Guitar string Overview
In this article I tell my thoughts about five major guitar company phosphor bronze strings, they are: D’Addario, Martin, Ernie Ball, Elixir, and Black Diamond. You can read all of my individual reviews for the guitar strings by clicking on the highlighted guitar string names.
This article is based purely on my experience that I have had with the phosphor bronze guitar strings and my personal opinion about each brand. On average I tested each set of strings for anywhere between three to six months to get the most out of them before writing my reviews, and all of the guitar strings were 0.12 gauge to ensure the reviewing process was more or less fair. After trying out several strings, I think I found a winner.
Alright, let’s rumble!
The Guitar string showdown
- D’Addario Phosphor Bronze Guitar strings
The D’Addario phosphor bronze guitar strings used to be one of my top favorite guitar strings of all time when I first started out playing the guitar. I would use nothing but the EJ16 strings. In my opinion D’Addario had the brightest sounding guitar strings with a nice long life span, so I didn’t have to constantly keep changing the strings every month. Some people may not like the bright sound, but after a few weeks they mellow out a bit to give a beautifully balanced tone. In total the guitar strings sound lasts around 6 months before they really start to sound flat and showing signs of age; in my opinion that is great for casual playing. The only downside is that the strings are a bit stiff and hard to bend.
- Martin Phosphor Bronze Guitar strings
The Martin phosphor bronze strings have a lot of potential to be something amazing, but they fall a bit short because of some of their flaws. They have really great sounding tone and I thought that out of all the guitar strings tested out the Martin guitar strings sounded the best on my guitar when I first put them on, and I really loved how the strings rang out when I would strike chords.
But the problem was that the sound faded the fastest and started showing signs of wear and oxidation in under three months. After awhile the strings started to sound flat and lost their amazing sounding luster that they once had when I originally put the strings on. The Martin guitar strings were also a bit stiff to bend and slide across which made them a bit difficult to play. Perhaps if you were playing a gig and only had them on for one night they would be good, but I quickly found that I didn’t like them enough to keep buying them.
- Ernie Ball Everlast Phosphor Bronze Guitar strings
The Ernie Ball guitar strings were probably the most standard sounding strings that I have ever played; nothing mind blowing, but they didn’t sound horrible either. They had an average life span of about three to four months, and they sounded pretty good when I first put them on. My opinion about these guitar strings is that they fall perfectly in between D’Addario and Martin guitar strings in terms of sound quality and life span. Again, this is neither a good nor a bad thing; they are just a bit average in my opinion. They were pretty easy to bend and slide across and they had decent sounding tone but there’s nothing really else to say about them.
- Elixir Phosphor Bronze Guitar strings
I found the Elixir phosphor bronze strings to be flexible and very easy to bend, with a dynamic sounding tone that actually started to grow on me. The sound is a bit hard to explain, but in my opinion these strings sounded the most distinct and unique out of all of the phosphor bronze guitar strings that I have tested. The average life span before they started showing signs of wear and oxidation was about 4 months, which in my opinion is great for casual players. The Elixir strings also had a slick and smooth feel to them which made them a breeze to slide across.
- Black Diamond Phosphor Bronze Guitar strings (black colored strings)
The Black Diamond strings are the most recent set of guitar strings that I have tested, and I must say that I like them a lot. They are very flexible when it comes to bending, easy to slide across, and fretting was a lot more responsive in my opinion, as a bonus the strings don’t sound bad either. I love the unique black look of the strings and how soft and smooth they feel when fretting notes. Out of all the strings I found these to be the easiest and most comfortable to play. Even though they were .12 gauge strings I thought that they were a lot more responsive in comparison to the other guitar strings that I’ve tested out in the past.
Most people would leave it as a draw and say that almost all the strings are the same, and although that might be true, there are very subtle differences between the guitar strings and I found that one set stood out a bit more from all the others. So the winner is… the Black Diamond Phosphor bronze guitar strings.
I fell in love with their look, feel, color, and ease of playing. The sound may have been average in comparison to the other strings, but I didn’t really care because I could just jam out on the strings and bend as high as I wanted without worrying about the strings being too stiff or rough on the fingers when I played. So for now, the Black Diamond strings are currently my new favorite set of guitar strings.
But all of this is just my personal opinion; I want to hear what you have to say!
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