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Old 05-23-2019, 06:55 AM
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I’m not an acidic string killer but I gave sunbeams a go and they were dead within a week with maybe 6-8 hours on them. Sounded great, but man did they dull out and die fast. Anyone experience the same thing? Bad pack perhaps?
Pretty much the same experience I had. I might try the Sunbeams again too because the first week was typically great.
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It's quite amazing the difference between these 2 identical gauge strings by the same maker, made on the same machines from the exact same materials ... except for their cores.

I'm a Sunbeam fan now too.
The difference due to their construction makes sense. A round core will let the windings vibrate differently than hex core which tends to grab onto the windings.
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Old 05-23-2019, 07:43 AM
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the DR Veritas strings for acoustic and electric are all I am using now. Nothing better out there IMO!
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Old 05-23-2019, 08:23 AM
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I love Sunbeams, I always seem to like lower tension/more flexible strings. To my ear they sound great.

I wasn’t that impressed by DR Rares though. Nothing wrong with them, just seemed average to me.

YMMV.
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Old 05-23-2019, 11:28 AM
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I have used the Sunbeams for several years and really liked them. I switched from the Rares.

Just to stoke the fire, I got some free Veritas strings to try. Put them on my Mossman Dread and like them a lot. May try a pair of Veritas on some of my other guitars, just for kicks.

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I have two cases (24 sets) of the Veritas in medium gauge that I won in a contest. Too bad I don't use them. I have tried all the other DR strings mentioned though and didn't care for them.
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I need to try Sunbeams again. I tried them once, but not realizing they were round core, I cut the ends prematurely, and the low strings unraveled immediately. I've been playing DR Rare on my two Mahogany body guitars, and liked them fine. But I've recently switched over to GHS strings, and they sound even better. Lots of great strings choices out there... just need to find the ones that pair best with your guitar and ears!
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The difference due to their construction makes sense. A round core will let the windings vibrate differently than hex core which tends to grab onto the windings.
Huh?

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I’ve tried them all. Rares, pre-alloys (which I don’t think they make anymore), Veritas, etc... they’re all quality strings...

...but the Sunbeams are special.
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So I’ve been running Rares on my Taylor 314 to tame the sizzle a bit and they seem to do that (wasn’t all that sizzly to begin with), but otherwise, nothing exceptional about them... they’re fine strings but not knocking my socks off ... for you fans of the Sunbeam ‘lushness’ - does anyone have any experience with them on the likes of a Taylor 314? Wonder if I should check them out ...

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So I’ve been running Rares on my Taylor 314 to tame the sizzle a bit and they seem to do that (wasn’t all that sizzly to begin with), but otherwise, nothing exceptional about them... they’re fine strings but not knocking my socks off ... for you fans of the Sunbeam ‘lushness’ - does anyone have any experience with them on the likes of a Taylor 314? Wonder if I should check them out ...

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Sunbeams work really well on my Furch OM cedar / mahogany which may not be too far away..
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As the Rares are settling in I'm finding myself wanting to go back to Sunbeams.
The Rares are OK ... but Sunbeams are special.
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As the Rares are settling in I'm finding myself wanting to go back to Sunbeams.
The Rares are OK ... but Sunbeams are special.
They are Bruce.
I'm telling you, you have to try some Newtone Heritage though.
Or have you already?
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They are Bruce.
I'm telling you, you have to try some Newtone Heritage though.
Or have you already?
Sure have (but on a different guitar) and I liked them too.

Still have a set of the Newtone custom gauge nickel plated round cores I ordered too .. I matched the gauges with the Martin Titaniums you and I both liked!



This Epiphone EJ-200 I bought last year has been a kind of freaky good experience for me.
In perfect tune in the shop - crazy good condition - bone saddle made it better - bone pins made it even better again - DR Sunbeams took it even higher.
I can't believe my luck with this thing ... I'm half expecting to wake up and find the neck snapped off or something.
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After finding how good DR Sunbeams are on my Epiphone EJ-200 I decided to try the DR Rare.

Exact same gauge and materials - purely round-core Sunbeams versus hex-core Rare.



Firstly - both are very, very good.

I found the round-cores have a little more clarity and the hex-cores have a little more volume.

After about 10 minutes of playing on the hex-cores I became aware that they required a little more finger pressure than the round-cores - it wasn't immediately noticeable, it kind of crept up on me.

I'll go back to the Sunbeam round-cores next string change but I can see why people like the hex-core Rare's as well and wouldn't be disappointed if that's all I could get.
I think it was you who prompted me to try the Sunbeams in my SJ-200 last year. Which lead me to putting them on other guitars. The Rares were one of my 2 Go-tos until the Sunbeams, but Sunbeams have taken over #1 spot on the jumbos and dreads. I get good longevity, and the tone sort of matures in a mellow way. To the point where i don’t want to take them off. However I find when I do change them I still prefer the newer tone — they have a short break in time for me. Love these strings! Sound great on my D28, so next I will try them on my D18 and Taylor.
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