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DR Strings Acoustic Guitar - Sunbeam Light, .012-.054, RCA-12

DR Strings Acoustic Guitar - Sunbeam Light, .012-.054, RCA-12
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19% Recommend this product (3 of 16 responses)
By Pete B.
Loganville Ga
Sunbeam light
October 28, 2022
Have put them on an alvarez mf60om guitar and they have an awesome clear tone with a huge bass. These strings seem to have a lot more resonance than other brands of strings I have used.I have tried elixors,martin,earthwood,and john pearse.The elixors and Martin's just don't sound good to me.John pearse sounded awesome but were dead in 10 days.Earthwoods sounded good and lasted 30 days.These sunbeams if they last 30 days or more will be my go to strings cause they really sound awesome with great sustain.
Sound great great volume and sustain Don't know how long they will last
By Tim C.
Sonoma, CA
Sunbeam Lights…Bright!
September 29, 2021
Just out them in my Gibson AJ Maple… a bit too bright, but I like them!
By Alley
South Florida
DR Sunbeams
January 28, 2021
I have been using these on my two acoustic guitars for several years now. Initially very bright, but they calm down after some use, and produce an even crisp sound. Excellent sustain and long lasting.
By Charles R.
A real sleeper of a string
June 1, 2014
I used to use these on my Larrivee L-03WL, and they are among Larrivee circles seen as the preferred string for the L body style. But I traded my L for a Breedlove limited edition concert body, and started searching for strings that make the most of the complex tone of the guitar. I ran through a few sets before I threw some of my remaining Sunbeams on and -- SHAZAM! THERE IT IS. A more complex-sounding guitar may benefit from round core strings like these. They also are lower tension strings, and I find I can preserve the volume of the guitar while reducing the amount of effort it takes to play -- kind of a key thing for a small-body guitar like this. Folks also talk about the sustain of these strings, and for good reason. For more one-dimensional guitars, or those with laminate back and sides, I would opt for the DR Rare with the hexagonal core. But for a guitar that is full and deep and rich in tone, these strings bring that tone out in spades.
By Charley
DR Sunbeam 12-54, Round Core
June 22, 2013
This are fantastic strings, they sound great with all my full sized guitars. Even my Taylor 814 Brazilian. Not to bright to be annoying, but plenty loud.
DR Sunbeam (Med. .012 - .054)
January 29, 2012
I tried these after reading the reviews and some articles. I have a Takamine EG 533 SSC which came with the D'Addario EXP 16`s on it. I play with a Praise and Worship Team at our church. I put the DR`s on and was very pleased. They are as advertised. The one word I would use to describe the sound of these strings it would be "Sweet" compared to the EXP`s, plus not nearly the finger squeak I got from the EXP`s. I have had them on for three weeks now and they are still going strong. I play approx. 3 hrs. a week on them. I am very pleased with the performance and their sound. JS has a great price on them and their service was fast and efficient. !
By Jerry M.
DR Strings Acoustic Sunbeam Strings, medium
July 27, 2011
I've been through a couple of sets of these strings since I first started using them--they really last. We played a gig recently where I used these strings for the first time at a gig. One patron said that my guitar sounded "glorious." Great strings that will make any guitar sound better. These strings are what I will use from now on.
By Jim Y.
DR Sunbeam
May 9, 2011
As a fingerstyle guitarist with alternate or slack key tunings, these are the best strings I've ever used. My wife, a guitarist and composer, recommended them to me, and she knows her guitar and strings. The Sunbeams give that little extra sparkle and warmth of tone that I have not found in any other set of strings, including other DRs.
By John G.
DR Sunbeams
April 11, 2011
Always a winner...DR Sunbeams add a bit of shimmer to the tone, with a little bit extra flexibility due to the round core. Seem to work well on any guitar.
By Lory Y.
March 1, 2011
I use these strings on my Martin, Taylor, and now on my Taylor GS mini, and DR Sunbeams bring my guitars to life! I've been playing for 45 years, and these are without question the best strings I've used. They give a brightness to the trebles, a liveliness to the bass, and sparkles to the mid-range. Better than Martin, GHS, and Elixir for tone.
By Jerry M.
DR Sunbeam Acoustic Guitar Strings
February 15, 2011
After going through dozens of string brands, I finally found strings that make my Tacoma JM-9 really come alive. I use the mediums--12 to 54--and they are easy to play, have a wonderful tone and they last. The treble strings are bright without being "tinny" sounding, and the mids and bass are full and resonant. Great strings! I plan to try the banjo strings next.
By Gina B.
October 25, 2010
I would love to have given this a better review but string breakage a week out for no apparent reason makes me wonder if the string wasnt defective.
By Curt S.
DR Sunbeam Medium
February 16, 2010
After running through many sets of phosphor bronze strings, from D'Addario EXP and EJ's and Elixers, I finally found a great string for my Lowden F.

These strings feel great with less finger noise and increased flexibility. The tone is amazing; bright without any brashness and a nice shimmer over the top. The string balance and gauge selection produces a very balanced set that brings out the woody charactar in the Lowden. They're very articulate and nuanced due to the reduced tension.

From brand new, these strings sounded bright but less bright than most strings I've used. They settle in quickly, without a drastic change in tone and seem to hold that level of performance over the life of the string. I get as much time on these as I do coated strings.

Best strings I've used to date and they are VERY affordable!
By Jay N.
Amazing sound
January 27, 2010
I love these strings. I've been a DR player for several years now but Sunbeams are just perfect. Roughly speaking, they're "slinky" strings for an acoustic because they're a little more bendy than ordinary guitar strings with hex cores. They really complement the top of my guitar (a 20 year old Takamine N-10, cedar top, mahogany back and sides, well played in), pulling a little of the bass out and adding a little presence. They also age well. Restringing with Sunbeams and using the most excellent Dunlop Ultex picks is like playing through several hundreds of dollars of extra guitar and/or processing boxes. The only downside: I can't ever find them in stores. That's an upside for this website, of course, but if you need a pack fast can be hard to get them.
By Raf S.
DR Sunbeam Mediums
November 12, 2009
I found these strings to be bright and clear on my Martin OM. I liked them well enough that I ordered more sets and I've put them on a Jumbo and a small jumbo that I own.

They are lasting well (several months on the first guitar), and have remarkable sustain.
By Daniel T.
DR Sunbeam Medium Strings
August 14, 2009
They have Great Sustain and Volume, They last, the latest set I replaced were used for 8 months and still sounded good.






1st E

Plain Steel  



2nd B

Plain Steel  



3rd G

 Phosphor Bronze



4th D

Phosphor Bronze



5th A

Phosphor Bronze



6th E

Phosphor Bronze





" ' SUNBEAM' phosphor bronze strings are handwound upon round cores which give a terrific result… wonderful sustain…remarkable sustain. The tone does not seem to decay as do other phosphor bronze strings, which we think of as decaying in a curve. The 'SUNBEAM' phosphors seem to sustain in a straight line, until the sound 'falls off.' The 'SUNBEAM' phosphors are also musically bright, and rich sounding. Additionally, they are very flexible… more so than any other string we have played.

DR Strings

"From the first handmade strings DR made for Marcus Miller and Jeff Healey (both of whom have played DR's for over six years), to our latest development, the remarkable ZEBRA electric-acoustic strings, DR HandMade Strings approaches sound and string design differently from other makers… we are all players. The secret to the way we make DR strings is the word "slow." No other company we know makes strings one at a time, so very slowly and carefully. Quality of sound is paramount… along with the highest possible specifications for materials. Longevity and durability are our next concerns. We are NOT a high speed, mass production company. We have an elaborate quality control system.

For a relatively new company, we have been embraced by a surprising number of "Legends and Masters" of guitar and bass. A partial list of DR endorsees includes Sting, Marcus Miller, Jeff Healey, Adam Clayton of U2, Warren Haynes of GOV'T MULE and THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, Jonas Hellborg, Bo Diddley, "Skunk" Baxter, Victor Bailey, Steve Kaufman, Percy Jones, Darryl Jones of THE ROLLING STONES, Rick Derringer, Mick Karnes, Andreas Kisser, Max Cavalera, & Paulo Jr. of SEPULTURA, Birelli Legren, Trey Anastasio and Mick Gordon of PHISH, SMASHING PUMPKINS, Gary Tallent, Tony Franklin, Ty Tabor & Doug Pinnock of KING'S X, Dimebag Darrell of PANTERA, Scott Ian, Paul Crook, & Frank Bello of ANTHRAX, Stefan Lessard with THE DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, Peter Rowan, Shawn Lane, Paul Pesco Matt Freeman with RANCID, Per Gessle of ROXETTE, Sharlee D'Angelo of MERCYFUL FATE, and VERUCA SALT.

DR Strings are made with more metal than one realizes at first. By way of example, before a .042 gauge DR string is carefully wound, core wire and wrap wire that total .043 are prepared. After a process we call "Compression-Winding", a DR string that gauges a .042 is produced.

The ratios and principles of "TITE-FIT" / "Compression-Winding" are used for the specifications and manufacture of all DR strings. At DR we craft our strings at tension. The following is one example of how the DR wrap/ratio formula works… in this case for .042's. Core wire is .016, wrap wire is .0135 x 2 (top and bottom covers). Total material gauges .043 before winding and .042 after winding."




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