Acoustic guitar playing can be one of the most satisfying in the world of wood and steel, especially when everything comes together in the right way. As guitarists, we talk about wood choices for the top, back and sides, we talk about body shapes and specs, and then finally comes that all too important conversation about strings. For a long time it seemed like the only debate that I ever heard was phosphor bronze or 80/20 bronze, warmth over brightness, and that was about it. But so much has changed in the world of acoustic guitar strings. There are tons of alloys out there to tune in exactly the tone that you’re looking for. It should come as no surprise that D’Addario is at the forefront of this innovation (the company that’s been making strings longer than any of us knew what guitars were). Their latest innovation in the acoustic string market is the Nickel Bronze family. We invited Kyle from D’Addario down to the Sam Ash Studio to take us through it. Let’s check it out!
Nickel Bronze: The Overview
The beauty of these strings comes all the way down to the instrument and player. They sounds great for sure, but that’s because they work to enhance the tonal characteristics of your guitar. You bought your guitar for a reason. These strings will help support those reasons. D’Addario prides these strings on delivering unrivaled clarity, resonance and projection. They also have tremendous balance and harmonically rich overtones. Kyle also mentions that D’Addario purchased a winding mill across from their factory. This allowed them to engineer a new alloy that they are calling NY Steel. What this means for you is greater tuning stability and break resistance. Your strings will stay in tune, and last longer without the need for coating. Amazing!