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They are plenty kinds of guitar strings for my classical guitar : silver or titanium (or platinum ?) coated, crystal ones...
Some are for commercial attractiveness, some might increase longevity of the strings, but which of them really changes the timbre of their sound ?

If I want to experiment many different timbres possible when I change my set of strings, to find the final set I enjoy the most, what families of :

  1. Lower strings
  2. Upper Strings

will give me a different timbre ?

  • I'd think that, somewhere like Just Strings or the D'addario site, there'd be an explanation of the different variations. My classical guitar has a busted but and hasn't seen new strings in a decade, so I'm not the one to answer, but it seems like a low-fruit answer outside of MSE. – Dave Jacoby Oct 12 at 2:27
  • I'm not a guitarist, but in the world of woodwind instruments material doesn't affect sound at all. I imagine, with strings it affects responsiveness which, in turn, might affect timbre. Back in the day, some bassists would let their strings rust, to give them more of a "dirty" sound. I believe, Todd Rittmann of U.S. Maple substituted the low 3 strings on his electric guitar with bass strings, which provided for some of the band's unique sound, so that could be something to experiment with as well. – Pyromonk Oct 12 at 8:09

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