I find these stings to be clean and bright. They are not my preferred string mostly because I prefer phosphor bronze and a slightly different gauge than what they offer here. But, I have an all mahogany vintage harmony guitar that really wakes up with these vs. the phosphor bronze sets. It's a welcome change. The life of these strings tends to be better than my preferred "brand X" (which Shoreline sells also) which is great because these are on the guitar I tend to play the least so I get extended change intervals. All in all, I would say these stings are work a try to see if they fill a need for you.
I've been using coated phosphor bronze strings for a long long time, either D'Addario or Wyres. I got a set of these as a beta tester and loved them. They sound great and last almost as long as coated strings for less money. I still like the Wyres but they are expensive and difficult to find. I will certainly pick the nickel bronze over the coated D'Addarios so they are now my primary string.
I bought a set of these given the promotion that Shoreline was having...I figured it was worth trying. I typically use Elixir PB nanoweb HD lights which I love. I have to say that I am impressed by these Nickel Bronze strings! I don't know yet about how long-lasting they are - time will tell - but these Nickel Bronze strings will most likely be my backup choice to the Elixirs when it comes to price/value.
I have know idea how these Nickel Bronze strings can be so brilliant but ring out so deep. On some songs it sounds like I am strumming a 12 string. If you have never given these a try- you owe it to yourself to hear the one of a kind sound these strings produce.
I've long been a D'affairs EJ17 player, and while I like trying new strings, I always go back to EJ's. Until now. I've come to love the Nickel Bronze strings on both my Larrivee OM-40 and my Martin D18. From the get-go, They really seem to nail the tone of EJs after about a week of good play, which, to my ears, is the sweet spot! Broken in, but still with some zing and bite. Best of all, they maintain it for a good while. I don't hear the decline of tone as quickly as With PB strings. The NB strings break in quick and stay there, giving me dependable tone every time. And honestly, they feel really good too! Give them a try and see what you think!
I have a maple Taylor GSCE and have mostly played Elixir nanoweb PB mediums on it. The nickel bronze feel great, the gauge is perfect and the volume is generally good. The two unwound treble strings sound so much better than the Elixirs that it isn't funny. I'm not sure about the wound strings yet. They seem a little bright for my tastes, though I still get excellent bass response. The sound is great flatpicked and very good fingerpicked. I'm not sold on it yet, strumming, but I am not much of a strummer. I have another guitar that these might be perfect on and I'm going to keep them on for a while. BTW, Shoreline customer service was excellent. Thanks!
I was curious to try out something a bit different, so bought a couple sets to try out on different guitars. My experience has always been that guitars are rather unique beasts - what sounds good on one guitar is not necessarily going to sound all that good on another guitar, even one from the came maker. It all depends on the guitar and what you as a player want to hear.
With that preamble out of the way, I think these are great strings. I installed a set of the 13-56's on my primary "playing out" guitar, a low-end Recording King dread that was due for some new strings. I let them settle in for 24hours, and took the guitar to an Irish session on Friday night. The strings felt good, very easy to play, and had good volume and projection. They also sounded very good from the start, with lots of ring and overtones, but not too bright (I generally find phosphor bronze strings a little too bright for the first week or so). I think these are winners and am looking forward to trying them on my higher-end McIlroys and other guitars.
My new favorite string for my CEO-7
Took it to another level and they are lasting
So far so good
I really like these strings but disappointed that they are so expensive. I have been using Tony Rice Monels on my bluegrass guitars and thought they were lack at something and this string put that something in them. They have a little more sound in general (highs and lows) and overtones that I never heard in the Monels. It remains to be seen how long they will last but most nickel type strings have good longevity. I may switch more of my guitars to these strings.
I recently tried out a set of these nickel bronze strings and was pleased with the clarity of them. Using my Lakewood M-32 as the test guitar (spruce & rosewood), I played it over the course of several days and am happy with the sound separation and the stiffness of the strings. I generally play finger style and am used to the warmth of John Pearse PB strings, which I still use. To my ears, these nickel bronze strings are not quite as "warm" sounding as the JP's, but still have a pleasing resonant tone. They also seem to hold the tuning well. At this point I don't know if they're worth the extra $4.50 per set, compared to the J.P. phosphor bronze strings I normally use, therefore I gave 'em a 4 star rating; as I believe the JP's are a better value. Btw, Shoreline's price for these strings is as low as anybody else's; lower if you factor in free shipping!