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D'Addario EFT16 Flat Top PB Light Acoustic Guitar Strings  

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Excellent onstage and in the studio.

Gauges 12-16-24-32-42-53.
D'Addario EFT16 Flat Top Light Acoustic Guitar Strings are phosphor bronze strings polished smooth. This produces a smooth, flattened playing surface, but does not sacrifice the warm tone and sustain associated with phosphor bronze strings. Flat Tops are excellent for recording and greatly reduce finger noise.

D'Addario is the world's largest manufacturer of strings for musical instruments. Many top guitarists won't play any other brand. Regardless of your playing style, D'Addario has a set of strings that's right for your acoustic guitar.


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D'AddarioEFT16 Flat Top PB Light Acoustic Guitar Strings
 
4.3

(based on 17 reviews)

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PERFECT for Acoustic Archtops

Wow - now you can bring to your acoustic jazz guitar, or your Gypsy Jazz instrument (for a unique spin on things!) the magic that flatwound strings brought to the electric jazz...Read complete review

Wow - now you can bring to your acoustic jazz guitar, or your Gypsy Jazz instrument (for a unique spin on things!) the magic that flatwound strings brought to the electric jazz guitar. These strings are absolutely amazing, in tone, projection, longevity, balance, "squeaklessness," and a dozen other things I probably could think of. If you play an archtop (I play a Loar LH-600), you MUST try a set of these. If you're strictly a rhythm player, go for medium gauge and watch their eyes pop out! For more intricate playing, try light gauge. I don't find the strings "stiff" at all - to me, they feel just right. If you play fingerstyle chord melody stuff, you're really in for a treat. What tone, what crispness, what fullness... I'll never use anything else on my archtops. I'm tempted to buy 100 sets in case D'Addario stops making these! Try them.

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Harsh, metallic and over-priced...

I don't like the sound and even if I did, the price is too high for regular use.
I compared these stings to the 80/20 Bronze D'Addarios that I usually...Read complete review

I don't like the sound and even if I did, the price is too high for regular use.
I compared these stings to the 80/20 Bronze D'Addarios that I usually use, by taking an A string and placing it on my guitar in the 6th position, next to an 80/20 Bronze A string of exactly the same gauge. I then picked each string in different ways and noted the results. I would describe the 80/20 as soft and mellow compared to the phosphor bronze. The PB had a very harsh metallic sound to it that I found distinctly unpleasant. My guitar is a grand concert (folk) size Sunlite, with mahogany body and solid spruce top. I used nylon, celluloid and Ultem picks, and the results were pretty much the same in each case. I really dislike the sound of PB... oh, by the way, the PB flat-tops sound the same as the round-wounds, they just slide quieter and cost twice as much. The other string I tested that gave a more sharp but not unpleasant or metallic sound was the D'Addario Silk and Steels... but they do cost twice as much as the 80/20's or the PB round-wound's, and they only make one guage of each string, sold in a set, so you don't have a lot of guage options.
As usual D'Addarios are excellent strings, very precisely sized and nicely made.
Price is twice what the PB round-wounds are, and not a lot of difference when sliding. Yes, they are maybe 50 percent quieter, but far from totally silent.

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3.0

Great strings that reduce noise!

By The Lonegigger

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  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Not Consistent

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about D'Addario EFT16 Flat Top PB Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

I bought these for my Epiphone SST studio acoustic/electric. All good EXCEPT the 'b' string was flawed right out of the package; it had a kink in it that did not disappear when tuned up to pitch. I'm sure it's just a matter of time that the string will break in that spot, which happens to be right in my picking zone. Otherwise I would have given these strings a full 5 stars. That said, things do happen and I'd still get another set in the future.

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4.0

FLAT TOPS can fit your style

By guitaramphead

from Boca Raton, FL

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        Comments about D'Addario EFT16 Flat Top PB Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        I don't care for string noise when playing. This is due to my playing style which includes note and chord sliding on the wound strings.

        Flat Tops reduce or eliminate this noise to an acceptable level for me.

        There is a downside and that is some reduction in the sound level of the higher notes. That is due to the construction of the wound strings. So you get an improvement in string noise but the trade-off is a reduction in brightness.

        To compensate for this I use Tone Pins on the bridge. These pins are brass and enhance the brightness. The combination of Flat Tops and Tone Pins works well for me.

        I have been using Flat Tops for more than 5 years on both 6 and 12 string guitars. For the 12 string guitar there is not a Flat Tops set available. I use the combination of a 6 string set and available individual Flat Top strings to make the 12 string set. Maybe D'Addario could consider packaging a 12 string set?

        The life expectancy of these strings is no different than most uncoated strings.

        Keep on picking...

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Harsh, metallic and over-priced...

        By Jean

        from Prescott, Arizona

        Comments about D'Addario EFT16 Flat Top PB Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        I don't like the sound and even if I did, the price is too high for regular use.
        I compared these stings to the 80/20 Bronze D'Addarios that I usually use, by taking an A string and placing it on my guitar in the 6th position, next to an 80/20 Bronze A string of exactly the same gauge. I then picked each string in different ways and noted the results. I would describe the 80/20 as soft and mellow compared to the phosphor bronze. The PB had a very harsh metallic sound to it that I found distinctly unpleasant. My guitar is a grand concert (folk) size Sunlite, with mahogany body and solid spruce top. I used nylon, celluloid and Ultem picks, and the results were pretty much the same in each case. I really dislike the sound of PB... oh, by the way, the PB flat-tops sound the same as the round-wounds, they just slide quieter and cost twice as much. The other string I tested that gave a more sharp but not unpleasant or metallic sound was the D'Addario Silk and Steels... but they do cost twice as much as the 80/20's or the PB round-wound's, and they only make one guage of each string, sold in a set, so you don't have a lot of guage options.
        As usual D'Addarios are excellent strings, very precisely sized and nicely made.
        Price is twice what the PB round-wounds are, and not a lot of difference when sliding. Yes, they are maybe 50 percent quieter, but far from totally silent.

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        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Not nearly as flat as I had hoped for...

        Comments about D'Addario EFT16 Flat Top PB Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        I really don't see any difference between these and the regular strings.
        I would hardly call these "flat." They don't seem to feel any different from the standard D'Addario strings.
        They seem to be just as good as any other pair of D'Addario's I've played, which have always pleased me.
        They seem to be just as good as any other pair of D'Addario's I've played.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        finally satisfied

        Comments about D'Addario EFT16 Flat Top PB Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        I came across these strings about a year ago.Haven't used any other kind since. Much less squeek if ya drag your finger on the string. Their life is on a par with most strings I've used. If ya wipe them down when done they seem to hold up good

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Not great

        Comments about D'Addario EFT16 Flat Top PB Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        I play a lot of fingerpicking but some strumming too so I was looking to try a new all around string. These feel almost plastic-like to my picking hand, occasionally squeaking softly from my fingers. They feel ok on the fretting hand, although not quite as smooth as I'd hoped. At first I noticed a duller tone than my old strings, now I guess I'm used to it. Overall, I'd say I'm going back to my Martin SP strings once these wear out, which at this rate will be quickly.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        EFT16 Flat Top PB Light Acoustic Guitar Strings

        By Wyatt Brown

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about D'Addario EFT16 Flat Top PB Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        Good sound and easy to play strings. Great for acoustic solo.
        Great quality strings

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Top Notch

        By RP

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about D'Addario EFT16 Flat Top PB Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        I play an older Fender acoustic, and an ESP LTD AC10E. I play D'Addario Flat Top 12's on the Fender and 13's on the ESP. Nothing gives me a better tone.

        Darker and mellower than average. If you want that tone with a smooth touch and no finger noise this is the best option.

        If you want brighter tones, skip these strings.
        The ground surface eliminates finger noise and feels good to the touch. You will sacrifice brightness with these strings, but I was looking for a darker tone and these deliver exactly that.
        Great consistent quality from every pack I have opened. I play them aggressively with no problems, very strong strings.
        You won't get these at a lower price

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        PERFECT for Acoustic Archtops

        By Swing_Lowe84

        from Louisville

        Comments about D'Addario EFT16 Flat Top PB Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        Wow - now you can bring to your acoustic jazz guitar, or your Gypsy Jazz instrument (for a unique spin on things!) the magic that flatwound strings brought to the electric jazz guitar. These strings are absolutely amazing, in tone, projection, longevity, balance, "squeaklessness," and a dozen other things I probably could think of. If you play an archtop (I play a Loar LH-600), you MUST try a set of these. If you're strictly a rhythm player, go for medium gauge and watch their eyes pop out! For more intricate playing, try light gauge. I don't find the strings "stiff" at all - to me, they feel just right. If you play fingerstyle chord melody stuff, you're really in for a treat. What tone, what crispness, what fullness... I'll never use anything else on my archtops. I'm tempted to buy 100 sets in case D'Addario stops making these! Try them.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        definitely mellow

        By Shaker

        from Portland, OR

        Comments about D'Addario EFT16 Flat Top PB Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        I originally bought a set of these for a cheap guitar that I use exclusively for open tuning. It's actually not a bad instrument, good tone and intonation, but it's still just plywood and paint. The strings performed as expected: reduced the string noise from sliding notes. They are, though, mellow as advertised. I also strung up a Guild F30 with them, a mellow instrument by nature, and it pushed the guitar to a new level of mellow with which I'm not particularly happy. Finally, I used a set on my main guitar, a balanced-to-brightly toned instrument, and found them more than satisfactory. I think these strings have a heavier feel than D'Addario J16, the unground equal, and I had to tweak the setup on all but the Guild for them. All around, a good string.

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