I really did not like that twang that Rhett got on the low E attack, and it was only really harsh with that one set. I could still hear it on the 8s, but it wasn't irritating.I thought they were all wrong, and the 10's sounded the best.
But it's all subjective, so..
Pyramids are really well-made strings. And actually made by Pyramid.
Funny string story..
So on this other site I used to frequent, a "British Invasion" and 60's music site, there were quite a few Beatle aficionados and so-called "experts" on Beatle gear, Beatle lore, down to the last detail.
All these Armchair Experts who were free and easy with their "qualifications" and resume of expertise; a few were they who played the role of a Beatle in the show "Beatlemania", several members of various and somewhat famous Beatle tribute bands, yadda yadda.
They all owned Rickenbacker 325's, all owned various Rickenbacker 12 strings, Hofner 500, Country Gents, etc etc.
They all came to consensus that according to their heightened sensitivity and arduous training of their educated ears, they could discern that the Beatles used Pyramid strings, a popular brand at the time.
They harrumphed and cleared their throats, smashing down any contrary opinion that happened along. They, being the qualified experts they were, were never, ever wrong. -about anything "Beatle", and if you offered up a contrary opinion, you were "naive".
Well, one member of that forum had about enough of that crap.
And he, was the lead guitar player in the old Liverpool band "The Undertakers". They frequently played on the same bill as the Beatles at the Cavern, the Litherland Town Hall, various other gigs around town, and played in Hamburg at the same clubs the Beatles played. There is photographic evidence of this. This man's name is Chris Huston. He's a good friend of mine, and I made him a replica of the 1960 Les Paul special that he had special-ordered from Gibson at the time.
Very good friend of the lads, especially Lennon.
He is the one who put the Bigsby tailpiece on Lennon's 1958 325, after John got sick and tired of that awful Kaufman Vibrola that came stock. Chris had a Bigsby B5 on his LP Special, and Lennon wanted one. So Chris did the paperwork and got him one ordered through Hessy's music in Liverpool. When it came in, Lennon pulled Chris off the stage at a gig to go put the device on immediately. Off they go to Hessy's. They asked for a screwdriver. Jim Gretty (owner) said "You're going to put it on right here, are ye/? and gave them the driver. Lennon held the neck, Chris lined it up and screwed it down.
And there you have that. Told to me when I visited him in Franklin, TN delivering the guitar. Right out of the horse's mouth.
So after that quick diversion, back to the strings and that site of "qualified experts".
It so happens that Chris and a few of the Beatles often went to the music shop to buy strings and picks together.
Chris remembers this well. Their string of choice (John and George) were Gibson Sonomatics.
After reading all the hype and BS and "harrumphing expertise of trained ears", he let it be known that they were all wrong. Gibson Sonomatics, every time.
Here they are, faced with someone who trumps their "expertise" by a country mile. He was actually THERE buying strings with them.
They didn't like that. Not one bit. There was some nervous fumbling of words, some excuses, some feeble argument put up without taking it further, sort of a "post n' duck" ...well, I know a guy who knows a guy who met the roadie Mal Evans, and he swears that while touring in the states.. "
I just love "armchair experts". Sorta like Monday Morning Quarterbacks and Internet Generals.
When I worked at Carvin, their Carvin branded strings were GHS Boomers.I have a sneaking suspicion that several string companies share a common manufacturer.
Kinda like Pearl Brewing Company and several cheap, classic old brands. -all made by Pearl Brewing Co.
Thank you for posting that vid, That’s a great watchIt's a greater effect, since there's no amp, but similar to what I described above. I forgot to mention heavier strings have more dynamic range, which is also more significant on acoustic than electric. How sturdily braced the top is will make a big difference in what strings it will accept. That will be a case where a heavier string can sound fuller, if the lighter string can't vibrate the top sufficiently.
That was not uncommon, even in the US in the early days.To riff on "what the old guys put on their guitars"-- Clapton said that when he was starting out, you couldn't get anything in England lighter than 10s. So what he would do is take an .008 from a banjo set and make it the high E, install the 10s from the B-slot down, and chuck the low E.