Steel strings? To brighten Dark neck humbucker dark sounding amp

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  1. AJ Ray

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    Any ideas? My chris shiflett tele deluxe and bugera v5. Sound nice but due a string change and like experimenting so thinking about which strings might help to brighten the sound. I have heard that steel strings will wear my frets down more though
     
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    I have used stainless steel strings exclusively for about 18 months (Rotosound British Steel) - they definitely brighten up guitars. I have a Gibson LP special that was very dark, but with steel strings it offers a much brighter tone and a lot more definition.

    As for fret wear, I’ve not seen any huge increases or damage.

    SS also last for ever, I go months (6+) between changes.
     
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    Thanks for your reply. Are the strings you use coated ? Is that why they last so long? I play for about an hour per day and usually opt for coated although I'm wondering if this guitar and coated strings might result in a dull tone.
     
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    Might help a bit yes. I’d perhaps take the pickup out of the tone stack for maximum brightness. I’ve done that before on overly warm neck pickups. Easy to try and to revert if no help. Also having an EQ pedal is a great tool for tone tweaks when using different guitars.
     
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    Nope, not coated. SS is naturally much much more corrosion resistant than nickel, so they last a lot longer.
     
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    You do realise that all PLAIN strings are the same ,plain steel,and the , marginal, difference is in the wound strings only , do you?
     
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    And yet the winding material does change the sound.
     
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    Having played for a couple hours a day through my bugera v5 I have grown to really enjoy this guitar and the pickups as they are. To me they seem less muddy. I wonder if my amp is breaking in or something because I sometimes find myself rolling the tone back a little. J initially thought I would change the pots etc but I'm not so sure at the moment. I'm playing more than I've ever played and picking the guitar up more. Toggle switch cuts out which can be a pain but other than that I'm pretty happy stock.
    One thing I did do was lower the pickup height and raise pole pieces. Cant remember exactly what I did but i sometimes get this cool thing where a note actually gets louder as i hold it. Kinda like a wave. Pretty odd but cool
     
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