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Ernie Ball 2008 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Rock and Blues Acoustic Guitar Strings   

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Ernie Ball 2008 Earthwood Rock and Blues 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 Ball2008 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Rock and Blues Acoustic Guitar Strings
 
4.3

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (8)
  • Well built / quality (6)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Long life (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (7)
  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good - depending on what you play.

When I first put these strings on my guitar, I thought I had a new go to. Due to the fact that I play a lot of bluesy and classic rock oriented stuff,...Read complete review

When I first put these strings on my guitar, I thought I had a new go to. Due to the fact that I play a lot of bluesy and classic rock oriented stuff, it would be a bit difficult for me to really critique these strings too harshly as they're quite good for that. The longer I played them, however, the more I realized that for just plain-jane strumming open chords, they're kinda meh. For bluesy or older style rock type music, they're beyond great so long as you're playing note per note with slides, bends, hammerons and pulloffs. Don't ask me how, but that doesn't translate well to the strumming. That all being said, they are relatively long lasting for lighter strings and produce a sound that isn't really bad when strumming, it's just far from being very special. I recommended them to my girlfriend who is just learning for that purpose - they're easier on the fingers and sound decent all in all and don't break easily or loose their (granted, not necessarily fantastic) sound quickly. My brothers, who are also avid players, hated them as they have a different music taste and all around playing style. So, if you want that bluesy, note by note sound with all the slides and bends, go for it. If that isn't you're thing... better that you not try these. And if you are a beginner, they may be good to start with, but if that bluesy sound isn't your thing, you'll want to change them as soon as you start to develop as a musician.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointed in my Earthwoods

I bought these strings for my Ibanez PF Electric Acoustic. Based on the reviews, I expected greatness. Maybe I got a bad set. I must say that the overall tone of these strings...Read complete review

I bought these strings for my Ibanez PF Electric Acoustic. Based on the reviews, I expected greatness. Maybe I got a bad set. I must say that the overall tone of these strings is outstanding -- definitely very rock & blues. They are also very durable. I beat on them pretty good, and never had one break. But I had serious problems with the G-string. Once it was in tune, the fingered notes were out of tune. I thought I would like the unwound, smaller gauge of the G, but I decided I don't. I thought maybe my guitar was the problem, but the adjustments I made did nothing to help. I became so frustrated with the G-string, that I finally just ordered some different strings. I put on a set of D'Addario Flat Tops, and I will never go back.

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4.0

Good - depending on what you play.

By Jeri

from Ellisville, MS

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Easy bends
  • Good Tone
  • Light string, easy fretting
  • Long Life

Cons

  • Stumming is meh

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Ernie Ball 2008 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Rock and Blues Acoustic Guitar Strings:

When I first put these strings on my guitar, I thought I had a new go to. Due to the fact that I play a lot of bluesy and classic rock oriented stuff, it would be a bit difficult for me to really critique these strings too harshly as they're quite good for that. The longer I played them, however, the more I realized that for just plain-jane strumming open chords, they're kinda meh. For bluesy or older style rock type music, they're beyond great so long as you're playing note per note with slides, bends, hammerons and pulloffs. Don't ask me how, but that doesn't translate well to the strumming. That all being said, they are relatively long lasting for lighter strings and produce a sound that isn't really bad when strumming, it's just far from being very special. I recommended them to my girlfriend who is just learning for that purpose - they're easier on the fingers and sound decent all in all and don't break easily or loose their (granted, not necessarily fantastic) sound quickly. My brothers, who are also avid players, hated them as they have a different music taste and all around playing style. So, if you want that bluesy, note by note sound with all the slides and bends, go for it. If that isn't you're thing... better that you not try these. And if you are a beginner, they may be good to start with, but if that bluesy sound isn't your thing, you'll want to change them as soon as you start to develop as a musician.

 
4.0

Surprisingly good!

By reverb

from Isle Of Misfit Toys

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Tone
  • Playability
  • Versatility

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Any

    Comments about Ernie Ball 2008 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Rock and Blues Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    Don't let the name "Rock & Blues" fool you-these are great strings for any style.
    Very nice feel and consistent balanced tone.
    The string gauges provide a nice mix of playability and versatile tone.

     
    4.0

    great sound plugged in

    By tonywo

    from Flagler Beach, Fl

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Ernie Ball 2008 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Rock and Blues Acoustic Guitar Strings:

      I bought a cheap Keith urban, Acoustic electric, all i could afford. And every time I would plug in to my amp or go to an open mike the sound was erratic,
      Then I put these strings on, and everyone asked what i changed on my guitar , the tone was good for a change. If I am going to plug in , i use these strings religiously now. The tone is great They do wear out quick hence the four stars.
      For a lot of practicing i wouldn't use these , I use coated martin phospher bronze for that.

       
      5.0

      my favorites

      By Timothy

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Ernie Ball 2008 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Rock and Blues Acoustic Guitar Strings:

      my favorite, and not much else can be said !

       
      1.0

      Worthless

      By EvF

      from Florida

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Breaks Easy
        • Not Consistent
        • Poor Tone Quality

        Best Uses

          Comments about Ernie Ball 2008 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Rock and Blues Acoustic Guitar Strings:

          Lasted for about 2 hours worth of playing. Very, very poor tone in standard tuning. Managed to break both E and B during the same song. Maybe I just ended up with a bad set. Fortunately I had a set of musicians friend 80/20s in the case for spares so I could finish out the night. Back to D'Addarios for me.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great strings with great life

          By ryan00789

          from reno ,nv

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Ernie Ball 2008 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Rock and Blues Acoustic Guitar Strings:

            crisp clean sound with good tones, nice highs and good lows. having to smaller high stings make them easier to bend and the larger low strings are great for resonating chords.

             
            5.0

            The right strings for me.

            By RayMack

            from Texas

            About Me Novice

            Ask me a question

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Tone
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Ernie Ball 2008 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Rock and Blues Acoustic Guitar Strings:

              I got a Ovation Guitar for Christmas and the strings on it were too heavy. Being a novice i had to ask and get a recommendation from my instructor, but these strings have made a world of difference in the play-ability of my new guitar.
              I will use them again.

               
              5.0

              Hot Licks

              By Neauman Neauman

              from Redondo ca

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Nice Tone When Bent
              • Strong

              Cons

              • Poor Tone For Strumming

              Best Uses

              • Bending
              • Blues Licks
              • Practicing

              Comments about Ernie Ball 2008 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Rock and Blues Acoustic Guitar Strings:

              These strings take over where others start to break. Not the best all around tone, but for some strong pushing and pulling on the strings these are great.

               
              5.0

              Great String

              By Bob

              from Texas

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Choice Of String Guages
              • Great Low End Tone
              • The Unwound G String

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Anything Requiring Leads
                • Blues
                • Country

                Comments about Ernie Ball 2008 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Rock and Blues Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                I really like the unwound G string. Having played electric most of my 50 years of pickiin, these are a great cross over string. Bending the strings up a half step is no problem. The over all tone is amazing. They put the feel of an electric in an acoustic.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Bought them once, never wanted any other

                By curtis brayfield

                from Central TX

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Strong

                Cons

                • May Be Too Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Blues Duh
                • Rock Duh

                Comments about Ernie Ball 2008 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Rock and Blues Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                I've been an Ernie Ball player for a while. I'm mostly a bass and electric guitar player, so when I bought a used epiphone acoustic, I bought a set of these to go with it. One thing I like about them is that they give the guitar more bottom end, which is especially important if you play an acoustic-electric. Most amps, and even some PA systems, give these guitars too thin and tinny a sound, it sounds more jangly. That's not what you want, especially since you are usually playing rhythm. You could buy a Martin or Taylor for a thousand, spend a hundred on an equalizer pedal, or you could drop a saw buck for two sets, and improve your tone 100% in the time it takes to restring.

                One issue, though. I have a new guitar, and since putting them one, it is starting to show signs of bridge lift. If you have an older guitar, or one of questionable quality, you might want to pass on these. You will also want to steer clear if your guitar doesn't have a truss rod. They use heavy gauge strings for the low E A and D, and it might cause issues. This is the only reason I didn't give them five stars, because it could ruin someone's guitar (mine was cheap anyway and bridge lift is a relatively easy fix)

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