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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
For conventional, non-coated strings, .012 Phosphor-Bronze D'Addarios have been my favourite for more than twenty years. You can also get them in 80-20 'bell tone', which is slightly brighter, but my experience was that these broke more quickly. In deciding which strings worked for me, I went through Martin, Ovation, Gibson, Fender, Guild and Earthwood (Ernie Ball). Aside from the question of tone, I found that the plain steel strings retained their tuning better than Gibsons, which have a tendency to go out of tune at the 12th fret, and that the wound strings last better than Earthwoods, which tended to get worn down by the frets more quickly. Martin, Ovation and Guild were all makes I continued to buy when I couldn't get D'Addarios, or couldn't afford them -- for many years they were the most expensive strings, although the price has dipped since the introduction of coated strings.

In addition to other advantages, D'Addarios are colour coded, which is not especially important when you first fit them, as you can easily gauge how heavy they are by squeezing them gently. When a string breaks, though, it makes it very easy to find the right string from the old strings you keep in your case (if you are wise -- old strings need no additional stretching and so can go straight back on the guitar and be played during the gig).

You should take all this with a huge pinch of salt, though -- the right string for you is the string that sounds right on your guitar with your style of playing. This was the main reason I went through all those makes of strings -- you need to keep trying them out until you find the ones which are just right.

If your main or sole concern is tone, then conventional strings of this kind are probably your best bet. If longevity, cost and consistency are important, you should also consider coated strings. D'Addario make EXP Coated Strings, but my personal preference goes to Elixirs, which I find (for me, on my guitar) give a better tone. Coated strings last about 3-4 times as long with good, live tone, although the tone is slightly duller (may be an advantage on some instruments) than conventional strings at their best.

Anyway -- five stars from me for these. They've kept me gigging for 20 years.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 8 October 2012
What a steal these strings are! (Steal...steel...geddit?) The colour coding is a genius way of not getting the strings confused - as a blonde, ditzy stereotype, it can be mayhem!! I own a Hummingbird, and the bright tone worked beautifully with it.

Considering the cost, that quality of sound is absolutely superb!! The strings come looped together in one packet (hence the relief at the colour coded ends!) and I found no fault at all with the product. These are a great set of strings, quite suitable for the professional - of all the D'Addario offerings, this to me is the 5*. For fingerwork and barring, these did not cut into my fingers but still had that firmness. They are of course less thick than many other offerings, but for me lend themselves to picking and fingering in the higher frets. A wonderful buy, and a reliable brand.

A fabulous set of strings, what more can I say?!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 22 October 2011
I've been using D'Addario strings regularly for a couple of decades, so I can't pretend now to be familiar with the competition. But I've stuck with them for the following reasons:

• They're extremely reliable — I can't remember the last time I had a dud string.
• Their sound is excellent and they last a long time.
• They settle in extremely quickly (this is a biggie for a professional musician).
• They have eco-friendly packaging.

I use J16s on my folk guitar, which is a Taylor 510. In standard tuning they're fine; but when I drop the bass string to D (which I do a lot), it tends to go sharp when fretted. So I replace this set's .053 with a .056. Were I playing in DADGAD all the time (which I feel more and more inclined to do), I would use Pierre Bensusan's stringing, which is (according to his first video) .056, .042, .032, .023, .017 & .013.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2010
I have been buying these strings for years they are light hardly ever break and they are a great sound. I have tried other makes of strings but they don't compare. Problem is with lighter strings the sound quality is usually not as good as harder ones but these are a good balance and a really good sound. A famous musician recommended them to me in a music store so who am I to argue.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Wow these have completely transformed my electro acoustic guitar. Not only do these strings sound fantastic but they are relatively easy on the fingers and the wallet. Great stuff I will be using these in future.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 13 April 2010
I was nervous changing a set of 12's for 10's but shouldnt have been.
These are great sounding,stay in tune and you can even bend them a bit!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I have used these strings for well over a decade. At first I tried all kinds, but these work best for me.

I play an electro-acoustic, in a folk style, with a specialist acoustic amp. These strings produce a nice clean sound, bright without being harsh. Being light, I find these easy to fret (not having the strongest left hand in the world). I guess this also means they wear out a bit more quickly than thicker strings, but a set will last me a couple of months of regular play which is fine by me. They hold their tune really well - after a day or so of initial tuning to get them "set", they will stay in tune pretty much perfectly between playing.

I have never ever encountered a fault in any of these strings, and none of them has ever broken on me. The use of coloured rings on the end makes them easy to fit correctly, and also reduced packaging to a minimum (just a single tarnish-proof bag).

Highly recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 50 REVIEWERon 18 August 2013
I have been playing guitar for a couple of years now. My inexpensive Yamaha acoustic sounds very different depending on the brand of strings and I must have tried a dozen different types. D'Addario strings don't last forever but they are pretty good with regard to longevity and are extremely rewarding to play. Currently, these are my favourites for strumming and picking, and I like to buy them in sets of 3 for convenience.

The tone is warm but with a bright quality that gives good intonation and sustain and you can get a clarity out of them that is not evident in some of the other major brands. It depends on one's particular taste, but D'Addario are the preferred choice of many top musicians and, because of their quality, give great satisfaction to this amateur, too. Some other brands have a woolly or muddy intonation which is fine for some people, but if you like a bright, clear, clean sound, then these are exceptional.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2009
I changed my acoustics strings as soon as these came through the post, and i was pleasantly surprised at the sound. It was clear that i had left my old strings in far-too-long. These strings have such a great sound, almost refreshing, and making your acoustic guitar sound brand new with a fuller, more grand tune.

- Easy to string.
- Easy code system.
- Good price.
- Great sound.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 1 August 2010
Trey're as good as they get. At this price just change your strings more often for better guitar playing.
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