These stings bring out the piano-like tone I knew was possible with the LSTA. They are not too loud, and have a decent bottom/bass sound. Mids are rich and mellow. Highs are not too crisp, but still come through in the blend. After about 6 months with these strings, I tried a couple other types as a comparison, including Silk and Steel. I immediately went back to the Silk and Bronze. I have been using the light (.11) set. I suspect a .12 set would give me a little more robust bass, but I prefer the lighter gauge because the LS-TA really projects, and heavier gauge strings are just too loud. Plus they're easier on the fingers. So far in my search for the ideal string for my acoustic, the GHS Silk and Bronze comes the closest to what I'm looking for. I recommend the strings to anyone looking for a mellow, well-balance, rich sounding string, that isn't too "brassy" These strings sound pretty great right out of the package. After about 48 hours, they really "settle in" and sound their best. I've found that they sound very good for a couple months (moderate daily playing), then just seem to good dead overnight. The drop-off in tonal quality is very noticeable at that point. Figure on changing strings every 90 days. Note: I recently tried a set of John Pearse light gauge (11) Phosphor Bronze and Silk Wound strings as a comparison. These were the only other Silk and Bronze acoustic strings I have been able to find. They sound nice (better than 80/20 or Silk and Steel), but are not as mellow or "musical" on my LS-TA as the GHS Silk and Bronze.
- Mellow, not brassy like many bronze strings
- Emphasizes Rosewood tones
- Easy on fingers
- Low end (bass) tones a little subdued
- Short life compared to some strings
Slightly more tension than Silk and Steel which is quite good really, yet softer than the regular Phos/bronze. Great sustain and very finger-style friendly. Strumming works well too with chords very easy to press down. On my guitars there were no buzzing issues and I did not need to readjust the truss rod at all. They are surprisingly bright yet not metallic and sound excellent through a PA or acoustic amp. They have been on 2 weeks so far and have lost none of their shine at all. Quite a surprise. A very good string; worth trying out.
To my ears, these sound, out of the box, like phosphor bronze strings that have been played in for a couple of weeks. Very warm tone, no shrillness. These allow more of the real tone of the guitar's wood to come through.
Additionally, the tension on these is slightly less than normal (without feeling loose), so they have a nice, slinky feel, which is what I prefer.
Great strings! Definite repeat buyer.