Jinder Posted December 7, 2011 Report Share Posted December 7, 2011 Hi all, What strings are my fellow AJ players using? I'd be intrigued to know. Mine came to me with a very well-played set of Bronze 12s on it (not sure what they were), which sounded fabulous...absolutely beautiful if rather old. I changed them after a fortnight to see if a new set would sound even better, and decided to throw on a set of D'Addario PB 12-53s (EJ16 I think) I had kicking about. The AJ nearly spat the things right off, they sounded so bad-thin in the top end, wooly and too overtone-heavy in the bottom end and with a slightly scooped, nasal sounding and indistinct midrange. Those strings lasted about three hours before I ripped 'em off and installed a set of Martin 80/20 Bronze 12-54s (my workhorse string for gigging etc) which sounded vastly better. I have only been using the guitar for playing around the house, writing and recording (and a couple of unplugged restaurant gigs), so the Martins lasted nearly a month. I changed them yesterday out of boredom rather than a genuine need to change them (my wife has been in hospital and I've been home with my 2yr old, so when my daughter went to bed I got into guitar-fettling mode!), and decided to bung on a set of Ernie Ball Earthwood Medium-Lights that I had (these were in my local guitar shop at the right price so stockpiled them!). I strung up, tuned up, stretched them in, tune again and hit a first-position E chord, and...WOW! The Earthwoods sound amazing on the AJ. Really warm but defined, no excessive overtones but still feathery in the mids, fat yet articulate top end, everything...definitely the best strings I've had on the AJ since the original set, which, looking at the unusually golden hue of the Earthwoods, were probably the same strings. I've always found Earthwoods to go off very quickly in the past, but the new airtight packaging seems to stop that, and they've been sounding very nice on my EJ200 too. A little thin sounding on my L-00, but that may well change after a bit of playing in. I'm very impressed with them generally, though, especially with the AJ...BRRRROOOIIINNNG! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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