Originally Posted by invalidprotocol
Both are in the same family but they are cousins not siblings. Both are excellent strings.
Sunbeams are smoothest of the two and most flexible. They are warm and fat with a characteristic sizzle in the upper mids when fresh but generally a scooped midrange. When well broken in their emphasis is in the lows and low mids.
Foderas are slightly less smooth and a little less flexible. Less fat in the lows, greater emphasis and bite in the mids and crazy upper harmonic content which really stands out with hot pickups. When well broken in they maintain a very significant mid bite. These are great strings if you always want to be able to cut through.
I thought they were much deeper then the sunbeams....I love Fodera strings....I tried sunbeams for about 8 minutes...they were very thin sounding vs the Foderas I thought.
sunbeams are a bit too loose tension for me too...the Foderas seem to be perfect in that dept. for me anyway....The Fodera also have this little grippyness to the feel that I love...no other string has that feel at all....but it smooths out after a month or so to become about as smooth as the sunbeams.
Fodera nickel I think are my favorite string next to the old 8250 fenders they used to make with the grey silks....back when Fender cared about how their strings sounded.