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zmf 08-13-2019 07:44 PM

What guitars do you string with Monels?
What are your expectations when you use monels? Is it a particular guitar, a playing style, or both?

I've never used monels, have a pack, and am trying to decide what guitar to string up. What are you trying to achieve when you use monels?

I know I can try them and see what I think, but thought this was an opportunity to ask a more general question.


Haasome 08-13-2019 07:52 PM

It probably won’t help you, but I use them on my Waterloo.

Brucebubs 08-13-2019 07:55 PM

I have them on my Martin JDP II.
Italian Alpine Spruce/Mahogany.
They are fine on this guitar for any playing style.

They didn't sound right on my Rosewood guitar, haven't tried them on Maple.

paulzoom 08-13-2019 07:59 PM

A lot of people say they sound best on all mahogany guitars (they sound great on mine). But I recently put them on my Sinker redwood/wenge guitar and they sound good as well.

Goodallboy 08-13-2019 08:18 PM

I'd put them on any guitar I wanted.

The better the guitar, the better they'll sound. And that sound, on my guitar was more "wooden", less 'new string" tone, and didn't last very long. They were like nicely broken strings from the first strum and then faded over about 3-4 weeks, far sooner than other premium strings.

Oddly, I hear other people report a completely different tone. Subjectivity rules.

paulzoom 08-13-2019 08:20 PM


Originally Posted by Goodallboy (Post 6137380)
The better the guitar, the better they'll sound.

Not necessarily.

Skip Ellis 08-13-2019 08:24 PM

I've found that Monel works very well on my 000-18 but my Brook Torridge seems to sound nicer with John Pearse.

Treenewt 08-13-2019 08:40 PM

I’ve never found a rhyme or reason to the guitar I like them on. I hated them on my d18, but liked them on my 000-18. I preferred D’addario Nickel Bronze on my d18, but hated those on my Larrivee OM-03. I like Retros on my eastman AC320, and the E1OM I had. All these guitars are similar wood-wise, and size wise (dread and 000), so I’ve never been able to say except by trying them. If I get a new guitar, I always give them a go just to see. Cheap experiment.

Tico 08-13-2019 08:48 PM

I tried them once, but removed them hours later and threw them away.
They sounded horrible and as dead old strings.

FWIW, my preferred sound is phosphor bronze.

StevieMar 08-13-2019 08:50 PM

I like Monels on my Composite Acoustics OX a lot. They’re just ok on my CA Cargo

JBCROTTY 08-13-2019 09:00 PM

I only like them on hog b&s guitars.

TBman 08-13-2019 09:01 PM

Hmmm. I started to think which of my guitars had these on and I looked at my chart - Alvarez AP66SB (00). Only problem is I put them on 1/13/18. I guess they're ready to come off :D

Mandobart 08-13-2019 09:26 PM

My Eastman archtop.

Jaden 08-13-2019 09:28 PM

I use Custom Light (11-52) Martin Retros on my 3 acoustic guitars for soft feel, clear note and string separation, little or no added overtone content, no shredding of coated material, low tension on the neck. My go-to strings used to be 80/20 D’Addario lights, which provided much of the above, but I’ve found monels provide slightly more transparency to the bass.

NewPicker 08-13-2019 09:33 PM

Love them on the OM18 Authentic, and the 0018V

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