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 Rundown

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!

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Dave Stutts
Dave Stutts is a native of the greater Hampton Roads area of Virginia. He received his Bachelors of Music degree in Theory & Composition from the prestigious Christopher Newport University music school. He is a music composer living and working in New York City. He specializes in orchestral/symphonic work as well as pop and digital music. His scoring work has ranged from Chamber Ensemble pieces (String Quartets/Brass Quintets), larger ensembles compositions (Wind Ensemble/Symphony Orchestra/String Orchestra), as well as short film and video game work.He is also a songwriter and a regular gigging musician in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. He refers to his style as Pop/Rock and Blues. His musical career began when he started playing guitar at age 5. He later progressed to Bass in middle school, Drums in High School, and finally Percussion and Piano in college. When asked, he has cited Michael Giacchino, Hans Zimmer, and John Williams as his major film and video game inspirations, and John Mayer as his primary pop inspiration.