A quick update to last week’s post about bronze and nickel strings: Over in the forum, Bear suggested trying 80/20 bronze strings. It’s a little embarrassing to admit, but I thought some of the strings I’d stocked up on and tried were 80/20s, but just realized they were another variety of phosphor bronze. D’oh!
So I got a nice, simple set of uncoated 80/20 Martin Marquis, popped them on, and realized that I don’t hate bronze strings — just phosphor bronze (and just on my particular guitars). I’m happy now.
Anyway, if you’re curious, I’ve updated the audio examples to include this third string type along with the phosphor bronze and nickels. Have a listen if you’re curious:
I’m hearing the warmth I missed, and the whole guitar seems to gush more. The phosphor bronze strings sound so tonally stingy in comparison.
All thee sets are regular lights, with .012s on top. The tone is also a bit mellower on the new 80/20 tracks because last night I snapped off a fingernail while attempting to snap a picture of a gorilla at a gig.