I always return to these strings. I know, kind of boring some might think...I tend to change strings monthly on average, and I will flirt with other phosphor bronze string manufacturers. The usual suspects, John Pears (very solid PB string), Martin (dig their SP PB light strings), Elixir (the Polywebs for some reason sound really nice and warm on my old Guild dread). Dunlop by the way makes a killer PB light gauge string, you should try them out. Then I hit a wall with all the other choices there are and just get confused. So I return home to D'Addario's crowning achievement, when they first introduced the phosphor bronze alloy in 1974. And I am blown away upon first strum by just how great, smooth, playabilty, tone, feel...I wonder why I even other looking elsewhere. EJ16s are like ranch dressing. They go on nearly any guitar and make it sound great or better than it did before. I am nearly at the point of just buying the 3 pack sets from Shoreline, and maybe in a year, I will buy the 10 packs. Finding your string is like finding the beer you like and can order freely and never be let down. If your next/upcoming string purchase from Shoreline has you unsure or confused, just turn the car around and go home for a while. D'Addario EJ16, aka, PB 12s.
What more can I say. I'm someone who just mucks around on the guitar, can't play much. Just in love with the sound. If I had been smart, I would have just ordered the 3 pack. Thanks so very much..
D'Addario sets the industry standard when it comes to tried and true strings -- consistency, price, tone -- you really can't go wrong with these strings. I wouldn't say they are my overall favorite (that nod goes to John Pearse) but I do always keep Daddario on hand because a) I like to mix it up, b) you can't really beat the value, and c) they are what I started on, and sometimes it feels so good to go back "home."