View Poll Results: What strings are you using on your go-to guitar?

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  • Flatwound

    78 48.45%
  • Roundwound

    71 44.10%
  • Coated Roundwounds

    6 3.73%
  • Halfrounds

    2 1.24%
  • Some kind of acoustic guitar strings

    3 1.86%
  • something completely different

    1 0.62%
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  1. #51

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    I dislike any string squeak and my playing style was producing string squeak with all type of strings except flat wounds.
    Recently I found a half round string set brand that I get no string squeak from, because they are so smooth and polished.
    All other half round string sets I've tried in the past were not nearly as smooth and polished and as a result I would get string squeak.
    These new half round strings (Magma Flat Phosphor Bronze) are less money than the flat wound strings I was using.
    If they hold their pleasant sound quality for an acceptable period of time,
    I'm very certain my main guitar and my other guitars will be using
    these half round strings rather than the flat wounds I was previously using.
    Last edited by dhd; 04-11-2021 at 12:02 PM.

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  3. #52

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    I use Philippe Bosset Acoustique 80/20 Brass 13s strings on my Loar 700. I have Rob McKillop to thank for that tip. I’d never heard of them before. I love the sound and feel of the strings - they suit this guitar just fine and they don’t cost an arm and a leg.

  4. #53

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    Quote Originally Posted by swingali
    I use Philippe Bosset Acoustique 80/20 Brass 13s strings on my Loar 700. I have Rob McKillop to thank for that tip. I’d never heard of them before. I love the sound and feel of the strings - they suit this guitar just fine and they don’t cost an arm and a leg.

  5. #54

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    i don't play much nowadays but my acoustic and mandolin at home, i'm always at home now but for now i'm using mapes heavy 13's on my acoustic and custom gauge mapes on my mandolin

  6. #55

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    I originally voted something different, but for awhile now I've been using Martin Retro monel strings, and D'Addario nickel bronze strings. I'm still not sure which I'll stay with, maybe both, but I think I'm done with flats. I still have Chromes on one guitar, which I installed just to try them again, but every time I play it I'm disappointed with the sound of the flats, mostly the big difference between the plain and wound strings. I'm just not a fan of flat-wound strings.

  7. #56

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    Out of necessity (due to my nickel and chromium allergies), I use Ernie Ball Cobalts, which are roundwound strings, and since I'm not a fan of plain 3rd/G strings, I also buy Cobalt wound .022 or .024 strings to use as a 3rd string.

  8. #57

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    You're allergic to nickel and chromium, but not cobalt? That seems odd, but possible, I suppose. Allergies can be puzzling, and change over time. One of my biggest regrets was the sudden onset of an allergy to crustaceans, which made me give up shrimp, lobster, crawfish, and crabs. It just appeared out of the blue, as some allergies do, and some seem to disappear the same way. Here's hoping yours do.

  9. #58

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    I usually go back and forth with rounds and flats. My "main" guitar has flats on it, but I love the sound of rounds too.

    Changing strings is great, one of the cheapest ways to get new tones from your instruments.

  10. #59

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    Chromes on all my guitars: 11s on my Tele; 12s on my Les Paul and Martin 000X; 13s on my Yamaha dreadnought and my L50. I love the feel and sound, and D’Addario makes a long lasting, consistent product. Works every time.

  11. #60
    I use DR nickel type strings mostly 11s on an electric. I use TI flatwounds or Deadario . Sometimes about 50 years ago we guitar students would take our flatwound strings off and boil them in water for about 10 minutes to squeeze some extra life out of them,for a jury or some important performance when the dough was low.I have not had to do it for a few years.With cost of TIs maybe I should take it back up. Try it it works!Maybe just thicker lower 4 strings.

  12. #61

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    I am loyal to Rotosound, because they make good strings in Kent. I rotate my strings between nickel-coated, pure nickel and 52 percent nickel. Each has its virtues.

  13. #62

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    Not sure, but they look metallic and are about 10 years old. I think they’re broken in by now.

    JK. Though I NEVER change my strings. That’s the secret to the thunk.

    I have TI flats on my 135, D’A flats on my 175 and Peerless Sunset, and D’A pure nickel rounds on everything else electric. I tend to go for light gauges like 11’s—e.g., D’A jazz lights.

  14. #63

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgosnell View Post
    You're allergic to nickel and chromium, but not cobalt? That seems odd, but possible, I suppose. Allergies can be puzzling, and change over time. One of my biggest regrets was the sudden onset of an allergy to crustaceans, which made me give up shrimp, lobster, crawfish, and crabs. It just appeared out of the blue, as some allergies do, and some seem to disappear the same way. Here's hoping yours do.
    I just noticed this response to my post - yes, I am using Ernie Ball Cobalts. My nickel and chromium allergies were discovered back in 2014, via a patch test that was done by a dermatologist, when I had such severe dermatitis, I looked like a burn victim on my entire body (I was also starting to get a staph infection, complete with fever and chills). As for Cobalt strings - I contacted Ernie Ball after it was suggested to me, to try Cobalt strings at my local guitar shop as a replacement for the nickel strings (D'Addario EXL115W) I used on my electrics at the time. Ernie Ball confirmed to me that the Cobalts were a hypoallergenic string, and I have been using them ever since, without any issues.

    As for coated strings - I don't trust them, due to the coating peeling off, exposing the nickel strings underneath it.

  15. #64

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    Cobalt and nickel are next to each other on the periodic table, very similar chemical properties, but then iron and manganese are between chromium and cobalt, so go figger. I've never heard of cobalt being hypoallergenic, but if they work for you, that's great, at least there are strings you can use. The human body is a wondrous thing.