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Cleartone Phosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings  

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Gauges: 12-16-25-33-43-53 Cleartone Acoustic Strings feature the finest phosphor bronze available for the warmest and brightest resonance on acoustic...Read More

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Silky feel, brilliant tone, and incredible string life.

Gauges: 12-16-25-33-43-53

Cleartone Acoustic Strings feature the finest phosphor bronze available for the warmest and brightest resonance on acoustic guitars. 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.

Super-high tension winding over a hex-core is used to maintain tuning consistency throughout performance duration.

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

This is high-tech you don't have to understand to appreciate. Order a few sets today.

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CleartonePhosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings
 
3.3

(based on 44 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (13)

33%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor tone quality (3)

    Best Uses

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        • Experienced (6)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Best Acoustic strings ever.

      I own a rather inexpensive Yamaha acoustic/electric; an FX335. I used to swear by Martin Marquis strings for years, I tried these as a suggestion from a guy who worked at Guitar...Read complete review

      I own a rather inexpensive Yamaha acoustic/electric; an FX335. I used to swear by Martin Marquis strings for years, I tried these as a suggestion from a guy who worked at Guitar Center...I was like "why not?". These strings rock. The do cost quite a bit but when you play them you know where that extra money went to. To describe them in one word? Zing. Tons of Zing. I, in fact, bought new set of cleartones because I thought I might have to change them before a gig..but after playing the one I put on a month ago I was like "why?...these still have their zing.." Highly Recommended.

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      Terrible Strings

      This is a terrible string. Do not waste your money. I was sold this string as a comparible string to elixir. This string does not even come close. During a set they continually...Read complete review

      This is a terrible string. Do not waste your money. I was sold this string as a comparible string to elixir. This string does not even come close. During a set they continually stretch and I am constantly tuning. I own a Taylor guitar and I did not experience this until this string. The string material is soft and it shows when tuning the guitar you have to twist the tuning machines several times before you see and change in the tune. Do not waste your money!!!!

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      1.0

      Horribly dull tone

      By Jason

      from St. Louis, MO

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      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Tone Quality
        • Very Expensive

        Best Uses

        • Making String-men Statues

        Comments about Cleartone Phosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        I bought these at the recommendation of a *insert popular music store here* employee. The sounded only mediocre at best after I put them on my guitar. The coating on them is a joke as well. After only a week, the strings had a noticeable patina on them (they looked like 6-month old uncoated strings) and the tone went right down the toilet. The strings sounded dull, muted, and with a strange resonant quality that sounded like something was broken in my guitar (there wasn't). Go get a set of Martin strings instead. They're half the price, sound beautiful and crisp with great playability, and last nearly as long as any coated strings I've ever tried without the tonal drawbacks.

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        5.0

        Working well for me.

        By Jerry1953

        from Mt. Pleasant, SC

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Just Playing Or Practicin

        Comments about Cleartone Phosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        I think these strings are comporable to Elixir, so far I love them. Good luck.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best coated string by a long shot

        By DougnHtown

        from Houston, TX

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Playability
        • Strong
        • Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Any
          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Cleartone Phosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

          They last forever, don't flake or cut your fingers. They don't sound dead in the highs like EXPs or shrill like Elixers. The coating simply does not come off. They make a cheap guitar sound decent and a good guitar sound amazing. If you've never liked coated strings, try these, you'll change your mind. I wont purchase any other string on the market.

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          3.0

          OK Srings, Huge Price

          By FenderStrat

          from Los Angeles, CA

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          Pros

          • Feels great

          Cons

          • High Price Tag

          Best Uses

            Comments about Cleartone Phosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

            These are decnt strings. They feel real great right after they're put on, but all strings do. Overall, they are just too high priced. For this price you could by the D'addario EJ16 3-pack, which is what I'm doing now. Overall, not enough bang for your buck.

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Bad result

            By Jay

            from Bangor, Maine

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

              Cons

              • Not Consistent
              • Poor Quality
              • Poor Tone Quality

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Cleartone Phosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

              Tried these on my OM guitar..after a week,strings had lost all of their initial tone..much better strings out there for less!

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Terrible Strings

              By DBoss

              from Paducah, Kentucky

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • None

              Cons

              • Constantly out of tune
              • Continually stretch
              • Poor Tone Quality
              • Rust on steel strings

              Best Uses

              • On a cheap guitar

              Comments about Cleartone Phosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

              This is a terrible string. Do not waste your money. I was sold this string as a comparible string to elixir. This string does not even come close. During a set they continually stretch and I am constantly tuning. I own a Taylor guitar and I did not experience this until this string. The string material is soft and it shows when tuning the guitar you have to twist the tuning machines several times before you see and change in the tune. Do not waste your money!!!!

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Not Bad

              By Kevin Kaneta

              from Portland, OR

              Comments about Cleartone Phosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

              They sound fine. We'll see how long they last. I found no significant difference between these and Elixir Nano's. I'll try Martin Lifespan SP's next.
              They are overpriced.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Not Impressed

              By PGermain

              from Canada

              Comments about Cleartone Phosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

              Quite ordinary, there was no sound degradation while they were on my guitar but they lasted less than the brand I normally use and they are not even coated. Sorry not quite up to their claims.
              The only thing I noticed feature wise was that the strings clicked and detuned often in the beginning so I don't recommend using these string a week before a show. Some times this detuning occured when I wasn't even playing.
              Quite ordinary I broke the G string so forget about the fact that this string will take hard playing better
              For the price I don't think so, better than the known coated string but still not that great an advantage

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Looks great...doesn't sound so great...

              Comments about Cleartone Phosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

              NOT worth the money, at ALL. EXP and Elixir both sound MUCH better than these. Will not purchase again. Glad I only bought one set of them.
              coating is nice one these...
              Made well, look nice...but cannot rate high, as the sound is rather dull and lifeless.
              Really not that good of a deal, since they do not sound very good.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Less than impressed, but worth a try.

              Comments about Cleartone Phosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

              Although I was not throughly impressed I still say they are worth a shot if you are curious. If you don't like them, hey, go back to what works. I am unfortunately stuck with a stack of these strings (and intend to use them), but I'm not going to complain because I got an incredible deal on them. There's too many complainers out there today.

              Cleartone strings appear to be a well-manufactured, quality product, and I recommend them on the grounds that you try them to see if they are a good fit for you and your guitar.

              All the best!
              Cleartone coating versus other brands' coating - this is what the package touts. I notice the coating to be thinner but a good quality "coated" string has never bothered me much. In other words - it advertises a thinner coating and a more natural feeling product, but unfortunately it doesn't matter to me much. I'll rate this category a 6.
              The strings seem to be well made and are even packaged nicely in a durable poly wrap package, I admit I was pretty impressed just seeing what was underneath the pouch. Strings are color coded, which will be appealing to those who are familiar with D'Addario strings. Nice touch. Each string tips off with a long straight steel core. Strings tuned up fast and after a few stretches only needed one or two re-tunes.

              The area where I am dissatisfied is not in the durability or the feel of the strings. I am dissappointed in the sound. These strings replaced an old set of D'Addario EXL's on my Yamaha FGX720SCA Acoustic/Electric, and although they were brigher (as new strings tend to be), they were lacking a certain fullness and richness that the EXL's provided, both new and used, when played on my guitar.

              The EXL's have always been my go-to coated string, simply because they sound better to me than other coated competitors, so I may be partially biased here. But I know what I hear and I know what I like, and I don't feel these Cleartones are the best fit for my guitar.
              I want the readers to know that every guitar responds differently to strings. I have played guitar for quite a few years and have realized that some brands/gauges/lines of strings work better on some guitars, both acoustic and electric, than do others. So don't let this review scare you away from trying a set of strings that you might just fall in love with.

              On my particular guitar I wasn't impressed, but perhaps on your Takamine or your Martin these strings will shoot rainbows from your fingertips. It's all subjective.

              If you can find a special, I'd say give them a whack. You may not be dissapointed, and you'll know for yourself if these are for you or not. There's a lot of buzz about these strings, why not try them for yourself?

              Peace.

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