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View Poll Results: What strings should I try next on my Rosewood Dreadnought?
GHS Phosphor Bronze - Light 3 8.57%
GHS Signature Bronze - True Medium (current strings) 1 2.86%
GHS White Bronze - Light 1 2.86%
John Pearse 80/20 - New Medium 17 48.57%
John Pearse Bronze & Silk - Light/Med 1 2.86%
Martin Retro - Light 12 34.29%
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Old 10-13-2017, 04:30 AM
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I'll soon be changing strings on my LoPrinzi AR-38. It is a Sitka over EI Rosewood dreadnought built on the D-28 platform. It's tone is quite balanced (especially for a rosewood dread), and my playing is about 60% strumming, 40% fingerpicking, solo and small ensemble Americana.

Help me pick the next set of strings! Since I've had the guitar, I have had GHS Signature Bronze strings in New Medium on it. The performance has been fine, but not to the point that I'm thinking "I need to stick with these strings".

The choices in the poll are what I have on hand, so it will be one of those sets, so there is no "other" choice.

Oh, and if it makes an difference for your vote, I'll be having my tech install an LR Baggs Lyric in the guitar at the time of the string change.

Your votes and comments welcome!
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They're your ears, so why are you considering other's opinions which will, naturally, be equally subjective? Experiment!
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They're your ears, so why are you considering other's opinions which will, naturally, be equally subjective? Experiment!
Just for fun. I thought this would be something folks might enjoy voting on. I'm not expecting a definitive finding, and if I don't like the set chosen I'll just change them.

It is okay to post these polls for pure enjoyment.

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...snip...why are you considering other's opinions which will, naturally, be equally subjective? ...snip...
Oh, and following this reasoning would basically eliminate the AGF. We are here to share opinions.
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Looking at what you've been using, the GHS True Mediums are;
- 13 - 17 - 24 - 32 - 42 - 56

D'Addario Nickel Bronze Mediums are;
- 13 - 17 - 26 - 35 - 45 - 56

And D'Addario Nickel Bronze 'Balanced Tension' Mediums are;
- 13.5 - 18 - 24 - 32 - 42 - 56
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Just for fun. I thought this would be something folks might enjoy voting on. I'm not expecting a definitive finding, and if I don't like the set chosen I'll just change them.

It is okay to post these polls for pure enjoyment.



Oh, and following this reasoning would basically eliminate the AGF. We are here to share opinions.
If I tell you what my favourite ice cream flavour is, will you base your decision on my preference?
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If I tell you what my favourite ice cream flavour is, will you base your decision on my preference?
If you told me on an ice cream forum, sure! I would be on that forum to expand my world of options, my knowledge, and my experience of ice cream.

Also, it might be FUN to try your favorite ice cream flavor.

This is all meant to be FUN.

By the way Andrew, what is your favorite ice cream flavor? I'll try it (as long as it isn't "chunky" [with nuts in it - my diverticulitis makes nuts "iffy" for me]). My favorites are banana and coffee. Have fun!
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Old 10-13-2017, 05:25 AM
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buy all six packs and string as follows

1st string- GHS Phosphor Bronze - Light
2nd string- GHS Signature Bronze - True Medium (current strings)
3rd string- GHS White Bronze - Light
4th string- John Pearse 80/20 - New Medium
5th string-John Pearse Bronze & Silk - Light/Med
6th string-Martin Retro - Light
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...snip...
D'Addario Nickel Bronze Mediums are;
- 13 - 17 - 26 - 35 - 45 - 56
And D'Addario Nickel Bronze 'Balanced Tension' Mediums are;
- 13.5 - 18 - 24 - 32 - 42 - 56
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...snip...The choices in the poll are what I have on hand, so it will be one of those sets, so there is no "other" choice.
...snip...
[BIG SIGH]
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I would suggest you try the Martin Retros because then you'll know if they are "the ones". All the others are PB's
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buy all six packs and string as follows

1st string- GHS Phosphor Bronze - Light
2nd string- GHS Signature Bronze - True Medium (current strings)
3rd string- GHS White Bronze - Light
4th string- John Pearse 80/20 - New Medium
5th string-John Pearse Bronze & Silk - Light/Med
6th string-Martin Retro - Light
Love this! Both a great post, and horrible advice. Epic!
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I voted for the GHS signature bronze as I have liked those strings on my rosewood guitars. The Pearse 80/20s would be my second choice.

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I would suggest you try the Martin Retros because then you'll know if they are "the ones". All the others are PB's
Agree w/RD. Some folks feel they're at their worst when brand new, FYI. They're also reputed to have good longevity, which I found to be the case. I liked 'em, but am constantly sampling, with D'Addario PBs as the benchmark.
BTW, IMO you should definitely try more mediums on that dread. Also, good on you for ordering up a bunch to try out.
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For Sitka and Rosewood I'm always for Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze if your guitar has a warm tone.

If it is a brighter tone, then go for Nickel Bronze!
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I didn't vote because none of those strings would be at the absolute top of my list, except perhaps the John Pearse. But there are other strings I'd try first. Here's my recommendation list...

DR Sunbeam 12's.
DR Rares
Straight up Strings Medium Tension
D'Addario Nickel Bronze
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Sorry Ed, my fault, I was more focused on your guitar being Sitka over EIR, in which case I probably wouldn't have picked any of the strings in your selection.
I love Monels on Mahogany but not so much on Rosewood and I really like NB's on almost everything else.
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