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Old 06-22-2019, 07:42 PM
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Cool Strings make a difference!

Hey guys, it's like I discovered that different size gauge strings make a huge difference, to be honest I never gave them any thought other than I need new strings that's it. Now after replacing my 6 year old strings on my Yamaha as I wasn't playing guitar for a wee while(5-6 years) so changed them to 80/20 bronze Elixirs 11's/52, and Bam! the whole guitar came to life, since then I have upgraded to a Taylor 114e very nice sounded much different just though well it's a better guitar so that must be it, turns out it has 12's/53 Elixir Phosphur bronze as recommended by Taylor. had it for 2-3 weeks now and noticed yesterday they need changing, in which I'll use same strings. i was told by the previous owner who I have become friends with that there is a trade off, the 11's are much easier to bend..playability and he 12's have a fuller sound. so can anyone else enlighten me to what else you get with the different size string gauge? thanks.
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Old 06-23-2019, 06:13 AM
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String gauges and materials can have a profound effect on any given guitar.
The effect can be positive, negative or meh!
Many of the members on here, including yours truly, experiment with lots of string brands, gauges and materials. We are searching for the best-playing, best-sounding, longest-lasting strings for the dollars spent.
It's a fun journey to take should you decide to.
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Old 06-23-2019, 11:19 AM
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Of the cacophony of embraced tone-affecting beliefs out there, changes in humidity and strings are the only two that have registered in my ear. All the others are still plying my imagination waiting for aural verification.
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Old 06-23-2019, 11:32 AM
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Heavier strings focus the fundamentals. Lighter strings produce more overtones and harmonics. A guitar that is overly bright as Taylors might be, might benefit from a heavier string. However, the lower strings are responsible for a lot of the harmonics produed across the string set. So while you may tame the highs with say 13/17 on the high end, the 56 on the low end might be a mojo killer because it won't transfer harmonics across the string set as a 53 or 54 gauge low E might.

As an anectodal example of this phenomenon, I was testing GHS Signature Bronze strings (gauge chart below). The light gauge strings were too bright and tinny sounding. I could hear it was the upper strings that I didn't like. I replaced the set with a "True medium" gauge. While it tamed the excess highs it lacked the energy that I was expecting. However, leaving the True Medium set on I replaced (solely) the Low E from the light set with the rest of the True Medium set and the entire guitar came back to life and was balanced and sounded quite good; better than any of the complete Light or True Medium sets.
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