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Thread: The Obligatory and Periodic What Strings are You Using Thread

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    The Obligatory and Periodic What Strings are You Using Thread

    For the past few years I've been using Dunlops and using either 12s or 13s. Idk if my ear has changed, but I'm liking them less and less. Looking at changing. SO... What are you using? Brand? Gauge? What do you like about them.

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    Recently switched from D'Addario Phosphor Bronze mediums (EJ17) to Bluegrass (EJ19.) The top 3 strings are slightly lighter so I'm finding them easier to play, but I can still get the punch from the bass strings, which are the same as the mediums.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dreadnut View Post
    Recently switched from D'Addario Phosphor Bronze mediums (EJ17) to Bluegrass (EJ19.) The top 3 strings are slightly lighter so I'm finding them easier to play, but I can still get the punch from the bass strings, which are the same as the mediums.
    Yeah, I'd probably stick with Dunlops if they made a Bluegrass set, but sticking with them means I'd have to buy a set of 12s and a set of 13s every time I change strings. I find that on my D35, 12s don't quite have enough umph on the low end, but that the high end loses its shimmer on the 13s. Might try some D'Addario EJ19s, or possibly DR's Rare set since the 12s have slightly heavier than normal bass strings (the low E is a .54 instead of the pretty standard .52). I could swear I had a set of those laying around somewhere but I haven't found them.

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    I use elixir nano pb lights. In fact the set on my d50 are/is about 5 months old and just starting to decay sonically. I think they're the best string for the buck. You put em on and they sound a week old...but they sound that way for 5 months

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    My "go to" strings have always been GHS Bright Bronze. But recently I think I've been swayed by D'Addario EXP 14's!!! SO nice. It's the light and coated version of the 80/20 bluegrass strings with medium bottom and light top strings. NICE!!!
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    I have D'Addario lights. But prior to that I had the Martin Retro, and I really liked the way they felt. Lost some volume, but the sounds was really mellow and folksy. I'm trying different strings about every other week right now.

    I'm thinking about trying to silk and steel. Anyone try any they like?
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    I've been using D'Addario Phosphor Bronze pretty much since they introduced them in the mid-70s, different gauges on different guitars. I've tried others, but always come back to them. A friend really likes DR strings, so I may give them a shot when I run out of what I have on hand.
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    Silk and Steels are real easy on the fingers but they suck a lot of volume and tone out of the guitar you put them on, At least that is my experience with them.

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