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D'Addario EJ40 Silk and Steel Ball End Acoustic Folk Guitar Strings   

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Mellow brilliance.

Gauges 11-14-23-28-38-47.

D'Addario EJ40 Silk & Steel Silk & Steel strings couple silverplated copper wrap wire with silk for easy fingering and a mellow tone. They are excellent for smaller body acoustic guitars and preferred by many folk players.
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 folk guitar.

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D'AddarioEJ40 Silk and Steel Ball End Acoustic Folk Guitar Strings
 
4.1

(based on 14 reviews)

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Still the best string for my accoustics

Long term review: I've used these 3-5 hours/wk. for hobbiest Country/Pop music on my Martin D-15 mahogany box for several years. The sound is not tinny/etheral; the top...Read complete review

Long term review: I've used these 3-5 hours/wk. for hobbiest Country/Pop music on my Martin D-15 mahogany box for several years. The sound is not tinny/etheral; the top and mids project strongly without being tinny, buzzy or brassy; the lows BOOM instead of the usual Phospher Bronze "thunk" that I dislike. I do a lot of Travis-style fingerpicking and strong rhythm work with a variety of picks, and these work extremely well with everything, even soft lead solos. Squeak and pick-bite are minimal, and the 11.5's make bending and runs easy. The bright silvery-steel finish compliments any instrument. I can't compliment this product enough. I've used almost every PB string combo out there, and none compare in terms of sound quality and longevity. I remember saying out loud, "Wow, I can't believe this guitar could sound so good!" when I first tried these. Grab a box of these and give them a try if you're searching for THAT string set that really makes your instrument come alive like you've never heard before.

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Noisy Strings - Not For Recording Fingerstyle

I play finger style and bought the strings to cut down on or eliminate finger scraping noise; the packaging states "virtually no finger noise." The claim is not accurate. Whether with...Read complete review

I play finger style and bought the strings to cut down on or eliminate finger scraping noise; the packaging states "virtually no finger noise." The claim is not accurate. Whether with my fretting hand (left) or plucking hand (right), the strings are only slightly less noisy than any other round-wound strings I've ever played. The finger scrapes were louder than the finger scrape noise I'm still getting from D'Addario flat tops. I am replacing these strings with flat wound strings. The manufacturer's claim of "virtually no finger noise" was misleading and I wasted my time and money.

I do not recommend these strings for fingerstyle play. For any other style of play, the strings are like any others and it is a matter of the tone you are looking for. These are mellow and easy to bend.

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2.0

Noisy Strings - Not For Recording Fingerstyle

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from Valencia, CA

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        Comments about D'Addario EJ40 Silk and Steel Ball End Acoustic Folk Guitar Strings:

        I play finger style and bought the strings to cut down on or eliminate finger scraping noise; the packaging states "virtually no finger noise." The claim is not accurate. Whether with my fretting hand (left) or plucking hand (right), the strings are only slightly less noisy than any other round-wound strings I've ever played. The finger scrapes were louder than the finger scrape noise I'm still getting from D'Addario flat tops. I am replacing these strings with flat wound strings. The manufacturer's claim of "virtually no finger noise" was misleading and I wasted my time and money.

        I do not recommend these strings for fingerstyle play. For any other style of play, the strings are like any others and it is a matter of the tone you are looking for. These are mellow and easy to bend.

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        5.0

        Simply the best!

        By 

        from Carbondale, IL

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about D'Addario EJ40 Silk and Steel Ball End Acoustic Folk Guitar Strings:

            I've been using D'Addario Silk & Steel strings on aal of my acoustic guitars since the mid 70s and in my opinion they can't be beaten. I find most bronze strings overly 'bright', whereas the combo of silk and silver plated copper used by D'Addario has a much warmer tone. And since they are lower tension strings they are, of course, a lot easier to play. Seriously, try a set of these beasties and you'll never go back!

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            4.0

            Almost Too Mellow

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            from Konnarock, WV

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life
            • Strong

            Cons

            • Wound Strings Sound Muted

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Old Style Blues
            • Practicing

            Comments about D'Addario EJ40 Silk and Steel Ball End Acoustic Folk Guitar Strings:

            D'Addario high quality no doubt, and these are great strings for the sound they are designed for. On my new 3/4 acoustic changed from phosphor bronze to these (EJ40), wound strings went from crisp to a thunky, delta blues beat-up old acoustic sound. The wound and plain strings actually sound like two different instruments - not a consistent timbre from low to high register.
            Hope this helps someone either obtain this sound or avoid it!

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            5.0

            Love Them!

            By 

            from Huntington, NY

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Tone
            • Mellow With Character

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about D'Addario EJ40 Silk and Steel Ball End Acoustic Folk Guitar Strings:

                These strings are wonderfull. They are mellow while still retaining the steel string character!

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Interesting sound, but rather expensive...

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                from Prescott, Arizona

                Comments about D'Addario EJ40 Silk and Steel Ball End Acoustic Folk Guitar Strings:

                OK if you really like the sound, but I think the 80/20's sound more natural and compliment the plain steel strings better than these S&S's do.
                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 Silk and Steel. The S&S has a sharp but not metallic or unpleasant sound (as do phosphor bronze strings). 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 would say that the S&S have an intersting sound but I prefer the 80/20's. In addtion, the S&S's cost twice as much, and they only make one guage of each string, sold in a set, so you have no flexibility about gauge selection.
                As usual, D'Addarios are excellent strings, very precisely made.
                Far too expensive for regular use... the 80/20's that I prefer are only half the price.

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                (0 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Not For Metal/Shredding

                By 

                from anywhere

                Comments about D'Addario EJ40 Silk and Steel Ball End Acoustic Folk Guitar Strings:

                Overall you get a more calm relaxed tone, easier on your fingers so these are idealistic for beginners to people who just want to practice a lot without really killing their fingers using nickle plated strings, they are brighter silver than say standard guitar strings , you may notice a difference in the way they look but to the unexperienced player they might think they're getting ripped off as they look pretty close to regular guitar strings because I thought the first 3 where going to be Nylon or something and the other 3 steel.. but oh well. Don't buy these if you tune below E flat or D, don't buy these if you play really agressive metal or do a lot of finger tapping, the low E make a flapping sound like a bass string and believe me I'm using 11-47 strings, granted these never advertised or professed to be for metal players but just keep this in mind for anyone thinking of putting these on an electric, these strings will go on anything
                you get 6 strings like every other pack , these would be great if individually wrapped like GHS , Ernie Ball , Dean Markley and so forth but these are the only strings I can think of in the near decade of playing guitar I've ever seen silver plated strings, not my reason for buying but I'll get to it in a bit.
                D'Addario has never let me down, they last months without breaking for the nickle plated and although these are something new for me as I wanted to experiment with my tone and putting these on an electric guitar worked.
                It COULD be worse , if Gibson put their claws in it for the stereotypical stupid rich person(s) out there to get them to pay more for a pair of strings by calling them a luxery brand or something charging two or three times as much like that brand of tuners that are pure gold that are 250$ american a set by a brand called Waverly. At the same time though they better last me more than 3 weeks because these are pretty much double what I usually pay for guitar strings and for another dollar I could have went with coated DR strings.

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                (0 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Not For Metal

                By 

                from anywhere

                Comments about D'Addario EJ40 Silk and Steel Ball End Acoustic Folk Guitar Strings:

                They're not cheap , clearly not for metal as when you beat the low E and A string you get this weird flapish sound almost like you're playing bass but these where to help me experiment with my sound, doubt I'd buy them again for electrics but who knows maybe for an acoustic or something down the road who knows.. HOPEFULLY they last like normal D'Addarios and the new string sound is great I think some people will argue all string brands sound the same but these stand out, you'll know if you have these on one guitar and say normal bronze acoustic strings on another, they're softer so great for beginners but like my title for this review says not for metal. They will go on any guitar with 24 frets and these are ball ended so they will go on any normal guitar with a tonepros, wrap around bridge to a tune-o-matic like a Les Paul, for 10$ though you're braver than I am to try these on a floyd rose.
                I'll start with a 10, I mean how many string brands offer silver plated strings weather you consider this a luxery item or not, 6 strings in the pack they did their job, just wish they where individually wrapped but no huge problem.
                well clearly they work for electrics as well as acoustic guitars, D'Addario are one of those brands everyone can afford yet at the same time they last and for the most part I play 3+ hours a day I just put these on today so we'll see if they last as long as nickle plated ones for electrics as those last so long you just end up taking them off and swapping them with new ones instead of them breaking after a month. Something huge for beginner guitarists as money may not be great the first year or so playing.
                Silvers value doubled the last few years in the stock market so 10$ a pack isn't as overkill as some of the coated brands out there that will charge up to 11-15$, we're not buying these for extended new sounding or anything , we're buying this for something different if you're an electric guitar player or something warm or mellow sounding they did their job and all I can say from one guitarist to another as I'm no jeweller they could be more expensive if Gibson or some other company had their claws in this concept trying to market these as luxery strings and charging double or triple what they already are.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Impressive

                By 

                from Near The Valley of Hunt

                Comments about D'Addario EJ40 Silk and Steel Ball End Acoustic Folk Guitar Strings:

                I've been an Elixer fan since buying a 414ce some years ago and have never had anything else on it but the Nanowebs or Polywebs. The other reviews led me to try these strings and I'm quite happy so far. The tension is much less and they have a warm bassier sound not quite as much punch as Elixers but overall still bright. I'll plug it in to see if it changes the tone and may update with a 5.0 across the board.

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Still the best string for my accoustics

                By 

                from Central CA

                Comments about D'Addario EJ40 Silk and Steel Ball End Acoustic Folk Guitar Strings:

                Long term review: I've used these 3-5 hours/wk. for hobbiest Country/Pop music on my Martin D-15 mahogany box for several years. The sound is not tinny/etheral; the top and mids project strongly without being tinny, buzzy or brassy; the lows BOOM instead of the usual Phospher Bronze "thunk" that I dislike. I do a lot of Travis-style fingerpicking and strong rhythm work with a variety of picks, and these work extremely well with everything, even soft lead solos. Squeak and pick-bite are minimal, and the 11.5's make bending and runs easy. The bright silvery-steel finish compliments any instrument. I can't compliment this product enough. I've used almost every PB string combo out there, and none compare in terms of sound quality and longevity. I remember saying out loud, "Wow, I can't believe this guitar could sound so good!" when I first tried these. Grab a box of these and give them a try if you're searching for THAT string set that really makes your instrument come alive like you've never heard before.

                Comment on this review

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent for Fingerstyle!!

                By 

                from Rough & Ready, CA

                Comments about D'Addario EJ40 Silk and Steel Ball End Acoustic Folk Guitar Strings:

                If you devote most or all of your playing to fingerstyle, I highly recommend these. They are easier on the fingesr, and the tone is quite mellow. Not everyone can stand the loud bright tones of 80/20 Bronze strings. I love Silk & Steel strings!!!!

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