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I thought I had tried most of them - I tried DR strings in the past as I had heard that the round core made for less tension, great sound and easier play. The thing is I had bought DR Sunbeams (a fine string in its own right)and assumed those were the strings people talked about regarding the round-cores.

 

This morning I put on a set of DR Rares and they are wonderful. Almost as soon as I put them on I loved the sound, and I can't put the guitar down. I am getting this aweseome throaty plunk when I fingerpick with a little meat. We are in the midst of a winter storm here in NJ, so I know what I will be doing the rest of the day!

 

Big thumbs up for DR Rares.

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I was using nickel strings but have slowly moved away from them and really like the DR strings.

 

I tend to prefer the round core Sunbeams but my favorite little music store only carries the Rares so I do use them. I cannot agree with you more that they are great sounding strings no matter I use them on. So these days I use the Rares on my newer guitars (defined as post-1950) but stay with the Sunbeams on the older, lighter built guitars. I am also a fan of the Curt Mangan strings.

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DR Rare is always my first choice on my maple J100xtra- since they run a little light, I especially prefer the bluegrass blend (RPBG-12/56). Virtually no break-in period, and they last as long as I want/need them to.

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I've been wanting to try the Rares. I have Sunbeams on two guitars now, my SJ included, and I like them. I cant find Rares in stores though. Did you order them on line Sal? I asked at Russo and they said they didn't carry ant DR string. I also have Sunbeams on the J-55, which seems a little too bright. How do the rares compare in that way?

 

Rich

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Dig the rares but still prefer sunbeams on my sj. loving the beams on my lg2 so far but havent tried the rares. will be interested to do so since i tolerated ej16's on the lg2 MUCH longer than i did on my sj. on my parlor I also like the sunbeams best so far.

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The thing is I had bought DR Sunbeams (a fine string in its own right)and assumed those were the strings people talked about regarding the round-cores.

 

The Sunbeams are the round cores from DR. Rares are a hex core string...........and it's good your found them!

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They sound good - (have tried both Sunbeams and Rares and found them splendid).

 

So does the guitar, , , wait till it loosens a bit up, it'll be a dream.

 

Don't be afraid to Townshend-punch it once in a while - just to help it on the way, , , and for the therapy of course. . ;-)

 

Stay lucky -

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Remember that DR uses a different gauge nomenclature, at least for Sunbeams. DR Sunbeam .012's are called "mediums". The low E in the set is .054 rather than the more typical .053, which gives the Sunbeams a bit more low end punch in my experience.

 

These are my favorite strings for Gibson flat tops.

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another big DR Rare fan here. Been using them a couple of years now and I find them to last as long as any other uncoated strings and seem to have a slightly warmer tone to my ear. My biggest problem is the local shop here seems to sell out of them quickly so its hit or miss for me. When available I go DR, when not I always return to the standard EJ16s.

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My biggest problem is the local shop here seems to sell out of them quickly so its hit or miss for me. When available I go DR, when not I always return to the standard EJ16s.

 

Buy them online, in bulk, from juststrings.com. Good prices, great service. They have almost any strings you want.

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Guys... excuse my playing as it is imperfect to begin with, and I just came in from the cold and some shoveling... but here is a quick iphone video I just made. I used n iphone with a USB snowball mic, which sounds a bit better than the camera mic. But hopefully can get the gist of the sound...

 

http://youtu.be/qUCY8ZlVd_4

 

 

Love the sound of that guitar and those strings! Don't like what sitedrifter said about them only lasting 5 days though. That's the whole reason I have been hooked on nanowebs since I first tried them (longer life).

On a side note I'm really gonna have to start dedicating more time to fingerpicking to progress as a guitar player because I love the sound of the technique. I am always envious when I hear you guys fingerpicking but the focus required just frustrates the f@$k out of me. I bought Toby Walker's beginner fingerstyle package but my procrastinator ADHD/add disease always gets in the way.

I think I just stumbled across a new year's resolution : everytime I pick up my guitar to play at least one song fingerstyle. The payoff will also be two-fold, not only will I acquire a technique I've always yearned to have but will also have an excuse to give the wife on why I am shopping for a new guitar!

It's gonna be a great new year boys/girls!

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