Has anyone tried Dr Zebra strings?

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Has anyone tried Dr Zebra strings?

Unread post by Soof » Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:57 am

According to DR website their Zebra strings promote a better amped sound because of 8% nickel steel along with their phosphor bronze metal.

Has anyone tried them on their acoustic?
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Re: Has anyone tried Dr Zebra strings?

Unread post by Saul » Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:13 am

I had never heard of them before now. Not sure how much of a difference they would make over my normal Elixir Nanoweb Phosphor Bronze strings but I'm always open to something new. Definitely worth trying at least :)
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Re: Has anyone tried Dr Zebra strings?

Unread post by Buzzard » Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:18 pm

Zebra also makes bowstrings, so I guess their guitar strings can handle being pulled hard too. :wink:
As for the 8% more nickel being the holy grail of crispy tone, I'm a sceptic.
At one time or another we find a brand and gauge of strings we like, and stick to it, or not.

If a guitar needs new strings, it's worth trying out something different,
especially if you're not fully happy with what you got at the moment.

Sounds interesting, if you try them and find them better, please let us know. :D

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Re: Has anyone tried Dr Zebra strings?

Unread post by jagger » Sat Jul 15, 2017 11:18 am

What strings do Yamaha use on the LL series guitars.?
best strings i ever used and i've tried them all are the
Daddario coated 80/20 bronze EXP11 class strings.
the elixer just shread after playing a lot strumming .
martins are dull imho .

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Re: Has anyone tried Dr Zebra strings?

Unread post by Saul » Sat Jul 15, 2017 12:22 pm

jagger do you use FastFret on your strings? It extends the life and tone. I have been using it for years. I think it costs around £7 but lasts ages. Might help with the longevity of those Elixir's ?
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Re: Has anyone tried Dr Zebra strings?

Unread post by jagger » Sat Jul 15, 2017 3:20 pm

No but ill buy it in the next few weeks if it saves me buying new strings happy days.to be honest I think what I really need is new hands,lol.
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Re: Has anyone tried Dr Zebra strings?

Unread post by shelly0624 » Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:42 am

Martin Marquis strings were perfect for my Yamaha. I loved them. They gave it a mellow sound, nice sustain, and a sweet ring. Anything else sounded brassy. Actually, horrible. But my Epiphone was a jumbo size, with a deep and woody sound. It needed brighter strings or it sounded dull. I remember back in the 70s when I first heard beautiful fingerstyle guitar. This guy had a vintage Martin guitar and used silk and silver strings. I haven't even seen silk and silver since then.
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Re: Has anyone tried Dr Zebra strings?

Unread post by Saul » Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:50 am

Thanks for that info Shelly.

Aren't the Martin Marquis strings silk wrapped at the ball ends only? I was just reading that they silk wrap the ends to protect the bridge from wear...although I can't say I have noticed any undue wear from normal strings over the years. But hey, not going to argue with Martin ;)

There are indeed though fully silk/steel (silver plated steel) strings although apparently these days they use nylon instead of silk to wrap around the inner steel core or at least all the ones I have seen are nylon.

Never tried them but must give them a go. My Dowina Chardonnay is due for a restring.
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Re: Has anyone tried Dr Zebra strings?

Unread post by Derek » Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:47 am

Not that I am playing guitar much these days (hopefully will get back into it over Christmas), but +1 for Elixir Nanowebs.
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Re: Has anyone tried Dr Zebra strings?

Unread post by shelly0624 » Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:13 pm

Strings, as you know, are specific to the variables that make the guitar unique, even among the same model, even with the same kind of wood. For some reason my Yamaha didn't do well with bright strings. Like I said, it was horrible. D'Addarios were really bad for my guitar, (not others) and I don't even know if those are considered bright. My guitar has a lot of natural sound projection. Of course, new guitar strings sometimes sound a little brassy until they get a little use. My guitar was temperamental ;) The Martin strings are warm and mellow, but have good sustain. They are durable and last a long time. If your guitar, itself, is mellow and warm, sometimes brighter strings are better. It's by process of elimination, as you know.

It just occurred to me.. One of the reasons my guitar sounded bright is that I used to go to the shop to have my nails done, acrylic nails, only one hand. They got used to my weird request. They were not long, about 1/4" long. They learned that it had to be "just so" in thickness and length. Those made the sound brighter. (But not "plastic-y" like a guitar pick). I also played a little louder, one stroke and then picking, but not always soft. One day I had to play for something and a nail broke. I had to have nails. It was a beautician friend who did my first set and they were great. I did them the same way for years.
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Re: Has anyone tried Dr Zebra strings?

Unread post by Saul » Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:40 pm

You are right Shelly and normally the strings that come fitted to a guitar are an idea match for it. I know Dowina went through a lot of testing before deciding on D'Addario. I have Rotosound on the Chardonnay at the moment but they just don't suit it. Only tried them as I had a few packs sitting around doing nothing. Elixir seem to work well on it but might go back to D'Addario.
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Re: Has anyone tried Dr Zebra strings?

Unread post by pianotime » Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:28 pm

I've tried them a long time ago. I wasn't a huge fan of them. I like my Elixir and D'Addario strings better. I'm not really sure if that's just something in my head or if there is something to it. I tend to be brand loyal and stick with the same thing. I'll give them another shot and post an update.
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Re: Has anyone tried Dr Zebra strings?

Unread post by Saul » Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:54 pm

I'm all up for trying new strings but it seems to me that brands like Elixir and D'Addario have pretty much nailed it.

I should have a few more guitars in for review over the next few weeks but I think most are coming fitted with D´Addario EXP16 and Elixir Nanoweb 12-53 so not much in the way of variety. But hey, if it works why mess with it? (Y)
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