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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 50 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (35)
  • Consistent (24)
  • Well built / quality (24)
  • Long life (14)

Cons

  • Not consistent (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (25)
  • Concerts (17)
  • Back-up (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (30), Professional musician (7), 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

 

What is the reverend smoking?

These aren't the worst strings I've ever tried, but they're pretty bad. The lightness isn't the issue, that's the only good thing about them as they are super easy to play and bend....Read complete review

These aren't the worst strings I've ever tried, but they're pretty bad. The lightness isn't the issue, that's the only good thing about them as they are super easy to play and bend. The issue is that these sucked the tone right out of my favorite strat. The loss was very noticeable. If all things being equal, and my usual set of strings gave me a 10 out of 10, these knocked it down to 6-7. If these strings were on my strat when I was trying it out I never would have bought it, I would have thought the guitar sounded super thin and blamed the instrument. Also beyond the thin tinny tone these seemed to knock my intonation off somehow, it has something to do with using a 9 and an 11 for the b and the g. Chords just sound a bit out of tune even though the guitar is spot on. Cool experiment though, a lot of people seem to like them so maybe it's just me.

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(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

On a lark..

By RobotScythe

from Virginia

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

..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.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Soft Touch

By David Sampson

from Undisclosed

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

These are great if you have a soft touch. Great for bends. I found myself bening when I didn't mean to. Fun to play.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great strings!

By Catherine Lara

from Undisclosed

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

The 7 and 9 are fantastic - I used to get sore fingers fast from the gauges that come in an 8 set. These strings make my guitar very playable!
I have smaller hands and love these strings. I play lead guitar and can now really get into my bending.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

4/6 were totally awesome - 5/6 matched

By thombrogan

from northeast

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Pros

  • Easy Two-step Bends
  • Have Gibberish On Box
  • Squeal Like Piggies

Cons

  • Had Wrong Low E String

Best Uses

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

    Just got these before needing to get my guitar's neck unbowed and thought "two birds with one stone!" A through high E were great, but the G slipped out of the tuning peg and was clipped so I couldn't get it back in there. Replaced it with an Ernie Ball 0.011 and all was well. Seemed, though, that the low E had a lot of tension compared to the rest of the set. My calipers measured it as being 0.042" thick. So Dunlop might make the greatest strings of all time ever, but pobody's nerfect. Replaced it with an Ernie Ball 0.032" and it's funny and cool how "fat" a thin, barely-tensioned string can sound.

    Enough bellyaching - on to the strings themselves. They are awesome, amazing, stupendous, inspiring, mystifying, enchanting, encouraging, and fun. Finger vibrato, pinch harmonics (even with the tone nob rolled back), and 2-step bends are all extremely easy with these puppies. Probably can all be done with Ernie Ball Extra Slinkys for a few bucks less, but these strings are very nice. Definitely buying again so as to get the right Low E and not miss out on the G.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Everyone should try these, at least once!

    By Noble1

    from Laurens,SC

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    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!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    thank you Billy G!

    By Gonzo

    from America

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    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Bending Strings
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

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

      I love these strings! Very rubber band like on my strat, which makes it a joy to play. I was curious about the lighter gauge strings (used 10's), and I'm glad I made the leap.

      the response and attack on these strings is ridiculous. can't play too hard, but the softest touch can bend a note to wherever. Definitely makes you pay more attention when soloing as you can do any bend without any effort. Voodoo child lick now is a breeze, lol. Thank you Billy Gibbons for getting 7's made. They are a blast!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I would buy them again and again

      By Jam

      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

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        These kick butt!

        By ToneMonkey

        from Albuquerque, NM

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        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.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great styrings

          By Buddy

          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.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Reverend Willy's Strings

            By JackSrat

            from fl.

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            Pros

            • Good Tone
            • Jackstrat

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                I have always used 010 or 009 on my stratocasters because of the longer scale. I always thought the heavier the string the better the tone however the string gage doesn't effect the tone as I found out. I put these strings on my 2004 50th aniversery strat and I can't believe the tone and so easy to play.I wish I had done this years ago. I have played guitar for 50 years and it puts a whole new life in it for me.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                my go-to strings

                By wes

                from Venice, CA

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • All Venues

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

                  these are great strings for finger picking. they sound good and don't hurt my fingers hammering on or pulling off. the price is right and the box is amusing.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Have Mercy!

                  By Crash

                  from Texting and Driving

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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?

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great strings but not for everyone

                  By Shot

                  from Mooresville NC

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                  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.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Righteous Blues Tone courtesy of the Rev

                      By Carson Parker

                      from TX

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                      Pros

                      • Good Tone

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                          Dear Reverend Willy G.,

                          Thanks for the 7 gauge strings. They are righteous. Now I just need to learn your licks and tricks to be a Texas Blues legend.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Just love 'em!

                          By Blues animal.

                          from Douglas, AZ, US

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Good Tone
                          • Strong

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Concerts
                            • Practicing

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

                            These strings are very easy to manipulate on the fretboard for anyone who has short fingers or small hands, and you do not sacrifice tone. They are real joy to play for chords or picking.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Luthier Choice

                            By beeches843

                            from Edisto Island, SC

                            About Me Experienced

                            Pros

                            • Beginners Choice
                            • Consistent
                            • Good Tone
                            • Long Life
                            • Strong

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Backup
                              • Beginners First Choice
                              • Concerts
                              • Practicing

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

                              I "re-make" guitars by replacing the fretwire with .035's for beginners and people with "Not so strong" fingers. These are the ONLY strings I put on my guitars. I am 58 and retired, but I still remember the 60's and not only high action but heavy "I give up!" strings. As a lead guitarist, you can't go wrong. If you are a long time player as well, you owe it to yourself to at least TRY these babies out!

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Like playing air guitar

                              By TheVein

                              from Gavagi, CA

                              About Me Professional Musician

                              See all my reviews

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                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Good Tone
                              • Strong

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                  I wanted to see what a .007 felt like. It takes a very light touch. Suprisingly good tone. G string is a little too slinky -- would feel more balanced with a .013 on that string.

                                   
                                  3.0

                                  What is the reverend smoking?

                                  By Purple Drank

                                  from Miami

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                                  Pros

                                  • Strong

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor Tone Quality

                                  Best Uses

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

                                    These aren't the worst strings I've ever tried, but they're pretty bad. The lightness isn't the issue, that's the only good thing about them as they are super easy to play and bend. The issue is that these sucked the tone right out of my favorite strat. The loss was very noticeable. If all things being equal, and my usual set of strings gave me a 10 out of 10, these knocked it down to 6-7. If these strings were on my strat when I was trying it out I never would have bought it, I would have thought the guitar sounded super thin and blamed the instrument. Also beyond the thin tinny tone these seemed to knock my intonation off somehow, it has something to do with using a 9 and an 11 for the b and the g. Chords just sound a bit out of tune even though the guitar is spot on. Cool experiment though, a lot of people seem to like them so maybe it's just me.

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Fine Strings

                                    By larryf

                                    from Madison WI

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent
                                    • Good Tone

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Practicing

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

                                      Great strings. Easy to bend with 74 yr, old fingers!

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      I put these on all my electrics

                                      By KJB

                                      from Kansas

                                      About Me Experienced

                                      Pros

                                      • Good Tone
                                      • Long Life

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Concerts
                                        • Practicing

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

                                        I bought these on a lark because I like Billy Gibbons, so why not? Strung up my LP and expected to break the high E. So thin! But it held in there so I cranked her up and I was blown away. I love these strings. Playing is effortless. I never realized how much I was fighting my old strings. This is the first set of strings that I felt actually improved my playing. I'm a very percussive player with a heavy pick hand and I've had no trouble with staying in tune or breakage. Try em!

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