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D'Addario Acoustic Guitar Flattop Environmental Lite, .012 - .053, EFT16

D'Addario Acoustic Guitar Flattop Environmental Lite, .012 - .053, EFT16
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By Dennis
Flat Tops EFT 116
June 30, 2016
Sorry, but I'd have left this alone 'til I saw the ' no finger noise' part of the ad. I wanted these to work on my ''30's archtop acoustic. They sure don't.
I don't know what they mean by 'ground flat', but if you're thinking 'quiet', these aren't it. Finger squeak, pick noise etc. these have it all.
If you want that Martin sound, and only play in the first position, maybe these will do. They don't for me.
And I wish D'Addario had a better Customer Service Dept.
By David L.
Keep going back
June 2, 2015
The sizzle of fresh regular PB and 80/20 strings is tiring to me. But these same strings that have been played long enough to rid them of that sizzle then begin to have dead frequencies (altered response and volume in spots).

The treated strings can be good, but they're more expensive.

These "flat tops" are what I keep coming back to. Great warm sound for weeks.
By Danny M.
D'Addario EFT16
September 10, 2011
I thought I would try these strings to eliminate string noise. It does stop string squeak but the wound strings sounded too flat to me. I soon changed them.
By Leonard M.
July 14, 2011
The "12's" are much better than the "10's". As one would expect they are are fuller and rounder sounding.

Regardless, I'll probably wind up with "13's" before it's over. With "13's" there's just more wire wigglin' and and the sound should be just that much stronger.
By Kojo
Flat Tops for Acoustic Archtops!
July 1, 2011
A terrible name for these precious, wonderful strings -- imo. The term "flat top" - to a guitar player - means what? Right - a flat-top guitar. Tennessee flat-top box. Acoustic, not archtop, but FLAT top.

But D'Addario is referring to the flat surface of these *strings* -- they're polished down _flat_ - to rid them of finger-squeaks. And these strings are AWESOME. For acoustic archtop jazz guitars, there is nothing even remotely as good. Loud, smooth, warm, and so evenly-balanced from bass to treble, you'll want to play all night. Super-clear overtones make for ease of tuning (if that makes sense! The "ring" they emit, whether played open or "chimed" at the 12th or 5th or 7th frets, is crystal clear, and if you tune away "beats" - you'll love these.)

Great strings. Try 'em. And, Mr. D'Addario: consider changing the name! I'd hate to see these go off the market because too many people misunderstood their purpose. They're great for "flat top" guitars - but also great for non-flat-top guitars! How about "Acoustic Smoothies?" Okay, not that, but, imho, it's better than "Flat Tops." : ) Of course, if they're selling great and have a secure future, don't change anything! Ha.
By Steve C.
D'Addario Flattops
May 2, 2011
Quiet, warm. The only string I have used for years.
By Tim B.
Flat Tops
May 4, 2010
Great to play, finger noise is dramatically reduced. Very nice tone. My only negative would be what I perceive to be a slight loss of sustain on the wound E and A strings, not quite as much on the D and G but still some there. Otherwise these strings would get a 5 star. Definitely buy again.
By Dieter
January 30, 2010
Much better quality and performance than I can buy locally.
By Michael O.
December 9, 2009
They hold their tone and cut down on amplified finger noise.
By Gary
Flat tops
October 12, 2009
Best acoustic strings EVER!!!! Makes my Taylor 810CE sing! These are the only strings I will ever put on my Taylor.






1st E

Plain Steel Locked Twist Ball End



2nd B

Plain Steel Locked Twist Ball End



3rd G

Flat Tops Semi-Flattened Phosphor Bronze



4th D

Flat Tops Semi-Flattened Phosphor Bronze



5th A

Flat Tops Semi-Flattened Phosphor Bronze



6th E

Flat Tops Semi-Flattened Phosphor Bronze




"In 1974, D'Addario pioneered the use of phosphor bronze wire for the winding of acoustic guitar strings. D'Addario phosphor bronze strings were an instant and enduring success. A more costly alloy, phosphor bronze was widely known as a durable, long-lasting material used in machine bushings and bearings. After months of searching, a wire company was located that agreed to make sample wires for testing on music strings. The results made history. D'Addario phosphor bronze strings are bright sounding and retain their brilliance longer than other bronze and brass alloys.

Round wound phosphors are available in 6 different gauges for 6 string guitar, 3 gauges for 12 string, and 4 gauges in the Flat Tops series. Flat Tops are round wound phosphor bronze strings that are lightly polished to reduce finger noise and fret wear, and are an excellent choice for noise-fee recording. Phosphor Bronze strings are available in both environmental and standard packaging."


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