Acoustic Guitarists

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What Acoustic Guitar(s) do you play?

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Alternate Tunings

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Capos and Trasposing.

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Mic The Acoustic?

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Does anyone else use effects on their acoustic?

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How often do you replace your pick / plectrum?

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classical guitar sound reinforcement.

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electro classical/nylon strung guitar

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Comment by Morgan Mascall on September 16, 2008 at 3:02pm
I have always used cheep strings, and always got mabye 2 monthes or more out of them. The other day I splurged and bought Elixers, and the very next Sunday at church, I broke the "B" string! I was sorely depressed! They have such a good reputation...I don't know what's up?!
Comment by Jim Finley on September 7, 2008 at 6:56pm
I'm just starting to learn the guitar. Any tips on finger exercises? Getting that "curve" in the fingers will be hard, but worth it!
Comment by Shawn Chow Mun Juinn on July 19, 2008 at 11:39am
i use elixir and the same thing happens to me!!!! the "g" or "d" strings are the only strings that breaks, most of the time the "g" string though... it breaks very often, as often as every sunday service! i always thought it was the saddle...
Comment by Kevin Watkins on June 15, 2008 at 11:03pm
I've actually been breaking strings at a much more frequent pace than ever before, in the last couple years. I've been using Elixer string for years and I'm wondering if they changed their string "make-up" or something, because I never *used* to break strings hardly at all. I've tried other brands, but the sound never matched the Elixer, imo, so I've kept going back to them. Although I'm at the point now where I believe I'll give some other brands a try. It's just that after playing for over most of my life, I've tried pretty well all of them. I probably *will* give the Martin SP's a try. I used to us John Pearse exclusively, before the Elixer's.
I'm also a little suspicious of the *strings* as opposed to the nut or saddle, because I've been breaking (always the "g" or "d" string's) this brand of strings on both my Rainsong graphite *and* my *wood* Larrivee.
Comment by Craig Anderson on May 7, 2008 at 10:05am
So, which pencil did you use for your profile photo? Not only an engineer but an artist as well. Thanks for the science.
Comment by David Bull on May 6, 2008 at 9:34pm
I have never tried that one but as an engineer I can assure you the principal is sound. Graphite is a dry lubricant, in other words although it's dry rubbing on graphite has almost the same effect as oiling things.

Go for a very soft pencil because pencil lead is made or graphite and clay, the more clay the harder the pencil. You want practically pure graphite which means the very soft artists pencils.

In British measure the ideal would be a "B6" pencil which is practically pure graphite and very, very soft. Avoid "H" pencils, an "H4" is so hard you can almost cut paper with it.

David Bull.
Comment by Craig Anderson on May 2, 2008 at 5:36pm
Another trick is to take a pencil and draw on the nut where the string goes through. Something about the graphite making it smoother. I learned this from Shawn Tubbs. He was an original Violet Burning member. Now he's playing for Kerry Underwood. He's knows lots more about the guitar than me. Worth a shot.
Comment by Andy Barefoot on May 1, 2008 at 11:06pm
Where is the string breaking? (at the nut, at the saddle?) What brand and gage strings do you play?

Could be hitting them too hard, could be an imperfection in the saddle or nut (i.e. if the slot through the nut is too tight around the string), could just be the type of strings that you use.

I used to break a lot of strings and then I switched to Martin SP Mediums and never really broke another. Seriously, for like 5 years it has become very uncommon for me to break a string. You might try the SP's.
Comment by Craig Anderson on May 1, 2008 at 5:36am
I used to break strings all the time. Could be playing with a band and the monitors are a bit too quiet. Maybe your banging on the saddle to find that groovin' sound or maybe you just play too hard? That's been my deal. It's getting better though. I think I'm actually letting the guitar do it's thing a bit more.
Comment by jason terry on April 17, 2008 at 3:21pm
the only problems i have ever had with strings breaking was with my old guitar when i gave it to the pianist to tune, he broke one string one sunday service, i then get a string to replace it and he breaks another on.

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