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D'Addario EJ18 Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Heavy, 14-59
- Low Return Rate: 35% fewer returns than similar products
- Highly Rated: More than 90% 4 star and 5 star reviews
- Popular Item: Popular with customers shopping for "heavy guitar strings"
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- D'Addario's most popular choice for heavy strumming, flat-picking and resonant, projecting tone
- Preferred for its warm, bright, and well balanced acoustic tone
- Corrosion resistant packaging for strings that are always fresh
- Made in the U.S.A. for the highest quality and performance
- String Gauges: Plain Steel .014, .018, Phosphor Bronze Wound .027, .039, .049, .059; AC Phosphor Bronze Set 14-59
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Phosphor Bronze Features
- D'Addario's most popular acoustic guitar strings.
- Preferred for their warm, bright, and well balanced acoustic tone.
- Versatile enough for all musical genres.
- Made in the U.S.A. for the highest quality and performance.
D'Addario Phosphor Bronze
Acoustic Guitar Strings
Phosphor Bronze was introduced to string making by D'Addario in 1974 and has become synonymous with warm, bright, and well balanced acoustic tone. D'Addario Phosphor Bronze strings are precision wound with corrosion resistant phosphor bronze onto a carefully drawn, hexagonally shaped, high carbon steel core. The result is long lasting, bright sounding tone with excellent intonation. D'Addario Phosphor Bronze strings also employ a round wound construction which delivers the traditional textured feel most players are familiar and comfortable with.
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When D'Addario introduced the world to phosphor bronze strings in 1974, guitarists everywhere fell in love with their rich and warm tone, and string manufacturers everywhere quickly jumped on the band wagon. But D'Addario phosphor bronze strings, like EJ18s are different. They're kind of like a good pair of designer jeans — they start off feeling comfortable and broken in (not stiff or rigid) and yet they seem to last forever!
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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. :)
* The strings were not individually wrapped but were easily separated and a color coded button helped ID the string location (E-E) to make sure you select the correct string.
* The tuning end of the string has about 4" section of unwrapped core that makes it easier to insert into the hole of the tuning axle.
* Once tuned, the sound was crisp and rich. I think the mediums were the right size for this large body guitar.
* There was no additional neck deflection or additional neck adjustment due to tension of the strings.
* After first turning and a small bit of stretching each string and another re-tune the strings maintained tune very well.
* Very good competitive price.
* Not a thing.
Provided crisp rich sound on a large body guitar at a great price.
Really, I think these are pretty good "go to" strings for just about anybody of any caliber on virtually any acoustic guitar.
They strung nicely, broke in quickly (about a day), and feel really nice.
The sound of these strings is phenomenal. Bright and clear. Good resonance.
If you are looking for light strings, these are them.
The only other things I would suggest to consider, which would be merely preference are:
Do you want a coated string? Coated cost more, but last longer. The sound is not as vibrant though. But if you like them consider the coated version (EXP16).
Do you want light strings?
These diameters are as stated in the description: Plain Steel .012, .016, Phosphor Bronze Wound .024, .032, .042, .053
The Medium (EJ17) are: Plain Steel .013, .017, Phosphor Bronze Wound .026, .035, .045, .056
It is so slight but it feels much different. (of course there are heavy and extra light options too)
Really, that is it. Determine your preference for thickness and coatings, then grab the D'Addario model that meets that criteria. You are set.