Coated Slinky Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Strings
December 1, 2009
|Ernie 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.