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Hello, first time on the forum.  Yesterday I acquired two new (to me)  Hamers, a DuoTone, and a black XT.  I plan to restring both, and was looking for recommendations on strings you've had good luck with.  I am thinking flat wound for the DuoTone at least. Also can't seem to locate the standard sizes that they shipped with.

The tone I like is thick, warm, clear, and articulate if finger picking (hows that for a variety -lol).  Not a big fan of the thin, tinny, metalic sound (it has its use, just not for me).

Thanks in advance for your opinions, I know I have a lot to learn. 

Joe

PS - I tried to upload photos, but was having no luck due to file size constraints which I haven't had time to figure out yet.

 

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Finding the right strings is like finding the right woman. You have to pluck a variety of them to find the one you like. I use EB 10-46 All nickel on all my Hamers. I’ve never owned a Duotone so I can’t speak in regards to that. I’d start by using what you like now and then experiment from there!!

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Welcome to the HFC!

 

I'd recommend coated strings like the Elixir 10-46.

 

Gabe 😀

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Thanks for the welcome, and the suggestions!  I did try to find recommendations before posting, but most were from 2006/2007 when most of the newest strings didn't 't exist.

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Thank you.  I am much more focused on the clean, acoustic tones, with limited focus on the electric side of things.

Interestingly, I didn't realize it had acoustic when I purchased it, as I had picked up a similar Godin about a month ago.

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1 hour ago, JoeV said:

@polara What gauge of the zebras did you find most effective with the DuoTone?

Just curious, what did you end up replacing it with?

I used 11s... and sadly it was smashed by Delta on the way back from Europe. However, Delta was great and wrote me a check for replacement value! Is yours a US model?

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Thank you.  I am much more focused on the clean, acoustic tones, with limited focus on the electric side of things.

Interestingly, I didn't realize it had acoustic when I purchased it, as I had picked up a similar Godin about a month ago.

Unfortunately it is the Korean made model. 

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I use D’Addario NYXLs on my Shishkov and once my current supply of other strings is gone, I’ll use those exclusively on all my guitars. I find them to be THAT good.

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For the Duotone I’d recommend Thomastik Infeld Sliders .10s. Nothing else.

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I'll second the DR Zebra recommendation IF your primary focus is to get the feel and most of the "acoustic" sound of a piezo equipped acoustic guitar that's plugged into an amp, console, or PA.   I would suggest checking out the version of the  Zebras in 10's (or heavier gauge) that have a phospher bronze wound G string vs. the plain unwound steel G that some of the 10's and lighter gauge DR Zebras have.  If you're more concerned with bending notes easily/overall ease of playability as an electric guitar and still want a passable acoustic sound (of a piezo equipped acoustic guitar that's plugged into an amp, console, or PA) then I think just about any brand of string you normally like to play will do just fine.  Just my $0.02 anyway.

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