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

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Mellow brilliance.

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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
 
4.3

(based on 18 reviews)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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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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5.0

Best strings for a 12 fret.

By Lewis

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Silk ans Steel strings seen to have less tension a smoother feel and sound mellow. I use them on my parlor guitar and they are plenty loud. I fell back in love with my parlor guitar after putting silk and steel strings on. I still use EXP17's on my dreadnought and different sizes on my electrics like heavy tops on my 335 and 10's on the tele and about to try 7's on my strat. I think guitars are all different and need strings that match the guitar and the style of your playing. I have no problem going from one gauge to another. Most of my practice is on the acoustic with the 13-56 tuned Eb, then when I pick up another guitar It seems to be faster and easier along with being more fun if that's possible.
I love D'Addario strings sorry now spending so much money on trying other brands. I recommend trying D'Addario silk and steel on any folk/acoustic guitar first!

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5.0

Great Strings!

By loudog

from Louisiana

About Me Experienced

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

I prefer smaller acoustic guitar sizes (0, 00, Concert/orchestra), which tend to be brighter than a booming dreadmought. I also play more solo fingerstyle than straight rhythm, so these strings are perfect. I like Silk & Steel.strings for my guitars and I find these to be articulate, clear, and with good intonation. They are easier to bend and have a softer feel, even though they are slightly heavier than the previous set. I replaced a set of 80/20s (10-48) with these and I much prefer these for this guitar.
I'm not concerned with finger noise, since that's what happens unless you use flatwounds.
Overall these are great strings and I doubt that I'll ever use any other type of string on my smaller guitars.

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4.0

Nice if you are looking for a soft feel.

By gerardo1000

from Rochester, MI

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Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

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

    These are nice strings if you are looking for easy to play strings. They give the guitar a warm tone although a bit "muffled", but I think that this is peculiar to all silk and steel strings, not only to thid brandl. They do no last long.

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    5.0

    Wonderful mellow sound and great feel

    By Aaron B.

    from Minnesota

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    Pros

    • Easy To Play
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • More expensive than EJ-16 phosphor bronze

    Best Uses

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

      I've used the D'Addario EJ-16 strings (light phosphor bronze) for decades and enjoyed them. On a whim, I decided to try the Silk and Steel strings, and I'm glad I did. They feel great and have a mellow sound that's well suited for how I play (finger style) and my guitar (Martin OM-21). These might be a new favorite for me.

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      2.0

      Noisy Strings - Not For Recording Fingerstyle

      By Emerson Jones

      from Valencia, CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      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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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Simply the best!

      By Darwin

      from Carbondale, IL

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      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

          By Bleikr

          from 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 RGett

          from Huntington, NY

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          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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              3.0

              Interesting sound, but rather expensive...

              By Jean

              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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              4.0

              Not For Metal/Shredding

              By anyone

              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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