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sard
Posted 2008-12-06 11:01 AM (#8299)
Subject: replacing strings


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Location: Calgary,Alberta
Hello everybody
I would like to replace the stings on a ulta 2071, what gauge of strings or what would the stings be from factory...thanks
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FlySig
Posted 2008-12-06 11:08 AM (#8300 - in reply to #8299)
Subject: Re: replacing strings



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Location: Utah
12's are factory standard, and what most people here use. D'Addario EJ16 are what come standard IIRC. I like Martin Marquis Phosphor Bronze light gauge. Just about any brand will do, but there is some difference, so you could just pick up three or four different brands and try them out.

Medium gauge, 13's, may have a slightly fuller deeper sound, but they will be harder to play. Extra Light gauge, 11 or less, will be easier but will have less body to the sound.

Do look for 12's, not just for "light gauge", because some brands rate their gauges differently. Some will call 12's "medium gauge".
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Losov
Posted 2008-12-06 11:11 AM (#8301 - in reply to #8299)
Subject: Re: replacing strings


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Put light gauge whatevers on it. You might want to explore the web to see what alloy you'd like, depending upon whether you want a bright or a muted tone. (I like phosphor bronze - relatively bright). You can save if you order on the web, but only if you're buying several sets, as the shipping tends to devour any savings. I've been using Juststrings.com. Good luck.
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Beal
Posted 2008-12-06 11:12 AM (#8302 - in reply to #8299)
Subject: Re: replacing strings



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Posts: 13979

Location: 6 String Ranch
EJ16, EXP16
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sard
Posted 2008-12-06 11:54 AM (#8303 - in reply to #8299)
Subject: Re: replacing strings


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This is just one of the many great qualities of this forum, the quick respone to questions asked. Thanks
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wilblee
Posted 2008-12-06 12:08 PM (#8304 - in reply to #8299)
Subject: Re: replacing strings


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Location: Round Rock, TX
I've used a lot of different strings, including the EJ16's which I like, but I keep coming back to Webstrings. They sound great and they are the least expensive string I've found.
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FlicKreno aka Solid Top
Posted 2008-12-06 2:30 PM (#8305 - in reply to #8299)
Subject: Re: replacing strings


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Posts: 2491

Location: Copenhagen Denmark
I use as a standard , Martin MSP 3100 ( 80/20 Bronze , gauge 12 -54 ) to judge any other string by , when these break , they go " tuc " , and fall down , other strings might " snap " , and fly all over the place ( watch out for yer eyes !! ) .

When using a plectrum , I use a Gibson " H " as standard .

Having a standard can help ya to reach a decision quickly , like :

Lighter gauge is more romantic , heavier is more oomphy .

Thinner pick is brighter sound , THICKER is stronger sound , and the material that they `re made of , will make a Huge difference too.


It may depend on what ye intend to achieve :

Singer/Songwriters , when writing a song , often use lighter stuff , gauge 10 -50 for example , while , playing out , gauge 12 -54 could be called for .

( I like 13 -56/57 myself , but as FlySig says , it`s harder on the fingers , and requires a Good Set -Up )


Strings and Plectre are the most effective and cheapest trick to alter the voice of yer guitar .


Cheap strings often have a rough surface , causing a great deal of finger -squeek , more costly ones are Polished , Diminishing that squeek .

ELIXIR nearly Eliminates squeek , and withstands corrosion quite well , Purchase cost is High , but they Last Long .

I find , that nylon strings take -up to Three ( 3 ) days to " settle " , and Steel strings up to a week , yet , many like the sound of " unsettled " strings , and those are the ones that change strings frequently .

here`s a bit of help`:

http://www.martinguitar.com/strings/stringselect.html

Something Different , NEWTONE " Master Class " Dual -Coiled wounds :

http://www.newtonestrings.com/acoustic_page.htm

Winter is nigh , I hope you `ll have fun :)

Vic
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Old Man Arthur
Posted 2008-12-06 4:05 PM (#8306 - in reply to #8299)
Subject: Re: replacing strings



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Location: Keepin' It Weird in Portland, OR
Thanx for asking Sard... We need to contemplate "The String Question" occasionally.
It keeps us grounded in Reality and reminds us Why We Are Here!

Just get the D'Addario EJ16 Lights for about $6-$8...
Less online. Haggle with the guy who tries to charge you $10.


:rolleyes: Although I am trying-out EJ26 Custom Lights... But we won't go there right now. :p
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