Coated Slinky Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Strings

December 1, 2009
HUGG_ErnieBall_CoatedErnie Ball’s U.S.-made Phosphor- Bronzes pair an enamel coating on the wound strings with the company’s Titanium RPS winding on the plain strings to deliver longer-lasting tone, reduced breakage, and better tuning integrity. Strung up on a Larrivee jumbo, the strings sounded vivid and resonant when attacked with a pick, and articulate and chunky when plucked with fingers. You don’t feel the coating at all, and finger-to-string noise was average. At $27 retail/$14 street, these babies are a bit of an investment, as Ernie Ball’s non-coated Earthwood and Super Slinky Acoustic strings cost about $5. (Coated strings from other manufacturers run from $5 to $17 street.) However, if you want the shimmering phosphor bronze sound to power you through more than a couple of gigs or sessions, $14 is a small price to pay for consistent beauty.
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