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kayakman 03-22-2021 09:11 AM

Archtop string gauge
 
Currently I have 13`s on my 38 L5, anyone using 12`s on there accoustic archtop?? Thanks Brian.

mr. beaumont 03-22-2021 09:15 AM

I do .012s but replace the E and B with those from a set of .013s.

I find heavier strings on the bottom doesn't have as much tonal benefit and just makes the guitar harder to play, but up top, it's a big positive difference.

kayakman 03-22-2021 09:19 AM

strings
 
Good idea. thank you sir, I will give it a go....

Glennwillow 03-23-2021 07:04 PM

I use 12s on my Eastman archtop. The strings are pretty much the same gauge that I use on a flat top acoustic. That way they feel the same to me.

- Glenn

kayakman 03-24-2021 11:17 AM

strings
 
Are you getting the"punch" out of the 12`s?

Pnewsom 03-28-2021 05:56 AM

I've been using D'Addarrio Chrome Flatwound's, 12-52's on my Ibanez archtop for years. It's an L5 knockoff, with a carved top and a floating mini-humbucker. It sounds excellent with these strings, both acoustic and electric. I tried a set of 13's once, but the guitar got kind of choked sounding from the extra tension so I went back to 12's.

RoyBoy 03-28-2021 07:07 AM

My recently completed L-5 style archtop is only set up for acoustic right now, I haven't got around to putting a finger rest and pickup on it yet. I put Martin retro monel 13s on it to set it up and it's sounding so great I haven't upgraded to TI's yet. I love the sound of 13s, lots of body and great punch, especially in the wounds, and compared to my flattop it's so easy to play.

I guess if I was only playing electrically I might consider 12s. BTW, an L-5 of the vintage of yours must sound out of this world! You might consider bouncing this question off a jazz guitar forum. You'd likely find loads of experienced players who wrestled with the same question.

kayakman 04-01-2021 08:36 AM

string gauge
 
IMO my L5 does come through strong with the 13`s on it,I had the Martin Retro`s on it,but switched to D Addario Phosphur Bronze,they last longer.It has 80 plus years of aging going for it if that matters.....

Steve DeRosa 04-01-2021 02:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kayakman (Post 6678983)
...I had the Martin Retros on it, but switched to D'Addario Phosphur Bronze, they last longer. It has 80 plus years of aging going for it if that matters...

I'm very surprised: IME a set of Monels will last at least twice (and sometimes 3-4 times) as long as PB or 80/20 on any of my acoustics - and unless there's active, ongoing oxidation/off-gassing of the original plastic parts (not uncommon with early-/mid-20th century instruments IME - had two Epiphones, a Gibson, and a Gretsch with that problem) age has little if anything to do with it...

Glennwillow 04-04-2021 08:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kayakman (Post 6671537)
Are you getting the"punch" out of the 12`s?

I don't play an archtop for punch. In fact, I don't play any guitar with what I would call "punch." I have a fairly light touch, and I play mostly with my fingers, rarely with a flat pick. So, I don't think I can address your question.

For me, 12s work great on my Eastman archtop. I couple of examples:





Hope this is helpful! :)

- Glenn

815C 04-07-2021 07:37 PM

I use Thomastik Jazz Swing strings 13-53 on my L-5. I love the feel, sound, and longevity of these strings.

Mandobart 04-08-2021 04:58 AM

My Eastman archtop started out as an MDC805 - an 8 string mandocello. I believe itís braced heavier than an AR605 would be as a result. I get good volume, punch and tone with 13ís.

Iíve used many different strings (Newtone, monel, chrome, phosphor bronze) but went to Ernie Ball aluminum bronze several months ago. These are my favorite strings on this guitar so far.

kayakman 04-08-2021 07:07 AM

strings
 
Are the Ernie Ball`s round wound?

ssstewart 04-16-2021 05:47 PM

on my 1929 ss stewart archtop i use 11-52 Elixir phos bronze nanoweb
on telecaster and strat i use Gibson 09-42 ultra lite brites
on my other acoustics i use 12-53 elix phos bronze nan
on my classical i use ernie ball earthwood 28-42 (these earthwoods are very cheap $10 but perform/sound and last alot longer than $40 nylon strings- imo and experience)

Grinning Boy 04-17-2021 06:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mr. beaumont (Post 6669237)
I do .012s but replace the E and B with those from a set of .013s.

I find heavier strings on the bottom doesn't have as much tonal benefit and just makes the guitar harder to play, but up top, it's a big positive difference.

Wow this was a great tip. I've used TI 12s for years but tried switching the 2 trebles with a 13 and 17 from a.pack of D'Addarios and was amazed at the improvement in both playability and tone. It puts the melody strings out front more. Thanks for this suggestion.


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