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D'Addario EFT16 Flat Top PB Light Acoustic Guitar Strings

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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
 
4.2

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

FLAT TOPS can fit your style

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...Read complete review

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...

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

PERFECT for Acoustic Archtops

By Swing_Lowe84

from Louisville

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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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

FLAT TOPS can fit your style

By guitaramphead

from Boca Raton, FL

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

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...

(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

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

By Rob Cappellano

from Boston

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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Strings from the Masters!

By Kathy - Music Nut

from Riverton, UT

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

You really can't beat D'Addario Phosphor Bronze strings as far as value goes. They're just great strings. But the Flat Tops take the great string a step further. I bought these strings to give my fingers a break, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that they also have a cleaner press than round strings. When I press my finger on the string, I get a tighter, cleaner pinch with less effort. This results in crystal clear chords and melodies. I also really like the gauges in this particular set of "light" strings. The G-string is .024 gauge, and it is wound like like the four lower strings. I have always used light to extra light strings with about an .018 gauge G-string. But I love this set up, and I will never go back to the extra light G! I put these strings on my Ibanez PF Acoustic Electric, and it has never sounded or felt better! Incidentally, I am also a cellist, and a cello teacher, and I get D'Addario Cello Strings for myself and all my students. These guys know how to make strings! I will never put anything on my guitar but D'Addario Phosphor Bronze!

(2 of 2 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.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Harsh, metallic and over-priced...

By Jean

from Prescott, Arizona

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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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I was amazed!!

By snuphi

from Rochester, NY

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

I absolutely LOVE these strings. I've used other D'Addario strings in the past, as well as many other brands--including Elixirs-- but always find that the oils in my fingers deaden the strings within a week or two. I was rather frustrated with this until my dad gave me a set of D'Addario Flat Tops to try. I was totally amazed. I love the smooth feel on the fret board, but even more than that, I love the way these strings lasted. They held their great tone way beyond any strings I had tried thus far. And it wasn't just me. Other people would pick up my guitar 5 MONTHS after I put the strings on and ask if I had just changed the strings!! I finally had to change them when I broke a string.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Top Notch

By RP

from Undisclosed

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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

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not great

By Scott Goodrich

from Boston

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Flat Tops

By RAINDOG-BDVN3

from Chico, CA

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

OK, D'Addario; you have a winner with this one. The FLAT TOPS are many times better then the old flat wounds. I have been using Elixirs on my Taylor 6 string, but even with the coating they still produce to much finger noise for my style of Jazz. No they don't last as long as Elixir; a small trade off for a very nice round, warm, and clean sounding set of strings. This is a good string for those of us that "slip slide" all over the finger board. I hope they will make 80/20 bronze Flat Tops some day. Flat Tops on a 12 string would be ever so sweet. With all the strings D'Addario makes it wouldn't be hard to spin some 80/20 12 string Flat Tops. If you are into acoustic Jazz, Blues, or slide give them a try; they may be the string you are looking for.

(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

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

finally satisfied

By paul-ufb47

from Florida

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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

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Different than I expected

By UncleGooch

from Georgetown, KY

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

I bought these strings with hopes of reducing noise between chord changes, and they do excel in this respect. What I didn't expect was the extra friction on my thumb. I use a bare finger alternating bass style and these strings are very "sticky" and really trip me up on the right hand. These strings are best suited for slide guitar.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

My Search Is Over

By ecwannabe

from Eldridge, Iowa

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

Since returning to the guitar after a 30 year break I've found the perfect set-up for my style and skill level. These strings are a very important part of that set-up. Their most important attribute is the greatly reduced string noise. I just don't have the technical "chops" to play round wound strings without making annoying squeeking sounds but these string have solved that problem. And, as an extra bonus, they sound great. Maybe not quite as "ringing" as full round wounds but very uniform and pleasant sounding. I highly recommend these strings, especially for hobbyists who don't have to cut through the mix in a group setting. These, along with my Martin D18V and Herco thumb pick, have made my search for the perfect rig complete

 
4.0

I don't buy it again

By Pepi

from EU HUN

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  • Good Tone

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

      My guitar is Gibson J45 TV acoustic

       
      5.0

      Smooth as silk with great acoustic tone

      By topdogue

      from Sacramento, CA

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

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

        Had silk and steel strings, but the little wires were way uncomfortable. These are silky smooth, but still have great tone and feel. I have no complaints.

         
        5.0

        Nice

        By Boreign

        from Michigan

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        Pros

        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

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

          I really like these strings. I put them on my parlor guitar and I think they are great, Nice on the fingers and eliminates the string noise you get from acoustic strings. I like a light gauge string for ease on my fingers. They sound great to to my ears. I do wish they were a little less expensive though.

           
          5.0

          Reduce Finger Noise, Maintain Tone!

          By J.R. Seaba

          from Iowa

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Good Tone
          • Less Finger Noise

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Studio

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

            Wonderful strings. They don't feel like flatwounds; they aren't "slick," they still have a noticeable texture, and you can certainly still bend the strings. The finger noise of regular acoustic stings, however, is almost completely eliminated. Your tone will be noticeably different, but it's not night and day. Perhaps a bit softer, but the tone is overall very balanced.

            I also want to mention that I ordered this on 2nd Day Air UPS and I received it the next day! Could not possibly ask for a better experience.

             
            4.0

            Smooth

            By trav

            from Nor Cal

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Practicing

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

              Been using for years. good for recording, mutes finger noise, not bright enough for live but good general use strings.

              (0 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              G-string buzzed

              By ptguy237

              from Knoxville, TN

              About Me Novice

              Pros

                Cons

                • Not Consistent
                • Poor Tone Quality

                Best Uses

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

                  shipping was quick and free, but the product was awful. G-string buzzed really bad. I had to change them within just a few days cause I couldn't stand the buzzing sound. I put on some cheap Martin strings and it completely resolved the issue.

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