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Ernie Ball 2004 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings 

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Brighter, dynamic sound with lots of clarity.

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Ernie Ball 2004 Earthwood Acoustic Guitar strings are crafted from 80% copper, 20% zinc wire wrapped around hex shaped tin plated steel core wire. The most popular acoustic provides a crisp, ringing sound with pleasing overtones.

All Ernie Ball strings are precision manufactured to the highest standards and most exacting specs to assure consistency, optimum performance, and long life.


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Ernie Ball2004 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings
 
4.3

(based on 36 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

64%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (13)
  • Consistent (7)
  • Long life (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
  • Concerts (4)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Surprising Performance

Before talking about these strings, anyone buying 80/20 bronze strings should know that they tend to NOT last as long as phosphor bronze. That's one of the reasons phosphor bronze strings were...Read complete review

Before talking about these strings, anyone buying 80/20 bronze strings should know that they tend to NOT last as long as phosphor bronze. That's one of the reasons phosphor bronze strings were created.

Giving these or any other 80/20 strings a bad review simply because they 'go dead' quickly is quite unfair. If you want a string that on many guitars provides a sweet, musical tone then 89/20s may be for you.

I tend to experiment with different brands, especially when finding the right set for a new acoustic, so along with D'Addario, over the years I've tried Martin, John Pearse, Elixir, Ernie Ball, DR, Dunlop, Newtone, GHS, La Bella, Mangun, Dean Markley, Adamas, Thomastik, Ken Smith, Wyres and Cleartone. There might be one or two I'm forgetting.

I've tried most every material offered, whether phosphor bronze, 80/20 bronze, nickel, silk and steel, silk and bronze, bronzed steel and the latest 'monel', 'nickel bronze', 'aluminum bronze' and New York steel.

After getting a Martin 'M' size guitar with a European spruce top and mahogany back/sides, I decided to find the right strings for it.

I'd tried most everything else, so why not give the EB Earthwoods a try? I had actually tried them some years back on a smaller acoustic, and I remember thinking they weren't bad.

Taking the low E string from the package I felt these had a bit of a different feel, and maybe had been updated.

On the guitar, I found them to provide a dynamic, lively beautiful tone. They clearly stood out among any of the major brands I'd already tried on the guitar. In addition, I love they way they feel under the fingers. They're not as stiff and tense as most acoustic strings.

I do have an exotic, hand made string brand source from whom I buy from time to time, but as far as major manufacturers these 80/20s are stellar! At the price they're a bargain.

You may hear them differently on your guitar.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

nice sound short lived

Nice sounding strings, but within a few weeks the wound G string began coming apart. I've had other strings burr up like this too, just not this quickly.

Nice sounding strings, but within a few weeks the wound G string began coming apart. I've had other strings burr up like this too, just not this quickly.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

nice sound short lived

By Tim

from Charlotte NC

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Ernie Ball 2004 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    Nice sounding strings, but within a few weeks the wound G string began coming apart. I've had other strings burr up like this too, just not this quickly.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Immediately Replacing

    By TeleTantrum20

    from Rancho Santa Margarita, California

    Comments about Ernie Ball 2004 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    I bought these to replace some Elixr Polyweb's on my acoustic. I read the reviews and thought i should give them a try. long story short I am switching back to Elixr's.These strings sound way to bright with no depth. and forget smooth sliding or bending with these. VERY scratchy when you bend. I am a huge fan of the Elixr Polyweb's and will be returning to them. I would only use these strings if I was in a pinch and didn't have the extra $6 for Elixrs.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Surprising Performance

    By ride2k

    from Virginia

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Ernie Ball 2004 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

      Before talking about these strings, anyone buying 80/20 bronze strings should know that they tend to NOT last as long as phosphor bronze. That's one of the reasons phosphor bronze strings were created.

      Giving these or any other 80/20 strings a bad review simply because they 'go dead' quickly is quite unfair. If you want a string that on many guitars provides a sweet, musical tone then 89/20s may be for you.

      I tend to experiment with different brands, especially when finding the right set for a new acoustic, so along with D'Addario, over the years I've tried Martin, John Pearse, Elixir, Ernie Ball, DR, Dunlop, Newtone, GHS, La Bella, Mangun, Dean Markley, Adamas, Thomastik, Ken Smith, Wyres and Cleartone. There might be one or two I'm forgetting.

      I've tried most every material offered, whether phosphor bronze, 80/20 bronze, nickel, silk and steel, silk and bronze, bronzed steel and the latest 'monel', 'nickel bronze', 'aluminum bronze' and New York steel.

      After getting a Martin 'M' size guitar with a European spruce top and mahogany back/sides, I decided to find the right strings for it.

      I'd tried most everything else, so why not give the EB Earthwoods a try? I had actually tried them some years back on a smaller acoustic, and I remember thinking they weren't bad.

      Taking the low E string from the package I felt these had a bit of a different feel, and maybe had been updated.

      On the guitar, I found them to provide a dynamic, lively beautiful tone. They clearly stood out among any of the major brands I'd already tried on the guitar. In addition, I love they way they feel under the fingers. They're not as stiff and tense as most acoustic strings.

      I do have an exotic, hand made string brand source from whom I buy from time to time, but as far as major manufacturers these 80/20s are stellar! At the price they're a bargain.

      You may hear them differently on your guitar.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Liked them, but they wore out FAST!

      By The Bread

      from Rockton, IL

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Not Consistent

      Best Uses

      • Backup

      Comments about Ernie Ball 2004 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

      I bought these on a lark. They were cheap and I like EB electric strings when I play a lot of gigs or tour and need to change strings daily. These might fall into that same category. They sounded really nice with a great balance. BUT, man they wore out FAST! I only got about a month out of a set on a guitar that I only play an hour or two a day. I usually get three months out of other more expensive brands. And one string went nearly dead and got fret wear way faster than others. Useless at that point I went back to my regular brand. Worth checking out though for the above stated purpose.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      great strings

      By Picker 1949

      from Corinth, Miss.

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Ernie Ball 2004 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        I have used Earthwood strings off & on for years. They sound different on different guitars so I change up occasionally. Great strings for the price.

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Break easily

        By Nicklawless03

        from Glendale, AZ

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        Pros

        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Breaks Easy

        Best Uses

          Comments about Ernie Ball 2004 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

          I bought these strings a couple of weeks ago, and I just put them on yesterday. I usually use D'addario's, but I decided to give these a try. Today, I decided to shave my saddle a little, because of the string height, and all of a sudden, the G string breaks on me. ONLY AFTER ONE DAY! I will be switching back to D'addarios.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Poorly Wound

          By Thamyris

          from Minnesota

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • There Cheap

          Cons

          • Die Out Quickly
          • Poor Tone Quality

          Best Uses

          • Trash Can

          Comments about Ernie Ball 2004 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

          While normally I have never had many problems with Ernie Ball Strings, I had a very big disappointment when trying these for the first time.
          As I know one does get what they pay for, It was VERY apparent when purchasing these for the first time. I should have known better but.. ehhh...
          The Low E-string went dead on me within just a few hours of playing, and produced a buzzing from the wind not being as tight as it should.

          The Guitar I set them on is a Orange Flame Ovation 1778T Elite T Series Acoustic-Electric.

          Will Be staying away from these strings in the future.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Lost my G String

          By MOGVET

          from TACOMA WA

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          Pros

          • Good Tone
          • G String Blues

          Cons

          • G String Dies Too Soon

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Ernie Ball 2004 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

          I like the sound and the feel. I play about one hour a day and after two weeks the G string is no longer functional because the frets destroy the coil. I am disappointed after the six pack is gone I'm shopping around again.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          As expected

          By Baddriff

          from Tennessee

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Practicing

            Comments about Ernie Ball 2004 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

            Bright in the beginning, loses tone after about 1 1/2 to 2 weeks. But for 5 a pack they're worth it.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Definitely a terrifric value

            By Beach Bum

            from Key Colony Beach, FL

            Comments about Ernie Ball 2004 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

            I would recommend these stings to anyone. These strings lasted longer than any other set. I tried a set of Martin Silk & Steel and came back to these. They feel just a good and have a terrific tone and sustain. I won't switch again to another brand.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Found my acoustic strings

            By Musicman626

            from Lafayette, La.

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            Comments about Ernie Ball 2004 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

            I have used many different kinds of strings on my Taylor and Martin over the years. Some quite good some dead tone. Elixirs feel good and sound good but only for awhile and cost way too much. These have that feeling and keep a well balanced clear tone for a long time with no muddiness to them. I have thought of trying the coated Ernie's but at this price I don't need to. get you some!

             
            5.0

            Great Strings

            By Chuck

            from Wallingford, CT

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Ernie Ball 2004 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

              These strings sound and play great. I've only had them for a week, so I didnt check yes to the durability box. Simply because I don't know yet. However, these are the exact strings Petrucci uses on his Martin so I'll assume they'll be just fine.

               
              5.0

              Will buy again-But not from Musiciansfriend

              By Stringless

              from Indiana

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              Pros

              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Ernie Ball 2004 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                  "No Strings attached"

                   
                  5.0

                  Nice for a Change

                  By Chip

                  from Florida

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Ernie Ball 2004 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                    I tried these strings for recording and I am surprised. They exceeded my expectations.

                     
                    5.0

                    Great strings.

                    By Kenneth

                    from undisclosed

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                    Comments about Ernie Ball 2004 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                    Love these strings. I use them exclusively on my Seagull S6 and my Seagull Artist Mosaic for which they are perfect, even when getting to the end of their time.They were recommended by a consultant on MF. They may be inexpensive but, hey they work great.

                     
                    5.0

                    Ernie Ball

                    By RL

                    from Frog, Texas

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                    See all my reviews

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone
                    • Long Life
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Ernie Ball 2004 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                        I've been using Ernie Ball strings for 45 years. I have tried others and always come back to Ernie Ball.

                         
                        5.0

                        What more could you ask for.

                        By Blazer

                        from PA.

                        About Me Novice

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Good Tone
                        • Long Life
                        • Strong

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup
                          • Concerts
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Ernie Ball 2004 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                          Cant beat these strings for the money, Great for every day use or throw a pack in the case for just in case.

                           
                          5.0

                          Rich tone for a light string

                          By KirkL

                          from Illinois

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Good Tone
                          • Long Life

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Ernie Ball 2004 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                            I needed a lighter weight string for bending notes while playing Blues in standard E tuning and these fit the bill perfectly. Yes, there is a slight loss of volume and tone, but amp tweaks can compensate. Highly recommended.

                             
                            5.0

                            Earnie Ball Eathwood 2004 acoustic guitar strings

                            By Jim-H.CpN

                            from Harbor Beach, Mi

                            Comments about Ernie Ball 2004 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                            I have used these strings since 1970. Last month I tried a set of Gibson J-200 on my SJ-100 extra. I have no intension of doing it again. Im sticking with Ernie Ball 2004 Earth Wood. It does seem to me that the 2004 has a deeper sound. Its just my opinion after playing for 40 years.

                             
                            5.0

                            My Favorite Strings

                            By ribnarik

                            from Lincoln, NE

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                            Comments about Ernie Ball 2004 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                            After looking for the perfect set of strings, I came across Ernie Ball, as a suggestion from my friend, I tried them out. These strings were so soft, I didn't feel any extra effort in barring frets (well maybe a little). They sounded great, and the life of the strings is great too. I didn't see and corrosion or rust for many weeks, a problem I had with my old Lyon strings. I've convinced a lot of my friends to try it, and now it's their preference too.

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