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431 of 444 people found the following review helpful.
GUITAR TECH REVIEW
Sorry about using my credentials in the title, but I want to convey how much experience I have with these strings. Sorry if I sound like an ad. I REALLY love these strings.
I have strung literally thousands of guitars over my 40 years of repairing stringed instruments. D'Addario EJ16s are IMHO the best strings money can buy- it is the standard of the industry for good reason... they're simply the best string available! D'Addario's corrosion-proof sealed bags ensure you get them as fresh as when they left the factory. Lower grade cheap strings are shipped in simple paper envelopes and allow the metals inside to oxidize just while sitting on the shelf at the warehouse, store or while in your case. On the other hand, expensive hand made strings, like DRs or J Pierce, are wrapped way too tightly, thus, have too much mass, so your guitar's intonation and rod will probably need to be readjusted. They also play stiffly. D'Addario uses the best steel and bronze alloy and wraps the wound strings with just the correct tension over a hex-shaped inner wire. This causes the outter wrapped wire to essentially be "locked" onto the inner hex wire. This secure wrap keeps it from separating and allows the string to breathe and bend great. They're also VERY resistant to breakage. I have only broken a handful of D'Addarios over several thousand restringings, and the breakages usually only occurred due to a burr on the tuner post, nut, or bridge. On strings like Martin SPs, they're known to be a more bendable string than Daddarios. This is because the inner wire of the wound strings are much smaller in diameter. This leads to easier string breakage and easier separation of the inner wire and outter wrap wire. TRUST ME ON THIS... you will love Daddario EJ16 strings!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
D'Addario strings are hands down the very best strings money can buy ! I have been using them over 20 years and nothing is better !, IMO . I use a little fast fret on the back of the guitar necks and strings (keeps them sounding bright and playing fast). I use EJ26 strings for a Bigger Warmer Sound. The string gauge is custom ., 11-52 . You can still bend the notes and have good vibrato ! I also use D'Addario electric guitar strings too ! Cant go wrong with these strings
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My former favorites, still good strings!
By Bobby W.
I am a hobbyist acoustic guitar player, primarily interested in fingerpickng, and I try to play for at least an hour a day.
The first set of strings I bought were the D'Addario Lights, which were fine. I next tried out the same brand in a medium gauge, but the deeper bass wasn't worth getting my fingers chewed up. I've settled on these custom lights - the 4th(D) and 5th(A) strings are identical to the lights, the other four strings are just a bit thinner than the lights. They produce a warm sound on my parlor and concert sized guitars. They are easy to bend (intentionally), and they are easy on my fingers.
I like the color coding on the ball end - really helps when restringing, I buy the 3 pack - the price is only around $5 a set, and each set is in its own plastic wrapper. Never thought that there could be counterfeit strings out there, but apparently that's the case. D'Addario strings come with a QR code that you can scan (or type) into their website to verify authenticity.
If you are new to playing acoustic guitar, you really should learn how to change your strings. There are a lot of helpful YouTube videos out there, and I've kind-of morphed some of those suggestions into my own method. My first couple of set changes were kind-of nerve wracking and took forever, but now I can change a full set in under 30 minutes, and I find the process enjoyable and oddly relaxing. :)
How often should you change your strings? Whenever YOU feel you need to change them! I've had some sets on for months without issue.
Some tools you definitely should have when changing strings are a string winder and cutter. For a winder, I use the Planet Waves Pro Winder String Winder and Cutter, which has a cutter and a pin puller, but for cutting the strings I use the CruzTools String Cutter and for pin pulling, the Snapz Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pin Puller - all these tools are a one-time buy and make the job way easier. The one thing I would advise newbie string changers to do is be especially careful when pulling and seating the pins - if the pins are improperly placed, they can pop out when you tension up the strings, and you don't want your face near a flying string or bridge pin.
Speaking of bridge pins, when you change your strings on your guitar the first time, you should also consider changing the bridge pins. My experience has been that mid priced acoustic guitars can have 99% very high quality components (tuners, the nut and saddle material etc.), but for some reason they usually use some mighty cheap plastic bridge pins, which is a shame because most people will agree that the pins really do affect the sound quality. I've replaced most of the pin sets on my guitars with the Tusq brand, which are very high quality, come in a variety of styles and are fairly priced for a permanent guitar upgrade part.
I still like these strings, and at around $10 for 3 sets, they are great deal if you are on a budget. My new favorites however, are D'Addario Nickel Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Light. The NBs are a couple bucks more, and you only get one set, BUT they have several advantages over the Phosphor Bronze:
First off, they just sound better. No hype, they really do squeeze out more of your guitar's unique character.
The stay in tune longer - there is an initial setting in period, but the NB strings stay in tune longer than the Phosphor Bronze.
If you fingerpick, a brand new set of Phosphor Bronze strings will leave dark smudge marks on the fingertips of your picking hand the first couple sessions. NBs don't have this issue. :)