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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 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

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    (6)

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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

Silk and Steel

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.

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5.0

parlor guitar strings

By Lewis

from undisclosed

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

Very nice sound and feel

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4.0

Would buy again

By James

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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.

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4.0

Very good strings for smaller body guitars

By Robert L.

from Spencer, 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.

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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

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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

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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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      (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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