John Pearse strings have been my strings of choice for many years. They bring out the best tone on my Martin guitars, light gauge for the Grand Concert size and bluegrass gauge for the Dreads. I normally get 4-5 weeks of playtime before changing. And they are still made in USA.
Nice strings, came fast with a personal note. Good price. Does not get better than this.
Great strings, great price. Lightning speed shipping! Your monkeys work fast! Thanks
I've always been a fan of JPs, and Shoreline is top notch for pricing and service. I'm writing this review because I've never tried new mediums before (13-55) and think I've found a winner. I usually try mediums on my dread because 13-56 moves the top better than 12-54s do, but the .56 low E also hurts my fingers. Enter .55, a very nice compromise. This may be my new go-to string.
For the past two years or so, I've been experimenting with different brand strings (and different gauges). Thus far, I've tried D'Addario, Martin, Elixir, DR, and John Pearse. To me, the John Pearse strings are the winners. I especially like the New Mediums and the Bluegrass, but the lights and the mediums are also great. Now that I've tried so many, I feel confident in these as my "go to" string of choice. (And if you're curious, the rest of my ranking order is: 2nd) D'Addario, 3rd) DR, 4th) Martin, 5th) Elixir. In general, I don't prefer coated strings).
I had never tried JP strings until recently purchasing them from Shoreline. I picked up sets of the 80/20 and the PB.... both felt and sounded great. Really nice full tone. I am looking forward to seeing how long they last, as the word on the street is that they last quite a while.
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Love these strings. I'd been using Lights and bought New Mediums just to try them. Still has the low "thump" of a medium string but with the highs of Lights. Pearse's strings break in nicely and are soft to the touch for quite a while.
John recommends these strings, and it only took one play to see why! I love the slinky feel of them, and they have a nice bright, full bodied, articulate tone. They also seem to last longer than most uncoated strings I've tried. I'll be buying more of them from Shoreline!
These strings are simply the best I have played eclipsing my previous favorites-- Dean Markley
I own a half dozen acoustic guitars valued between $2000-$4000. I've gone through just about all of the major string offerings over the last two years and the John Pearse strings have become my top choice. I love the tone, I love that they sound great on all wood choices, and, with the Phosphor Bronze "New Mediums" and the 80/20s, I have a good variety to mix in with my go-to PB Mediums. All styles and all woods, they bring out the best in my guitars.....and the best in me!
I think I first heard about John Pearse strings from one of John's demo videos. I gave them a try and was very impressed. It really brought new life to my old Yamaha. I experiment with different string brands and gauges, but I always keep a set of JP phosphor bronze light gauge on hand. When the tone on the current set is lacking, I know that installing JP strings will make my guitar sound great again.
Was familiar with John Pearse strings but had never used them. I bought them after seeing John's recommendation. Boy, it's amazing what I've been missing. My new Taylor 412e-R LTD was already pretty nice with the Elixir's that it shipped with, but now she absolutely sings. There is a "completeness" that I have found lacking with other strings.
The service from Shoreline was outstanding.
When needing a set of strings one time while visiting a shop in Southwestern Virginia, I was referred by the owner to a set of John Pearse strings, of which I'd never heard. Since that time, I've been using the Pearse strings exclusively on all my guitars. I was delighted at the quality of the tone, and at how long the strings keep that tone, considering that they're uncoated. I had over the years tried most all the names you can think of for popular string makers, both coated and uncoated, including the ones that use a form of electroplating, but I could never stick with one brand until I tried the Pearse strings. I've been using them for over 25 years now, and have still found no better. Though I've been using the Light Gauge set for the longest time, I think I might try the New Mediums for a slightly meatier tone on my Collings CJ.
I have been using the John Pearse Phosphor Bronze guitar strings for over a decade. The "Slightly Light" configuration is perfect for my old Gibson acoustic. I love the brightness and long-lasting quality of these strings. Even after a few weeks of steady playing the intonation will remain perfect up and down the fretboard. In general, I find the quality between string packages very consistent. I highly recommend these strings!
I've used John Pearse strings exclusively on my acoustics for more than 15 years. My set of choice was usually the Bluegrass Mediums, but since I've always gotten good advice from the folks at Shoreline, when John recommended the New Mediums I thought I'd give them a try. Good decision. My response is based on only a couple of days of play time, but so far, the thing I notice the most is their even sound through all registers. They tame some of the boom inherent in my '76 D-18, without losing the rich character the guitar has in the low register; the highs are clean, crisp, and they really shimmer when I play harmonics. I replaced a brand new set of Elixirs on my Taylor GS Mini, and really noticed the change in clarity, especially in the D and G strings. I get a few more squeaks than the Elixers put out, but the overall tone is so much better, I don't mind a bit. The biggest change I've noticed since putting John Pearse New Mediums on my acoustics is they sound so good, they make me want to spend more time playing--you can't ask more from a string than that.
I've been using these for more than a year a half now. I play a custom Martin Dread I've had for 5 years. My luthier suggested them after he installed K&K pure minis. I've used Cleartone Martins, D'Addarios, Elixirs and many others. From the start these sound as if they have already settled in - like you want a new set to sound like. Then they continue to sound that way for a much longer time than you would expect.They always sound great! For my martin, they are perfect. I highly recommend trying a set to find out if they can make your guitar sing well as mine.
I'm using John Pearse New Medium Phosphor Bronze strings for DADGAD, drop D, and other alternate tunings.
I've never found better strings for this purpose...period!
Shoreline has them at the best price.
Also you can mix and match to get up to 5 sets to get the discount...had to have 1 set each Lights & Mediums for other guitars then 3 sets New Mediums.
These strings have lots of punch, great clarity, and the slightly lighter bottom end helps tame the boominess in the Martin. Normally I need to change strings every other week (play in our worship band at church) but after three weeks, they still sound great!
John Pearse strings are the best I've ever used on my guitars. Great tone and they last longer than other non-coated strings.
I use the slightly light because they are easier on my fingers.
I'm usually an Elixir guy, but sometimes I like a change from uncoated strings. The problem is finding an uncoated string that lasts more than a week. I threw a set of mediums on my Martin HD-28 a few weeks back and they're still going strong. I like the tone better than my Elixirs, so I may stick with them for awhile on this particular guitar. Usually with other brands I wouldn't get more than a week out of a set. Highly recommended.
I have been using John Pearse strings almost exclusively for 25 years on guitars (6 and 12string) and mandolins. I use a mix of lights and mediums, both phosphor and 80/20 on several guitars ranging from 00's to dreadnoughts. I love the sound and durability. Fortunately my hands are not acidic and I can play strings for months without deterioration. I am not a fan of Elixirs and other coated strings because of the feel and the sound. The JPs give me great sound and long life. I always buy them from Shoreline.
I love these strings. Having played many different brands and types, the sound these strings produce is great. I'd say they lose thier tone at a average rate, depending on how much you play. I play daily so I restring about once a month (in a perfect world). I have them strung on my production guitars - Washburn and Ovation - as well as my Breedlove.
You won't be sorry. These are a great sounding sting and John's price is unbeatable.
Love these on my Larrivee D-02. Sound is great and the price is fantastic. John even reminded me they would go great on the OM-09 i was looking to buy. (c;
I like the sound and feel of the JP lights. Love the price. I use these strings on a vintage Gibson Hummingbird and a Washburn Jumbo to brighten up the tone a bit. I play a lot of open chords during song sets so I still use Elixirs on my stage guitar because the JPs tend to have bit of a 'squeak' when sliding up and down the fretboard. While I don't personally like the 'squeak', a couple members of my worship band string their guitars specifically with JPs to have the 'squeak'. Overall a great string with a decent life span.
Shoreline makes my life easier with their huge string selection and great customer service.
The JP strings are rich and lively on my J-45 and my Taylor GC7. I put a set of the "new mediums" on a Guild GAD D-125 and it really came alive! I was amazed at the difference. Rich, rich low end and sparkling highs (on all my guitars). John Pearse is now my go-to strings and the folks at Shoreline can't be beat for customer service and value. Five stars across the board!
These strings sound very rich and slightly more mellow than what I'm used to playing (80/20), and since I've replaced them I've gotten compliments on how much better my guitar sounds. These strings are just what I'm looking for: something to mellow my normally bright guitar without overly mellowing. I'm still looking for my favorite strings, but I think I'll remember these strings, and there's a good chance I'll be returning to them after I finish string shopping. These strings sound wonderful for finger style. I would recommend getting these and at least trying them out in place of whatever you're used to.
Before the "invention" of the coated strings, JP lights were my strings of choice. I've tried many different strings and gauges over the years and have found that it's really not one size fits all when it comes to strings for your guitar. You not only have to consider the tone and the projection, but also the feel under your fingers. Depending on which guitar I put them on, sometimes the JP's feel a little stiff compared to others but the tone is always clean, clear, and loud. I recently tried the "New Mediums" on my Avalon S guitar to get a bit more treble when tuned to DADGAD and they did accomplish that remarkably well. Give JP "New Mediums" a try - I think you'll like them.
If you're looking for a set of strings that offer robust tone, look no further. About a year ago I purchased a new guitar with solid rosewood back & sides/solid sitka spruce top and have been looking forward to it "opening up" sonically. While there's been a pleasant increase in overtones and sustain, it's been mostly in the bass and trebles notes. Typical of rosewood - nice deep lows and crystalline highs, but lacking the mid-range warmth of a mahogany guitar. These strings fill that void. They bring out a warm, rich tone that I've yet to find with any other brand of strings.
This strings sound fantastic. And the "New Medium" gauge is great. However, I play my guitars a lot, and I find myself going back to Elixir strings just because the coated strings sound nice for so much longer. When I had these on my guitar, I ended up playing with dead strings for a couple of weeks because I didn't have time to change strings. But Elixir's just keep sounding good! So these may be better in terms of sound, but I go for Elixir's for their value. I think the new Elixir HD Light strings may be comparable to the "New Medium" John Pearse strings.
I've been using John Pearse PB strings ever since a good friend of mine who owns a guitar shop recommended them. These are definitely one of the best brand of strings on the market. I also use them on my 12-string (Taylor 555) because they tend to retain their resonance a little longer than other strings - important consideration if you have to re-string a 12-string. The light gauge and new mediums are my main strings; they've had consistently great tone and don't break. Overall great value too, especially if you buy in bulk from Shoreline.
The John Pearse Phosphor Bronze (PB) strings in the "New Medium" gauge are outstanding!
John Pearse PB strings in general are richer, fuller, and slightly warmer than the average phosphor bronze strings. Hence they sound "broken in" right off the bat. Additionally, these strings show a strong focus on fundamental tones, and generate below average finger noise. On top of all that, they have a very pleasant feel and tension, giving them very good playability.
Moreover, the "New Medium" gauge of these strings, with its beefed-up Low-E and unwound strings, combines the rich fullness and volume of medium strings with the playability of Lights. If you normally play either Lights or Mediums, I'd recommend you try this clever gauge!
Highly recommended for all flat top, steel string guitars (especially all-Mahogany guitars).
In my opinion, John Pearse (along with GHS) are THE best Phosphor Bronze strings out there! Give them a try!
(Of course, YMMV [your mileage may vary])
I have experimented with many brands of strings, but have found John Pearse PB strings to be my favorites on most of my guitars. I enjoy the rich complete tone they provide for my OMs in particular. These strings are consistently good and long-lasting. I also like the additional brightness offered by the Pearse 80/20 version which I use for my mahogany builds. There are many good strings on the market, but these are certainly worth a try. And with the great customer service at Shoreline, you'll get them quickly at a very competitive price, with free shipping.