One of my favorite things to do is try new strings. I like hearing what the different allows or coatings being (or take away) from my guitars. I'm always looking for the string that represents my guitars the best.
Time and time again, I end up coming back to D'addario EJ17 strings. They have the tone I hear in my head, the playability I lneed to feel, and the longevity that I expect at a fantastic price. No matter what strings I try out, I end up coming back to the EJ well after a little while. And it always feels like home.
This is a great way to stock up on some great strings. It sounds like a contradiction in terms to say that these strings are warm and bright at the same time, but they are. I also find that the D'ADDARIO Phosphor Bronze strings feel nice under my fingers. Coated strings naturally last longer than the uncoated ones, but if you change tunings at all, you'll change strings more often, as well. Shoreline always has them in stock at a great price, so buy a bunch.
After trying several different brands of string on my Larrivee OM-40 & my Taylor 322e Mahogany 12 fret, I have settled, at least for now on these D'Addairo Phosphor Bronze (uncoated) for their bright, clear & pure sound. I mainly like to finger pick, no strumming with a pick, so my tastes are a bit different. However, these D'Addario's offer me a clear & distinct sound I really like.
Of course, the service here at Shoreline is 2nd to none.