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    does anyone have an opinion on the difference between

    80/20 Bronze
    D'Addario EJ10 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings

    my experience was dull and had none of the zing associated with new Acoustic strings
    may be fine on solid-body pretending to be acoustic


    Nickel Bronze
    D'Addario NB1047 Nickel Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings

    I have never tried these and am initially curious about these mostly

    Phosphor Bronze
    D'Addario EJ15-3D Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings

    this is may go-to set
    Phosphor Bronze has that zing I expect from new strings
    Bright and Jangly

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    some other coated versions which I find dead straight out of the box

    your thoughts?
    EHD
    Just here surfing Guitar Pron
    RG2EX1 w/ SD hot-rodded pickups / RG4EXFM1 w/ Carvin S22j/b + FVN middle
    SR500 / Martin 000CE-1/Epiphone Hummingbird
    Epiphone Florentine with OEM Probuckers
    Ehdwuld branded Blue semi hollow custom with JB/Jazz
    Reptile Green Gibson Custom Studio / Aqua Dean Shire semi hollow with piezo
    Carvin Belair / Laney GC80A Acoustic Amp (a gift from Guitar Player Mag)
    GNX3000 (yea I'm a modeler)

  • #2
    I much prefer PB over other formulations. I have tried *many* acoustic strings and at the end it depends (sometimes greatly) on the instrument. Interestingly I've found my Taylors sound best with Elixir PB - and though they "work" on other guitars, Elixirs are not my first choice on any other acoustic I have ever played / owned. Similarly, I like Martin Lifespan or SPs best on my Martin 15M and not so much on other guitars.

    I very much like using D'A'ddario EJ16s and EXP16s on my Yamahas and are probably among the most popular strings out there. I've had success also with DR Sunbeams and Rotosound Jumbo Kings.

    You don't mention, what is/are the guitar/s we are talking about?

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    • #3
      This might sound odd, but I think of 80/20 as tone right out of the speaker and Phosphor Bronze as that tone after compression, reverb, a little EQ, etc. A fantastic guitar with 80/20 can sound really good, but the Phosphor Bronze adds an additional richness and depth that I really love.

      I’m curious what others say but I think 80/20 will drop in a recorded mix better and PB might be better if the acoustic is the featured instrument. (Pure speculation on my part)

      Also, I always prefer uncoated for tone, but like my main electrics I’ve been using coated the last few years. With kids, when I get 30 minutes the last thing I want to do is pick
      up the instrument and strum dead strings.
      Oh no.....


      Oh Yeah!

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      • #4
        I use Nickel Bronze strings for a full body archtop with a magnetic pickup. You get more output with the pickup. Acousticwise you get a very neutral sound.
        I get the feeling the A8 will blow your skirt up more so - Edgecrusher

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        • #5
          Originally posted by hamerfan View Post
          I use Nickel Bronze strings for a full body archtop with a magnetic pickup. You get more output with the pickup. Acousticwise you get a very neutral sound.
          well that makes sense
          EHD
          Just here surfing Guitar Pron
          RG2EX1 w/ SD hot-rodded pickups / RG4EXFM1 w/ Carvin S22j/b + FVN middle
          SR500 / Martin 000CE-1/Epiphone Hummingbird
          Epiphone Florentine with OEM Probuckers
          Ehdwuld branded Blue semi hollow custom with JB/Jazz
          Reptile Green Gibson Custom Studio / Aqua Dean Shire semi hollow with piezo
          Carvin Belair / Laney GC80A Acoustic Amp (a gift from Guitar Player Mag)
          GNX3000 (yea I'm a modeler)

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          • #6
            I like them both on different guitars.
            80/20 take a day or so to open up.phosphor sounds fresh out the box.
            80/20 clear bell like and strong fundamentals.Phosphor warm and shimmery.

            I like 80/20 on my Martin D-15 custom,00-15 and D-18GE
            I like Phosphor on the D-35 , D-15 jr and blue ridge 12 string

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            • #7
              It all depends on the guitar. DR's sound great on my '70's MIJ Alvarez while D'Addarios sound their best on my Ovation and Epi AJ dreadnaught.
              Ain't nothin' but a G thang, baby.

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              • #8
                Depends completely on the guitar and your intended tone.

                For a standard flattop I'd use -
                100016000000000-00-500x500.jpg (500500) (musiciansfriend.com)

                For my archtops I use these -
                10622107484210.jpg (550550) (hepsiburada.net)

                On my Yamaha Silent Guitar -

                J26823000000000-00-500x500.jpg (500500) (guitarcenter.com)


                aka Chris Pile, formerly of Six String Fever

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                • #9
                  I used to use 80/20s. I hated the PB, found them thin and harsh. I've been using the Martin Monel strings for a while now and love them. Fortunately, they make strings that appeal to all of us.

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