Am enjoying figuring out my favorite setup for my new-to-me MDC50. The previous owner swore by Argie 10's on this guitar, but I'm partial to Fisoma Silk and Steel 11's.
Tried some Dogal Manouche 11's, but didn't like the sound and feel as compared to the slightly aged Argie 10's. The Dogal were much more stiff. Am trying to figure out whether they are also higher tension or not. They certainly did not have the slinky easy feel of the Argie 10's. Also the MDC50 projects a LOT of volume, even with 10's.
Switched out again and strung in the Fisoma Silk and Steel 11's. I am surprised at how much fatter the strings feel, even with such a small incremental step, but also how they feel like they may still have more tension than the Argie 10's. (This may be all in my head, however, because the strings are fatter and may be fooling me by feel.)
I've seen lots of posts about various strings, but I do seem to remember Michael saying the most people buy Argies and Galli. I also recall reading the suggestions about action height for thinner vs thicker strings to affect tone. By the way, when I switched to 11's of either brand, action seemed to hold at about 2.8 Low E and 2.1High E no matter whether they strings were silk and steel or not.
I guess what I'm wondering is this: has anyone has ranked the various brands by tension so that we can compare and contrast them, even between types of string.
On a side note, I'm always surprised that these guitars can have so much character and volume with what is essentially pretty slinky electric guitar strings. When I was playing electric, I usually subscribed to Stevie Ray's maxim that thick strings equal more tone (he even tuned down a half step to accommodate this). On the other hand, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top always liked the the thinnest strings he could find (staring at .07!) and used his electronics to fill in the tone gap.