Still a very new newbie, but I do at least change my own strings. Been trying different strings out and would love some feedback from other Seagull owners about what you are using.
I'm playing an S-6 Original (Cedar top, laminate cherry sides/back) with a set of D'Addario EJ Custom Lights. Like the tone and feel, but what do I know?
I've not tried coated strings yet.... opinions?
Personally, I'm not a fan of the coated strings. I've tried Elixers as well as the Martin ones too and I didn't like how the coating felt. However, this is totally a personal preference and I know many folks who have great success with the coated strings, so they're definitely worth a try. I have a Norman ST40 (which is very similar to the Seagull S6, as Norman is a member of the Godin family) which has a cedar top and mahogany back/sides, and I prefer to string it up with 80/20's and save the phosphor bronze for my other guitar (spruce/rosewood). Personally, I like either D'Addario's or John Pearse bluegrass stings. These strings have medium gauge strings for the bass strings (E, A, D) and lights for the high strings (G, B, e). I really like to accentuate the bass sound in whatever I play and find these stings are the perfect combo for rhythm while still allowing lighter stings for lead runs. So, in summary, I've found these to work best for my axes:
Norman (Cedar top): D'Addario EJ14 or John Pearse 250LM
Breedlove (Spruce top): D'Addario EJ19 or John Pearse 650LM
As with most things guitar, to each one's own, so I'd suggest trying out a bunch of brands and see what you like best.
When you say "you took it to have it properly set up" what do you mean? I have a 30 year old Yamaha that i use at the camp. I read your comment and decided after 30 years i should take it in and get it "set up" The Luthier looked at me like i had grown another nose but kept it for 3 days and said she shaved down the bridge to lower the action. blah blah the action was fine in my opinion. I normally take good care of my guitars. I am just wondering if I am missing something?
Since it is the Harmony, you could practice and make these adjustments yourself! Does it have an adjustable truss rod? And saddle replacement is simple - perhaps filing it down a bit?
Or - like I did with the "high-quality" Windaroo - string it with folk nylons! Especially if the action is "classical-like"...
I have tried nearly all the brands of strings. At one time, I was on a quest to try all of them, but eventually I settled on DR strings and those are all I use unless I can't find what I need. Everly's are my second choice. I prefer uncoated strings.
DR strings are made by the people who used to make Guild guitars. I have recently installed a set of their round core strings that really have a nice sound - called "Sunbeams."
Thanks y'all. I'm sure I'll be trying a variety of strings over the next months. Will start with the John Pearse strings, then see what I like.
Back to practicing now!