• Guitar Strings
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Guitar Strings
on: December 09, 2018, 14:29:37
For all you acoustic guitar players........what kind of strings do you use.

I am a creature of habit. For years I have stuck with Martin 80/20 Bronze strings for all of my acoustic guitars. I like light gauge. I like a new set before recording generally but for my last song with Vincent/Gleason I tracked the acoustic scratch track with old strings and we both liked how it sounded so we kept it.

Anyway.....I just strung up my three acoustics and this time I did something different. The Martin 000 got a set of silk and steels and it sounds very cool....all mellow and soft now. It's got me feeling inspired.  :)


The 1933 Kalamazoo got a set of Nashville tuning strings for the accompanying part of our new tune "New Girl". These strings have the first four strings tuned an octave higher. Check out that song and listen for the guitar on the right side.  https://soundcloud.com/vincentgleason/new-girl


The 1969 Stella got the old stand-by 80/20's.

What do YOU like on your acoustic guitars?

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Re: Guitar Strings
Reply #1 on: December 10, 2018, 00:45:23
@Leonard Scaper   I was using Martin medium gauge strings on my '69 Gibson parlor guitar, but the last few years my fingers don't work like they use to-  so I've switched to D'Addario's  EJ16 light gauge strings. I'll probably have to switch down to an extra light gauge, but with such a small un- amplified guitar I wouldn't be able to hear it (I'm a finger picker, even on my Strat I don't use a pick)

I have the Martin medium gauge strings on my Grandfather's old Clifford, but the neck is really just a log and it's a hoss to play so I don't play it much.

D'Addario's has a "players circle club" you can join and when you buy their strings you enter the serial # at the site and earn points for free strings or other swag.

I don't change my strings so much anymore, I kind of like the sound. I imagine your wondering more for a recording setting for sound quality, but I pop like popcorn, hisssss worse than a snake - so my guitar sound is the least of my recording worries.


Re: Guitar Strings
Reply #2 on: December 10, 2018, 02:39:16
.... but the neck is really just a log and it's a hoss to play so I don't play it much.

I don't know much about guitars but the imagery in this @Vince quote is just too funny.  :lol:  " A Hoss" ?  :D I feel like I should start just so a can say stuff like this.  :D

You change your strings fro every recording @Leonard Scaper  ? Is that a common practice? Don't you record every day or two? ... it seems like it w/ all of your creative output.  :)
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Re: Guitar Strings
Reply #3 on: December 10, 2018, 14:09:37
@Vince ....I fingerpick my electric stuff as well. Never quite mastered the use of a pick. Some folks really like the sound of old strings. I know our own @tuff bransch likes old ones and it works perfectly for his sound.

@Bill from November Sound ......I do track a lot and sometimes I'll go two songs on a set. But I'm a pretty soft player and I really like tit when I can get my guitar to ring out ......I call it harmonic bloom....when the guitar wood resonates subtly after a note has been played. I find that I only get that with new strings. So I play a song until it's ready to track on strings from the last project and toward the end of that time....usually a day or so before the tracking sission, I change out the strings.

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Re: Guitar Strings
Reply #4 on: December 10, 2018, 18:36:32
I've always been an Ernie Ball fan myself, have been for years.
I've always preferred strings that I don't have to work too hard with so nothing too thick for me.

I use Ernie Ball Earthwood Lights 11, 12 , 22 , 30 , 42 , 52 on my old Eko Ranger

and Ernie Ball Extra Slinky 8, 11, 14, 22, 30, 38 on my battered old Shergold Electric

I'm not sure what I use on my Lionheart Bouzouki to be honest.
The recommend gauges are written on the label in the soundhole and I can't be bothered to open up the case at the moment  ;-P

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Re: Guitar Strings
Reply #5 on: December 10, 2018, 22:45:55
If your gonna play guitar @Bill from November Sound  ya gotta learn the lingo  ::e-guitar3::

Re: Guitar Strings
Reply #6 on: December 11, 2018, 04:12:47
Ha, ha!  It's a "wicked hoss"   :lol:   ::Hoss::

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