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Factory Strings

BurstFan

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The post was about the factory strings and the awareness that not all Custom Shop guitars are shipped with Vintage Reissues strings.

So if someone liked a guitar in the store and thought he can replicate the sound by using VR strings, it might not work out. Just check the ball ends if it's VRs or not.

I do appreciate all the comments about the strings. I stick with my D'addarios!
 
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Les Paulette

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How aggravating..buy a murphy..then cant buy replacement strings..i feel like /!!/**$÷!!÷!!**! $$..somebody!!...lol
 

corpse

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I bought a few sets of Nickel D'addarios this weekend to try. They make the GVR as has been said- and it is not BS when someone has something "private labelled" for them with a particular process.
I know I will recognize the "slinky" feel the GVR had. I really like that.
Will advise.
 

DANELECTRO

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So final answer from Gibson Custom Shop:

'Custom Shop has unbranded factory strings, and we use them also for the Murphy Lab guitars. These strings are made by D’Addario according to Custom Shop’s exclusive and proprietary specs, and you cannot buy them. If you try D’Addario strings .010- .046 you might find them to resemble the strings on your Murphy Lab.'

Well that's a really bizarre reply. Why in the hell would they ship the guitar with proprietary strings that you cannot replace if you like them? Incentive to purchase a new guitar when the factory strings wear out? 🤔
 

Les Paulette

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its easy..just buy another murphy lab guitar..yup..shrewd these guys..
 

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NotJeffBeck

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I will say what is already known here - pure nickel wrap will sound warmer and mellower right out of the pack, and they will stay right about there for a long time. The nickel plated steel ones will sound much brighter and steelier right out of the pack but will go downhill within hours of playing and continue getting duller over time well below the brightness of the pure nickel wrap. I have been taking notice of this since the 1970s when my goal was brighter and brighter, ending at stainless steel wrap which certainly delivered but chewed up my frets. Then I came back around to wanting more consistent sound over the life of the strings and came back to pure nickel wrap.
Pure nickel wrap was what you got back in the day, no need to specify it then. So if you want the vintage sound, head toward pure nickel wrap. You may not get Gibson's magic secret formula Custom Shop recipe, but you'll be a lot closer than with nickel plated steel wrap.
I went down the same road you are on now - I got a 2019 60th Anniversary CS '59 Burst and it's a great guitar. I noticed that same half brass/half nickel color on the ball ends. I also tried to buy those strings and found only those same Gibson Vintage Reissue strings. They're OK, but I agree, not the same. And yup, all the ball ends are the same color.
Since committing to pure nickel wrap strings, I have bought many dozens of Ernie Ball, Fender, GHS and D'Addario; to be honest, I haven't heard much of any difference between them. So long as they are PNW, they all sound like they belong in the family. Having come to that conclusion, I have lately just been buying Fender 150s because they are consistently the cheapest; probably made at their plant down in Mexico.
 
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