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DR Strings Zebra Acoustic Electric Lite (9-42)   

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ZEBRA electric-acoustics. For acoustic-electric guitars with piezo pickups under the bridge . . . or magnetic pick-ups in the soundhole. Also for ful...Read More

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ZEBRA electric-acoustics. For acoustic-electric guitars with piezo pickups under the bridge . . . or magnetic pick-ups in the soundhole. Also for full size archtop jazz guitars, which respond to Zebras with richer tones, according to players. Any amplified acoustic comes alive when you put on the Zebra strings. A revolutionary string where you can see the difference. Other coils are nickel-plated steel, and other coils RARE phosphor bronze.


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Zebra Acoustic Electric Lite (9-42)

  • 9-11-16-24-32-42
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DR StringsZebra Acoustic Electric Lite (9-42)
 
4.5

(based on 12 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

YES!!! But only if...

I don't think these strings are for everyone. They're far too light even to think about pounding with a flatpick for Bluegrass, IMHO. But for "parlor guitar" mostly fingerpicked stuff, they're...Read complete review

I don't think these strings are for everyone. They're far too light even to think about pounding with a flatpick for Bluegrass, IMHO. But for "parlor guitar" mostly fingerpicked stuff, they're marvelous.

The tone can't be matched by silk 'n' steel in mhy opinion, but they play as easy or easier on a well setup low action as classical strings if you wanna do a bit of Bach or whatever. Amp or PA board settings can add a bit of thickness to the tone on stage.

I can't speak to the guy switching from flatpicking a light-stringed electric very well because he/she may find the tone lacking on an acoustic if the same pick technique is used in the same place on the string length.

Beginners... if the guitar is set up high, as is common on a lot of low-end guitars, the fingering would be easy, but also easy to sound out of tune with beginner technique. They should consider at least the 10s if not 11s for a "light" string, again, in my own opinion.

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Great strings!

I'm a professional musician i.e. (my light bill and the food that I eat are paid for via shows I play) I use these strings on my Godin A6 Ultra w/ the...Read complete review

I'm a professional musician i.e. (my light bill and the food that I eat are paid for via shows I play) I use these strings on my Godin A6 Ultra w/ the humbucker/pieso duel output guitar and they sound wonderful. A little pricy though...

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5.0

I will keep buying these strings.

By Scott

from Columbia Pa

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about DR Strings Zebra Acoustic Electric Lite (9-42):

    The 1st time I tryed these strings on my godin xtsa acoustic/electric guitar I couldn't believe my ears.
    No other strings never made my guitar sound so close to an acoustic guitar. Plus holds tune very well.

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    5.0

    My choice for acoustic/electric light gauge strings

    By Steve

    from undisclosed

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    Comments about Zebra Acoustic Electric Lite (9-42):

    I use this for my electrified D-35 Martin and my Gibson Chet Atkins electric/acoustic solid body guitars.
    The Martin has a Shadow SH-145B magnetic pickup and the Gibson has a piezo pickup.
    These strings work excellently with both types of pickups.
    They are the only ones I found that were available in nine gauge which are great for leads.
    I recommend these to anyone looking for a light gauge electric/acoustic strings the sound great and are comfortable to play.

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    5.0

    Yes I will buy this product again thank you very much .

    By Jim

    from Hudson FL.

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Practicing

      Comments about DR Strings Zebra Acoustic Electric Lite (9-42):

      Yeah great set of strings thank you very much. is just what I'm looking for.it's very hard to find a set of 9s that that sound good on an acoustic electric guitar but these are great strings and I would recommend them to anybody that's looking for a great set of strings.

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      5.0

      Pleasantly surprised with tone quality

      By Older but still a rocker!

      from Laguna Hills, Ca

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      Pros

      • Good Feel And Great Tone
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Any Occasion

      Comments about DR Strings Zebra Acoustic Electric Lite (9-42):

      I recently changed my Ibanez acoustic-electric from 12's to DR 10's and I was really pleased on the feel and tone quality. These strings have been around a while they used to be called Guild way back in the day. I stumbled onto these new type as I was searching for lighter gauge strings. I have bought some for all my electric and acoutics guitars and even bought some for my son's guitars, they love them!

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      4.0

      a must for acoustic-electric lead player

      By lams

      from charlotte nc

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      Pros

      • Good Tone
      • Great Amplified

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Plugged In

        Comments about DR Strings Zebra Acoustic Electric Lite (9-42):

        I have a godin a6 hybrid guitar.
        electric guitar strings were recommended,
        but the acoustic under-saddle pickup was
        lost in the mix. I use 9 gauge acoustic strings
        to tame the electric humbucker a bit. these
        dr zebras with their nickel content bring out
        the sustain, tone, and even balance of each
        string like no other brand I've tried. they stay
        in tune even with extreme bending but are a little
        soft for my tastes.

        my only suggestion is to use one gauge up from
        what you normally use. the 9's in dr zebra are
        great for playing leads but are very easily bent
        so i'll go to 10's next time for better chording.

        only 4 stars because I don't know the durability
        as I just only restrung the godin. for an acoustic
        that is troublesome getting good amplified sound,
        this may be the fix you need. really.

        I've been playing professionally for 30 years,
        mostly acoustic. I own a taylor 12 fret, 814ce,
        guild d-55, and have owned
        many high-end martins and do my own set-ups,
        fret polishing, and even refinishing of old keepsakes
        like my guild d-30.
        I used to use bose LI modelII,
        but now I have
        qsc's. my point is, I know my gear. sometimes
        the easiest path is the best.
        try these strings.

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        4.0

        EASY TO PLAY - DON'T DO IT HARD

        By avoidthelloyd

        from Poteau, OK

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        Pros

        • Light

        Cons

        • Light

        Best Uses

        • Acoustic Guitar Amplified

        Comments about DR Strings Zebra Acoustic Electric Lite (9-42):

        i used these on acoustic guitars that make higher gauged strings hard to play (lower quality guitars). They work great and sound great, but don't expect them to play as loud, nor can you play them as hard without distorting the sound. I use them on a guitar that is amplified through a pickup and they are really awesome. Playing longer is more enjoyable. The lightest gauge set I've found that's recommended for use on acoustic guitars.

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        5.0

        YES!!! But only if...

        Comments about DR Strings Zebra Acoustic Electric Lite (9-42):

        I don't think these strings are for everyone. They're far too light even to think about pounding with a flatpick for Bluegrass, IMHO. But for "parlor guitar" mostly fingerpicked stuff, they're marvelous.

        The tone can't be matched by silk 'n' steel in mhy opinion, but they play as easy or easier on a well setup low action as classical strings if you wanna do a bit of Bach or whatever. Amp or PA board settings can add a bit of thickness to the tone on stage.

        I can't speak to the guy switching from flatpicking a light-stringed electric very well because he/she may find the tone lacking on an acoustic if the same pick technique is used in the same place on the string length.

        Beginners... if the guitar is set up high, as is common on a lot of low-end guitars, the fingering would be easy, but also easy to sound out of tune with beginner technique. They should consider at least the 10s if not 11s for a "light" string, again, in my own opinion.

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        5.0

        Great

        Comments about DR Strings Zebra Acoustic Electric Lite (9-42):

        They're the best strings that money can buy. I've been playing for 40+ years.
        I'm usually an electric guitar player. I wanted to be able to do unplugged stuff and still bend strings a lot. These are great strings. With proper EQ and reverb or chorus etc. they sound great.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Great strings!

        By Tony-QTS4y

        from Midwest

        Comments about DR Strings Zebra Acoustic Electric Lite (9-42):

        I'm a professional musician i.e. (my light bill and the food that I eat are paid for via shows I play) I use these strings on my Godin A6 Ultra w/ the humbucker/pieso duel output guitar and they sound wonderful. A little pricy though...

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I'm buying a batch more

        Comments about DR Strings Zebra Acoustic Electric Lite (9-42):

        I usually wear 9-42s on my electrics that I play more than the acoustics - in retrospect, largely because it's hard enough to find even 10s for acoustic. I'm a light-touch fingerpicker. These 9-42s sound good on two Epi A-E guitars and will now also go onto a 1970s first generation A-E Ovation Electric Legend.If you beat on the strings, they aren't much. It may take a bit different setup, especially if the guitar originally was setup for a wrapped G. There's a lot less tension than with heavier strings and the neck may react to that and give some fret buzz. It's wy they can be adjusted.Set up right, perfect for light, quick fingerpicking without the odd sound of silk 'n' steel either amplified or acoustic. They're probably more resistant to breakage, although I don't recommend pounding a flat pick on 'em.As I said, I'm buying more, and for electric I prefer Elixir 9-42. But they apparently do not plan to add a lighter acoustic set. I s'pose I could buy individual Elixirs but... these are quite nice.

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