Resonator strings?

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  1. davo8411

    davo8411 Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    I just purchased a used Recording King resonator guitar. I want to install new strings and discovered there is a such a thing as "resonator strings". Does it really matter what type of strings I put on the guitar? I didn't know there was such a thing as resonator strings. Any recommendations?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    You can use regular acoustic strings especially if you're playing in standard tuning. The resonator strings are usually gauged for specific tunings, like open G or D
     
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    I used standard acoustic strings on mine but I've got a set of Newtone strings that I haven't fitted yet. They're supposed to be the cat's pyjamas for resonators; they come in 013, 015 and 016 gauge so they might be a bit tough on the fingers for a while.
    Google Michael Messer strings for more info.
     
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  5. davo8411

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    Thanks for the replies guys!
     
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    Change the strings one at a time instead of taking them all off at once.

    Re aligning the cone and bridge is a REAL pain!
     
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    I use 16s on my National. Yes they are heavy but give an awesome sound, especially with a glass slide!
     
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    016"s! - blimey, it must be like playing a resonating bass. :eek:
     
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    I have elixir light gauge Phospher Bronze on my Res, same as my Dreadnought. Sounds good to me, but I'm not an expert in these guitars
     
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    I like the John Pearse resonator strings -- I believe that's what they put on at the National factory. Sound good, last quite a long while.
     
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    oh, yeah, and that's excellent advice on changing them one at a time. The rattle is your enemy! Taking all your strings off at once is inviting the rattle into your home!
     
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    If I was putting strings on a new Reso, I wouldn't go heavier than 52-12, until I was happy that the neck was stable. Bear in mind that a tuning like open G isn't going to over-stress a neck- but it pays to be conservative, to begin with. ;)

    If you have a brand or metal compound you prefer for regular acoustics, start with that......
     
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