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Old 12-25-2020, 08:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Tuba Mike View Post
In a somewhat related topic: Do any of you put round strings on your archtop? I hate the feel of the flat strings but love the sound of the archtop acoustic guitars. If I were to get an archtop I would want round strings on it.
I use nothing but round wound strings on all of my acoustic archtops. They are all acoustic only, and get round wound bronze acoustic guitar strings. Usually .012 - .052's, but currently .010 - .048's due to a left hand nerve damage issue. I do use round wound nickle steel strings on the two that have a pickup.

I've got two vintage archtops, 1946 Epiphone and 1957 Hofner, that are laminated and they have a good sound, but not the same sound as a hand-carved solid wood archtop. I couldn't afford the kind of guitar I wanted, so I learned how to make them. I can make an exceptional sounding archtop for around $500 in wood and supplies, plus around 300 hours and a fully equipped wood shop.
Brian Evans
1935 Dobro model 25 resonator
1943 Paramount (made by Kay) mandolin
1946 Epiphone Zephyr electric archtop
1957 Hofner Senator archtop
1962 Gibson Melody Maker electric
1963 National Dynamic lap steel
1996 Landola jumbo
1998 Godin Artisan TC electric
1998 Epiphone SG electric
2010 GoldTone PBR-CA resonator
2015 Evans electric archtop
2016 Evans archtop
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