Gibson SAG-MB12 Masterbuilt Premium Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, 0.012-0.053 Light Gauge
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- Strings are phosphor/bronze-wound to give your acoustic guitar a bright attack and sustained warmth
- Perfect for the ultimate acoustic sound
- American made, world played
- Genuine strings utilize strict quality control methods to ensure tone, durability and consistency
- 0.012-0.053 Light gauge
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Gibson SAG-MB12 Masterbuilt Premium Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings are built under the direction of Gibson's famed acoustic luthiers, these strings are phosphor/bronze-wound to give your acoustic guitar a bright attack and sustained warmth that's perfect for the ultimate acoustic sound. These are American made, world played. Genuine strings utilize strict quality control methods to ensure tone, durability and consistency.
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The factory strings had colored balls, making me think they were made by D'Addario, but the color scheme was not consistent with how that company does their strings. The factory specs say it ships with 80/20 bronze. It had a Cleartone hang tag on it, but they really don't look like coated strings to me, as they were slightly tarnished from storage when I received the guitar.
For me at least, 80/20 bronze strings don't seem to work well on this guitar. I've gone through sets of Dean Markley Helix X, Martin Marquis, D'Addarrio EJ11, and Elixirs in the past two weeks. They all lacked "sparkle" and/or had excessive finger noise.
Strolling through the string listings yet once again, hoping to find "The One", I saw these Gibson strings, with the "Masterbilt" moniker. As Epiphone is a division of Gibson, I figured "Why not... Since these are 1/3 the cost of the Elixirs they will replace, whats to lose?"
Well, I've found THE strings for this guitar. It now rings like a piano, with lovely harmonics. There is minimal finger squeak, and the strings are well-balanced for the voicing of the guitar. It really has made this guitar come alive!
Strings are, of course, a very subjective item. Most string reviews seem to be either "THESE ARE THE GREATEST EVER!!!" or "THESE TOTALLY SUCK!!", but for my particular guitar I believe I have found the perfect intersection of tone, playability and (thankfully) cost.
My main guitar is a Martin 000-1R (I know, super rare..)
I tried something new by purchasing these strings and I was NOT disappointed at all.
These have an absolutely gorgeous sound.
I use Elixir PB nano web strings on all my acoustics except my martin (I think martin strings sound better on martins)
And for my Martin, my goto strings are the SPs, preferably the Martin SP lifespans Medium gauge.
But now with these strings, I feel like these could work their way into being my first alternative to the martin strings I prefer.
These Gibson strings have a fat deep tone; When and if you play finger style, you'll understand what I'm saying. These strings make your guitar resonate against your body more and it's a great feeling.
They don't have an overwhelming brightness to them, these are very calm balanced strings with a very wonderful tone... I just wish these lasted as long as the elixirs and Lifespans or I wouldn't deviate from these bad boys!
I will definitely keep a set of these always on deck.
Now - why I gave this product a 4 star rating instead of a 5 star - the shipping took 3 weeks!! 3 weeks! Someone asked if they are American made - says American Made, World Played on the package, but they were shipped from Japan!! That's right - Japan! No wonder it took 3 weeks to get here!
I thought I was buying from an American company, and these would come from somewhere in America. I would have never bought these from this merchant had I known they would be coming from Japan!
Still - good strings for a Gibson high end guitar. I would not use them on my Martin though - not made for it, and the tone would be all wrong.