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Preferred Stings, for Gibson J-160E?


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I realize the J-160E is both Acoustic (in theory, anyway) and Electric.

And how one strings it, will depend on how one uses it, most. But, I'm

curious as to what most, that have them, use, and why? I'm thinking of

going "electric" flat wound, probably Pyramid's, or Thomastik's. Any

ideas, or thoughts on this?

 

Thanks,

CB

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I use mine as an acoustic and use Elixir 80/20 12 gauge. It brings out the brightness, they last forever, give me the right Gibby tone. If I want to plug into my vox amp i use a Seymour Duncan Woody removable soundhole pickup.

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If you are going to plug in you might think about something like the D'Aquisto Tony Rice nickel strings. The pickup will read them a lot better than the bronze strings. I also tend to like the way the nickel strings sound normally but they tend to go dead fairly quickly.

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Thanks, I'll look into that. I generally use it as an "Acoustic," as it's the

only one I own, at the moment. But, I've often wondered about putting electric

stings on it, and trying that. Do the D'Aquisto "Tony Rice" nickel sting allow

for Both? And/Or does anyone make a kind of "Hybrid" sting, that works well,

Acoustic, and Electric? (I know, I don't want much, do I?!..LOL)

 

CB

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I use ghs White Bronze 52-54 on my CF-100E. You should check them out. They're made for acoustic-elctric guitars.

 

Thanks, for the suggestion. When you say they're made for "Acoustic-Electric" guitars,

I'm assuming you mean the kind with the "acoustic spec'd and EQ'd installed pickup,

as opposed to what mine has, which is a magnetic P-90! My guitar is a rare "Solid Top"

(as opposed to the normal "plywood" tops, on most) J-160E, from 1954!

 

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CB

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My 1951 CF-100E has a P-90 too. 51.jpg

 

COOL! [thumbup] So, the GHS "White Bronze" work well, in either situation, huh?

Sorry, for what might be dumb questions, but I really haven't messed around

with "Acoustic-Electric" strings. I usually just get one or the other,

depending on what I'll use it for, the most.

 

CB

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I've tried Nickel, Chrome Flats, Stainless Flats, Bronze, Phosphor Bronze .. you name it. The White Bronze seem to work best for me. I play acoustically around the house and through an amp when performing. I've had good luck with them. You may like them and you may not. These are my preferred strings. If I was to play it strickly electric, I'd go with D'Addario Chrome Flats. As an acoustic solely, John Pearce 600L.

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