I have seen James Taylor perform a number of times. Hands-down, one of my favourite musicians. I can’t help but want to know about his guitar and capo and…strings. There’s a reprint of an article that appeared in Acoustic Guitar Magazine in 1992 that gives some old info. I found this on the Olsen Guitar site…Olsen is the luthier that makes his guitars. Taylor used to use strings made by Phil Petillo but switched to Kaman Adamas. So I thought I would give them a try. They are not as ubiquitous as, say Elixir (my usual choice) or d’Addario (what I would use if Elixirs weren’t available). But not hard to find and not expensive either.
I put them on my guitar while vacationing in Lake Placid a few weeks ago. I use medium gauge (unlike James) and the string sizes were almost identical to what I get with Elixirs. I anticipated some sweet surprises when I first played with the Adamas. I cannot honestly say that there is any difference apart from the slight squeak you get with sliding up and down the fretboard (absent with the Gore coating on the Elixirs). A nice string that won’t make me into James Taylor.