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May 2015 Entries

Dave’s Guitar String Log

A couple of years ago I bought a new guitar (a 6 string Gibson Songwriter) and wanted to find out what strings I really liked.. So I started a log and began buying a variety of strings.. Some on sale, some recommended by others, some that looked interesting. It has been fun and I”m happy I did this!! I seem to like all phosphor bronze strings and of those I like the Gibson Masterbuilt Premium Phosphor Bronze Wound the best. I was surprised that I liked the Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze strings, I might try them again sometime.

Mostly I did lights but had never realized that different brands may have slightly different sting sizes to make up the Light or Extra Light sets.

Some were were interesting, I liked them at first but after a week or two I thought they sucked!

The Elixir HD Light strings were pushed and “developed” with Taylor Guitars : http://www.elixirstrings.com/hdlight/ and I had to wait for a week or two until they came into stock. I heard about these at a Taylor demo at Gear Hero here in Deerfield Beach, FL. Sounded new and exciting but I did not like them that much!

I’m going to slow down my string changing now…

Here is my log for what it is worth.

  • Original
    • 7/2013 - 9/13/2013
    • What are they?
    • Nice full body
  • Gibson Masterbuilt Premium 80/20 Bronze Wound
    • 9/13/2013 - 10/16/2013
    • Lights - SAG-BRS12 - $7.99
    • Bright, harsher
    • Not such a great stringing job Dave…
  • Gibson Masterbuilt Premium Phosphor Bronze Wound
    • 10/16/2013 - 11/24/2013
    • 03/02/2014 -
    • Lights - SAGMB12 - $7.99
    • Fuller, less tiny than 80/20 on first play
    • Clear without being tinny..
    • Still missing a bit from the bass strings
    • I Like these!!
  • Gibson Phosphor bronze wound - J200
    • 11/24/2013 - 01/01/2014
    • Lights - SAG-J200L - $9.99
    • Nice, balanced, a little light on the base
  • Gibson - Masterbuilt Premium
    • 01/01/2014 - 01/10/2014
    • 80/20 bronze wound
    • Ultra Light - 11
    • $7.99
    • Nice enough, have not played much yet.
    • Very nice, probably my favorite
    • Almost a little too light.. Slight buzz on occasion striking opens
    • To light, they buzz, don't stay in tune after 8 days.
    • They suck
  • GHS - Vintage Bronze
    • 01/10/2014 - 02/01/2014
    • Light - 12
    • 5.49
    • Not bad, tinny top but new, not too much base
    • Pretty good but they seem stiff
  • D'Addario Coated Phosphor Bronze
    • Light - Exp16 ??
    • Spare set, no high E now.
  • D'Addario - Phosphor Bronze
    • 02/01/2014 - 06/08/2014
    • EJ16
    • 6.39
    • Light .012
    • Initial sounds nice
    • After a few weeks holds tune very good, I like them!!
    • Broke hi E and use the coated, probably the same
  • Elixir - Phosphor Bronze (HD Light, new!)
    • 06/08/2014
    • HD Lite - .013 - .053
    • Nanoweb coating
    • Developed with Taylor
    • Don't feel quite right.. B string too big I can feel it
    • This set not for me
  • Gibson Masterbuilt Premium Phosphor Bronze Wound
    • 2014-07-08 -
    • My favorites…
  • Martin Claptons Choice
    • 2014-09-07
    • Phosphor Bronze Light
    • .012, .025, .042, .016, 032, .054
    • Think these are identical to the normal Martin Phosphor Bronze light
    • Use Martin stringing technique
    • Feels too thick … and it is thicker on the upper strings
  • Martin Phosphor Bronze Lite - 2568
    • 2014-10-18
    • .12, .16, .25, .32, .42, .54
    • Feel better somehow than Claptons
    • Martin stringing but messed it all up.. Not sure how long 1st and 2nd will hold
    • Not holding a tune on 1 and 2 but mostly due I'm sure to the crappy stringing job!
  • Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Light
    • 2014-10-26
    • .11, .15, .22, .30, .42, .52
    • Nice feel, better base and resonance perhaps, lighter upper nice.
    • That’s what is says on the package too which I did not read until after.
    • Lasted well, still sound ok. Still has nice base.
  • Elixir Polyweb Light
    • 2015-03-12
    • 10, 13, 17, 26, 36, 46 (very light)
    • Does not indicate metal, aluminum/silver color
    • High E very thin
    • Sounds kind of mashed up. Maybe distorted highs. Weak lows.
    • After a day, they play ok but do not sound as good…
    • Coating makes them smooth and easy to slide but overall rating is suck.
  • Gibson Masterbuilt Premium Phosphor Bronze Wound Ultra Lights (11)
    • 2015-03-19
    • 11,15,22,32,42,52
    • Well.. I like the light version, sounds good, very melodic
  • Martin Phosphor Bronze SP Light
    • 2015-04-11 - Installed on Camerons Yamaha F-310 (Indonesia)
    • 12,16,25,32,42,54
    • Sounds pretty good, much better than the dirty, rusted strings that were on there.
    • Cleaned up the guitar, wax, oil the fretboard
    • Tough to do a direct compare, a much different guitar and smaller
  • Gibson Masterbuilt Premium Phosphor Bronze Wound Lights (12)
    • 2015-04-15
    • 12,16,24,32,42,53
    • Ok, back to what I like, I'll stick with these for a while!