Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 13

Thread: Has Anyone used Heavy strings?

  1. #1

    Has Anyone used Heavy strings?

    I need to thicken up my Yammy. Im conflicted, my Guild has wonderful tone but the Yammy is so much easier and fun to play but sounds like a Taylor (that was an attempt at humor). Anyone ever use heavies?

  2. #2
    Senior Member dreadnut's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Posts
    7,820
    I've never tried "Heavies."

    Curious why the Yamaha is so much easier and fun to play than the Guild, or was that also part of your attempt at humor?

    As far as sounding like a Taylor, nothing will cure that. (my attempt at humor.)
    TODAY is the TOMORROW you spent all day YESTERDAY acting like there was no.

    '76 D-25M
    '99 DV-52ABHG (gave to my son)
    '98 DeArmond Starfire Special
    Takamine Acoustic Flying "A"
    Crate CA-125D Acoustic Amp
    Fishman Loudbox Mini Acoustic Amp

  3. #3
    I tried them once on a 1973 Martin D-35. They were just too stiff and really choked the tone.
    I cannot go heavier than mediums, and really, I am fine with light gauge strings even on dreadnoughts.
    Wood

    1971 D25--The Br
    1973 D35 esh

    https://soundcloud.com/woody-adams/sets/not-metal

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2018
    Location
    Eden, Australia
    Posts
    536
    Before going to heavy's try a set of GHS or John Pearse Silk & Bronze strings.



    They play like normal PB strings but sound warmer.

    Silk & Steel will also give a warmer tone but they sound different to PB's.
    Last edited by Brucebubs; 12-13-2018 at 08:36 PM.
    1972 - Takamine D-70
    1980 - Morris B50-12
    2002 - Guild F-412
    2009 - Martin Grand J12-40E Special
    2011 - Martin JDP II
    2012 - Dan Dubowski #61
    2012 - Epiphone EJ-200
    2015 - Kittis RBJ-195
    2012 - Huss and Dalton MJ Custom Natural
    2018 - Rickenbacker 4003 Fireglo

  5. #5
    I often use heavies (14-59) on my F-50, really like them for swing style rhythm. Have gone as high as 15s on an archtop, again mostly for swing style. Generally use 13s on my dreads.
    F212: 1964 ,AA: 1975 ,Mark V:1975 ,F50:1976, D-55,1979; X170:1986, F-40:2007, F512:2010, Godin ACS:1999, Giannini 7-string classical, Epi Korean Howard Roberts Custom:1995, Pawless Mesquite Special, 2012. My trio's site: http://bradbilljanet.blogspot.com/

  6. #6
    Super Moderator fronobulax's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Central Virginia, USA
    Posts
    15,939
    Blog Entries
    9
    Quote Originally Posted by Antney View Post
    I need to thicken up my Yammy. I’m conflicted, my Guild has wonderful tone but the Yammy is so much easier and fun to play but sounds like a Taylor (that was an attempt at humor). Anyone ever use heavies?
    Why is the solution heavier strings on the Yammy and not another Guild? :-) :-)
    Quote Originally Posted by mgod View Post
    What he said.
    Quote Originally Posted by Stuball48 View Post
    Frono: You are correct----again.

    '67 Starfire I Bass (Cherry)
    '71 JS II Bass (Walnut)
    '82 B-50 Acoustic Bass (Natural)
    '87 Pilot (Black)
    '13 Newark Street Starfire Bass (Cherry)
    '16 Betts Bass "Walnut Bottom"

    LMG I, II, III

    This space available.

  7. #7
    WTH is a Yammy

  8. #8
    Senior Member walrus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Massachusetts
    Posts
    13,354
    Quote Originally Posted by GAD View Post
    WTH is a “Yammy”
    I'm guessing a "Yamaha", but I might be wrong.

    walrus
    2011 Guild F-30RCE
    2008 PRS Hollowbody Spruce

  9. #9
    I’d be careful before putting on heavies on any guitar. Check to make sure it will handle the extra tension.
    If your not getting the tone you want with mediums, I’d be surprised if heavies would give you more... probably even the contrary and choke the top if its not braced for it.
    1965 Guild F30
    2012 Guild D55
    2017 Guild F55e SB
    2015 Gibson Sheryl Crow SJ
    2017 Gibson SJ200 SB
    2015 Taylor 214
    2009 Fender Strat
    2015 Epi Les Paul Traditionnal

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2018
    Location
    Eden, Australia
    Posts
    536
    1972 - Takamine D-70
    1980 - Morris B50-12
    2002 - Guild F-412
    2009 - Martin Grand J12-40E Special
    2011 - Martin JDP II
    2012 - Dan Dubowski #61
    2012 - Epiphone EJ-200
    2015 - Kittis RBJ-195
    2012 - Huss and Dalton MJ Custom Natural
    2018 - Rickenbacker 4003 Fireglo

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •