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  • do you like mediums (strings)?

    i have a rosewood dreadnaught and a rosewood 00 (both Larrivee). i was given a gift of Elixir Polyweb mediums 80/20 bronze (.013-.056) and just can't get into them. they aren't significantly more difficult to play (as i thought they might) and they are supposed to be stellar (recommended by a New Orleans-based pro, so...). they just don't sound 'right'.

    do any of you use mediums; if so, on what guitar (configuration and size)? it seems one of my guitars would prefer them, although i believe both came originally with lights (and are set up for lights). i would think one's style of play would make a difference, too: hard playing would probably require stouter strings, correct? my style, clumsy, slow and amateurish, just doesn't do well with the mediums.

    i've asked elsewhere: what are the guidelines/rules/theory on lights v. mediums?

    btw: i have two more packages; if you'd like to trade your lights for them, let me know.
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  • #2
    0.12 on heavily braced dreads and jumbos, 0.11 or 0.10 on lighter braced and Silk&Steel on my OM.
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    • #3
      Mediums on my resontators tuned to G or D, mediums or heavies on my 12 strings tuned 2 to 4 semi tones down. Lights on everything else, including my D18. 10's on the Lester. I'm a finger picker, fwiw, flesh and nails.

      I'll also add that when I did my side by side comparison, I did not care for Polys but I do like Nanos (they are my go to strings). I did not care for 80/20's, but do like PB's (ditto). Milage should and will vary.

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      • #4
        I use mediums on my D-28 and on my FG700S. Dreadnoughts sound wimpy with anything less.

        Note: Elixir polys are tone killers right out of the package. Get some MSP3200's or 4200's.
        Proud reject from the HCAG Civil Posters Society, Martin snob, vitriolic sociopath, and tantrumist

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        • #5
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          • #6
            Carpal Tunnel Syndrome says 'no' to medium strings, though I use Bluegrass on my Taylor (which is for sale, as I don't play it much).
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            • #7
              Medium phosphour bronze on a jumbo is pure heaven for strumming
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              • #8
                Medium Elixir Phos/Bronze Nanos on my FG tuned down a full step though ... it's a bit tight for my fingers so I play it capoed two.

                They sound great to me ...
                "Plunk your Magic Twanger, Froggy". Andy Devine

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                • #9
                  Light (.012 - .053) has worked fine for me for about 45 years...and I prefer Polywbs over all other string sets!
                  God(s) bless the rest of the world(s), too

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                  • #10
                    I've used med/lights a few times, but for a couple of years all I've used are Martin MSP4100 lights. They sound plenty loud enough for me and they're easier on me and my guitars.
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                    • #11
                      I like them because they are a tone quality better than a lighter gauge. I don't like them becauthe they tear up my nailth. Pitheth me off.


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                      • #12
                        I tune to standard on all my guitars, so 13s are too heavy. Even with low action I find myself fighting with the guitar for several songs. I actually like the sound of 12s better. With the Elixirs, the PB nanos are the only ones I like.

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                        • #13
                          I like them for straight up flatpicking.
                          bigger strings fat pic more powerful bigger sound and tone.
                          But for most everything else, pop, blues, finger or hybrid picking, bends, I can get more out of lights.

                          My Depends is full now, so excuse me.

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                          • #14
                            I like them because they are a tone quality better than a lighter gauge. I don't like them becauthe they tear up my nailth. Pitheth me off.


                            Better to be pithed off than pithed on.
                            Proud reject from the HCAG Civil Posters Society, Martin snob, vitriolic sociopath, and tantrumist

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                            • #15
                              13's on My Taylor Jumbo and Martin D 35. Running 12's on my Yairi since I discovered a slight elevation at the back of the bridge. (Just enough to slide a piece of paper under). 12's on my Alvarez MF80, as it is a GC size body.

                              Mediums sound much better, especially the bottom end and overall balance. They also last longer and I cannot remember when I broke one. Anything lighter than a 12 that is not on an electric guitar is strictly for thithies.
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                              I am you and what I see is me . . .

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                              from the MEDDLE LP

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