New acoustic string set, co-designed with Taylor Guitars, represents the best of a collaborative effort between Taylor Guitars master luthier Andy Powers and Elixir Strings
Elixir Strings has launched its latest string set: the HD Light. The new product is a result of a deepening collaboration with Taylor Guitars – and, more specifically, master luthier Andy Powers who wanted to create a custom gauge string set that would bring a bolder, stronger higher end with a fuller, warmer low end to the revered guitar maker’s newly redesigned Grand Concert and Grand Auditorium instruments.
Powers felt that he could achieve this articulation by creating a unique tension profile at the bridge that allowed greater resonance of the treble strings without overloading the soundboard. “We talked with our friends at Elixir Strings about how the tone of these body shapes could be enhanced by experimenting with string tension,” said Andy.
The resulting Phosphor Bronze with NANOWEB coating set – known as HD Light – compliments the construction of the Grand Concert and Grand Auditorium. After experimenting with blending heavier medium gauge strings for the top three (treble) strings with the bass strings of a regular light set, Elixir and Taylor found that the optimum gauge for the HD Lights was: .013, .017, .025, .032, .042 and .053.