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Old 05-31-2018, 06:42 PM
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I’ve been playing D’Addario Chromes for quite awhile. They sound good to me amplified or un-plugged on my Triggs archtops.
Never tried Monel strings; how might they compare/contrast?
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I’ve been playing D’Addario Chromes for quite awhile. They sound good to me amplified or un-plugged on my Triggs archtops.
Never tried Monel strings; how might they compare/contrast?
The easiest answer is to say they will be substantially louder, acoustically.
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I've got a '34 L-4 (f-hole) and recently put on a set of D'add nickel-bronze "new balance" 12-56 on it . Surprisingly good improvement!
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I'd ordered up some of those Martin monel retro's but they're only wound to 36" and I need probably close to 39" on my D & G the way the tail piece is set up so I didn't put those on. It's not like I've tried a ton of different strings on this guitar but all the others I have gotten were wound to 40 inches. What's up with Martin?
Well, I got a reply from Martin..."Hello Terry,
Thank you for contacting Martin Guitar. Our Retro Strings are designed for acoustic guitars, not electric or arch top instruments. The longer winding has been discussed by our String Team but has not been addressed as of yet."

Are there other monel type strings out there that might be wound long enough?
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Are there other monel type strings out there that might be wound long enough?
Curt Mangan sells monel strings, THart, in both round core and hex core, but I'm unsure of their length.
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I settled on D'Addario Half Rounds for my Loar. Very pleased.
I played half-rounds both my Triggs guitars; liked the sound but were hard to tune due to getting stuck on the bridge. I didn’t care for applying graphite to remedy the situation. I play D’Addario Chromes the the Triggs now.

Just for fun I put the half-rounds on my Martin D-18. It’s a nice result although the guitar doesn’t sound like a D-18 “is supposed to”.

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Update from my previous post: I have a Loar 700, I had been using martin monels 0.012, which I though worked well. I wanted a bit of a change, put on some D'Addario flatwounds (0.012), really loving it. It really accentuates the difference from the rest of my guitar collection and suits what I like to play on it - jazz, gypsy, rootsy stuff. They'll be staying for some time.
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Old 08-26-2018, 06:27 PM
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Well, I got a reply from Martin..."Hello Terry,
Thank you for contacting Martin Guitar. Our Retro Strings are designed for acoustic guitars, not electric or arch top instruments. The longer winding has been discussed by our String Team but has not been addressed as of yet."

Are there other monel type strings out there that might be wound long enough?
I use the Martin retros on my plugged in Kingpinmost of the time. FWIW I've had the Martin Retros on a Telecaster with good results for fingerstye Americana type stuff (took a little pick up hieght adjustment). Another monel string I use on these days on my Fenders are Rotosound flat wound monel top tapes. These are inexpensive and you may want to give these a try if you are going in this direction. I happen to like the Retro roundwounds on my Kingpin but that's just me.
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Old 09-08-2018, 02:46 PM
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I liked the Monels also on my 805 Eastman acoustic Archtop. The best strings I've had on it so far though my experience is limited. I've also put Monels on my dread acoustic and have been happy with that. Does it give it a bit different tone, so not sure I'd always use them but it's great for the variety.
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