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String size for your ovation 12 string

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johngar
Posted 2020-02-18 3:29 PM (#551280)
Subject: String size for your ovation 12 string


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Location: Troutdale oregon
Just wondering what string size folks here use on their ovation 12 strings. I’m currently using 10/47’s
But wonder if a size larger might sound better. Or do you worry about the added stress on the neck and top. I have a 6756lx, the 10/47’s sound a little muddy to me. I change strings regularly.
Just curious.
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moody, p.i.
Posted 2020-02-18 6:59 PM (#551285 - in reply to #551280)
Subject: Re: String size for your ovation 12 string


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10-47's are a light gauge. I have an Adamas 1688 (24 years now). When I got it, I tried mediums and when they were on, I watched the belly bulge. Pulled them off and went back to 10-47's and have never looked back. I prefer the Elixir phos/bronze for a nice crisp sound.
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johngar
Posted 2020-02-18 8:29 PM (#551288 - in reply to #551280)
Subject: Re: String size for your ovation 12 string


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Thanks I haven’t tried the elixirs I think I will
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2wheeldrummer
Posted 2020-02-18 8:47 PM (#551289 - in reply to #551280)
Subject: Re: String size for your ovation 12 string



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I use Curt Mangan strings on most of my 12ers,what brand do you use?
Unless your tuning down to C I wouldn't go with a heavier gauge I'd look for a brighter string like the coated variety.
Experiment until you find the set that compliments your guitar best IMHO.
https://www.curtmangan.com/10-48-12-string-med-light-phosphor-bronze...


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d'ovation
Posted 2020-02-18 10:25 PM (#551293 - in reply to #551280)
Subject: Re: String size for your ovation 12 string


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I also have a 6756lx and just use the stock d'addario exp lights on them. They are easy to play and sound quite nice to me though I wouldn't mind a bit more bass. But I don't expect that with a medium bowl.
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johngar
Posted 2020-02-18 11:31 PM (#551295 - in reply to #551280)
Subject: Re: String size for your ovation 12 string


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Location: Troutdale oregon
I use d’addario phosfer bronze
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bburg
Posted 2020-02-19 1:33 PM (#551301 - in reply to #551280)
Subject: Re: String size for your ovation 12 string



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Location: Germany, where delicious wine is growing (Rheinh)
I use Thomastik Infeld AC210 Spectrum-Strings on most of my 12ers. Very light gaugh, easy to play , very good sound , not very cheap but medium lasting,..., I love them!!

Bernie
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alpep
Posted 2020-02-19 2:43 PM (#551302 - in reply to #551280)
Subject: Re: String size for your ovation 12 string


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d addario
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johngar
Posted 2020-02-19 3:18 PM (#551303 - in reply to #551280)
Subject: RE: String size for your ovation 12 string


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Thanks everyone. Lots of choices here I will try some of them.
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moody, p.i.
Posted 2020-02-19 3:43 PM (#551304 - in reply to #551288)
Subject: Re: String size for your ovation 12 string


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johngar - 2020-02-18 6:29 PM

Thanks I haven’t tried the elixirs I think I will

An added benefit is that they last a long time. I change them about twice a year.....
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elginacres
Posted 2020-02-23 6:39 PM (#551333 - in reply to #551280)
Subject: Re: String size for your ovation 12 string


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I prefer new strings
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