Gigging heavily I need recommendations for acoustic strings

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  1. JGarofalo3

    JGarofalo3 Member

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    I gig with both electric and acoustic guitars. My acoustic strings of choice to date have been "NewTone Master Class Double Wounds" 11's. I cannot tell you how much i LOVE these strings!!!....BUT.....

    Gigging 2x a week now I am blowing through strings quickly and at over $12/pack it is getting pricey.

    What are you all using that you are happy with tonally and budgetarily (especially those of you that play daily & gig a lot) and why?

    Thanks in advance

    JG3
     
  2. ES330

    ES330 Member

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    [QUOTE="JGarofalo3, post: 21895208, member: 142114"I am blowing through strings quickly and at over $12/pack it is getting pricey.
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    What strings are you using ??
    Don't think I want those !!
     
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    Blanket Jackson ¿Qué Hiciste? Silver Supporting Member

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    Sounds like a job for ....

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    Drewski Silver Supporting Member

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    John Pearse pure nickels. Long lasting, great feel, moderately priced.
     
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    What strings are you using ??
    Don't think I want those !![/QUOTE]

    As thread said, Newtone Master Class Double wounds which are awesome but I would like more than 5 gigs out of my strings if possible (plus the daily practice for an hour or so)
     
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    plexirocker 68 Member

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    D'Addario EJ 16.. Phosphor Bronze... They sound good, intonate good, don't break and hold up pretty well for non coated strings... I gig them all the time and they work for me ..
    Plexi
     
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    TheGuildedAge Supporting Member

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    I just tried the Elixir Nanoweb knowing I would hate them.

    Believe it or not, no issues. They are a little duller than what I am used to, but I don't mind them.
     
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    I like the Elixirs but I find they notch out the tuning before they rust heh
    Depends on what style you're playing, but they last good for regular playing if you're not digging in
     
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    Martin Lifespan SP's. I get a 3 pack when they're on sale. They last me a long time between changes.
     
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    Digging the EB aluminum bronze sets. Great life. Also they have more projection and power it seems to my ears so I actually went down a gauge over other strings. Sound great, long life, easier on hands. Win win win.

    Find gauge you like and then buy in 3 packs, comes out about $6 a set.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions, will look into and try and few mentioned here
     
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    Steve Hotra Silver Supporting Member

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    Long time Elixir user on all of my electric and acoustics.
    But I stick with Fenders with my Tele B bender ... don't know why.
    Just feel and sounds better.
     
  13. jimijimmyjeffy

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    I usually end up with D'Addarios or Martins, mixed m/l gauge. With nylon strings I use a special brand flamenco players use, but with steel string, I just go with whatever the local store has. That's because I have gigged a lot on acoustic and beat the crap out of my D19. They last maybe two gigs, and I really could change them every time, but screw the audience. They have crappy taste anyways, and drink a little much. What I am saying is that no one cares what my strings sound like at those gigs. If I was playing more steel at home, I actually would care more. I care about nylon strings more, and spend more on them, because I play those at home or in more quiet environments.
     
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    Another 100% Elixir user. Electric and acoustic. I like the feel, tone and longevity.
     
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    Try the Cleartones. They're rad if you don't like the feel or sound of other coated strings.

    As for me, I use Elixirs. The sound isn't quite that bright, new string sound. It's almost like an uncoated string that's been "broken in" for lack of a better term. But, they stay that way for a looooong time. I find that they don't really ever lose that sound like uncoated strings do.
     
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    I have broken many Elixers.

    Never had a Curt Mangan string break on me.
     
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    I've been wondering about this issue as well. Strings that last long. What I've been searching for on my taylor are a set of strings that are a little darker in sounds as opposed to the elixirs I'm using now. The guitar always seems a bit to bright. The longevity of the elixirs with a darker tone would be a ticket for me. I am very curious about Curt Mangan Coated Acoustic strings
     
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    Have used only Elixer Nano's on my Martins since they were introduced. Never broken a string and never had any duds in a pack.

    For darker sounds try the Elixer Polys. Has a thicker coating.
     
  19. doublescale1

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    Elixir Nano's or the Martin SP's - I get longer good sounding life out of both those sets than the regular old-school phosphor/bronze strings. I use the Elixir's on my Gibson Advance Jumbo and the Martin SP's on my D15 & GPCPA3. Live both sets deliver authoritative full, warm, sparkly tone. I always try to buy when they go on sale, which is at least once a year for both, I stock up then.
     
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