#1
So I just bought a new acoustic, a Washburn WD10CE (is amazing for the price), and it came with some D'Addario light gauge strings (already on of course). I'm just wondering, are the D'Addarios better than John Pearse strings? The gauge size doesn't matter, I can play light and medium, but I'm just wondering what strings are better quality and will give me a better sound.

The D'Addario light gauge strings go for around $5 at my local guitar store, and the John Pearse strings cost me about $8 at the same store. The owner told me local guys use the John Pearse ones in the studio, and that they are some of the best acoustic strings he sells.

I bought the John Pearse strings for my old guitar, and then a few days later I bought the Washburn. Should I replace the D'Addarios on my new guitar with the John Pearse ones?

I believe the strings that came on my Washburn are "D'Addario Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar strings - Light Gauge EJ16," and the John Pearse strings I bought are 80/20 Bronze Wound Medium Gauge (set #300M). Thanks.
#2
So we should all buy Washburns and test them with these two different string sets, so you don't have to?

Guitars are shipped with light strings when the manufacturer feels the bracing is best suited to that gauge string.

The tension with mediums goes up around 200 lbs. I'd say use the lights, and restring with the mediums if you're going to record.

Plan "B" (with mediums), might be to tune down a semitone or 2 if the guitar is going to sit for a while. Your guitar will love you for it.

BTW, D'Addario PB lights are big favorites around here, but in the coated versions, which are, admittedly, more money. (EXP-16)
#3
I prefer the D'Addario PBs, myself.

To my ears, the Pearse strings sound good when new, but I found that they did not last as long as the D'Addarios -- they went dead fairly quickly for me.

I encourage you to try them both out yourself -- trying different strings is one of the cheapest ways to experiment with different tones on your guitar. Don't like a brand or type of string? No problem -- just swap in some different ones.
#4
this is one of those personal preference things. i like d'addario lights, and i prefer pb's to 80/20's. you may feel differently, but the only way to find out is to try both, and leave each set on at least a week so that you get past the breakin period.

also like Captaincranky suggests, i'd tune down a hair for the mediums unless you contact washburn and they say their guitars are safe with mediums.
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#5
Sonically, 80/20 and PB will provide your guitar with a different tone.

80/20 actually stands for 80% Copper and 20% Tin - they are the brightest of all strings lines. Certain guitars sound wonderful with 80/20. I had an old Guild that was really dark and boomy - 80/20's were the perfect balance for that guitar.

Phosphor Bronze is 90% Copper, 8% Tin and the remaining 2%-ish is made up of a number of materials including Phosphor. That being said, PB strings are warmer in tone and have more punch. My Larrivee is incredibly bright so the last thing I would want to do is put 80/20's on it - it would just be too shrill. Phosphor Bronze sounds amazing on that guitar.

Have fun finding the right string for your Washburn. That's half the fun in playing guitar; trying to the find the right strings, strap, EFX pedals, amp, tuner........on and on and on.

Don Dawson
Product Marketing Specialist
D'Addario / Planet Waves
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D'Addario / Planet Waves
#6
Personally, I dslike D'addario's. They always sound kind of bland to me. However, LOTS of people love them. John Pearse always sound really nice in the beginning, but I find they die quite quickly. I do, however, have really acidic sweat that kills strings.

Honestly, you have to try them yourself. It's impossible to tell you which will sound good on your guitar. Each brand of strings sound different on each guitar. Elixirs sounded decent on my Art & Lutherie Cedar top, but absolutely terrible on my Martin D16RGT.
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#7
as captivate says, each brand of strings sounds different on each guitar. that being said, i love d'addario pb's - they're my favorite strings on my blueridge br-341. there are strings that sounded great on my ca cargo that sounded uninspiring on my blueridge.
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#8
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....[ ]....Have fun finding the right string for your Washburn. That's half the fun in playing guitar; trying to the find the right strings, strap, EFX pedals, amp, tuner........on and on and on.

Don Dawson
Product Marketing Specialist
D'Addario / Planet Waves
For EFX, I suggest a digital delay, that way you can luxuriate in a whole herd of new Washburns, even when there's nobody else around.....

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Honestly, you have to try them yourself. It's impossible to tell you which will sound good on your guitar. Each brand of strings sound different on each guitar. Elixirs sounded decent on my Art & Lutherie Cedar top, but absolutely terrible on my Martin D16RGT.
Not too much of a surprise here. Elixirs are 80/20 brass, which would be ideal for the mellow cedar top, and likely too bright for the spruce/ mahogany, (?), Martin.

If you're still a fan, Elixir is showing a new PB offering in their "Nanoweb" series: http://www.zzounds.com/item--ELI16 Unfortunately, in terms of dollars and cents, they think an awful lot of them.

My Fender "Sororan" shipped with 80/20 coated Fender strings. which gave me a roaring headache until they finally died.

I think the premise was that the high end of the guitar should be able to cut through the sound of rough surf. Since I live a least a quarter mile from the nearest creek, and about 2500 miles from the Pacific Ocean, D'Addario PB was the obvious choice for the restring....
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#9
Ever notice how you have a favorite pair of underwear? Everyone does. And we all do for different reasons. No one could convince you that their favorite pair of underwear is the VERY BEST underwear in the world, right?

That's kinda like our relationship with guitar strings, very, very personal.

And so, I rec that you try every dang string you need to try until you find your perfect fit.


And don't wear other people's underwear.

Spill.

Btw, I use D'Addario, Martin SP, and/or Elixir's on my various guitars.
#10
Since I just received a warning, (in part), for defending Patticake's recommendation of D & R to another member, I choose to suggest the TS cycle through the popular brands, then get back to us, and tell us which ones you've settled on.
#11
IMO d'addario strings are easier on your fingers, seem to last a long time, and give great sound throughout their life. I went earnie ball for a while and just had to switch back, they dug into my fingers and died quicly, don't know about john pearse though, never even heard of them, the better question is, do you like the strings you have now, strings are all about how they feel for you and how you like the way they sound
#12
comparing lights to mediums? thats a tough one to start with. spill and cranky get my vote, everyone has their own personal preference. i have one guitar that im still trying to find the perfect match( to my ears) for. i've neen thru at least 10 sets on it. ive tried so many that i dont remember which ones i liked or not.
different picks effect the tonal quality immensely also. i try to judge the string based on how they sound fingerstyle and then try different picks againt 'em.
oh and spilproof..... i have a date thursday and i'm gonna need my underwear back.