What kind of strings do you guys use?

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What kind of strings do you guys use?

Postby dbugger » Fri May 26, 2006 5:13 am

Which do you think give the bluesiest tone? Which work best for slide? What gauge do you use?
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Postby grady » Fri May 26, 2006 5:20 am

D'Addario Phosphor Bronze Acoustic strings.

Been using them for 21 years and wouldn't even think of using anything else.

and as far as "Bluesy Tone" goes.......it ain't in your strings brother.
It's in your fingers.
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Postby stumblin » Fri May 26, 2006 6:56 am

What Grady said.
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Postby bluesmcgoo » Fri May 26, 2006 11:04 am

I like Elixirs (light gauge) on my flat-tops, and Newtones (medium gauge) on my resos.

...and Grady's got the answer to where tone comes from.
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Postby 1four5 » Fri May 26, 2006 11:47 am

What Grady said....because Grady said it about a year ago...when I asked the same thing! Now I go to GC and get them in discount lots of 10 packs.
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Postby slickcat » Fri May 26, 2006 11:52 am

Im using D'Addario also. I use the D'Addario FlatTops .016 to .056 on my Resonator..I like em.
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Postby stumblin » Fri May 26, 2006 12:07 pm

Oh, I use Newtones on my tricone.
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Postby thebluescaster » Fri May 26, 2006 2:09 pm

I love Thomastiks, but they are pricey, my second choice is D'Addario.
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Postby allanlummox » Fri May 26, 2006 5:42 pm

D'addario "acoustic or electric nickel" on everything, at the moment.
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Postby dbugger » Fri May 26, 2006 6:13 pm

Sounds like D'addario is popular with you guys. What is your opinion on the Martin Bluegrass strings. I know some guys use the Reso bluegrass strings on their dobros, are the accoustic strings any good?
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Postby stratman_27 » Sat May 27, 2006 5:07 pm

I like Ernie Ball's on my electric and the Martin 80/20's on my flattops.
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Postby guitarslim101 » Sat May 27, 2006 6:48 pm

I like whatever happens to be priced the lowest on any given day in the local music store in .013-.056.
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Postby ricochet » Sat May 27, 2006 7:46 pm

There's a man who thinks like I do. I buy what's cheap. They work just fine, too.
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Postby rhapsodie » Sun May 28, 2006 10:09 pm

I had my Martin at the shop here for a setup. Best shop in the place and probably the best in the country. I use D'Adarrio PB's and they told they wouldn't fit a new set. All strings lose intonation as they age but the d'Adarrio's where the worst they had tested.

Have any oy you guys found that to be true? I like the tone but I must admit that when they go dead it is REALLY dead. The shop will only stock and sell Kyser and Martin for Acoustics with their preference being Kyser.

I tried a set and the tone was pretty good and they did seem to deaden more gracfully but that shop is the only place in this country that imports them.

So, opinions on the quality and lasting of the d'Adarrio's, please.
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Postby watertore » Sun May 28, 2006 10:57 pm

I use basically what is on sale. I also use 11-50 size. I have tried the heavy gauge stuff, but it is too stiff for me. There are no real rules. Most of the tone you get is going to come from you. The perfect example of this is Louisiana Red. He can take any kind of electric or acoustic guitar, with XL or Xheavy strings, of anymanufacture, and make it sound like the bluesiet thing on earth. I have been at this for about 35 years and have been on the same stage with the gamut, from super gear heads like Eric Johnson, to the complete opposite, Louisina Red. Try them all, and see what feels good to you. Nothing tells you better than your own fingers. If you scroll down this site, you can hear a lot of acoustic guitar, and resonator songs. I also don't change a string till it breaks, and change all 6 about once a year. I play around 150 gigs a year, and a couple hours a day at home. Roy Buchanan told me to change strings when they break. To each his own! Walter


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