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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.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Immediately Replacing

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...Read complete review

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.

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5.0

Great Strings

By Chuck

from Wallingford, CT

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Verified Buyer

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

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    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.

          (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.

             
            5.0

            Great strings.

            By Kenneth

            from undisclosed

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            Verified Buyer

            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

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            By RL

            from Frog, Texas

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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.

                (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.

                   
                  5.0

                  What more could you ask for.

                  By Blazer

                  from PA.

                  About Me Novice

                  See all my reviews

                  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.

                    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Break easily

                    By Nicklawless03

                    from Glendale, AZ

                    About Me Novice

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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.

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