A friend wanted me to fix up his Gibson Faded Flying V and I got around to do it today.
He just bought it used, and it had D'addario strings 046-010... Same as I use, on just about everything.
And I really loved the sound of the guitar when trying it out,
But the guy wanted me to change to Elixir 52-10 strings... And it sounded like the tone knob when half-way down! Now the guitar sounds completely muffled... And it's not the thicker strings, because the then 10-13-17 strings does the same thing, they sound muffled. At least in comparison to the D'Addarios. It sounds like a guitar, but not a good guitar...
I have basically never played any other strings than D'Addario because I've never had any real issues with them (except once or twice I had a bad string and intonation was off and I went nuts about it, and never wanted to use Daddarios again... until I changed to another set of strings and all was fine )... But these Elixirs sounded really bad.
So, this is the strings he wants, so I'm not going to talk him out of it, but do you guys share the same experience?
The Polywebs do sound a bit more muted than regular strings, and have a much thicker coating. The Nanowebs, however, are probably 95% of the way there to a "normal" string sound, last nearly as long as the Polywebs, and stay "new" sounding basically forever - I probably average more than 6 months a set, and usually only change them when they break.
If you were using a set of Polywebs, try Nanowebs. And if you were using Nanowebs, then maybe your tone WAS down halfway.