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GUITAR TECH REVIEW May 17, 2009
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!
39 of 40 found the following review helpful:
These strings are perfect for any level or type of Guitarist. Dec 12, 2009
By Jake L. Edwards
I have played the Acoustic Guitar for eight years, maybe a little more than that. I started with standard Martin strings which I eventually found my hatred for. When I discovered these strings a few years back ago (most, if not all music stores I have visited have strung their Guitars with the D'Addario brand), I never looked back and have always used D'Addario. Only recently have I begun to use these Bronze Light sets, which I am completely infatuated with.
Most of what I play consist of finger style / classical songs, and these strings are quite easy to tap with. I've never had any problems, and the strings themselves come with color coded ball points to indicate which string is which (for a quick and easy string changing). If tapping/finger style isn't your bag, these strings should still satisfy your needs. The Guitarist "Tim Reynolds" uses these very same strings on his Martin Guitars, and I can't emphasize more on how amazing the bottom (thickest) string sounds, especially when palm muted.
If you do decide the buy these strings, I doubt you will be disappointed, but if you find it doesn't meet your needs then I have had the pleasure of playing on Elixir strings very recently, which you might check out instead. If I know anything about Guitars, I know that I'll be using D'Addario or Elixir strings from now on. I suggest you do the same.
24 of 27 found the following review helpful:
D'Addario Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Strings Nov 07, 2009
Great Strings!! Wonderful warm, full sound, yet still maintains enough brightness for finger picking.
7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
Outstanding, consistent strings Dec 19, 2010
By Aaron Bransky
I've used these strings for maybe 30 years -- and although on occasion I've tried other brands and other types (Martin, Dean Markley, Elixir, D'Addario EXPs) -- I always come back to these. They feel good, sound good, and are easy on the guitar and fingers. I found that they last as long as coated strings like EXPs and Elixirs and sound better. I like the little touches -- the anti-corrosion package, that strings are packaged one at a time (instead of 3 in one coil), colored ball ends, and even the Players Points that allow you to get stuff like T-shirts if you save enough string packages.
I usually fingerpick and sometimes strum -- just your typical living room player who's too chicken to perform -- and I've used these with small body and dreadnaught Martins and Gibsons. If you buy these via a 3 pack or a 10 pack, you usually can get these for under $5 a set, and sometimes around $4 a set if there's a good deal running.
11 of 13 found the following review helpful:
A personal favorite Oct 31, 2009
These strings from D'Addario are a personal favorite of mine. I love the EJ16 light gauge for their size and ease of use. I think the light gauge is a nice size that won't hurt your fingers, or put undue stress on your guitar. Not only that, but they sound great. Not too big or not too small! I have plenty of volume and drive for bluegrass. I love how they color code their strings on the "ball ends". To me this makes it much easier when changing strings. You don't have to worry about mixing up your strings. I've also had no problem with the fit; unlike some brands. Give these a try. I think you'll be satisfied.
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