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John Pearse600L Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings
 
4.7

(based on 49 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (42)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (18)
  • Good tone (18)
  • Long life (13)
  • Well built / quality (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (11)
  • Practicing (10)
  • Back-up (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

My guitar came ALIVE with these strings!

I have tried countless strings over the years, and these John Pearse strings are fantastic! You name it, I've tried it. Everything from D'Addario, Elixer, Martin, Gibson, DR, Cleartone and...Read complete review

I have tried countless strings over the years, and these John Pearse strings are fantastic! You name it, I've tried it. Everything from D'Addario, Elixer, Martin, Gibson, DR, Cleartone and even Dean Markley. Cheap and expensive, I have tried them. All I can say is that these are the best acoustic strings I have tried to date. I just went from a set of Elixers (which I thought were expensive, but good) to these, and these strings won out hands down. As soon as I installed these, my guitar absolutely came ALIVE! It was almost like night and day. Everything was better! Immediately what I noticed was the added volume and projection I was getting, but most of all, it was the tone that absolutely sold me on these. With these strings I heard more woodiness, percussive body, clarity, string to string definition, harmonic overtones, and resonance than any other acoustic strings I have heard to date. The top end also opened up and became even more tactile and transparent. These strings are just more organic, yet highly defined and less sterile than anything else I have heard, and they also have a very balanced output from string to string that is excellent. In no small measure, these strings have been a bit of a revelation. These strings are also very smooth, and I also noticed less finger noise between fretting notes and bar chords as well. However, regarding that smoothness, I also noticed something interesting as well. Just try to follow me with this: These are the first set of John Pearse strings I have ever installed, so I don't know if this is a "one off", but as smooth as they are, I also noticed that the unwound strings have an ever so slightly uneven and wavy finish to them in spots when you shine them in the light. I don't mention this as a negative IN ANY WAY, but just purely as an observation. Besides, I could care less because they sound so darn amazing. Anyway, my point of mentioning this (and this is based purely on conjecture), is I wonder if the barely perceptible finish inconsistencies contribute to the overall tonality of these strings? TBH, I have never seen strings that had this kind of "inconsistency" to their finish before, and I am wondering if this has anything to do with the great tonality of these strings? All the other strings I have bought over the years have been extremely smooth and consistent in their diameter and finish. Again, I don't mention this as a negative in any way because you never feel this while playing in the least. The only time I noticed it was when I looked at them under direct light. These strings sound fantastic, and obviously their specific alloy and construction plays a great part to their sound, but on the other hand, I have never seen strings with this kind of finish before, and yet I have also never been so excited about a set of strings before either. There has to be something to it. The only other thing I can mention is that these strings also have excellent string life as well. I have had these on my acoustic after about a month and a half of use, and they still sound fantastic! Anyway, all I can say is that I have tried A LOT of strings, and these ones are the standouts by far. Buy with confidence. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Peace. :)

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not that great

I tried these strings out with my Taylor Big Baby acoustic guitar and was expecting a mellower sound than what the stock Elixirs gave me. When I put them on, the sound was only...Read complete review

I tried these strings out with my Taylor Big Baby acoustic guitar and was expecting a mellower sound than what the stock Elixirs gave me. When I put them on, the sound was only marginally good for only 2 weeks of use, which averages out to about 6 hours playing time on my scale of playing. After those two weeks, the strings went dead, and now they sound lifeless. I have a good guitar and it doesn't even sound half bad with dead flabby strings on there, but it's embarassing to pick up a guitar that says "Taylor" on the headstock and not have it shine like it should. I will never again purchase John Pearse strings. They don't even sound close to some of the other acoustic strings that I've tried (Elixir, Martin, Epiphone) and they're more expensive than most acoustic strings you can get on the market today. They ARE better than Ernie Ball Acoustic Slinky's though, I will give them that. Please save yourself the hassle and do not purchase these strings.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Highly recommended!

By Guy Charpentier

from Newnan, GA

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Comments about John Pearse 600L Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings:

I have literally tried every brand available and can honestly rate these strings as among the best I have tried to-date. Not to say that they are perfect, as my definition of perfection would be strings that would retain their original tone throughout their lifespan - no strings offer this! However, these strings have proven to me that their tone last much longer than most uncoated ones. With a price tag that is almost half of what coated strings are normally sold for, I say these are great value. Well done John Pearse!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

best strings for a warm tone

By Stumps

from DC area

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Comments about John Pearse 600L Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings:

I purchased a new Gibson guitar a couple months ago. I have been trying to capture the same tones I was getting with the factory strings, but even after several sets of Gibson masterbuilts, I was still at a loss - I was looking for light gauge strings that offered nice clear ringing on the lighter strings and warm rumbles and purrs on the lower strings. Every light I had tried were too "jangly" and the mediums didn't offer enough ringing on the light notes.Well my search ended last night when I put on a set of these John Pearse 600Ls. WOW! Wonderful sound - the higher strings sing out and the lower strings have a great warm tone - when I finger pick I get great tones, and when I strum I get a nice full sound, no jangles. I can't say enough good things about these strings.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

McD

By Mcd

from Wy

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Comments about John Pearse 600L Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings:

I tried a lot of strings in this price range and these last the longest and sound much better than most!
I buy them buy the half dozen.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My guitar came ALIVE with these strings!

By Eywa Dude

from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Pros

  • Added Volume
  • Excellent Clarity
  • Highly Revealing Tone
  • Long Life
  • Reduced Finger Noise
  • Smooth Feel
  • Very Balanced Output

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Great For Any Situation

Comments about John Pearse 600L Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings:

I have tried countless strings over the years, and these John Pearse strings are fantastic! You name it, I've tried it. Everything from D'Addario, Elixer, Martin, Gibson, DR, Cleartone and even Dean Markley. Cheap and expensive, I have tried them. All I can say is that these are the best acoustic strings I have tried to date. I just went from a set of Elixers (which I thought were expensive, but good) to these, and these strings won out hands down. As soon as I installed these, my guitar absolutely came ALIVE! It was almost like night and day. Everything was better! Immediately what I noticed was the added volume and projection I was getting, but most of all, it was the tone that absolutely sold me on these. With these strings I heard more woodiness, percussive body, clarity, string to string definition, harmonic overtones, and resonance than any other acoustic strings I have heard to date. The top end also opened up and became even more tactile and transparent. These strings are just more organic, yet highly defined and less sterile than anything else I have heard, and they also have a very balanced output from string to string that is excellent. In no small measure, these strings have been a bit of a revelation. These strings are also very smooth, and I also noticed less finger noise between fretting notes and bar chords as well. However, regarding that smoothness, I also noticed something interesting as well. Just try to follow me with this: These are the first set of John Pearse strings I have ever installed, so I don't know if this is a "one off", but as smooth as they are, I also noticed that the unwound strings have an ever so slightly uneven and wavy finish to them in spots when you shine them in the light. I don't mention this as a negative IN ANY WAY, but just purely as an observation. Besides, I could care less because they sound so darn amazing. Anyway, my point of mentioning this (and this is based purely on conjecture), is I wonder if the barely perceptible finish inconsistencies contribute to the overall tonality of these strings? TBH, I have never seen strings that had this kind of "inconsistency" to their finish before, and I am wondering if this has anything to do with the great tonality of these strings? All the other strings I have bought over the years have been extremely smooth and consistent in their diameter and finish. Again, I don't mention this as a negative in any way because you never feel this while playing in the least. The only time I noticed it was when I looked at them under direct light. These strings sound fantastic, and obviously their specific alloy and construction plays a great part to their sound, but on the other hand, I have never seen strings with this kind of finish before, and yet I have also never been so excited about a set of strings before either. There has to be something to it. The only other thing I can mention is that these strings also have excellent string life as well. I have had these on my acoustic after about a month and a half of use, and they still sound fantastic! Anyway, all I can say is that I have tried A LOT of strings, and these ones are the standouts by far. Buy with confidence. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Peace. :)

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

True sound-made in USA quality

By Mick

from Prarie Divide Colorado

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Pros

  • Best Of The 928 Pb Light
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about John Pearse 600L Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    best 92-8 PB light acoustic strings made in USA--true mellow sound-not harsh--tensile strength is just right, easy on the fingers-last the longest for uncoated strings.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great strings

    By Joanie Jagoda

    from Montana

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about John Pearse 600L Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        I get these strings for Christmas every year as a stocking stuffer. My musicians can't afford their own so this helps them through the next month while they play. Musician's friend is always fast, accurate, and easy to deal with.

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        600L light. Performance best.

        By Jim Barclay

        from Worcester, MA, USA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Best Professional Choice
        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Most Stable And True
        • Strong

        Cons

        • Not Easy To Find

        Best Uses

        • Acoustic Stage Performanc
        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about John Pearse 600L Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        For my Washburn D-61 "Prairie Song" Dreadnaught I had been using SIT Royal Bronze Extra Lights, but on the recommendation of a colleague decided to try John Pearse Phosphor Bronze 80/20 600Ls. They were superior in every way; Highly stable, remained in tune the entire performance, rugged, not weather sensitive, durable, very full and balanced tone with great attack and projection, facile for different styles and smooth in transitions. These strings are a bit heavier than my usual gauge and take more strength, but are worth the time and effort to get toughened up to. Believe me, in my career I've tried them all. A good exchange for the 6th is a .054W for a .053W and I'd use a .046W for the .042W. This is because I like bottom end emphasis and greater over tonality. This formula also works well for my Seymour-Duncan lipstick tube center hole pickup. This pickup, while not very sensitive, provides a very rich and wide production of tones and timbre. Thus, more emotional characteristic. It imarts a natural sound. I refuse to use those soulless and artificial sounding piezoelectric (crystal) pickups. John Pearse and Seymour-Duncan, to me, are made for each other. I do, however, recommend changing to new strings for every performance to insure top quality of sound. This is consistent with most Tech practices. I also rely on Finger Ease to cut down on string talk and sure and fast chord position changes, especially when going from lower to upper register chords. (I am not a Vince Gill type but more of the James Taylor style with touches of Robin Crow). Besides, Finger Ease helps protect the strings- and I do use Gorilla Snot to stabilize my pick stability. I do wish, however, that Pearse strings were more widely available, but I buy at the better professionally oriented shops and this not a particular problem, except in more out-of-the-way places. Thus, I carry the requisite sets with me, plus extra individual strings which are mostly GSH phosphor bronze of the same weight; GHS is common and works well with almost any set for the remainder of the performance. I am tough on the B and the G and can massacre a 1st E with ease with hammer-ons, pull-offs, pops and string stretches. Check out how good they are with barrs. If you do it right, no mutes or buzzes. Sometimes I love string talk for character, so I might wipe a bit of String Ease off and let them squeak like a shredder. I only use a thumb pick for finger style, but a treaded 0.75mm or 1mm Dunlop pick for the rest. I also use, instead of my solid brass locking capo, one or two Third Hand capos. (These capos are unique and let you use chording structures that cannot be obtained any other way. They add a whole different dimension to my playing. Up to five can be used at once for any creation.) But it all starts with the right strings for the right job: John Pearse. (Ps: I've never used Elixers and don't intend to. If I get that far I'll look for flat wounds.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Say what you will

        By acoustiman

        from Fremont, In

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts

          Comments about John Pearse 600L Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings:

          You can say what you will about the quality, endurance and sound of all the other strings, but none of it matters because John Pearse are by far the best in every category. I have them on my Gibson, Taylor and Martin. It's quite remarkable how balanced these strings are.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          BEST STRING EVER

          By Rozites

          from Knoxville, TN

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about John Pearse 600L Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings:

            I've been using JOhn Pearse strings for years and years. They are the best. i've never had strings last longer and be easier on my fingers.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great tone!

            By Slowpoke

            from Texas

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about John Pearse 600L Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                I use these on a Taylor 814ce to play 3 and 4 member Bluegrass gospel. Typical life span. Definitely the best i have found for my guitar and what i do.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Sound

                By Bluesmule

                from Sacramento, CA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about John Pearse 600L Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                  Great service too!

                  (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  JP 600L

                  By JMBW Vintage

                  from MN

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                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Not Consistent
                    • Poor Tone Quality

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about John Pearse 600L Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                      No depth. These strings sounded okay when first played, but as the playing progressed, there was no depth or tone. Would not buy again.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Dead strings sound good.

                      By AC-zeQWU

                      from Earth

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                      Comments about John Pearse 600L Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                      These strings really do the job for me. I like vintage guitars with a folk acoustic sound. I do agree with the comment that they leave your finger tips black but I think that is just the nature of the Phosphor Bronze being uncoated. Give them a try.
                      Phosphor Bronze, uncoated, Light Guage strings.
                      The quality is good. I have never broke one. The sound of the strings produce a low and worn in type sound. If you like "dead" strings get these. I know it sounds kinda bizzare but it works for my vintage guitars. If you play Elixir (and prefer them) then these are not for you.
                      Honestly, I thing that they are a little overpriced. I wouldn't mind spending less.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great String Value!

                      By RMI

                      from Newberg, OR

                      Comments about John Pearse 600L Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                      I'm so impressed with the JP 600Ls that I've been using on my Taylor 814CE and Breedlove AD25SF guitars. These are strings that produce a great balanced sound with just a side order of punch to make for distinctive playing. I love 'em, they're inexpensive, and a great, great value.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Best acoustic String Ever!!

                      By LonesomeRoad86

                      from Bowling Green, KY

                      Comments about John Pearse 600L Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                      I hardly ever write reviews, but after I put a set of John Pearse Phosphor Bronze Wound Light Gauge Strings (600L) I knew I had to get the word out. I have had a Martin DM for about six years now and it has never sounded better. In my opinion these strings are perfect. The lows are deep, the highs sing, and the mids are balanced. Do your guitar a favor and buy a set.

                      (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Sound great but will leave you with black fingers!

                      By REBECCA STORCK

                      from Ohio

                      Comments about John Pearse 600L Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                      Sound good but left my finger tips black after a very short period of use. This is not acceptable for new strings. I will never by anything but D'Addarios or Elixers again! I thought I would give these strings a try because of the 5 star rating. If you are strictly a cord strummer, you may be ok, but if you do a lot of lead work up and down the neck, you will not want these unless you don't mind having blackened, filthy fingers afterwords from the tarnish residue. .....was very disappointed!
                      ....sound good but blackened my fingers!

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      John Pearse strings are the best

                      By H McBride

                      from Independence, OR

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                      Comments about John Pearse 600L Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                      John Pearse lights give this old Aria guitar a nice bright sound.

                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      not that great

                      By Wooooooo

                      from South Dakota

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                      Comments about John Pearse 600L Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                      I tried these strings out with my Taylor Big Baby acoustic guitar and was expecting a mellower sound than what the stock Elixirs gave me. When I put them on, the sound was only marginally good for only 2 weeks of use, which averages out to about 6 hours playing time on my scale of playing. After those two weeks, the strings went dead, and now they sound lifeless. I have a good guitar and it doesn't even sound half bad with dead flabby strings on there, but it's embarassing to pick up a guitar that says "Taylor" on the headstock and not have it shine like it should. I will never again purchase John Pearse strings. They don't even sound close to some of the other acoustic strings that I've tried (Elixir, Martin, Epiphone) and they're more expensive than most acoustic strings you can get on the market today. They ARE better than Ernie Ball Acoustic Slinky's though, I will give them that. Please save yourself the hassle and do not purchase these strings.

                       
                      5.0

                      LOVE LOVE LOVE 'EM

                      By DRGONZO

                      from Upstate NY

                      About Me Novice

                      Comments about John Pearse 600L Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                      I changed out the factory strings that came on my Yamaha Concert body with these strings and I since have never looked back. They have a definite, chimey, ringing Bluegrass feel that fades to a nice warmth and I find that is an excellent match for the crisper more focused tone of a Concert or OOO body size. They take 24 hrs to really settle in and open up then after about a week they get REALLY good as the warmth emerges and BOOM you're in love! These strings last me about 2 months and even then they still sound pretty good half dead! I bought an extra set this time around to give my buddy (Who is a Pro session player) who swears by Martin strings...I'm certain he'll become a true believer.

                       
                      4.0

                      so far so good

                      By lynnbo

                      from Indiana

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Tone

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about John Pearse 600L Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                          First time I have purchased these strings. I checked the reviews before I decided to buy, and so far they have met my expectations.

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