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Cleartone Nickel-Plated Light Electric Guitar Strings

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Silky feel, brilliant tone, and incredible string life.

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Cleartone Electric Guitar Strings are made of nickel-plated steel over a hex core. A unique treatment called EMP coats the entire string with an ultrathin protective film. It's the thinnest coating ever applied to guitar strings (less than one micron!) and will withstand more abuse from hard strumming than coatings 1000 times thicker! EMP ensures longer string life by protecting strings from corrosion due to skin acidity, salt, and moisture without compromising feel and sound. Made in the USA.

FEATURES
  • Thinnest coating ever!
  • Dramatically increases string life
  • Protects strings from corrosion
  • Withstands hard strumming
  • American made

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CleartoneNickel-Plated Light Electric Guitar Strings
 
3.2

(based on 18 reviews)

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

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    (1)

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    (4)

20%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

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    • Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Name is True to the Product - Clear Tone

Seems to be a lot of low reviews for these but I noticed immediately that these strings had a nice balanced tone and the brightness was to my liking. I tried the Ernie Ball...Read complete review

Seems to be a lot of low reviews for these but I noticed immediately that these strings had a nice balanced tone and the brightness was to my liking. I tried the Ernie Ball coated strings and really didn't like them. Normally, I use D'Addario which always have a vibrant, bright tone. These sound as good as the D'Addario to me.
The coating improves the string life but to my ears this didn't impact the tone.
No problems so far.
Getting more mileage makes them a better value.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Don't last long

I was under the assumption they'd play and sound *new* for 5 times longer than normal strings. I put them on all my electrics, including my vintage pieces. After a couple days...Read complete review

I was under the assumption they'd play and sound *new* for 5 times longer than normal strings. I put them on all my electrics, including my vintage pieces. After a couple days of playing, the G B and E strings were getting dullish in between the frets where my fingers go. I can't tell a huge difference in tone, but I'm expecting them to be dead soon... and it definite affected the feel negatively on those strings. Yes, my hands sweat a lot... but with coated strings they should still last long, which is the whole point of getting coated strings to begin with. I'll be switching back to Elixir on my vintage pieces and DR or EB for my live rig.

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(5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Nothing good to say...

By Adrian R.

from Chicago, IL

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Comments about Cleartone Nickel-Plated Light Electric Guitar Strings:

Poor sound quality, poor packaging. There are far better options out there for far less money.
I purchased a set of these strings from Guitar Center as they had nothing else in stock that I preferred. Since I had a holiday giftcard, I thought I would spend a few extra dollars on these more expensive strings. I'm along time Ernie Ball fan, like over twenty years, and I also like the sound of the newer Dunlop strings, especially their signature Wylde strings.

I took these strings home and right from the start I was disappointed. First of all the packaging was less then desirable including all of the strings in one package, wound together, making it difficult to seperate. Strings for the half the price, like the Dunlops, come with each individule string packaged seperately in their own respective airtight container.

As I began to restring my Gibson Les Paul Standard one string at a time, I immediatetly noticed how dull they sounded compared to the older, used Ernie Ball strings. This was cause for concern. I continued to restring my guitar and then tuned to a standard pitch. I then plugged into my favorite Marshall JCM 800 half-stack and let it rip. I immediately noticed how much treble, and upper mid-range response was no longer apparent.. The sound was completely uninspiring..especially considering the rig I was playing though which is usually incredibly inspiring. Pinch harmonics were far more difficult to produce, and low end was not nearly as defined; all as a result of the dimished frequencies previously mentioned. Lastly, the feel of the strings was rough. My fingers just didn't slide on the strings like they did with other strings I have used. The only positive thing I could say is that they did tune up quickly, and then hold pitch quite well, especially considering how new they were. All in all though they will come off tomorrow..it was a large waste of money.
Not at all impressed with the packaging. String fabrication looks decent though...
Considering the price of these strings, and then considering their sound quality, I found these a poor value.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

not for sweaty hands

By bongnp

from Rochester Hills, MI

Comments about Cleartone Nickel-Plated Light Electric Guitar Strings:

Well, it was fun to try something new I guess. These strings died faster than my regular Slinky EB's and my Pure Blues DR strings. I even recently tried D'Addario XL and they lasted longer than the Cleartone. I haven't broken a string in over 5 years on my favorite guitar, and I broke one of these... the strings were gross looking after a could days too - I couldn't believe it. I'm going to go back to DR & Ernie Ball strings.Of all the strings I've used, these are the worst - or I should say everything else I've tried is better.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Don't last long

By 73LesPaul

from Detroit, MI.

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Comments about Cleartone Nickel-Plated Light Electric Guitar Strings:

I was under the assumption they'd play and sound *new* for 5 times longer than normal strings. I put them on all my electrics, including my vintage pieces. After a couple days of playing, the G B and E strings were getting dullish in between the frets where my fingers go. I can't tell a huge difference in tone, but I'm expecting them to be dead soon... and it definite affected the feel negatively on those strings. Yes, my hands sweat a lot... but with coated strings they should still last long, which is the whole point of getting coated strings to begin with. I'll be switching back to Elixir on my vintage pieces and DR or EB for my live rig.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Name is True to the Product - Clear Tone

By Michael Rhodes

from Dallas, Tx

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Comments about Cleartone Nickel-Plated Light Electric Guitar Strings:

Seems to be a lot of low reviews for these but I noticed immediately that these strings had a nice balanced tone and the brightness was to my liking. I tried the Ernie Ball coated strings and really didn't like them. Normally, I use D'Addario which always have a vibrant, bright tone. These sound as good as the D'Addario to me.
The coating improves the string life but to my ears this didn't impact the tone.
No problems so far.
Getting more mileage makes them a better value.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Strings out there

By Rockerduck

from Marietta, Ga.

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Comments about Cleartone Nickel-Plated Light Electric Guitar Strings:

OK, I wipe my guitars down and use oil when I play. These strings last a year, or rather, I change the strings once a year. They do not go dead and I bend the dickens out of my strings. Best strings I ever bought. Sure, sweaty,acidic hands do decay the life of strings,just wipe and clean your guitar down and use some neck lube and you have a years worth of strings in one pack.

(3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Ripping off my callas

By Terry Johnson

from New York

Comments about Cleartone Nickel-Plated Light Electric Guitar Strings:

I am a full time playing musician that gigs at least 3 times a week for 4 hours each gig plus plays alot in between. I put a set of Cleartone strings on and started playing for about 10 minutes and I notice that the callas on 3 of my fingers were cutting and or wearing off. Musicians Friend is great and are taking care of me on the price but still any guitar players keep an eye on this for yourself.
I didn't even get a chance to plug into an amp to tell you how they sound...

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Give em a shot

By Mike K.

from Dayton Ohio

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Comments about Cleartone Nickel-Plated Light Electric Guitar Strings:

I see that some people here haven't had much luck with these. I put them on my Tele tonight and played a four hour gig with no problems. I think the trick with these are that when you first put them on you need to play your guitar for about a half hour and break them in. I've heard some guys say they sounded flat or muffled. they sounded ok with me. I say just give them a try, you wont lose out on anything. I plan on buying more down the road.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not That Great

By GrowingDown1

from Germany

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Comments about Cleartone Nickel-Plated Light Electric Guitar Strings:

I have been a die hard Elixir user for a while now and then I saw and add for these and thought I would give them a try. I was not impressed at all. They sounded dull the moment I put them on. When you put on Elixirs you hear the vibrant ring of the strings, not with these. I tried these strings on my PRS Custom 22 and my ESP EC 1000 and they sounded dull and dead on both guitars. I then took them off both guitars, put Elixirs back on, and gave my last pack of these away.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I smell an elixir bot

By Dan B-7TJZN

from Rochester, NY

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Comments about Cleartone Nickel-Plated Light Electric Guitar Strings:

Now I have used elixirs, and these are not elixirs. Nanoweb last a long time as long as you are not using sand paper for picks. My bone with elixers is right when you put them on, they don't even have that new string sound.. the kind you can get with daddario. These cleartone strings have that punch and they last even longer than the elixirs. Granted I've never seen my elixirs flake as the back of the clear tone pack illustrates. most strings will lose their tonality before that ever happens.

 
2.0

Didn't last as long as I hoped

By Shawn MN

from McGregor MN

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      Comments about Cleartone Nickel-Plated Light Electric Guitar Strings:

      I've been going through different brands and types of strings and I thought I would try these out. After a 2 hour gig I noticed the G strings was starting to discolor. Not really rust, but it is a brown spot a few inches long. I also tried the Elixir opti web and those strings are awesome so far.

      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Worst strings ever!

      By Worlds Okayest Guitarist

      from Cumming,GA

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      Pros

      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Cleartone Nickel-Plated Light Electric Guitar Strings:

          I put these on 2 of my guitars, after reading a few reviews. They lasted 24 hours and were thrown in the trash. I feel like I was robbed. Give me my GHS boomers back.

           
          5.0

          yes

          By Jack

          from NY

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          Pros

          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts

            Comments about Cleartone Nickel-Plated Light Electric Guitar Strings:

            They are great.

            (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Worst strings ever!

            By Dr Bacon

            from Dayton, Ohio

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              • Poor Tone Quality

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                Comments about Cleartone Nickel-Plated Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                I decided to try something different and put on some clear tones.

                Played one chord, ALL of my Les Paul's sustain was gone! I am not talking about a little bit of sustain, I mean ALL! A chord would ring for 1 second, then done.
                It was like my guitar got mugged. I put new strings on the very next morning.

                Worst strings I have ever played!

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                great..... for about a month....

                By Shark

                from Ohio

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                Pros

                • Good with Basses

                Cons

                • Poor Tone Quality
                • Rusted out of Package

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Cleartone Nickel-Plated Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                  i dont like them for guitars anymore, but their great with basses.

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Solves the Elixer tone problem!

                  By Rictus

                  from IN

                  Comments about Cleartone Nickel-Plated Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                  Started using Elixers because of the leangth of time they lasted, but the tone suffers from the coating. These solve that problem. Sound great. Last forever. I've hit the Floyd Rose pretty hard on them and still have not broken any. With regular strings you replace them every month or so because they are starting to sound dull, and they are just getting stretched in! With Cleartones you can get your strings to a stable point and still play them for months.

                   
                  4.0

                  not to bad

                  By stratguy2113

                  from Texas

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                  Comments about Cleartone Nickel-Plated Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                  These cleartone's sound excellent for about 1-2 weeks but after that they start sounding pretty dull. I prefer Elixir Nanoweb 10's over these. They sound just as good and last twice as long and are a couple bucks cheaper.

                   
                  3.0

                  It does what it does

                  By Ol' Coyote

                  from Atlanta, GA

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                  Comments about Cleartone Nickel-Plated Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                  I play outside in the summer a lot. Tried a set with hopes of extending my string use. Cleartone's description is quite accurate, the coating is so thin you won't know it's there. The strings do maintain well with just simple cleaning. However, they are not the same clarity as the D'Addario XL's that I've been using. For R&R or metal these would work great, but if the twang is the thang for you I would be hesitant to use these. Try for taste before you buy by the case.

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Depends on what you want...

                  By Anonymous

                  from Undisclosed

                  Comments about Cleartone Nickel-Plated Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                  These cleartones feel great on your hands but the tone is way too cold for myself. I hardly ever broke them when I did use them but if its a warm tone your going for, I'd recomend the gibson vintage reissue, they are awesome.

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