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DR Strings Acoustic Guitar - Rare Phosphor Bronze, .012-.054, RPM-12

DR Strings Acoustic Guitar - Rare Phosphor Bronze,  .012-.054, RPM-12
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40% Recommend this product (4 of 10 responses)
By Beno�t L.
DR Strings Acoustic Guitar
June 15, 2022
Very good quality and great sound. I've intalled it on a 1978 Guild D 25.
By Pk
Ardmore Oklahoma
Always happy with purchases
May 9, 2022
My fav strings and always thank you for the picks
By Jack w.
too early to tell
April 8, 2022
I just received these so can`t give a review on the lifespan of the strings but they really sound nice!
By Bob b.
Reno, nevada
Made in America
January 1, 2022
I’ve tried many other expensive strings and I keep coming back to DR strings, great price, last longer, the sound is bright, and lastly they’re made in America. You won’t be disappointed!
By Cliff
DR Rare 12-54's
July 31, 2011
In the constant search for a great sounding acoustic string that doesn't kill me at the end of a long gig, I think I've found them. These are much warmer and fuller sounding string than the higher priced 11's I've been using without being as stiff as other 12's I've used. I hoping this is it!
By Paul S.
DR Rare Medium Gauge
February 26, 2011
I put the DR Rare Mediums on my Bubinga J-45 to see if they would add a bit of bass and thicken the trebles. They did just exactly that. They are very playable, not quite as stiff as some other mediums. Just a tad drier than some other PBs, they are well balanced all around. They are the best strings I've found so far for my Bubinga J-45. Love 'em.
By Mike
DR RPM-12 Strings
December 27, 2010
Have been using these strings for the last year or so. Best sounding strings I've found so far.
By Jeff
DR Rare 12's
October 30, 2010
The best tone and life for the money!
By Cam
DR Rare Medium
August 23, 2010
Well, I'm buying more of these and that says a lot. Wonderful tone, power, and projection. I can strum very loudly without nasty resonances. Just lots of fun, not expensive, AND long lasting. Hard to beat.
By David B.
DR RARE 12-54
October 11, 2009
Sweetest Sound Ever!






1st E

Plain Steel  



2nd B

Plain Steel  



3rd G

Phosphor Bronze



4th D

Phosphor Bronze



5th A

Phosphor Bronze



6th E

Phosphor Bronze





"The RARE phosphor bronze acoustic strings are a departure from the standard, good quality bronze string currently available… not necessarily better, but possessing a new, different, and stronger "voice". When DR set out to produce a string with new characteristics, our goal was to redesign contemporary thinking about what phosphor bronze can do for a good acoustic guitar. Hand-carved arch-tops and dreadnaughts and good steel string acoustic guitars of rosewood, maple, and mahogany seem to benefit from a distinct improvement in tone, depth, and sustain with RARE phosphor strings. Players who want a fatter, louder sound, a deeper bottom… (who like to hear their guitars ring out…) will appreciate the RARE phosphor tone, sound, and feel. According to our heavy-playing bluegrass friend, three-time national guitar picking champion Steve Kaufman, RARES last an unusually long time. Steve recommends DR to all his students.

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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