You should hear a difference in sound.
As tension increases, you should at least hear a difference in volume. Some also prefer mediums if they have a heavy right hand to avoid buzz, regardless of relief.
I have mediums on all my Martin dreads cause they feel and sound "right". I usually default to lights on anything smaller than a D(i.e. short scale guitars) but any modern, healthy Martin steel string should be fine, structurally speaking, with .013's. (Obviously this does not apply to NY models or anything vintage and delicate).
I have a Gibson AJ that sounds like crap with mediums, and another older slope shoulder Gibson that NEEDS mediums. Go figure. I have one Taylor, and it's one of the few that specs mediums and I hate them on that guitar.
If you can't hear a difference between .012's and .013's on a given guitar, I'd go lights. Why make things harder than they need to be if there is no gain?
: At last, a post with nothing to do with, you
: know, those three no-names.
: I have a question with regards the gauges of
: strings you guys (generic "guys")
: use. Right now I have my D-18 and HD-28
: strung up with medium gauge. I also put them
: on my 000M which I had light gauge on. I
: know the obvious answer is "whatever
: sounds good to me" I guess. But what do
: I lose or gain going between light and
: medium gauges on these guitars? Is it just
: in the ease on the fingers? Should the sound
: change? By how much, and in what way. Okay,
: I collect them and try to play them. I've
: never been an expert in all the technical
: stuff. I know nothing about the different
: woods, the bracing, 12 vs 14 fret. Hell, I
: can't even understand all the Martin shapes
: and their numbering system. I just like wood
: and strings. So I don't get what strings I
: should be using. Thanks for any input. And
: we're just sitting here waiting to get
: dumped on yet again! Gawd, I hate winter.
: Especially on the first day of spring!
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