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Old 06-11-2019, 05:15 PM
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I used to change strings alot then found Ernie Ball Earthwood Bronze... and became the person Wade describes.
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Old 06-11-2019, 05:59 PM
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My favorites are the guys who have always used the same brand of strings and the same gauges since the dinosaurs roamed the earth no matter what.
You gotta' love it!
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Old 06-11-2019, 10:29 PM
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Two weeks ago I installed DR Sunbeam Lights on my D-16RGT. A possible eureka moment....volume increased somewhat, the tone rich and full, and most of all the round-core design makes for a happy left hand.
After years of playing I "discovered" round core Sunbeams late last year and agree it was a bit of "eureka". Playability, tone and SUSTAIN is indeed great. They have not completely replaced my "go-to" John Pearse Phos Bronz; but it's neck and neck (no pun intended) when it's string time change on most of my guitars (a couple still seem to prefer the JPs). BTW, since you like the Sunbeams try Newtone MasterClass Phos Bron. They're also round core and you may like them even more.
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Old 06-12-2019, 05:27 AM
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I have an ammo box full of strings.
I started changing them every six weeks when I had one guitar and used exclusively Fender strings.
They went hopelessly dead in 7-8 weeks with me playing Praise and Worship every week with rehearsals, and personal play time.
The six week interval kept me from having them go dead in the middle of P&W.
These days I have more guitars. And I’ve been using mostly D’addario EJ16’s or EJ26’s.
I now occasionally go as long as four months on the same set of strings.
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:05 AM
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Hi Rick - that’s two very different sounding string sets there, almost opposite ends of the tonal spectrum to my ears, with sunbeams being warm and soft edged vs EB AB’s being metallic and sharp edged..

Do you use them on different guitars or do you like them both on the same guitar?
I only recently tried the Sunbeams on the RK 12 fretter. So, no decision yet about where to go with them. My other three acoustics are strung with the Ernie Balls. Going to try the sunbeams on the Lakewood, though as the softer sound would suit the instrument. Honestly the EB's sound darn good on all of them! (Hey, I'm old, and probably not hearing the higher frequencies as well as I used to.)
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Old 06-12-2019, 11:35 AM
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That looks like a solution awaiting a problem!
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Old 06-12-2019, 01:50 PM
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BTW, since you like the Sunbeams try Newtone MasterClass Phos Bron. They're also round core and you may like them even more.
I used them a long time ago on my SWOMGT and liked them. They became increasingly hard to get and at least according to one forum sponsor string vendor, they're no longer available.
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Old 06-12-2019, 04:03 PM
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I was a stringaholic with my GPCPA4R until I got a set of Martin Silk n Steel custom lights. Tried everything twice, back and forth....Silk n Steels were the answer for me.
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Old 06-12-2019, 04:33 PM
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Hi !
I am maw, I have a bunch of acoustics and a bunch of different string brands and types to find the perfect match for each guitar.

I came to keep a record some years ago to remember what works and banned matches.
As I would need the whole meeting time to tell my findings, I will bring in only the most significant :

I am currently banning Elixir on my Taylors (Sorry Bob !).
I tried ernie balls and will give a try to John Pearse soon.

D'Addario light (EJ-16) works fine on Gibsons Ls.

Martin MSP4100 does great on Martin OOO-18.
I used to like Martin M140 on some other guitars.
Martin Co. now put me in trouble as they stopped producing these...

I banned GHS but love ernie balls.
I am going to try Martin Monel on Loar archtop.

My guitar life seems an everlasting turmoil to me !
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Old 06-12-2019, 11:42 PM
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I used them a long time ago on my SWOMGT and liked them. They became increasingly hard to get and at least according to one forum sponsor string vendor, they're no longer available.
Yes, they’re harder to find now. It looks like Guitar Gallery has some MasterClass PB’s in stock now.
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Old 06-12-2019, 11:54 PM
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I started out with Elixirs back in 2013 when I picked up the guitar again, but found them messy after a relatively short period of time with outer disintegration of surface texture.

Nowadays I’m down to 80/20 uncoated EJ11 D’Addario or Nickel Bronze lights by the same company. I’m not finicky because both are consistently high quality (reliable) with NB lasting about twice as long (about two months).
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Old 06-13-2019, 07:34 AM
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I have easily used 30 different string brands and types.Many of those were recommended here on this site.I always go back to John Pearse 600l.
Everytime on all my guitars

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Old 06-13-2019, 07:42 AM
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(Everyone) "HI TOM."

I don't have much to add to this already well-seasoned broth except this observation:

Among my nylon-string guitars, I have found that certain guitars seem to sound better (or *like,* if you will) certain brands of strings, while that SAME set of strings does not sound nearly as pleasing to my ears on a different guitar. It is kind of weird and certainly subjective, but I find myself -- over time -- identifying which brands of strings I prefer on which guitars.
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Old 06-15-2019, 12:38 AM
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No, actually, many AGF participants seem to leave their strings on forever, and express bafflement at the idea that anyone would want to change their strings more than once a year. If then.

So while the people who’ve posted on this thread so far might be “string-aholics,” it’s not a universal condition on this forum, not by any stretch of the imagination.


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Yeah, I once read an interview with Dave van Ronk in which he said that two-year-old strings gave the sound that he wanted! I can't imagine.....
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