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Dunlop Reverend Willy's Electric Guitar String Set - Extra Light 

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Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top is known for big fat Texas tone that has been described as "hot, blue, and righteous." Dunlop developed Reverend Willy's stri...Click To Read More About This Product

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Soulful, rich, articulate, and smooth sound from strings designed to emulate fat Texas tone.

Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top is known for big fat Texas tone that has been described as "hot, blue, and righteous." Dunlop developed Reverend Willy's strings in collaboration with Billy himself, aiming to make replacement guitar strings that offer a real punch and while remaining articulate and clear when guitarists perform his legendary leads and pinch harmonics.

Extra Light guitar string gauges: 7-9-11-20-30-38


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DunlopReverend Willy's Electric Guitar String Set - Extra Light
 
4.7

(based on 43 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (30)
  • Consistent (21)
  • Well built / quality (20)
  • Long life (12)

Cons

  • Not consistent (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (21)
  • Concerts (14)
  • Back-up (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (24), Professional musician (6), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

On a lark..

..I got these strings to try because I never played strings this light before. I figured it'd be a fun goof just to say I had 7's on my Tele once. But...Read complete review

..I got these strings to try because I never played strings this light before. I figured it'd be a fun goof just to say I had 7's on my Tele once. But these haven't been off my guitar since I put 'em on!! I was expecting almost unplayable rubber bands but that is FAR from what I got with these.PLAYABILITY- Like buttah. Bends are effortless. In a way, they've made me a better player because instead of "feeling" the bend with the tension of heavier strings, you have to use your ears more to make sure you nail the target note. It makes you pay attention to nuance. If you're used to heavy strings, you will have to adjust your touch to a degree. But the rewards are worth it. I'm a big guy with big hands, but I've always had a really light touch so I'm able to really let myself go on these instead of fightng with a heavier gauge.DURABILITY- I bend the living hel outta these (2+ steps) and they haven't broken yet. And they stay in tune!! I've heard people complain how easy it is to knock light gauged strings outta tune, but these only needed minor stretching when I put em on and they've stayed in tune perfectly since.SOUND- The "Heavy String" vs. "Light String" debate will go on forever no doubt. Yes, the two sounds are different. But these are not lacking for tone. Sure, some bass is gone but I turned up the mass on the amp. Problem solved. The treble can be a bit more biting on light strings. I turned my treble down. Problem solved. My guitar also has a tone knob if further tweaking is required. I enjoy the clarity of these lighter strings as well.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I would by the 9's for sure

Read all the good reviews, thought okay I will try a set of 7's.
I put them on my american standard fat strat and the tonality
wasn't there. Removed them and...Read complete review

Read all the good reviews, thought okay I will try a set of 7's.
I put them on my american standard fat strat and the tonality
wasn't there. Removed them and installed the same set on my
american deluxe mahogony ltd. strat (hss) and again the tone
wasn't good. I did however like the bendability of the strings but
if it doesn't sound good they are no good. Perhaps these strings
are better suited for a les paul or a guitar with dual humbuckers.

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5.0

Have Mercy!

By Crash

from Drunk on the Freeway

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Comments about Dunlop Reverend Willy's Electric Guitar String Set - Extra Light:

Thanks to B.B. King and to the Rev. Billy Gibbons for inspiring Dunlop to make these. Still learning from the Blues Boy even after he's gone. Why you workin' so hard?

 
5.0

Best strings on the market!

By Phillip

from Brunswick, GA

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Dunlop Reverend Willy's Electric Guitar String Set - Extra Light:

    These strings took some getting used to because they are so light, but man, the tone and sustain is amazing. Great job Dunlop.

     
    4.0

    Like them, but the G string tends to go out of tune

    By Nathan "Eddie"

    from Utah

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    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • Strong

    Cons

    • Not Consistent

    Best Uses

      Comments about Dunlop Reverend Willy's Electric Guitar String Set - Extra Light:

      Absolute dream to play on and don't break. However, even when stretching them, they take a while to not go out of tune anymore, especially the G string. Really fun, however. I can make 2 step bends now on every string with them.

       
      5.0

      Do they summon Demons?

      By Hypnosdude

      from Salem, Oregon

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Price
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

      • Did not summon Demons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Rock/Blues venue

      Comments about Dunlop Reverend Willy's Electric Guitar String Set - Extra Light:

      These strings sing like a bird. You can get really good movement on the bends. The tone is freakishly good.

       
      5.0

      String Bend and Vibratto "Cheat Sheet"

      By ESVK

      from Atlanta, GA

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      Pros

      • Effortless
      • Less Resistance
      • String Bends
      • Vibratto

      Cons

      • Lean Towards Treble Sound

      Best Uses

        Comments about Dunlop Reverend Willy's Electric Guitar String Set - Extra Light:

        These strings are 20% - 30% lighter gauge than 9s and this equates to proportionally less effort to achieve string bends and vibrato. I can easily bend 4 half-steps with these strings on a Floyd Rose. They take a little getting used to - even if you already play light strings. You will be amazed at how little effort is required. Ideal for shredders, as less effort and resistance creates the potential to play faster. Pinched harmonics are the thicker strings like D &Y G are easier to articulate. I restrung my Schecter Hellraiser (original 10s) and I honestly feel like I someone has given me a "cheat sheet" for playing lead. Feels like a totally different guitar. These strings aren't for everyone, but for those seeking light strings - you will be stunned by their performance.

         
        4.0

        Good strings

        By Rick

        from NE, Tx.

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Long Life

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Dunlop Reverend Willy's Electric Guitar String Set - Extra Light:

          Practice, sm venues, like strings, they feel good and are very forgiving on fingers. They bend forever with out getting out of tune. Tone is ok for such a light string, but that's the trade off you expect. Overall I think it's a good string. Thanks Billy and Dunlop

           
          5.0

          will be using your services more often.....thanks

          By rock

          from phx az

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Practicing

            Comments about Dunlop Reverend Willy's Electric Guitar String Set - Extra Light:

            all I had heard was true....not bad at all

             
            4.0

            These are decent string.

            By Rautuey

            from Columbia, MO

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Dunlop Reverend Willy's Electric Guitar String Set - Extra Light:

                Those of us that play with scalloped fret boards like myself do a whole lot more string bending than regular lead guitar players, which certainly put more stress on the high "E" string.

                 
                5.0

                i plan on buying these again

                By greg

                from spfld.,il.

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                Pros

                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Dunlop Reverend Willy's Electric Guitar String Set - Extra Light:

                  as advertised, I may go with 8 or 9,'s also.

                   
                  3.0

                  I have installed Reverend Willy's strings on my guitar.

                  By REDHOT

                  from LAKE CITY , FLLORIDA

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • They are easy to bend , and they sound great.

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • I would use them on all my lead work.

                    Comments about Dunlop Reverend Willy's Electric Guitar String Set - Extra Light:

                    I have installed them on my guitar and let me tell you , they are easy to bend and light on the fingers.They really sound good!

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