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« Reply #14 on: October 03, 2016, 09:14:36 PM »

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Fantastic playing!  I would slap some Martin Monels on that beauty and I think you would really like the tone it would produce for  your style of playing.
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« Reply #15 on: October 03, 2016, 09:34:12 PM »

Great song, I love the blues.  Nice studio.  You might like Newtones too...
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« Reply #16 on: October 03, 2016, 10:55:08 PM »

Very nice indeed.  I really enjoyed that.
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« Reply #17 on: October 03, 2016, 11:49:03 PM »

Great playing!
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« Reply #18 on: October 05, 2016, 03:42:20 PM »

Wonderfully played on a beautiful guitar!
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« Reply #19 on: October 06, 2016, 02:11:16 PM »

Fantastic playing!  I would slap some Martin Monels on that beauty and I think you would really like the tone it would produce for  your style of playing.

Agree on the playing and also on the Monel suggestion!  I really enjoy them on my OM40R.
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