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Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings

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Corrosion resistant with more projection and clarity than traditional bronze strings.

Aluminum Bronze Acoustic Strings feature more projection and clarity than traditional bronze strings, while also providing improved corrosion resistance. Aluminum Bronze Acoustic Strings are made with Ernie Ball Maraging Steel hex cores and Aluminum Bronze wrap wire which provide more pronounced lows coupled with crisp brilliant highs.

Made from a blend of copper and aluminum specifically tailored for acoustic guitar strings.

Medium Light Guages .012, .016, .024, .032, .044, and .054.


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Ernie BallAluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings
 
4.2

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (19)
  • Consistent (11)
  • Well built / quality (10)
  • Long life (9)

Cons

  • Breaks easy (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (12)
  • Back-up (10)
  • Concerts (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

You NEED to try these !!!

REALLY LIKE THESE STRINGS !!!

Now that these have "settled in" I like them even more.

You gotta try different picks with these strings.Read complete review

REALLY LIKE THESE STRINGS !!!

Now that these have "settled in" I like them even more.

You gotta try different picks with these strings.
They respond to pick changes more than any other strings I have tried.

Did the Elixir thing for a while and got tired of the "shed" of the poly's.
Then went to Nano's and I do like them too.
D'Addarios and DR Sunbeams are good too.

Hopefully these will live up to the billing in longevity.

Very "open" sound under the pick.
Good finger picking, not great.

Overall I believe I have found THE string set !!!

Very Happy with these and will DEFINITELY buy more for my Blueridge BR 60.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Love the sound and feel, but the G strings are the weak link

I really like the way the strings feel and the crisp projection that they provide. However, I've gone through several packs of these strings because the G strings are unreliable. I never break...Read complete review

I really like the way the strings feel and the crisp projection that they provide. However, I've gone through several packs of these strings because the G strings are unreliable. I never break strings. I generally stick with Ernie Ball for electric and Elixir for acoustic, but thought I would give these a try. These would be perfect, were it not for the weak G strings. I don't know why, but they just don't hold up to my normal playing. Like I said, I never break strings, so this is a new experience for me. I can usually get a handful of shows out of guitar strings. However, I'm lucky if I can even play a few hours without breaking a G string. It's frustrating. I should add that the other guitarist I play with has had the same experience. He's given up on these strings because the G strings just don't hold up.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

You NEED to try these !!!

By Lucky Man

from Bluegrass State

About Me Experienced

See all my reviews

Pros

  • Clarity And Volume
  • Harmonics And Sustain
  • Very Musical

Cons

  • Choose A Pick Carefully

Best Uses

    Comments about Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    REALLY LIKE THESE STRINGS !!!

    Now that these have "settled in" I like them even more.

    You gotta try different picks with these strings.
    They respond to pick changes more than any other strings I have tried.

    Did the Elixir thing for a while and got tired of the "shed" of the poly's.
    Then went to Nano's and I do like them too.
    D'Addarios and DR Sunbeams are good too.

    Hopefully these will live up to the billing in longevity.

    Very "open" sound under the pick.
    Good finger picking, not great.

    Overall I believe I have found THE string set !!!

    Very Happy with these and will DEFINITELY buy more for my Blueridge BR 60.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Jury's still out, but so far I like them

    By George in Austin

    from Austin, Texas

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • Reasonably priced

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        Got my Ernie Ball Medium Light Aluminum Bronze strings yesterday and put them on my Martin D-35, They sounded great. I had D'Addarrio phorphor bronze medium gauge set on the guitar and they were due to be replaced, I was thinking of going to light gauge strings because of arthritis in my left hand, so when I was that the aluminum bronze strings were available I decided to buy a couple sets. I will have to play the guitar for a few more days to decide it they are better. The price is very good so it is worth anyone trying these strings without breaking his budget.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good stuff

        By Doug Singlecut

        from Evergreen, CO

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        Comments about Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        Like these strings a lot. I have a Martin HD28 that can be kind of dark. I also sweat quite a bit and tend to deaden and corrode strings pretty quickly. These strings really brightened up the guitar in a good way and improved the projection dramatically compared to Martin or D'ad strings. They brightened it without making it harsh, actually improved the overtones as well and the best non-coated strings I've found for handling my alien sweat. Never write reviews, but these are good if you're looking for a little more oomph, sparkle and clarity out of your acoustic.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good Strings for sure!

        By Chaos

        from Brooklyn, NY

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Bright and balanced tone
        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

          They make my acoustic project more, the power chords are grungy, and the single notes ring clear and bright. Strumming chords is very musical with alot of sustain and harmonic content. Arpeggios are heavenly with bell like harmonics. These strings still sound great weeks after stringing them up. Good stuff all around.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My new favorite

          By IrishinCT

          from Stafford Springs, CT

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

              I play mainly fingerstyle using a thumb pick and reinforced fingernails. These strings are very responsive. I love the sweetness of the highs and the lows and mids are very balanced. These strings have lasted a little longer than my usual sets and stay in tune nicely. I love the sound and durability enough to change from the strings I have played for 20 years. Would love them even more if they were a little cheaper!

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Wow! They Live Up To The Hype!

              By captacoustic

              from RI

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                I'm shocked at how good these strings made my Gibson Jackson Browne sound!

                I've played guitar over forty years and have mostly used D'Addarios. These are the first Ernie Ball strings I've tried. They clearly made my guitar sound louder, clearer, fuller and all-around better! Not sure what all the 'aluminum' thing is about, but hearing is believing.

                I'm not sure how they will sound on a brighter guitar, as my JB is a dark sounding one. But I'll soon find out; I bought five more sets for my other guitars!

                My advice? Buy some and try some!

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                A nice alternative to phosphor bronze

                By OzelloPete

                from Ozello FL

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Good Tone
                • Reasonably priced

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                  I put these strings on my Santa Cruz 00 that had previously had Elixir phosphor bronze strings (my standard string of choice). I find the tone similar, but perhaps not quite as bright, which was a surprise based on the advertising. Still, they sound quite good and I'm pleased with them, given the price. Also, since they are packaged air-tight, they should have a very long shelf life. I plan on leaving a set in my gig bag as an emergency set. I want to try them on my OM next. While I may go back to phosphor bronze on the 00, I'm happy to have tried these - curious to see how long they last relative to coated strings.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Strings

                  By rokdog49

                  from Ohio

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                    You really should give these a try. Out of the box they may sound a little foreign and not as bright as a new set of 80-20 or even some PB's but after about an hour of playing,.. WOW !
                    I think the bad reviews were from folks who judged them too quickly.
                    They have their own "string voice" and if you own a guitar that is by nature weak in the mids, these will make the mids pop especially if you own a Martin or any guitar where the mids are scooped.
                    More sustain than any other string I've tried and really nice overtones.
                    These are my strings now.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    yes will buy again

                    By uncle joe

                    from bluff city tn.

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                    See all my reviews

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone
                    • Long Life
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup

                      Comments about Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                      stay in tune and easy on fingers

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      MY NEW GO TO STRING

                      By MelodyMaker

                      from East Tn.

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                      See all my reviews

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tone
                      • Long Life
                      • Strong

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup
                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                        Ifirst tried these strings based on promo ads. .They loud and clear, as promised.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        best value

                        By Casual guitarist

                        from Small town, Northern Michigan

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Tone

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                          Originally a gift from a friend who thought these were the best sounding strings for the cost. I agree.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          I'm Sold

                          By Chip

                          from Florida

                          About Me Professional Musician

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                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Good Tone
                          • Long Life
                          • Strong

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

                          • Concerts
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                          At first strum it was hate. I hung on for a week and hate turned to like. After a month of playing everyday like turned to a rush. I find these strings are powerful, strong sustain, long lasting, and give a Martin a brightness no other string has in the past 16 years.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Only Strings I Buy Now

                          By SK8676

                          from Texas

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Excellent Tone
                          • Long Life

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Acoustic Guitar

                            Comments about Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                            Great sounding, great playing string. I used to use Ernie Ball Earthwoods, but I like the tone of these better.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Strings with a Zing!

                            By musicfromheart

                            from Waikoloa, hawaii

                            About Me Professional Musician

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Good Tone
                            • Long Life
                            • Strong

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Backup
                              • Concerts
                              • Practicing

                              Comments about Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                              These strings have made my guitars sound like higher custom guitars. I have an old Takamine F340S and a Taylor 312GC, in both cases people hear the differences in sound. I love these strings! (love strings?) Like so many guitarist, tried all the different strings, in my experience these are the BEST!

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Give Them A Try!

                              By thejaplace

                              from Tucson, AZ

                              About Me Experienced

                              Pros

                              • Easy Install
                              • Good Tone
                              • Low "noise"
                              • Nice Feel

                              Cons

                              • None yet

                              Best Uses

                              • Heavy Strumming
                              • Practicing
                              • Rythme

                              Comments about Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                              I have had these strings for about a week, so keep that in mind. However, I believe you can judge most strings with only 1 week's time, and these have been great.

                              Replaced my Elixir Phosphor Bronze on my Taylor 814ce with these, and I do not regret it.

                              You really don't know until you try, and these are definitely a repeat purchase for me.

                              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Excellent Strings

                              By Licketysplit

                              from Houghton Lake Michigan

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                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Well balanced

                              Cons

                              • Slide Noise

                              Best Uses

                              • Plugged In

                              Comments about Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                              Using these strings on my 814 Taylor. I have always been an Elixir guy, mainly because of the quiet finger slides for recording. I've only had these on for a couple days but they seem to be very resonant and the harmonics glisten. These strings sound better than the Elixir but the squeeks are annoying and require EQ to quiet.

                               
                              5.0

                              As advertised

                              By Ron the railrider

                              from Green River Wyoming

                              About Me Experienced

                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Good Tone
                              • Strong

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Backup
                                • Concerts
                                • Practicing

                                Comments about Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                                These strings feel great to play. Great tone and consistent. Sound even better when I plugged in my acoustic electric. Highly recommended

                                 
                                4.0

                                Good strings, LOUD!

                                By JonSolo

                                from Birmingham, AL

                                About Me Professional Musician

                                See all my reviews

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Good Tone
                                • Strong

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Backup
                                  • Concerts
                                  • Practicing

                                  Comments about Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                                  Good strings, really loud BUT, they will pluck louder than one another, you have to be careful with dynamics or you'll blow yourself out of the box. Only thing I didn't like about them, is using traditional steel and bronze strings is that if you hit one string for an accent you have to lighten up your touch or they get really plunky, and not in a good way. Other than that they're great.

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Love 'em-but---

                                  By Kwikpick

                                  from Kenosha, Wisconsin

                                  About Me Professional Musician

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent
                                  • Good Tone
                                  • Long Life

                                  Cons

                                  • Breaks Easy

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Backup
                                  • Concerts
                                  • Practicing

                                  Comments about Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                                  I tried these in spite of the hype and was surprised by how good they sounded. They actually do give my instruments a more hi fi sound. They make my rswd/sitka dread and an rswd/addy slope shldr shine. I play 3 different situations regularly. A bluegrass/Celtic/swing thing, and Americana thing, and my solo act. I have to flatpick, fingerpick (with a thumbpick), use alt tunings, and play slide. These strings bring out the best in every style. My only caveat is they DO break right at the bridge frequently. Please ERNIE BALL, reinforce this area!!!

                                   
                                  3.0

                                  Love the sound and feel, but the G strings are the weak link

                                  By Nic

                                  from Georgia

                                  About Me Professional Musician

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent
                                  • Good Tone

                                  Cons

                                  • Breaks Easy

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                                    I really like the way the strings feel and the crisp projection that they provide. However, I've gone through several packs of these strings because the G strings are unreliable. I never break strings. I generally stick with Ernie Ball for electric and Elixir for acoustic, but thought I would give these a try. These would be perfect, were it not for the weak G strings. I don't know why, but they just don't hold up to my normal playing. Like I said, I never break strings, so this is a new experience for me. I can usually get a handful of shows out of guitar strings. However, I'm lucky if I can even play a few hours without breaking a G string. It's frustrating. I should add that the other guitarist I play with has had the same experience. He's given up on these strings because the G strings just don't hold up.

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