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D'Addario EJ38H High Strung/Nashville Tuning 10-27 Acoustic Guitar Strings

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Get the sound of a 12-string without buying another instrument!

D'Addario EJ38H High Strung Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar strings are specially gauged to accommodate Nashville Tuning, which is an affordable way to make a six-string guitar emulate the sound of a 12-string guitar. Unlike alternate guitar tunings, which require the player to learn different fingerings, Nashville "high strung" tuning is identical to standard tuning. The difference is that the four lower strings are tuned an octave higher. The B and high E are left unchanged. This clever tuning is much easier to tune and play than a real 12-string.

D'Addario Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar strings are acclaimed worldwide for their superb, long-lasting tone. Phosphor Bronze was introduced to string making by D'Addario in 1974 and has become synonymous with warm, bright, and well balanced acoustic tone. They are D'Addario's most popular acoustic guitar strings.

FEATURES
  • Emulates the sound of a 12-string guitar
  • Easier to tune and play than a real 12-string
  • Phosphor bronze
  • Warm, bright, and well balanced tone

Explore a new sound!

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Note: E
    Diameter: 0.010" (0.25mm)
    Tension: 16.2 lb. (7.35kg)
  • Note: B
    Diameter: 0.014" (0.36mm)
    Tension: 17.8 lb. (8.07g)
  • Note: G
    Diameter: 0.009" (0.23mm)
    Tension: 18.6 lb. (8.44kg)
  • Note: D
    Diameter: 0.012" (0.3mm)
    Tension: 18.5 lb. (8.39kg)
  • Note: A
    Diameter: 0.018" (0.46mm)
    Tension: 23.4 lb. (10.61kg)
  • Note: E
    Diameter: 0.027" (0.69mm)
    Tension: 27.1 lb. (12.29kg)
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D'AddarioEJ38H High Strung/Nashville Tuning 10-27 Acoustic Guitar Strings
 
4.2

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (14)
  • Consistent (7)
  • Well built / quality (5)
  • Long life (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Back-up (5)
  • Concerts (3)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I Love These Strings

Nashville Tuning is for creating a high frequency tone that sits quieter in the mix. Basically, I would not play these strings as my only accompanying instrument. I'm a singer/rhythm guitarist who...Read complete review

Nashville Tuning is for creating a high frequency tone that sits quieter in the mix. Basically, I would not play these strings as my only accompanying instrument. I'm a singer/rhythm guitarist who usually plays with a lead guitarist and/or full band. When I do a solo gig I switch between an actual 12-string & a 6-string with heavy gauge strings.

They are also fantastic for recording when you want to fill up the frequency but don't want to over power your main tracks. Sometimes I refer to them as a 6-String Tambourine when in the studio.

THEY DO NOT REPLACE THE FULL TONE OR VOLUME OF A 12-STRING.

***Be sure to inform your sound engineer that you are using them or you will end up with a wacky sound due to the engineer trying to kill the brightness of these strings. It's that brightness that gives them their uniqueness.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Didn't perform Anywhere Near expected...

I bought these D'Addario's looking for a new and unique type of sound to bring to the tone of my acoustic guitar. I'm a big fan of d'addarios and am always willing to experiment...Read complete review

I bought these D'Addario's looking for a new and unique type of sound to bring to the tone of my acoustic guitar. I'm a big fan of d'addarios and am always willing to experiment with my own variations of guitar strings, just to switch it up and create unique tones and dynamic.
The first thing you will notice when stringing your guitar up is that the fourth string has a lower gauge than the 6th, supposedly creating a tone similar to that of a "12-string" guitar, so naturally I was quite excited, with the possibilities.
When I strung the strings up, I was surprised on the quality, there was no uneasy settling or breaks.
I let them sit in just to make sure that the tension was locked in, they set in quicker than any strings I've ever used on an acoustic.
Easy setup.
Then I picked it up and began playing it. What a mess. The sound reminded me of a child's toy guitar played with rubber bands instead of steel. I was really disappointed... At first I thought tuning up a full step might resolve the tone, but it just made matters worse. Took them off in the same night.

Bottom Line: These strings MIGHT sound amazing on different types and styles of acoustic guitars other than mine. But from my experience, they sound ridiculously bright, whiney and like a child's toy. Nowhere near the depth you normally get from d'addario's.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I Love These Strings

By Brodi

from Philly

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about D'Addario EJ38H High Strung/Nashville Tuning 10-27 Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    Nashville Tuning is for creating a high frequency tone that sits quieter in the mix. Basically, I would not play these strings as my only accompanying instrument. I'm a singer/rhythm guitarist who usually plays with a lead guitarist and/or full band. When I do a solo gig I switch between an actual 12-string & a 6-string with heavy gauge strings.

    They are also fantastic for recording when you want to fill up the frequency but don't want to over power your main tracks. Sometimes I refer to them as a 6-String Tambourine when in the studio.

    THEY DO NOT REPLACE THE FULL TONE OR VOLUME OF A 12-STRING.

    ***Be sure to inform your sound engineer that you are using them or you will end up with a wacky sound due to the engineer trying to kill the brightness of these strings. It's that brightness that gives them their uniqueness.

    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Didn't perform Anywhere Near expected...

    By kingllama

    from Upstate NY

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Strong Strings

    Cons

    • Terrible Tone Read

    Best Uses

    • Specific Guitars

    Comments about D'Addario EJ38H High Strung/Nashville Tuning 10-27 Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    I bought these D'Addario's looking for a new and unique type of sound to bring to the tone of my acoustic guitar. I'm a big fan of d'addarios and am always willing to experiment with my own variations of guitar strings, just to switch it up and create unique tones and dynamic.
    The first thing you will notice when stringing your guitar up is that the fourth string has a lower gauge than the 6th, supposedly creating a tone similar to that of a "12-string" guitar, so naturally I was quite excited, with the possibilities.
    When I strung the strings up, I was surprised on the quality, there was no uneasy settling or breaks.
    I let them sit in just to make sure that the tension was locked in, they set in quicker than any strings I've ever used on an acoustic.
    Easy setup.
    Then I picked it up and began playing it. What a mess. The sound reminded me of a child's toy guitar played with rubber bands instead of steel. I was really disappointed... At first I thought tuning up a full step might resolve the tone, but it just made matters worse. Took them off in the same night.

    Bottom Line: These strings MIGHT sound amazing on different types and styles of acoustic guitars other than mine. But from my experience, they sound ridiculously bright, whiney and like a child's toy. Nowhere near the depth you normally get from d'addario's.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    High Strung

    By Kermite

    from Cocoa Beach, Fl

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    Pros

    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about D'Addario EJ38H High Strung/Nashville Tuning 10-27 Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        Sort of mandolinish sound...super unique!

         
        5.0

        Nashville strings rock!

        By TimmyD

        from Carbondale, CO

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        Pros

        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts

          Comments about D'Addario EJ38H High Strung/Nashville Tuning 10-27 Acoustic Guitar Strings:

          I'm having a lot of fun with high tuning (Nashville) because it adds a crisp sound to the band.

           
          5.0

          Bring your 6-string banjo to life with these!

          By RubyTuba

          from Park City, KS

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts

            Comments about D'Addario EJ38H High Strung/Nashville Tuning 10-27 Acoustic Guitar Strings:

            Nashville-tuned guitars sit so pretty in a mix! That's why the tuning was invented. But if you want to get a ton of gigs with your 6-string banjo, put a set of these on it! I used to play in pit bands for musicals. I played my Nashville-tuned 6-string banjo for "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and "Anything Goes", getting that super-cool Dixieland tenor banjo sound, playing out of the guitar book! (Try to find a Dixieland tenor banjo player in a smaller city!) PLUS - at a folk jam or hootenanny - if you play an alternating-bass fingerpicking pattern on a Nashville-tuned 6-string banjo, it sounds so much like a 5-string that most listeners can't hear the difference. It's a ton of fun - and you can get Dixieland or folk gig without having to learn a new tuning! Thanks, D'Addario!

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Too high strung for me

            By BillMc

            from Kentucky

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • Breaks Easy

            Best Uses

              Comments about D'Addario EJ38H High Strung/Nashville Tuning 10-27 Acoustic Guitar Strings:

              6th, 5th and 4th worked nicely and sounded bright, however the 3rd and 1st popped 2 octaves before reaching standard tune.

               
              4.0

              Fun addition to the guitar lineup.

              By GMan

              from Santa Rosa, CA

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup

                Comments about D'Addario EJ38H High Strung/Nashville Tuning 10-27 Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                Just for use on adding tracts to songs. Put on one of the guitars I rarely used.

                 
                5.0

                Great stuff

                By Me Again

                from Muscle Shoals

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                Comments about D'Addario EJ38H High Strung/Nashville Tuning 10-27 Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                You may have to work with your nut a little

                 
                4.0

                Great D'Add tone and playability!

                By Nicks Not My Name

                from Minneapolis

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Recording

                  Comments about D'Addario EJ38H High Strung/Nashville Tuning 10-27 Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                  Strung up an extra dreadnaught to do some secondary guitar work. Sounds great!

                   
                  5.0

                  Something Different to try Very C

                  By SLIDEHAND

                  from Lemon Grove,California

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                  Pros

                  • Pleasent

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about D'Addario EJ38H High Strung/Nashville Tuning 10-27 Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                      If you are looking for something different with a
                      12 string flavor try these I was amaz

                       
                      5.0

                      Free Beer

                      By Uncle Easy

                      from Michigan

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                      Comments about D'Addario EJ38H High Strung/Nashville Tuning 10-27 Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                      I accidentally rated these 2 stars. They are 5 all the way.

                       
                      2.0

                      Fun

                      By Uncle Easy

                      from Michigan

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                      Pros

                      • Good Tone

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about D'Addario EJ38H High Strung/Nashville Tuning 10-27 Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                          Fun to try something different, and actually hard to put down. Try these on your backup electric acoustic with a really long reverb for a very airy ethereal sound. Super cool. You may (will) have to tweak your truss rod a smidge, no big.

                           
                          5.0

                          Great Strings

                          By Bosco

                          from Colorado Springs, CO

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Tone

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Practicing

                            Comments about D'Addario EJ38H High Strung/Nashville Tuning 10-27 Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                            First time I've tried Nashville Strings. I'm working on the Rolling Stones' song Wild Horses in which Mick Taylor used a Nashville tuned guitar. What an amazing sound.

                             
                            5.0

                            Nashville tuning Strings EJ38H D"Addario

                            By Neil

                            from Saint Simons Island Georgia

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Good Tone

                            Cons

                            • None

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup
                            • For Playability
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about D'Addario EJ38H High Strung/Nashville Tuning 10-27 Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                            Just as expected. Good quality, great sound and very easy to play.

                             
                            5.0

                            D'Addario Top Notch

                            By Lonny Ray

                            from Nashville TN

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clean
                            • Consistent
                            • Good Tone
                            • Long Life
                            • Strong

                            Cons

                            • None

                            Best Uses

                            • Accent
                            • Harmony

                            Comments about D'Addario EJ38H High Strung/Nashville Tuning 10-27 Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                            These High Strung strings bring life to an otherwise "same old same old" music element. One of the "Nashville Sound" secrets, you will love what it brings to your next song. Great harmony and a superior string from one of the best string makers in the market. D'Addario is top notch quality.

                             
                            4.0

                            That's a nice sound!

                            By Hewitt Station

                            from Duluth MN

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                            Pros

                            • Good Tone

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Additional Tones

                              Comments about D'Addario EJ38H High Strung/Nashville Tuning 10-27 Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                              Needed to add differences to the songs we were playing. A friend said these would add a 12 string flair, he was right! I use D'addario Custom Lights' so 'am trusting these strings to be as good as and better for the use I'm putting them to. They really brighten up the sound and have great harmonics and overtones. If your lookin' for a new sound, grab a set of these.

                               
                              5.0

                              these are what you need

                              By B

                              from western pa

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                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Good Tone
                              • Long Life
                              • Strong

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about D'Addario EJ38H High Strung/Nashville Tuning 10-27 Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                                  Not for your main guitar, great for your third. If you have ever tried to play some acoustic Stones put it just didn't sound right pick up that old acoustic and put these babies on then try again. You will soon know why all of those tabs you have printed out and thrown away are right on. Many uses alot of things out of the Sun Studios have Nashvill tuned guitars on thier recordings. Put them on that guitar you got for Christmas two years ago and give them a try you will love them.
                                  P.S. tune just like your redular guitar Eadgbe and use a lighter pick

                                  (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  3.0

                                  just buy a 12 string

                                  By Ryan

                                  from Conneaut , OH

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                                  Pros

                                  • Good Tone
                                  • Long Life

                                  Cons

                                  • Not Fun To Have

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Recordin

                                  Comments about D'Addario EJ38H High Strung/Nashville Tuning 10-27 Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                                  I love this string company , been using em for 10 years. These strings all though they sound nice and bright. Standard Tuning for this guitar is weird to play those good ole acoustic leads becase all but the B and E are in a higher octave and it sounds funny . I don't like to buy Acoustic strings unless a string breaks on the guitar so for the last year I have been using my electric hard picks and they are proving to be as strong as the electric counterparts.
                                  If your a Kid that normally plays electric and your parents got you and acoustic or you just use your acoustic to jam around with .. do not buy these ...because it really takes two very expensive acoustics with really clear pups to make a 12 string sound out of this set of strings . but if you own more than one acoustic and you take that style very serious and you have friends that have normal strings that you jam with on a regular basis these might be right up your alley if your looking for a different sound. There is no knocking the strength and great sound of these strings . But these are just not worth the buy for acoustic jammers

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