Acoustic guitar strings question
I'm looking to buy a set of acoustic guitar strings for my old acoustic. It's my original guitar from back in 1972, and it's a smaller guitar than a full dreadnought, with a very bright sound. What I'm looking for is a set of strings that will take some of the brightness out and give it some more bottom end. I know it's a bit ironic to be posting about guitar strings on a bass forum, hence the posting in the Miscellaneous section, rather than the Strings section.
I play acoustic guitar. All strings will be a bit bright brand new, but the phosphor bronze mellow out quite nicely. I keep them on forever (just like my bass strings). I prefer a "darker" sound too.
I use and recommend the D'addario EJ16 set. They're dirt-cheap, high quality, and available at most music stores.
They also make a set called Silk & Steel. I don't have any experience with these, but they may fit your description.
I hope this helps.
^^ I use the same strings. I also leave them on forever haha. I'm over a year on my current set, actually!
I too prefer a bassier sounding guitar. Which my dreadnought Norman does very well with these strings!
On my Gibson L-3 I typically use D’addario’s. If I remember correctly they are a Phosphor Bronze. Occasionally I would string it up with Martin strings of the same type. The Martins were maybe a little darker, both were very full sounding. The 1923 L-3 is a smaller bodied acoustic.
I guess it's established that D'addario guitar strings are popular with bass players.
Ever since I started playing upright bass I've become more and more interested in acoustic sounds and music. I've been learning how to Travis pick, which is a great workout for the right hand.
You guys have some nice guitars--a 1923 Gibson L-3!?!? I have a Yamaha FG700 and a Martin Backpacker. I use Martin extra light strings on the Backpacker to keep within their specs, but they're still the phosphor bronze variety. I think the current set is about two years old. They're brown, but they still sound good.
stratovani, there's a site similar to this called the Acoustic Guitar Forum. Like Talkbass they get into long discussions about strings and things. It seems everyone has an opinion and a favorite brand, just like Talkbass. If you haven't been there, check it out.
That L-3 spent a large portion of its life with some Nun’s in Africa, then to a closet at a local church. My aunt bought at a garage sale for around $20. She gave it to my father (he did pay her). Nobody could play it, and everyone figured it looked good but was a wall hanger. It came with two nuts, and a reversible bridge, it was set up to play slide guitar. I inherited it from my father, my brother got the One Armed Harp Guitar. Now that is an oddity.
Dr's acoustic strings art darker or sure .
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