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Your favourite strings?
« on: November 16, 2005, 10:02:23 AM »
Hello everybody. Just a simple cuestion:
Which are your favourite strings?. I mean Label,Gauge...
I?m always changing from to Martin and some Dean Markley too... From 0.9 to 0.12 on first... But  "still haven?t found what I?m looking for". ;-(
Only in my resonator I use 0.16 with fingerpicks (Da?ddario resonator strings).
Thanks for reading.
and by the way, did anybody checking me on members map?...I?m all alone in the middle of the Ocean...

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Re: Your favourite strings?
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2005, 12:49:38 PM »
Yes, I did see that lonely spot in the ocean...

As for strings, I also experiment a lot.  I find different things preferable on different guitars and depending on my mood, and different gauges give you different feels etc.  I recently strung my 000-15S with 0.13 (mediums) and love what it did for the sound, but it is defintely not as easy to bend strings as a different guitar with extra lights, etc. 


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Re: Your favourite strings?
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2005, 01:40:57 PM »
I like phosphor bronze light gauge (.012-.054) strings. These days, I'm playing Martin brand because I buy 'em cheap from D'addario & GHS are fine, too.
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Re: Your favourite strings?
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2005, 01:56:23 AM »
Hola Gustavo!

Have you considered the British-made strings called "Newtone"?  I find them very good and they stay bright a long long time.  Don't know if they are available on the Canaries though. I am sure you could find some via the Internet.  I have even bought them on eBay before now.

As a matter of interest, what guitar(s) are you talking about here?

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Re: Your favourite strings?
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2005, 06:05:55 AM »
Hello Michael.
I?m talking about acoustic guitars. I?ve been playing guitar for a lot of years,but mostly electric and spanish(classical).
I don?t know if you read my post in wich I was asking about guitars under 1000$. This one supposed to be my first acoustic guitar. I didn?t have much money so I tried with one of those chinese guitar called Blueridge..and..Oh my god!. I never thought 499$ could sound so good. I?ve never played a Martin,but I?m still asking me if there will be GREAT differences... Solid woods,top, sides and back (this was the important point for me),superb finish and a couple of inlays to make it more beutiful....
A few month ago I paid 120 Euros for a resonator guitar in Germany.A new one. It was a Santander (??). I?ve never heard to talk about it... Obviously, was a bad guitar with buzzing and a crappy finish, but I wanted it for slide playing only, so I changed the nut (a higer one) and a high tension strings and...voila!!. Everything changed. It was the same crappy guitar but with a new metal-resonator sound and I spent 120 Euros, don?t forget it.
My other guitars are a 57' reissuse Fender Start, Les Paul deluxe (with those mini-humbuckers from 70?s),Gibson SG and Alahambra C-08 (one of the best classical I ever played)...
If I were a rich man (like the song said) I would buyed a National triolian and a Martin to discover what true is the legend...
See you, my friend.


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Re: Your favourite strings?
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2005, 09:03:35 AM »
I like phosphor bronze light gauge (.012-.054) strings. These days, I'm playing Martin brand because I buy 'em cheap from D'addario & GHS are fine, too.

I have found that  D'Aquisto or Vinci strings in the bluegrass gauge 12 -56, work fine for finger picking on my Nick Lucas.  I can keep the action fairly low and the heavier bass really thumps and the finer high strings are easy to bend and finger pick on.  I get them  at a good price from


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Re: Your favourite strings?
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2005, 03:40:12 PM »
I use D'Addario 12-54 phosphor bronze lights on my 000-28 and 10-54s on my 12-string. I used to put D'Addario 13s on my reso (Ozark 3515, recently hot-rodded with a Quarterman cone and other bits) but a couple of months ago discovered Michael Messer National strings - which are made in the UK by Newtone. They are really good for that reso sound, especially but not only for slidin'. In forty years of playing I think I might have tried most reputable brands of strings but I've been with D'Addario for about 15 years now. I vowed I would not change unless unavoidable but only the Messers have changed my mind and they are a specialised product.


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Re: Your favourite strings?
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2005, 12:31:39 PM »
Elixirs work great for this kind of music! I use the full-coated (not the nano or whatever), medium gauge. When I first heard about them I thought it was absurd, Gore-tex-coated strings, unless you're one of those players with that weird skin chemistry that ruins strings in minutes. But I tried them on my metal guitar and loved the sound -- it mellows out the metallicness a bit, which some might not like but I do. Sort of like broken-in strings right away. Also they feel good and last longer (although they do cost quite a bit more -- I haven't calculated if they turn out to be more or less economical). Now I also use them on my Larrivee parlor, although not on my Martin.

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Re: Your favourite strings?
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2005, 01:49:46 AM »
I'll go for Newtone every time for Nationals, I've used them for he last 10 years (with the occasional excursion to try other makes) on my Style O. I find that their nickels suit my FR triplate perfectly. Also their electric slide strings are great.

For my Martin I stick to d'Addario mediums.

I could not recommend coated strings on a slide guitar - the sound is dead, the feel is awful, however it's in the ear of the individual.

FYI Newtone: +44 1773 714409  e-mail: malcolm@newtonestrings

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Re: Your favourite strings?
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2005, 07:33:37 PM »
I use DR strings on all my guitars....... Change gauge according to guitar........ I've been using these strings for a number of years and haven't found one I like more. They are very "slinky" across the board when compared to other strings of the same gauge.     J


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