Monel (aka Nickel Bronze) has built in natural resistance to tarnish and corrosion yet it feels great to the touch and has its own unique tonal color. Monel is 67% pure nickel, 30% copper and about 3% of special sauce that makes it Monel. In comparison to 80/20 and Phosphor Bronze in acoustic alloys there’s no wrong or right on what works best. The first major variance in tone is the PLAYER! Every player as a unique way off attacking the string. Then comes the guitar. Every guitar has its own unique tonal characteristics. Then comes the strings. 80/20 seems to be a good fit for guitars that sound a little “dark.” Phosphor seems to take the edge of the midrange on guitars that are a little too bright.
Monel is a whole different animal. For lack of a better term, it sound earthy. Great for blues and bluegrass. Monel is naturally resistant to salt water (sweat) yet feels real good.
We use these strings exclusively on every Makeover that comes through our shop.