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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...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 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (22)
  • Consistent (15)
  • Well built / quality (15)
  • Long life (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (17)
  • Concerts (12)
  • Back-up (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Professional musician (4), Novice (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

Bend Forever

By Alexa

from San Francisco

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Bend well
  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing
    • Recording

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

    These strings are almost effortless to play and especially to bend. You can early stretch the high e string across the entire fretboard with ease. I change mine every two weeks or so, which is about when the bass strings begin getting dull. Never broken a string under my typical use of about at least 4 hours daily. I recommend these strings if you just want to give your hands and fingers a break. These sweet Dunlop Mexican Lottery brand strings sound good, stay in tune and play easy. I simply love them.

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    5.0

    Excellent Strings

    By Stratosphere

    from Wilson, NC

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong
    • They bend super easy.

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

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

      Great strings and if The Reverend Billy Gibbons uses them they have to be great.

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      5.0

      Decent strings

      By racer

      from Phoenix, Az

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

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

      Just tried them out of curiosity. They are super easy to play for sure. No real big difference in sound honestly. I just like trying me things and I would say this one paid off. I haven't used with them with any effects yet but suspect they will perform the same.

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      3.0

      Stronger than I expected

      By Jim

      from Tomah, WI

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

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

        Strings are stronger than I figured. I usually use 10's, so half expected strings to snap during initial tuning. Been playing them everyday for a couple weeks now. My only complaint is they are a bit stretchy, though I suppose that is to be expected.

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        5.0

        These are the only strings I use now

        By Dick Long

        from Claremore

        About Me Child

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong
        • They're crazy thin

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            I didn't even know they made 7 gauge strings these things are crazy thin. Feels like playin a hair. Would highly recommend if you like thin strings.

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            5.0

            I would buy agin

            By Kev

            from Central michigan

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            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!!!!

              By clh

              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 jrfreebyrd

                from Pueblo, Colorado

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Reviewer

                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

                  By Frankie C.

                  from Radisson NY

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Reviewer

                  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

                      By Shot

                      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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