I think it’s interesting how small shifts can make for some real changes. I picked up a Simon & Patrick Parlor guitar a couple months ago and I’ve been experimenting with a variety of strings. Strings are such a personal thing — only your ears and hands can tell you what set of strings are best for a particular guitar.
I put on a set of D’Addario Silk & Steel (EJ40) strings a few days ago. While the obvious thing is they sound different than phosphor bronze (which I usually use), they also make me play and write differently. So what does “differently” mean? I don’t actually know, but I did get the start of a new tune out of this string experiment. And that’s not half bad.