Using 12s D'addario Chromes On A Country Gent

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  1. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    Feb 6, 2015
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    12s?! Yikes! But this talented young man makes it look effortless and it sounds spot on.

    The amp---VOX AC30TBX (Celestion Blues) is important too.

     
  2. Chmason85

    Chmason85 Synchromatic

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    May 1, 2018
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    Flatwounds definitely feel stiffer, but I play 12-54 daddario roundwounds currently, not too bad at all with low action and a solid setup. I’m actually getting a custom set from Stringjoy in the mail tomorrow that I made 12-56 with a .22 wound G. I highly recommend it! The tone and the deep twang you can get is unbeatable!
     
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  3. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Friend of Fred

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    Those of us who learned to play on acoustic guitars generally have no problem with 56-12 string sets... unless we've developed arthritis issues in later years.

    While I use 11's on most of my electrics, I have a couple strung with 12's because they simply work better on this or that particular instrument.

    Almost all of my acoustics (except for parlor size) have 12's.
     
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  4. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    Hang on...not these round core flatwounds:

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  5. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    Yep TI jazz swing and jazz bebop here all 12s. They feel great.
     
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  6. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    I bought a set. I haven't used 'Chromes' in 30+ years.

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    Yikes! A 24 wound G string!
     
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  7. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    I will be interested to see how you like them. What guitar are they going on? To date I have not had D’Ad flats that I liked. Love the TI’s though. Good luck!
     
  8. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    My '05 G6122-1962 Country Classic/Gent. Thanks, Bert.
     
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  9. lathoto

    lathoto Synchromatic

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    Apr 23, 2020
    Ohio
    BITD I had .012's on my Nashville. The Bigsby arm sat significantly closer to the bridge and the guitar stayed in tune like nobody's business. It was great for rhythm guitar.
     
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  10. afire

    afire Country Gent

    Chromes definitely feel stiff. Which I don't really care about on the bass strings, but can't deal with a stiff wound G. Well, I could on "Til There Was You" since there's no bending. But most of the time, I wouldn't like them.
     
  11. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    For me, heavy gauge is really only an issue for bending. I conceded that I don't really bend on acoustics so I moved to 13s and love it. I probably play too hard anyway.
     
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  12. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    That proves it. I know that this is really you, Bert:

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    @Bertotti
     
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  13. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    HAHAHAHA I have never been built like that! But thank goodness my arms are bigger than 12s! So is my waste by at least 3!
     
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  14. stiv

    stiv Country Gent

    Sep 12, 2014
    Florence, Italy
    I think this may be the right thread to ask this question....
    Anybody using jazz strings with Hi Lo Trons?
    What do you guys think?
     
  15. Axis39

    Axis39 Country Gent

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    Jun 2, 2008
    Beaumont, CA
    I really dislike Chromes.

    I'm with @ZackyDog, Pyramids or T-I Jazs Swings for the win!

    @stiv, I use T-I Jazz Swings on all of my electrics. I love them with everything so far, Dearmond 2000's and HS Filters on my Gretsches, typical Fender style singles on my Tele, P-90's on one LP, Humbuckers on another, P-90's on a PRS...
     
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  16. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    Well, these are um...beefy strings. I get lots of sustain and volume with them. I like some of what I hear, so far.

    At the moment, they have a liveliness to them, and almost sound like roundwounds. But, they will break in more. My experience with flatwounds is that the wound strings will become duller and more "thuddy". I'll let them settle in more.

    D'addario labels them, light gauge. :D

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  17. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    I dig the sound of the Daddario chromes and they stay brighter much longer than the usual suspects but man they are unforgiving. I think I've found a happy medium w pyramid flats w the round core as they are somewhat more flexible. Not like Thomastik's but easier on the hands than the Daddario's. Wrestle them dogies!
     
  18. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    There's no substitute for Pyramid's Silver-Plated, German Steel.

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