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

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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
 
4.2

(based on 33 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

55%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (10)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Long life (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (7)
  • Back-up (3)
  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), 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

 

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

Surprising Performance

By ride2k

from Virginia

About Me Professional Musician

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.

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    5.0

    Great strings.

    By Kenneth

    from undisclosed

    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.

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    5.0

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    By Richard

    from undisclosed

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    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.

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        (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.

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        (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.

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          5.0

          What more could you ask for.

          By Blazer

          from PA.

          About Me Novice

          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.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Break easily

            By Nicklawless03

            from Glendale, AZ

            About Me Novice

            Ask me a question

            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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              (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.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Lost my G String

              By MOGVET

              from TACOMA WA

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              Ask me a question

              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.

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              As expected

              By Baddriff

              from Tennessee

              About Me Experienced

              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.

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