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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...Read More

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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 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

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


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DunlopReverend Willy's Electric Guitar String Set - Extra Light
 
4.8

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (19)
  • Consistent (12)
  • Well built / quality (11)
  • Long life (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (14)
  • Concerts (11)
  • Back-up (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (3)

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

I would buy agin

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from Central michigan

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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:

    Use on all guitars I gig out with they sound great

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    5.0

    good enough for Billy G of ZZ Top they are good for me!!!!

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    from Choctaw, Oklahoma

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • it helps learning bar chords....much easier,
      • Practicing

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

      also good for learning bending

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      5.0

      I will be using these on my American Tele

      By 

      from Pueblo, Colorado

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      Pros

      • B.B. told Billy, lighten up, you are workin hard
      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

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

        Easy bends, easier on fingers, hands, I usually use Ernie Ball pinks "9's" will still use em, switch occasionally, both great strings

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        3.0

        I would by the 9's for sure

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        from Radisson NY

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Not Consistent
          • Poor Tone Quality

          Best Uses

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

            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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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great strings but not for everyone

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            from Mooresville NC

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                Bought these strings cause I have been using Dunlop 10's for a few years now and wanted to try out a set of 7's. They do sound a little brighter to me then 10's as one would expect but they still have great tone. I can see why someone with a problem like arthritis should use these strings, fingering a cord is effortless and bends a just ridiculous. I could bend up 2 whole steps without a problem. If you use these you have to be a very light player. When I swapped out the 10's on my Les Paul for these I was thinking I could lower the action a bit but as it turns out if I played as hard as I did before I would get al kinds of buzzing. I would guess this is cause there is less tension on the strings which would allow the range they move to be more then a higher gauge string. I gave these 5 stars cause they are great strings, have great tone, I never broke a string in the time I used them and they stayed in tune. That being said I have since gone to 9's. As I said there not for everyone. I would recommend them to a friend but only if they were looking for the qualities that I found these strings to have.

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                5.0

                Best Electric Guitar Strings I've Ever Used

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                from Lenoir City, Tennessee

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

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

                  I have always used light gauge (0.009's) on my electric guitars, and I've tried all brands. These strings are EVERYTHING they advertised....all of the tone of heavy strings (maybe more), all of the gentleness of light gauge strings, affordable....perfect. My new favorite (and I've been using the same brand for 10+ years). Incredible.....Thanks, Reverend Willy!!!!!!!!!

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Everyone should try these, at least once!

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                  from LAURENS, SC

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Dependable
                  • Durable
                  • Good Tone
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

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

                  These strings are proof that lighter gauges DO NOT equal a small sound or loss of tone! Yes, I was a doubter for years and for years I believed that I would play GHS Custom Light 9-46 Boomers or Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinkys forever, but being older and wiser now, I have found the set of strings that have opened my eyes to lighter gauges and their benefits. I love to bend strings! All six of them! I have all the control I need over every string, with bends, vibrato etc. They sound great! They feel great! That's all I need to keep stringing these up!

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I would buy them again and again

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                  from Rio Rancho NM

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

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

                    I love them and them wouldn't change them for anything else love the feel of them good for bending and just good all around. wished they would sell them in a box like the others I play pretty much every weekend and sometimes play with anther band. I use them on all my guitars. Thanks Willy G

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    These kick butt!

                    By 

                    from Albuquerque, NM

                    Pros

                    • Good Tone
                    • Great For Smooth Vibratos

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Open Up New Possibilites
                      • Practicing

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

                      I've been playing for over fifty years. Ernie Ball Super Slinkys to .13's dropped tuned. I've always wanted the best tone possible. If you think 7's are too wuss... you're missing out on opening up new potentials. Get a set-- you'll be surprised.

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                      5.0

                      great styrings

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                      from Villa Rica Ga.

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                      Pros

                      • Good Tone

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup
                        • Concerts
                        • Old Guy Choice
                        • Practicing

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

                        I'm in my sixties been playing since a teenager, always avoided super light strings, I thought they lacked in tone. Boy was I surprised!The comfort of these strings and the tone is amazing. Purchased 10 more sets. Way to go Dunlop.

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