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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
 
4.4

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (7)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Long life (4)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), 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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5.0

Great Strings for Baby Taylor

By KaleChips

from Tennessee

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Long Life

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      I bought these to try on the Baby Taylor acoustic/electric that my 15yo son plays. He and I both love them on that guitar. I haven't used them on any other guitar yet.

      (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.

          (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

          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

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            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.

                 
                5.0

                Silk and Steel

                By Christopher

                from undisclosed

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

                I play these on a small parlor guitar because they don't sound so bright.Work very well.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                parlor guitar strings

                By Lewy

                from L.A. area

                Verified Buyer

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

                Very nice sound and feel

                 
                4.0

                Would buy again

                By James

                from undisclosed

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

                Nice light action on my daughters guitar. Not as bright as bronze, but fun to play.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Very good strings for smaller body guitars

                By Robert L.

                from Spencer, MA

                Verified Buyer

                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.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best strings for a 12 fret.

                By Lewy

                from L.A. area

                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!

                (1 of 1 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.

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