Review: Ernie Ball Earthwood Phosphor Bronze Alloy Strings

Made with the highest quality phosphor bronze wrap wire, these new strings ($5.99 street) are designed to produce bright treble and deep, rich bass.
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Made with the highest quality phosphor bronze wrap wire, these new strings ($5.99 street) are designed to produce bright treble and deep, rich bass. Available in a variety of gauges, they come in a hermetically sealed package with each string in its own paper envelope. I tested a set of Extra Lights—which are gauged .010, .014, .020, .028, .040, .050—on a Bedell concert-sized flat-top and was impressed not only by how easily they played, but also by how they delivered deeper and tighter low-end response than expected given the lighter gauges. The highs sounded clear and sweet, and the midrange bloomed as nicely on this guitar as it did when strung with heavier gauge strings. I needed to make an adjustment to the trussrod to accommodate the lower tension afforded by these lighter strings, but once done, the Earthwoods performed extremely well, producing good volume, excellent detail in chords, and plenty of sustain. In short, Earthwood Phosphor Bronze Alloy strings make it possible to enjoy the physical benefits of lighter gauges without compromising the performance of the instrument. Pretty cool, and I suspect the heavier gauges will sound even better! ernieball.com

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