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Old 02-12-2012, 03:08 AM
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Default Strings on FG700S

Which strings do you like on your FG700?
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Old 02-12-2012, 06:15 AM
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Although I am not familiar with that model, I looked at some photos of it on Google. Dreadnought, spruce top, but no idea what the back and sides are made of. It's an inexpensive guitar, so they are probably laminate. This is OK, Yamaha makes quite nice guitars.

I would recommend Martin medium-light gauge SP4150 phosphor bronze strings. They will sound good and will last a long time.
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Old 02-12-2012, 06:19 AM
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another good choice is elixers
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Old 02-12-2012, 06:31 AM
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If you like the sound of the original Yamaha strings, D'Addario EJ11 sound similar, but in my opinion, better. EJ16's sound just a little less bright, but last a little longer. Just my personal favorites, but they're economical enough to try out.
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Old 02-12-2012, 06:36 AM
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I put John Pearse Silk and Steels on mine. They are very soft and great for fingerpicking.
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:10 AM
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I don't think you could go wrong with D'Addario EJ16's. Although I am presently trying Martin SP Lifespan 80/20's, and I like them, but it's a different sound from the EJ16's. The EJ16's are very bright at first but "mellow in" after about three days.
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:13 AM
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I would recommend Martin medium-light gauge SP4150 phosphor bronze strings. They will sound good and will last a long time.
That is an amazing string set - Russ, nice pull. SP3150 is the Martin counterpart in 80/20.
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:22 AM
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I would recommend Martin medium-light gauge SP4150 phosphor bronze strings. They will sound good and will last a long time.
Agreed. I know what those Yamaha strings sound like........IMO, not good.

I've got a Yamaha FG730S and use MSP4100 Martins on mine. They sound really good, but I'm sure the MSP4150 Martins would sound just as good, if not better. BTW, I tried D'Addario EJ-16s..........didn't like 'em on the Yamaha.
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I was leaning towards the Ej16,these stock strings r too bright for my liking
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:47 AM
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I was leaning towards the Ej16,these stock strings r too bright for my liking
I could almost assure you, you won't like those either. I tried 'em and thought they sounded worse on my Yamaha than the ones that came on it. But, that's JMO. YMMV.
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:04 AM
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I was leaning towards the Ej16,these stock strings r too bright for my liking
If you are worried about brightness I would try the John Pearse PBs. I found the Ef16 too bright and the JP were slightly mellower.
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:12 AM
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Agreed here - EJ16 or any D'Addario string will be very bright and very un-mellow, as D'Addario is built for strength and cutting through mixes. If a certain guitar is dull, lifeless, or the player likes treble, that's when D'Addario is a superstar. The beautiful strings include:

Newtone Masterclass
Thomastik-Infeld
Pyramid Western Folk
Martin SP

There are others. Good hunting.
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I use John Pearse 600 p/b lights on my FG730s. Very similar construction, may sound good on yours too.
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:43 AM
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I was leaning towards the Ej16,these stock strings r too bright for my liking
I put some D'Addario EJ16 strings on my sister's Yamaha recently and I thought they sounded quite good. Of course, there are tons of options to try. I use a lot of Martin SP 80/20 strings, too, but for my ears, I think they would be a little bright on the Yamaha.

Strings are relatively cheap -- have fun with experimentation.

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Old 02-12-2012, 09:51 AM
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Heh heh . . . I like the Yamaha strings. Still got 'em on there.
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