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  • D’Addario XS Phosphor Bronze Lights – First Impressions

    Posted by JohnV on July 12, 2021 at 7:38 am

    Decided to try these strings…. Whoa!!!!!! Can you get any brighter?

    I normally use a 2.0mm dunlop flow pick. But I can’t with these strings. Usually it will warm up a bright string. Instead it makes the guitar even brighter and a lot of pick click. I will have to do some attack adjusting. But the really odd thing is using a Taylor 1.0mm pick (the blue swirl). That pick usually has the bright picky clicky tone. But it is warmer on these strings.

    Maybe after a week or so they will settle in and warm up some. But right now, I want to change the strings… but at $18 a pop, I’ll live with them.

    In defense of the brightness, my default string is the Elixir PB Nano web lights. The last time I put a set on (early 2020), they did sound bright which is also odd because they usually tame the brightness of my Taylor 314ce. Maybe my guitar is changing as it ages… I know I sure am as I age 🤣

    John

    JohnV replied 2 years, 9 months ago 8 Members · 23 Replies
  • 23 Replies
  • Bill_Brown

    Member
    July 12, 2021 at 8:03 am

    Excellent insight @JohnV 🤔 Would like to hear back from you in a week or two to see what (if anything) has changed, sound wise😱

    • Marty73

      Member
      July 12, 2021 at 9:11 am

      👍👍

  • JohnV

    Member
    July 13, 2021 at 8:16 am

    When did I put them on, Saturday, Sunday? Anyway, still bright. I’m thinking I might have to take a pick journey as well. But as of right now, still not really liking the D’Addario XS on this guitar. It’s the only guitar i have so I may never like them.

  • Loraine

    Member
    July 13, 2021 at 10:49 am

    The same strings can sound different on different guitars, and yes guitars season over time and sound different as they age. The great thing about guitar and strings are the many choices we have. I have an arsenal of all different types of strings to try out. It’s so much fun finding the one that sings with a particular guitar.

  • JohnV

    Member
    July 14, 2021 at 7:46 am

    @Loraine I have a bunch of empty string packs in my case documenting my string journey. But it’s getting a bit full. I might have to just cut the top of the packs to save room. Yeah, that’s ticket… cut the tops off.

  • JohnV

    Member
    July 26, 2021 at 8:48 am

    2 weeks in with very little play time and they are starting to mellow.

    • Bill_Brown

      Member
      July 26, 2021 at 8:54 am

      @JohnV , does that mean you’re starting to like them on your guitar🤔 Or is the jury still out on that one?

      • JohnV

        Member
        July 26, 2021 at 10:54 am

        @Bill_Brown Jury is coming to a consensus, and I don’t think they are going to replace Elixirs for me. Nothing spectacular about them. They are not bad. If I played them every day then perhaps they would have mellowed sooner. But the initial brightness didn’t appeal to my ears.

      • Bill_Brown

        Member
        July 26, 2021 at 3:31 pm

        @JohnV will you keep them on your guitar for now, or will you replace them sooner than later🤔

      • JohnV

        Member
        July 27, 2021 at 7:41 pm

        @Bill_Brown at $18 bucks they are staying on. My playing has not been very regular lately so they will stay on for at least 2 months. I will say the coating is really thin. They do squeak more than the elixirs. When I use elixir they stay on about 3 months. I also like the feel of the the elixir under my fingers. I’ll have to go back and find my post about the Martin flex code Tommy Emmanuels. Those were pretty good. I also liked the Martin monels . I tried the d’addario nickel bronze. They sounded good. I believe they are same or similar material to the monels. One of the wound strings had a quarter inch piece of of wire sticking out the ball end. I sent a picture to d’addario and they sent me a free set. They also sent me a brand new humidipak kit when I asked about mine lasting almost 2 years. They said mine was an old style and they made improvements and sent me a new one also free of charge. So I have high praise of their customer service.

      • Bill_Brown

        Member
        July 28, 2021 at 9:21 am

        Thanks @JohnV for your insight. This information is valuable to me because I still haven’t changed the strings on my 000 15 yet. I’ve been procrastinating about doing it for a good while, but I wasn’t really sure which direction to turn. At least I think I’ll steer clear of the D’Addario XS’s for now.

      • JohnV

        Member
        July 28, 2021 at 5:29 pm

        @Bill_Brown remember, it’s all subjective. What works for me and my guitar may not for you and yours. Just keep in mind if you haven’t changed strings in a long time, any new string with sound fresh and crisp. Enjoy the journey.

      • RNCJr

        Member
        July 31, 2021 at 8:36 am

        @Bill_Brown, depending on the tone you’re after (and this from a fellow 000-15 owner), and if you haven’t tried them, consider the Santa Cruz Parabolic Low Tension strings; these offer a warm tone that I believe pairs very well with the 15 (in fact, they’re what I use on my 18s as well, as both models have mahogany backs/sides).

      • Bill_Brown

        Member
        July 31, 2021 at 9:09 am

        Thanks for the suggestion @RNCJr , I’ll look into them👍

      • That_Guy

        Member
        August 1, 2021 at 6:56 am

        The Santa Cruz strings for whatever reason last twice as long as any other type i have tried.

        • This reply was modified 2 years, 9 months ago by  That_Guy.
  • That_Guy

    Member
    August 1, 2021 at 6:58 am

    Ps stringsbymail.com has every type of instrument string and brand imaginable at competitive prices shipped right to your door!

    • JohnV

      Member
      August 1, 2021 at 7:16 pm

      At Acousticlifetv.com, Tony reviews Santa Cruz strings. At one time if you bought something from a link from this site, 100% of the referral money was being donated to Guitars for Vets. Not sure if Tony is still doing this or not. But here is the review with links for buying the strings below the review.

      https://acousticlife.tv/santa-cruz-parabolic-tension-strings-review/

      • Bill_Brown

        Member
        August 3, 2021 at 5:57 pm

        Hi @JohnV I went to my local music store today in hopes of getting a set of Santa Cruz Low Tension Parabolic strings🤩, but they don’t carry them😱 They owed me a free string change, so I ended up settling for the Martin Lifespan 2.0 92/8 Phosphor Bronze Custom Light 11-52😐. Almost the same strings I had originally, except they were 13-54 gage. So I can bend these new strings much more easily, but I’m not totally thrilled with the sound they make when playing single notes on each of the strings. I find that for now, the lo E sounds kind of “tinny”, while the others sound a little softer than the heavier gage that I’m used to🤔. I’ll keep these on for a while, but I’m going to order the Santa Cruz strings and give them a try next time I’m ready to change these out👍

      • JohnV

        Member
        August 4, 2021 at 8:54 am

        @Bill_Brown The Martin lifespan 2.0 were ok for me. Nothing spectacular. You may be experiencing the difference between the medium and custom light gauge. those are pretty light gauge. But it seems like you changed brands and gauge at the same time. More than likely it’s the gauge that is giving you that “tone”. You might want to try a different pick. Or use the rounded edge of the pick to see how it works with those strings. With these D’addario XS, I’m finding I have to use a different pick with them.

        John

  • Michelle-PSL

    Member
    August 3, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    Gee, I wanted to try these strings. I don’t like the feel of Elixir strings. But I don’t like too bright. I’ve been using Martin 11-52 phosphor bronze, uncoated. Will have to try the Lifespans and see if they are nice.

    Like others have said, would like to hear what you think in a couple of weeks @johnv.

    • JohnV

      Member
      August 4, 2021 at 8:50 am

      @Michelle-PSL They have mellowed in the last week. They do not feel as smooth as Elixirs under the skin. But the price of these is not going to let me replace a set of strings that are functioning properly. They are not a bad set of strings. Just don’t think they will be for me going forward.

      John

  • tailsawaggin

    Member
    August 5, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    I once asked ten people about strings, and I got twelve opinions. 🤣 Anyway, I also prefer a warmer, more mellow sound, and I’ve found the Martin Monel Retros go really well with my guitars and my ears. Along with sounding nice (to me), it’s a nice bonus that they’re inexpensive and they last forever.

    • JohnV

      Member
      August 6, 2021 at 6:25 am

      Yes, I had a very good experience with those. The only negative was they were a bit “grippy” on the wound string side. I don’t know if phosphor bronze is softer than nickel, but they were “grippy”.

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