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    I know , an old dead horse . string talk

    Hey folks hope all is well with everyone 🙂

    Iíve been sitting here with my F55 as my couch guitar . Yeah she just took over lol

    Anyway I mentioned strings but Iím curious to see if anyone has a particular string brand or custom set for their Jumbos ?

    I mentioned before Iím working on a few tunes for a demo and sorry to mention it again as I havenít produced , Iím very picky and my playing is eradic and getting a good enough take well , It takes time in my case lol but I think you might like what comes ... or maybe not ? you all being fuddy duddies an all willing to comment about a vear off topic instead of saying anything about the OPís post , itís like walking into someoneís house whom you donít know have lunch , the one you brought and then leave . All the while the home owner is like Whaaaaat ??????

    Anyway so playing this beast I can see where one could be very picky about the strings not that weíre not with our other guitars but to me the jumbo seems more sensitive or should I say more willing to yield a verity of results on a more personal level from certain stings over others as far as the player is concerned but in a different way .

    Yeah Rays Wacko Lol but the thing is the fullness and depth of it intrigues me to find a way to really open her up in more of a per song basses , again itís not just finding a preferred string set as a whole but more a set that will compliment a certain song or style and so on . The guitar is fixed in this case then finding the right strings to fit the tune .

    Probably more thought then most put into it lmao
    So let me just ask the plain question what brand and type do prefer on the jumboís and why ? Is it just because or they do something specific for it ?

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    Rayk:
    I use D'Addario EJ16 Lights on my JF65. They sound deep and mellow with just the right amount of highs and lows. And if you play lots of bar chords, they play much easier.
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    I'm not one bit fussy personally. I use whatever I have sitting around and they typically are fine. I will say I'm more of a fan of medium gauge strings on Jumbos and Dreads and I do really like D'Addarrios and Martin brand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rayk View Post
    It’s like walking into someone’s house whom you don’t know have lunch , the one you brought and then leave . All the while the home owner is like Whaaaaat ??????
    That's great idea!
    I think I'll try it!
    Do you find it easier to go around back and try that door first?
    Quote Originally Posted by Rayk View Post
    Oooooooo look a beer !
    Ok this time I gotta call ya on the spell check, it's Veer with a V.


    Kidding, aside, about a year ago member Marcellis mentioned tuning his F65ce (16" lower bout; shallow archback maple body) down a whole step and loving how it upped the rumble factor.
    Even though I've been a standard tuning purist for years, his advice I was willing to try.
    I loved it.
    More "nuance", more sustain and clarity when doing bends, (or that one last note in a run that you really want to "hang" there); using D'Addario uncoated pb extra lights (.010-.047, I forget the set number).
    Even did it with my D25 (EJ-16's, .012-.053 uncoated pb); same results.
    Only drawback is some slight intonation wonkiness, and I think you might be pretty sensitive to that.
    Think those F55's come with coated mediums, right?
    First thing I'd try is uncoated medium pb's (D'A's) and tune 'em down a whole.
    And for full disclosure, next experiment for the F65ce is silk'n'steels because I'm still looking for a way to tone down the maple "jangle", but I hear it more in my GF's cell phone recordings than when actually playing.
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    I'm really enjoying D'Addario Nickel Bronze.
    Clear and powerful.

    I've got the NB1256 'Light Top/Medium Bottom on the Epiphone EJ-200 pictured.
    NB1253 Light on the Huss & Dalton MJ Custom in centre..
    NB1047-12 on the F-412 on the right.

    Also using NB1152 on a rosewood jumbo not pictured.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brucebubs View Post
    I'm really enjoying D'Addario Nickel Bronze.
    Clear and powerful.

    I've got the NB1256 'Light Top/Medium Bottom on the Epiphone EJ-200 pictured.
    NB1253 Light on the Huss & Dalton MJ Custom in centre..
    NB1047-12 on the F-412 on the right.

    Also using NB1152 on a rosewood jumbo not pictured.

    Ahh ok so even though same brand why different types/gauge ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuball48 View Post
    Rayk:
    I use D'Addario EJ16 Lights on my JF65. They sound deep and mellow with just the right amount of highs and lows. And if you play lots of bar chords, they play much easier.
    Do you get the same effect on different guitars ?

    Quote Originally Posted by richardp69 View Post
    I'm not one bit fussy personally. I use whatever I have sitting around and they typically are fine. I will say I'm more of a fan of medium gauge strings on Jumbos and Dreads and I do really like D'Addarrios and Martin brand.
    And wow ! With all your herd I would think youíd have a verity of strings sets lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by adorshki View Post
    That's great idea!
    I think I'll try it!
    Do you find it easier to go around back and try that door first?

    Yes but many protest to that kind of approach.


    Ok this time I gotta call ya on the spell check, it's Veer with a V.


    Kidding, aside, about a year ago member Marcellis mentioned tuning his F65ce (16" lower bout; shallow archback maple body) down a whole step and loving how it upped the rumble factor.
    Even though I've been a standard tuning purist for years, his advice I was willing to try.
    I loved it.
    More "nuance", more sustain and clarity when doing bends, (or that one last note in a run that you really want to "hang" there); using D'Addario uncoated pb extra lights (.010-.047, I forget the set number).
    Even did it with my D25 (EJ-16's, .012-.053 uncoated pb); same results.
    Only drawback is some slight intonation wonkiness, and I think you might be pretty sensitive to that.
    Think those F55's come with coated mediums, right?
    First thing I'd try is uncoated medium pb's (D'A's) and tune 'em down a whole.
    And for full disclosure, next experiment for the F65ce is silk'n'steels because I'm still looking for a way to tone down the maple "jangle", but I hear it more in my GF's cell phone recordings than when actually playing.
    Ok so you havenít felt that one type of string brand would work better for a said song then another on the same guitar ?

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    NB1256 - The Epiphone EJ-200 likes a heavy hand and the heavier gauge helps give it a little more bottom end/bass.

    NB1253 - The Huss & Dalton is almost opposite, highly responsive and only needs a light touch.

    NB1152 - My rosewood jumbo is also very responsive and sounded OK with normal 12-53 Lights but slightly out of balance - I played around with lots of different strings until I came on the idea of dropping down a gauge and bingo! no loss of volume, same tone, better balance and easy on the finger tips.
    Last edited by Brucebubs; 11-30-2018 at 12:33 AM.
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    How can you not try these? Those big guitars need 13's.

    https://gimmesomestrings.com/thomast...uitar-strings/
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