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Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings  

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Aluminum Bronze Acoustic Strings feature more projection and clarity than traditional bronze strings, while also providing improved corrosion resistance. Aluminum Bronze Acoustic Strings are made with... Click To Read More About This Product

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Aluminum Bronze Acoustic Strings feature more projection and clarity than traditional bronze strings, while also providing improved corrosion resistance. Aluminum Bronze Acoustic Strings are made with Ernie Ball Maraging Steel hex cores and Aluminum Bronze wrap wire which provide more pronounced lows coupled with crisp brilliant highs.

Made from a blend of copper and aluminum specifically tailored for acoustic guitar strings.

Medium Light Guages .012, .016, .024, .032, .044, and .054.

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Ernie BallAluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings
 
4.1

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (14)
  • Consistent (7)
  • Long life (7)
  • Well built / quality (7)

Cons

  • Breaks easy (4)
  • Poor tone quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (7)
  • Back-up (6)
  • Concerts (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

You NEED to try these !!!

REALLY LIKE THESE STRINGS !!!

Now that these have "settled in" I like them even more.

You gotta try different picks with these strings.Read complete review

REALLY LIKE THESE STRINGS !!!

Now that these have "settled in" I like them even more.

You gotta try different picks with these strings.
They respond to pick changes more than any other strings I have tried.

Did the Elixir thing for a while and got tired of the "shed" of the poly's.
Then went to Nano's and I do like them too.
D'Addarios and DR Sunbeams are good too.

Hopefully these will live up to the billing in longevity.

Very "open" sound under the pick.
Good finger picking, not great.

Overall I believe I have found THE string set !!!

Very Happy with these and will DEFINITELY buy more for my Blueridge BR 60.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice try...but are a gimmick.

I bought a set of these strings recently hoping that the claims of increased brightness and bass projection would win me over. Yes, they are quite bright and project well. Initially I was...Read complete review

I bought a set of these strings recently hoping that the claims of increased brightness and bass projection would win me over. Yes, they are quite bright and project well. Initially I was impressed by the new sound they brought out. But after a couple of days, the overall sound of these strings seems to also have a bit of an artificial quality to them...somewhat like the sound of an electric guitar. Sort of like an EQ that has been overly boosted in the mid and high ranges. Kinda flashy and exaggerated. In my opinion, this compromises the natural timbre that is so characteristic of a good sounding acoustic guitar. In addition, after four or five days of using these strings, I had decided to replace the bridge saddle on this same guitar (something I had been putting off doing to this guitar for a while). As a guitar instructor, I routinely setup guitars and replace bridge saddles and the like. Once I got the new saddle on and started to re-tighten the strings (which were as I mentioned earlier, only a few days old) the G string abruptly broke. Perhaps this is because it is an aluminum type of string? Aluminum is known to be a rather brittle metal and often breaks rather than bends when stressed. In any case, that really soured me on these strings. Bottom line here is...take a pass on these strings. Yes, they sound cool and very different than most other strings out there. But I think they are a 'here today - gone tomorrow' gimmick, and one that looses it's initial sound fascination rapidly. They also don't seem to hold up very well unlike many other strings available today. It's back to the Martin Lifespans for me! Mike M.

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4.0

Love 'em-but---

By Kwikpick

from Kenosha, Wisconsin

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life

Cons

  • Breaks Easy

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

I tried these in spite of the hype and was surprised by how good they sounded. They actually do give my instruments a more hi fi sound. They make my rswd/sitka dread and an rswd/addy slope shldr shine. I play 3 different situations regularly. A bluegrass/Celtic/swing thing, and Americana thing, and my solo act. I have to flatpick, fingerpick (with a thumbpick), use alt tunings, and play slide. These strings bring out the best in every style. My only caveat is they DO break right at the bridge frequently. Please ERNIE BALL, reinforce this area!!!

 
3.0

Love the sound and feel, but the G strings are the weak link

By Nic

from Georgia

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Breaks Easy

Best Uses

    Comments about Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    I really like the way the strings feel and the crisp projection that they provide. However, I've gone through several packs of these strings because the G strings are unreliable. I never break strings. I generally stick with Ernie Ball for electric and Elixir for acoustic, but thought I would give these a try. These would be perfect, were it not for the weak G strings. I don't know why, but they just don't hold up to my normal playing. Like I said, I never break strings, so this is a new experience for me. I can usually get a handful of shows out of guitar strings. However, I'm lucky if I can even play a few hours without breaking a G string. It's frustrating. I should add that the other guitarist I play with has had the same experience. He's given up on these strings because the G strings just don't hold up.

     
    2.0

    Meh....the Jury is still out..

    By Jeremy S

    from Warren RI

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Breaks Easy

    Best Uses

      Comments about Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

      Bought three sets of these strings. As an exclusive Ernie Ball player on both acoustic and electric, I thought I would give these a try considering the claims made about bring less prone to corrosion. That said, I had a gig yesterday and put them on the day before. I let them settle in and during the gig the G, D and A all snapped in the same place. Just after the twist that attaches to the ball end. The G went first, and I quickly swapped it out with a spare Ernie Ball Earthwood I had in my case. Continued playing then the D went...same thing swapped it out for another spare. Then the A. The jury is still out for me. It may just be a bad pack, as even the most expensive brands have that from time to time.

       
      5.0

      WOW! Opens tone up on darker sounding guitars!

      By LOS

      from Portland, OR

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Distinctive & Unique tone
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts

        Comments about Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        I run my guitars using either Matrix Infinity or LR Baggs pickups through pedal board/PA combo. These strings last me two 3 hr. gigs and share a similar tone to Phosphor bronze strings but, HOTTER. Breedlove recommends D'addario EXP16 which feel great and last long but my Stage Auditorium's Rosewood back and sides/Sitka Spruce top combo still sounded a bit muted and scooped. These strings are exactly what Breedlove should ship with. They brought out upper mid complexity to single notes and lots of chime & bloom for strumming. Harmonics pop yet, I can still hear a strong fundamental tone with a uniquely distinctive voice! WOW!

         
        4.0

        Opens tone up on darker sounding guitars!!!

        By LOS

        from Portland, OR

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Long sustain
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

            I run my guitars using either Matrix Infinity or LR Baggs pickups through pedal board/PA combo. These strings last me two 3 hr. gigs and share a similar tone to Phosphor bronze strings but, HOTTER. Breedlove recommends D'addario EXP16 which feel great and last long but my Stage Auditorium's Rosewood back and sides/Sitka Spruce top combo still sounded a bit muted and scooped. These strings are exactly what Breedlove should ship with. They brought out upper mid complexity to single notes and lots of chime & bloom for strumming. Harmonics pop yet, I can still hear a strong fundamental tone with a uniquely distinctive voice!

             
            4.0

            Decent Tone

            By A

            from NC

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Tone
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Practicing

              Comments about Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

              The bass and mids ring out a little more than the highs. Which gives it a balance. I would give this a try if I was someone who want an enhanced sound to their chords.

               
              1.0

              dissapointment

              By Ash Plank

              from Eaton County , Michigan

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

                Cons

                • Breaks Easy
                • Poor Tone Quality

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                  bought two sets of these to try , installed them on two guitars. Within 10 minutes of playing time the G string on the first guitar gave way just past the twist on the ball end . set that aside to be restrung and played the other guitar for a few minutes till the tuning settled in thinking I was good to go. The next night at band practice about 15 or 20 minutes in the G string on that guitar let go in the same spot right by the twist . this is a new alloy and a new product for Ernie Ball, a company I have trusted for a very long time (I have used super slinkeys on all my electrics for about 35 years ) All that to say I am REALLY DISSAPOINTED .

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Strings

                  By rokdog49

                  from Ohio

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                    You really should give these a try. Out of the box they may sound a little foreign and not as bright as a new set of 80-20 or even some PB's but after about an hour of playing,.. WOW !
                    I think the bad reviews were from folks who judged them too quickly.
                    They have their own "string voice" and if you own a guitar that is by nature weak in the mids, these will make the mids pop especially if you own a Martin or any guitar where the mids are scooped.
                    More sustain than any other string I've tried and really nice overtones.
                    These are my strings now.

                     
                    2.0

                    not worth the money

                    By RslGuitarGuy

                    from Utah

                    About Me Novice

                    Pros

                    • None

                    Cons

                    • Poor Tone Quality
                    • Very Harsh Steel Sound

                    Best Uses

                    • None

                    Comments about Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                    have tried these twice now. once on a very low end acoustic, thought maybe that was why i didn't like them. fast forward about two months and need to replace strings on a mid range acoustic so thought i would try again....... NOPE!, made a $800 dollar guitar sound like the low end $100 dollar one. sound was not even close to warm. very bright, but also harsh, tiny, metallic sounding, i love the Ernie Ball Earthwood strings, so its back to those going forward

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Good stuff

                    By Doug Singlecut

                    from Evergreen, CO

                    About Me Experienced

                    Comments about Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                    Like these strings a lot. I have a Martin HD28 that can be kind of dark. I also sweat quite a bit and tend to deaden and corrode strings pretty quickly. These strings really brightened up the guitar in a good way and improved the projection dramatically compared to Martin or D'ad strings. They brightened it without making it harsh, actually improved the overtones as well and the best non-coated strings I've found for handling my alien sweat. Never write reviews, but these are good if you're looking for a little more oomph, sparkle and clarity out of your acoustic.

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