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On my J45 I prefer the sound of 80/20 Masterbuilt Gibson strings which have been on it for a while. I prefer the sound of the strings when the sparkly newness has subsided somewhat but the strings are still alive and not dead. Anyone else have the same feeling? I wonder if there exist strings which sound like that from day one rather than after say 14 days.

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for me as well it takes a few hours to get the squeak out, then the sound rounds out, I seem to use dadarios the most cause they are cheap and available every wher.e and are consistant cheers from BC

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Nearly everyone here will feel the same

 

Have never met anyone who actually likes new strings

 

I actually like the way DR Rare strings sound when brand new.

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Santa Cruz Low Tension and Martin Monel strings may give you that broken in sound. I tried them both, and do not like the already worn in sound I got right out of the box, but strangely do like the broken in sound I get out of Mrtin SP and Curt Mangan strings I normally use.

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John Pearse strings seem to "warm up" quickly for me on the AJ. Alas they also wear (proceed to dull) quickly resulting in more frequent string changing.

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I've had a set of D'Addario nickel bronze on the SJ for a couple months now. A little odd...when I first pick it up, it sounds choked and dead but warms up after a minute or two. I'm betting they will improve more yet. We'll see how they are in a year or so.

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I don't pay a lot of attention to the strings. I use mostly Martin SPs, but if something else is on sale I might give them a shot if my string supply is getting low. At times I'll keep them on for a year. I typically swap out the strings when I change the pickup battery. Easier to keep track that way for me. I don't know that I listen for new vs old strings. If the guitar is sounding good and is easy on my fingers, then I don't care about the brand of strings or their age. I've got an old Regal parlor guitar from the early 40s that has strings that are about 3 years old. They're kind of dead, but I still like the quiet sound of that little guitar. Easy to play and it's great for late-night strumming of Cash train songs while I watch my ho trains run. I try to stay simple. More fun for me that way. There are as many string brands as their are J45 models...lol....Too complicated for me. I just like to play my guitars.

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Nearly everyone here will feel the same

 

Have never met anyone who actually likes new strings

 

 

Brand new D'Addario. either EJ16 or EJ17 depending on the guitar. I love them brand new. I just deal with it when they break in.... and hate it when they go dead.

 

 

 

 

-Keith

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Personally I found 80/20's on my SJ to be a disaster but I do like the tone of brand new Pyramids and DR Sunbeams, which are PB's, they actually have a nice warm, almost played in tone from the start. On the Hummingbird they are actually at their best when new.

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