DEVELOPED SPECIALLY FOR TAYLOR’S new 800 Series Grand Auditorium and Grand Concert guitars, Elixir’s HD Lights ($15 street) are gauged .013-.053 (i.e., medium for the top strings and lighter gauges for the A and low E) so as to optimize string tension for improved playing feel and smoother tone in the treble region. I tested these strings on an 814ce Grand Auditorium and agree that they do make a difference, as this guitar played very easily and produced a very dimensional acoustic sound with an excellent blend of clarity and depth. Obviously the guitar has much to do with these qualities, but acoustic instruments depend on string quality to sound their best, and the HD Lights certainly help to make this highly refined guitar play and sound as beautifully as it does. The Nanoweb coating on the wound strings extends life by preventing the buildup of corrosion between the windings, and the plain strings also feature anti-rust plating to keep them sounding clear and bright after extended use. So if you perform a lot and tend to push your string-changing intervals to the limits because you like that supple, broken-in feel, give the Nanoweb HD Lights a try. On the other hand, these strings play so nicely right out of the package that you may find yourself changing ’em a little more often just to keep that sweet sound at its peak.
KUDOS Excellent feel and tone. Nanoweb coating.