What if I put electric guitar strings on an acoustic guitar?

I’ve done it before as a young guitarist. My instrument that time was a gorgeous 1950 Martin (old) Dreadnaught that was dubbed, “Jumbo Spanish” in the daytime. It was the classic slinky extremely smooth, flat-wound strings designed for electronic guitars. It was complete fail. The guitar’s sound was muted and dull, and without the clarity or sustain. I’ve never considered the question of the reason why new, high-quality strings for electric guitars could sound awful on a fine old electric guitar. For a fine acoustic, I’d suggest Black Diamonds, a phosphor bronze string, medium gauge.

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