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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
     
    4.4

    (based on 28 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 4 Stars

       

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    • 3 Stars

       

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    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good tone (9)
    • Consistent (7)
    • Long life (5)
    • Well built / quality (4)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (7), Professional musician (4)

    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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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    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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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Still the best string for my accoustics

    By Jesse Hallum

    from Central CA

    See all my reviews

    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.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent for Fingerstyle!!

    By steelpig

    from Rough & Ready, CA

    See all my reviews

    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!!!!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good for beginner fingers

    By Jim

    from Duncan OK

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

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

        These strings were ordered as part of a cheaper acoustic guitar setup for one of my beginner adult students. These are not the first that I have purchased but the first from Musicians's Friend.
        Most beginning students will not show show up the first time with a high-end, easy-to-play guitar. It is often a gift that a well-meaning parent has purchased; not knowing that the potential pain it provides the fingers can be an obstacle to achieving the reward of a well-formed chord. Discouragement can follow and in some cases the attitude ..."I can't."
        When I was ten years-old (now a certified old fart of 67) my first guitar.. a cheap Sears and Roebuck acoustic that may have been hard to play .. who knows?
        As part of my teaching routine, changing one's own strings along with at least an introduction to basic setup is included.
        Recently, I decided to let one of my young adult students take my guitar ( a Takamine "lawsuit" that plays like buttah) home while I waited for the D'Addario Silk and Steels to arrive. Once she had played mine and discovered that it WAS possible for her to make certain chords she eagerly anticipated the opportunity to play hers.
        I played her guitar in the interim. If I were forced to play that instrument for any length of time, "I can't" may not be the result....but "I don't want't to" might creep in.
        We changed the strings (I showed her how to do the first two) then observed and coached while she did the others. We then checked the neck...both by sight and by notched straightedge. It was perfect. The action was just a tad high at the 12th fret but not bad. But....the transformation in playability and the sound of fresh strings...wow, Best of all...she easily play chords that would not yield because the strings dug into her finger tips. We will adjust that action at the saddle this week a little and she will have put in a little more time practicing because the rewards are a little better.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best strings for a 12 fret.

        By ScrewyLewy

        from Westcoast

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        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!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I love silk & steel strings!!

        By steelpig

        from Rough & Ready, CA

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

        I am glad I tried these out!! They have a nice mellow tone and they definitely are easier on my fingers. And when I play fingerstyle songs, the tone comes out even prettier than ever before!! My fingers are already used to these guys, though of course they have always been used to the feel of the harder and more brittle metal strings from the beginning. Still, I like bronze strings just as much. So I may still think about sticking to bronze again, but Silk and Steel strings are some of the best strings I have ever experimented with!! Buy them!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good service and prices. I will come back !!!

        By Kent

        from Columbia, SC

        About Me Novice

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Practicing

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

          I replaced my existing strings with these new set of strings. I really like them.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great mellow sound and eazy on fingers

          By geo

          from Pa dutch country

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              Not a professional player-I play some and have repaired a number of classical and steel string guitars. These strings give great sound for most steel stringed which is what I need when doing a guitar for schools or friends who have tender or old fingers. They may not work as well on a solid rosewood that needs the extra drive that a heavier string produces. Have been using them myself for years and have had great success with them for others.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              parlor guitar strings

              By ScrewyLewy

              from Westcoast

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

              Very nice sound and feel

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Very good strings for smaller body guitars

              By Robert L.

              from Worcester, MA

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

              I play an old Yamaha FG-75 acoustic guitar. Being a smaller 00 size body it tends to be on the bright side, so I bought these strings with the hope of toning down some of that brightness. I've had them on for over a week now, and while these strings are still breaking in I've noticed a bit more midrange than before. Hopefully in the coming weeks they'll mellow out the brightness some. As far as playability goes these strings are fairly low tension so the playability is very good.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Nice if you are looking for a soft feel.

              By Gerardo1000

              from Rochester Hills, 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.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Wonderful mellow sound and great feel

                By Aaron B.

                from Minnesota

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                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.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Simply the best!

                  By Darwin

                  from Carbondale

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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!

                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Interesting sound, but rather expensive...

                      By Jean

                      from Prescott, Arizona

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                      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.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Impressive

                      By PJ-S.eLW

                      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.

                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Especially great for fingerstyle players

                      By steelpig

                      from Rough & Ready, CA

                      See all my reviews

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

                      If you experience sore fingers when using metal strings on your guitar, silk and steel strings may be a great substitute. They are easier on the fingers even though they are bright silver in color. My fingers are already used to the more brittle types of strings, but I might try these out anyway. And a word of advice; don't use them on your electric guitar.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      i'm pretty picky...

                      By chelce

                      from Bethel, CT

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

                      i'm a pretty picky musician, and these strings have quickly become my favorites. they are light enough gauge so that there isn't too much tension so on the fingerstyle slaps you get a nice snare sound, and they can retain a lower tuning with pretty minimal fret buzz (i've gone down to c# standard and had no problems). their tone is mellow, but not dead, and they don't break as easily as the martin folk strings. the bottom end is well supported and the treble is clear but not overpowering. they resonate well and really are just overall great strings.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Very Smooth

                      By WestCoaster

                      from West Coast

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

                      Tried these on my Epiphone DR100 as the stock strings were crap and a set of Bronze Lights was much better, but a little too bright for what I was looking for.And what I found with these was indeed lower tension which makes it easier to play for newbies, and also a mellower tone as advertised. Very good strings, they perform as they say.

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Stings

                      By Slim

                      from Bay City, MI

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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:

                          Was about to sell my Taylor, I thought it sounded too thin and bright. I've tried many brands too see if it would warm up the sound, None of them helped. Tried these and I liked them. I also prefer these over the Martin silk & steel also. I play mainly fingerstyle.

                           
                          5.0

                          my favorite strings

                          By Rose

                          from Tilghman, Maryland

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Good Tone
                          • Long Life
                          • Strong

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Practicing

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

                            I love these strings! They sound so bright and are easy on my fingers!

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