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Cleartone Phosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings

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Gauges: 12-16-25-33-43-53 Cleartone Acoustic Strings feature the finest phosphor bronze available for the warmest and brightest resonance on acoustic...Click To Read More About This Product

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Silky feel, brilliant tone, and incredible string life.

Gauges: 12-16-25-33-43-53

Cleartone Acoustic Strings feature the finest phosphor bronze available for the warmest and brightest resonance on acoustic guitars. A unique treatment called EMP coats the entire string with an ultrathin protective film. It's the thinnest coating ever applied to guitar strings (less than one micron!) and will withstand more abuse from hard strumming than coatings 1000 times thicker! EMP ensures longer string life by protecting strings from corrosion due to skin acidity, salt, and moisture without compromising feel and sound.

Super-high tension winding over a hex-core is used to maintain tuning consistency throughout performance duration.

FEATURES
  • Thinnest coating ever!
  • Dramatically increases string life
  • Protects strings from corrosion
  • Withstands hard strumming
  • American made

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CleartonePhosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings
 
3.3

(based on 48 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (13)

60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

  • Poor tone quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best Acoustic strings ever.

I own a rather inexpensive Yamaha acoustic/electric; an FX335. I used to swear by Martin Marquis strings for years, I tried these as a suggestion from a guy who worked at Guitar...Read complete review

I own a rather inexpensive Yamaha acoustic/electric; an FX335. I used to swear by Martin Marquis strings for years, I tried these as a suggestion from a guy who worked at Guitar Center...I was like "why not?". These strings rock. The do cost quite a bit but when you play them you know where that extra money went to. To describe them in one word? Zing. Tons of Zing. I, in fact, bought new set of cleartones because I thought I might have to change them before a gig..but after playing the one I put on a month ago I was like "why?...these still have their zing.." Highly Recommended.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Less than impressed, but worth a try.

Although I was not throughly impressed I still say they are worth a shot if you are curious. If you don't like them, hey, go back to what works. I am unfortunately stuck...Read complete review

Although I was not throughly impressed I still say they are worth a shot if you are curious. If you don't like them, hey, go back to what works. I am unfortunately stuck with a stack of these strings (and intend to use them), but I'm not going to complain because I got an incredible deal on them. There's too many complainers out there today.

Cleartone strings appear to be a well-manufactured, quality product, and I recommend them on the grounds that you try them to see if they are a good fit for you and your guitar.

All the best!
Cleartone coating versus other brands' coating - this is what the package touts. I notice the coating to be thinner but a good quality "coated" string has never bothered me much. In other words - it advertises a thinner coating and a more natural feeling product, but unfortunately it doesn't matter to me much. I'll rate this category a 6.
The strings seem to be well made and are even packaged nicely in a durable poly wrap package, I admit I was pretty impressed just seeing what was underneath the pouch. Strings are color coded, which will be appealing to those who are familiar with D'Addario strings. Nice touch. Each string tips off with a long straight steel core. Strings tuned up fast and after a few stretches only needed one or two re-tunes.

The area where I am dissatisfied is not in the durability or the feel of the strings. I am dissappointed in the sound. These strings replaced an old set of D'Addario EXL's on my Yamaha FGX720SCA Acoustic/Electric, and although they were brigher (as new strings tend to be), they were lacking a certain fullness and richness that the EXL's provided, both new and used, when played on my guitar.

The EXL's have always been my go-to coated string, simply because they sound better to me than other coated competitors, so I may be partially biased here. But I know what I hear and I know what I like, and I don't feel these Cleartones are the best fit for my guitar.
I want the readers to know that every guitar responds differently to strings. I have played guitar for quite a few years and have realized that some brands/gauges/lines of strings work better on some guitars, both acoustic and electric, than do others. So don't let this review scare you away from trying a set of strings that you might just fall in love with.

On my particular guitar I wasn't impressed, but perhaps on your Takamine or your Martin these strings will shoot rainbows from your fingertips. It's all subjective.

If you can find a special, I'd say give them a whack. You may not be dissapointed, and you'll know for yourself if these are for you or not. There's a lot of buzz about these strings, why not try them for yourself?

Peace.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Looks great...doesn't sound so great...

By S-man

from New Mexico

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Comments about Cleartone Phosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

NOT worth the money, at ALL. EXP and Elixir both sound MUCH better than these. Will not purchase again. Glad I only bought one set of them.
coating is nice one these...
Made well, look nice...but cannot rate high, as the sound is rather dull and lifeless.
Really not that good of a deal, since they do not sound very good.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Less than impressed, but worth a try.

By Wooooooo

from South Dakota

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Comments about Cleartone Phosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

Although I was not throughly impressed I still say they are worth a shot if you are curious. If you don't like them, hey, go back to what works. I am unfortunately stuck with a stack of these strings (and intend to use them), but I'm not going to complain because I got an incredible deal on them. There's too many complainers out there today.

Cleartone strings appear to be a well-manufactured, quality product, and I recommend them on the grounds that you try them to see if they are a good fit for you and your guitar.

All the best!
Cleartone coating versus other brands' coating - this is what the package touts. I notice the coating to be thinner but a good quality "coated" string has never bothered me much. In other words - it advertises a thinner coating and a more natural feeling product, but unfortunately it doesn't matter to me much. I'll rate this category a 6.
The strings seem to be well made and are even packaged nicely in a durable poly wrap package, I admit I was pretty impressed just seeing what was underneath the pouch. Strings are color coded, which will be appealing to those who are familiar with D'Addario strings. Nice touch. Each string tips off with a long straight steel core. Strings tuned up fast and after a few stretches only needed one or two re-tunes.

The area where I am dissatisfied is not in the durability or the feel of the strings. I am dissappointed in the sound. These strings replaced an old set of D'Addario EXL's on my Yamaha FGX720SCA Acoustic/Electric, and although they were brigher (as new strings tend to be), they were lacking a certain fullness and richness that the EXL's provided, both new and used, when played on my guitar.

The EXL's have always been my go-to coated string, simply because they sound better to me than other coated competitors, so I may be partially biased here. But I know what I hear and I know what I like, and I don't feel these Cleartones are the best fit for my guitar.
I want the readers to know that every guitar responds differently to strings. I have played guitar for quite a few years and have realized that some brands/gauges/lines of strings work better on some guitars, both acoustic and electric, than do others. So don't let this review scare you away from trying a set of strings that you might just fall in love with.

On my particular guitar I wasn't impressed, but perhaps on your Takamine or your Martin these strings will shoot rainbows from your fingertips. It's all subjective.

If you can find a special, I'd say give them a whack. You may not be dissapointed, and you'll know for yourself if these are for you or not. There's a lot of buzz about these strings, why not try them for yourself?

Peace.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best coated string by a long shot

By Doug

from Houston, TX

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Playability
  • Strong
  • Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Any
    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Cleartone Phosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    They last forever, don't flake or cut your fingers. They don't sound dead in the highs like EXPs or shrill like Elixers. The coating simply does not come off. They make a cheap guitar sound decent and a good guitar sound amazing. If you've never liked coated strings, try these, you'll change your mind. I wont purchase any other string on the market.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Bad result

    By Jay

    from Bangor, Maine

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

      Cons

      • Not Consistent
      • Poor Quality
      • Poor Tone Quality

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Cleartone Phosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

      Tried these on my OM guitar..after a week,strings had lost all of their initial tone..much better strings out there for less!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Terrible Strings

      By DBoss

      from Paducah, Kentucky

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • None

      Cons

      • Constantly out of tune
      • Continually stretch
      • Poor Tone Quality
      • Rust on steel strings

      Best Uses

      • On a cheap guitar

      Comments about Cleartone Phosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

      This is a terrible string. Do not waste your money. I was sold this string as a comparible string to elixir. This string does not even come close. During a set they continually stretch and I am constantly tuning. I own a Taylor guitar and I did not experience this until this string. The string material is soft and it shows when tuning the guitar you have to twist the tuning machines several times before you see and change in the tune. Do not waste your money!!!!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Acoustic strings ever.

      By revolver3469

      from Des Moines, Iowa

      Comments about Cleartone Phosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

      I own a rather inexpensive Yamaha acoustic/electric; an FX335. I used to swear by Martin Marquis strings for years, I tried these as a suggestion from a guy who worked at Guitar Center...I was like "why not?". These strings rock. The do cost quite a bit but when you play them you know where that extra money went to. To describe them in one word? Zing. Tons of Zing. I, in fact, bought new set of cleartones because I thought I might have to change them before a gig..but after playing the one I put on a month ago I was like "why?...these still have their zing.." Highly Recommended.

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Working well for me.

      By Jerry C.

      from Georgia, USA

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Just Playing Or Practicin

      Comments about Cleartone Phosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

      I think these strings are comporable to Elixir, so far I love them. Good luck.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      OK Srings, Huge Price

      By FenderStrat

      from Los Angeles, CA

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      Pros

      • Feels great

      Cons

      • High Price Tag

      Best Uses

        Comments about Cleartone Phosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        These are decnt strings. They feel real great right after they're put on, but all strings do. Overall, they are just too high priced. For this price you could by the D'addario EJ16 3-pack, which is what I'm doing now. Overall, not enough bang for your buck.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Don't waste your money!!

        By TrueReviewMan

        from Los Angeles

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        Comments about Cleartone Phosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        Buy Elixir!! I have placed these on both of my Acoustic's, and they sound VERY average. They DO NOT allow your fingers to slide easily, and really make that "scratching" sound we all hate. They claim to be the best coated string available. Not even close. Elixir blows them away. I've been playing for 20 years now, and nothing comes close to Elixir. Cleartone are overpriced, and certainly not worth it. Don't waste your money.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Clearntone Extra Light Acoustic Strings

        By Nutjob Scott

        from Long Beach, CA

        Comments about Cleartone Phosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        As any guitarist knows, strings that sound great on one guitar may not sound great on another. Well, I have tried them on 3 of my nicer guitars and they sound better than anything else I have tried. On my Kevin Ryan fingerstyle guitar, they sound fantastic. They sound bright, fresh, and new for a long, long time. Seriously, I am amazed that they can last weeks on end, even when I play a few hours every day. There are no frills here, you get what the company promises: great sounding strings that last longer. Compared to Elixir, Cleartones sound brighter and richer. I also put a set of medium Elixirs on my Santa Cruz DPW and Ehlers Mahogany/Adi and they sound just as great.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Not Impressed

        By PGermain

        from Canada

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        Comments about Cleartone Phosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        Quite ordinary, there was no sound degradation while they were on my guitar but they lasted less than the brand I normally use and they are not even coated. Sorry not quite up to their claims.
        The only thing I noticed feature wise was that the strings clicked and detuned often in the beginning so I don't recommend using these string a week before a show. Some times this detuning occured when I wasn't even playing.
        Quite ordinary I broke the G string so forget about the fact that this string will take hard playing better
        For the price I don't think so, better than the known coated string but still not that great an advantage

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        bad experience

        By Panama Jo

        from Virginia

        Comments about Cleartone Phosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        I thought I'd give these a try. Have always used D'Addario's and Elixir's. The 4D string broke at the bridge while stringing. The 6E string was absolutely dull w/o sustain after tuning. Luckily, I didn't harm the old Elixir's on removal and was able to reuse them. I would not recommend these Cleatones.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Don't Bother

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Cleartone Phosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        At first they sounded great, but they went dull almost immediately. I've played $6 Martin strings that lasted longer. They don't deliver and are way overpriced. Don't even bother with these.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Coated Strings Are Like Sushi

        By Jersey Bill

        from Phila., PA

        Comments about Cleartone Phosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        That is, you love them or you hate them, it seems - nobody has a lukewarm opinion. I have no use for Elixirs, and I while I like their tone, I really don't find any longevity difference in the D'Addario EXPs I used most recently. I have been playing electric, acoustic, slide and classical for most of my 53+ years and have concluded that taste in picks, strings, pedals, etc. (not to mention guitars themselves) is almost completely subjective once you get above the truly crappy level. I've been using these for abt. 4 months now and really like 'em. And when I take into account how long they stay "fresh", the price really isn't too bad. To each his (or her) own...

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Not Bad

        By Kevin Kaneta

        from Portland, OR

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        Comments about Cleartone Phosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        They sound fine. We'll see how long they last. I found no significant difference between these and Elixir Nano's. I'll try Martin Lifespan SP's next.
        They are overpriced.

         
        4.0

        Very good string

        By 73

        from NJ

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Cleartone Phosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

          Much more even and warm sounding than Elixir in my opinion. I can see the using Elixir if you are playing with more than one other person and want to cut through. But I prefer these when playing by yourself or with one, two others. They do last for quite a long time as well. All that being said, don't know if any string is worth the money they charge for coated strings. Unless maybe you can't change them yourself and need to go to a guitar shop for the job.

          Service and delivery comments:

          Always receive the best service and most of the time, the best prices from Musicians Friend.

           
          2.0

          Extra long strings

          By LONNY

          from WISCONSIN

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          Pros

          • Where long enough for my Archtop Guitar.

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Cleartone Phosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

              I purchased these strings because they are long, and a great length for my Archtop. The sound was ok, but, they are only 36% louder if I strum 36% harder!

               
              5.0

              been using these strings for 6 years

              By slick

              from Michigan

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              Pros

              • Good Tone
              • Long Life

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Cleartone Phosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                pricey, but worth it! not for the guy who changes strings for every gig, no need too, wipe them off with a rag before putting guitar back in its case

                 
                5.0

                Very brite with great sound!

                By Jedi

                from Utah

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Cleartone Phosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                  A little expensive, but seem to be worth it.

                  (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Horribly dull tone

                  By Jason

                  from Chicago, IL

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                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Poor Tone Quality
                    • Very Expensive

                    Best Uses

                    • Making String-men Statues

                    Comments about Cleartone Phosphor-Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                    I bought these at the recommendation of a *insert popular music store here* employee. The sounded only mediocre at best after I put them on my guitar. The coating on them is a joke as well. After only a week, the strings had a noticeable patina on them (they looked like 6-month old uncoated strings) and the tone went right down the toilet. The strings sounded dull, muted, and with a strange resonant quality that sounded like something was broken in my guitar (there wasn't). Go get a set of Martin strings instead. They're half the price, sound beautiful and crisp with great playability, and last nearly as long as any coated strings I've ever tried without the tonal drawbacks.

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