I’ve always wondered if I could really tell the difference in sound between two sets of strings of the same gauge on the same guitar. So when I took my new Gibson Les Paul Goltop over to San Francisco Guitarworks to get a proper setup I also had them put on a new set of strings (I could have done it myself, but I was feeling lazy and they were working on my guitar anyway).
But, before taking the Les Paul into the shop I did a quick recording on the current strings so I could compare them to the new strings once I got my guitar back.
Well, I just got my guitar back and did a recording with the new strings. My conclusion, there isn’t much of a difference. The main difference that I noticed right away and I think comes across in the video is that the Rotosound higher strings (G, B, high E) are brighter and louder than the Gibson Vintage strings. Other than that, I can’t really tell a difference.
What do you think? Can you tell the difference between different brands of strings of the same gauge? What brands do you prefer?
On brass and stainless-steel plugs:
“(Eric) can hear the difference between a stainless-steel plug, like a Switchcraft, and a brass plug, which he prefers.”
Energizers vs Duracells:
“He can tell the difference between what kind of batteries I put in fuzz boxes; it’s really bizarre. He likes Eveready Energizers the best, over Duracells or Kodaks. I believe he hears things that no one else hears.”
BATTERIES?!?!!? He can tell the difference between battereries? Crazy. I must need a new set of ears. I can hardly tell a difference between two brands of strings… Eric Johnson would probably know if they were delivered by FedEx or UPS based on their sound!
Anyway, here’s the video comparison of the two string brands:
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