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John Pearse® Acoustic Six String Guitar 80/20 Bronze Light Gauge, .012 - .053, 200L

John Pearse® Acoustic Six String Guitar 80/20 Bronze Light Gauge, .012 - .053, 200L
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52% Recommend this product (11 of 21 responses)
New Hampshire
Love Pearse Strings
May 1, 2022
The tone and feel of Pearse stings are superior. They seem to last forever, too. Even the packaging is premium, with each string in a separate envelope. Every once in a while I try something else, and then I come back all the more enthusiastic about Pearse.
By Robert T.
Lexington, Kentucky
The Best!
February 23, 2022
Pearce makes the best 80/20 Bronze strings on the market today. They have a very nice vintage sound and they outlast any other brand.
  • Great sound, long life.
  • I only wish this set had a .054 for the 6th string instead of a .053.
By Peter
Very nice tone
January 14, 2022
I have been using DAdarrio 80/20 Bronze my J45 with no complaints, and Iím now giving Pearse strings a try. My initial impression is that Iím hearing full, warm and velvety ringing tones which really suits this instrument. The DAddarios had a tiny bit more presence which played very well, but I really like hearing the smooth richness and balance of the Pearse set. However, Iím not recording, so these differences are negligible and Iíd be happy using either brand at this time.
By Anonymous
Cape Cod Ma.
JP 80/20
October 31, 2021
Excellent strings.
By Thom A.
Alton, NH
great strings
August 27, 2021
These are great strings and have been for a long time. I used them years ago but had been using others until I retried these recently. Warm AND crisp, not an easy combination. And easy on the fingers and wallet. What more do you need to try a set.
By Reuben D.
Kerrville, TX
Great products, great online shopping!
July 30, 2021
Been doing business with Just Strings for many years now and have always been very satisfied. Iím looking forward to doing business with you in the future. Well done!
By Rene
Go to strings
July 8, 2021
John Pearse strings are the ones recommended by my guitar instructor and Iíve been using them for my Martin guitar for last year or so. Guitar sounds better all the time, could well be due to the stringsÖ
By Rob
Newark, DE
Very Satisfied
June 20, 2021
Love these strings, and found em' for a good price!
By JD F.
Dallas, Texas
Great strings!
April 2, 2021
I put these on a brand new K. Yairi guitar, not ever having even heard of them. I've been playing Elixirs for years. However, I love these strings! I'm thinking of buying a new Bedell Melagro, and if I do, the first order of business will be to put a set of these strings on it!
By Stevie
Pearse 80/20 #200 L guitar strings
December 24, 2020
These strings are simply the best out there. I've been using them for over 30-years and they continue to impress me with their brightness and clarity.
  • Bright sounding and resonant. Excellent treble and bass response and fabulous overtones and harmonics. I use them on my pre-war Martin 000-21 and D-28 and my Collings OM2H. Whether your style of playing is finger picking, the blues or flat picking, these strings have excellent tonal quality and response. If you play the blues and enjoy bending the strings to a note, you will not be disappointed with these strings.
  • None!
By Eddy F.
Melbourne, Florida
Been getting my strings here for at least 8 yrs.
November 8, 2019
I love Just Strings! The strings are always fresh and the ones I want ,whenever I want them . Simple quick and easy .
Thank you for being there .
Eddy Fischer
Robin and Eddy
By Roberto
John Pearse 80/20--perfect
April 17, 2017
A string that, after 24 hours of settling in sounds warm and sweet without any of the brittle bite of most other strings. This tone just remains for weeks upon weeks. If you are after a musical tone in which the strings support one another rather than compete, this is your string.
By Alan L.
Just like the good old days!
June 18, 2015
Ever wonder why your guitar never has the sweet woody sounds like the old recordings of Simon and Garfunkel, Jim Croce, James Taylor, Dan Fogelberg, Harry Chapin, Gordon Lightfoot, Arlo Guthrie, or the Grateful Dead? It's because NONE of those artists used phosphor bronze strings for their recordings (and definitely no coated strings either)!

No they used 80/20's to get their amazing sounds, and John Pearce makes the best 80/20 strings in the world!

Bright and sparkling when first put on your guitar, and then within a week they mellow to warm and clear perfection. And then that sound lasts and last.

Try these strings. Give them 2 weeks and you'll be hooked on them for a lifetime!
By Paul L.
Always works!
June 3, 2011
I've tried everything and I keep coming back to this string. I even like it better than the "true light" Pearse strings because they are just the right tension for open and drop tuning, and are useful over a whole range of guitars. They are somewhere between "light" and "medium" gauge strings. These are the standard for my acoustics!
By Rod S.
Great Acoustic Strings
May 11, 2011
I have been using John Pearse strings since they were introduced to me by my guitar instructor over 10 years ago. While I prefer the medium gauge for most playing, the "lights" are a lot of fun to bend!
By Greg J.
My Favorite Strings
May 7, 2011
In my opinion, absolute best strings available (I've tried many over 45 years). I use 80/20 Bronze on my Larrivee Dreadnaught (last 20 yrs) and Phosphor Bronze on my Larrivee-bodied Larrivee (last 20 yrs) and on a 1974 Alvarez-Yairi and 1910 Gibson Parlor Guitar. (All "light" guage .012 e-string). The closest runner-up was Martin Marquis for the Alvarez-Yairi, but nothing other than John Pearse for the other guitars.
By Russell
Strings and Service
May 19, 2010
Awesome strings & awesome service from juststrings.com!
By Robert G.
awsome strings
February 27, 2010
Without a doubt the best string i have ever put on any of my guitars, acoustic or electric.
By Bob P.
Pearse 80/20 Bronze Light Gauge Strings
February 19, 2010
I love these strings. They capture and create the full tonal spectrum of my steel string guitars better than any I've tried to date...and there are some very good ones out there.

I started using them when I asked the folks at National which strings they preferred for their resos. I've got a Radiotone reissue that's nice 'n nasty. They told me they'd been using these 80/20s for years.

I gave 'em a shot. Completely hooked. Then I slapped 'em onto my Martin OM-21 and was suitably blown away there, too.

Highly recommended. And they last a long time, too...nice perc.
By David S.
Some of the best
January 1, 2010
I have used these strings for years. I have tried others but always come back to John Pearse¨ Acoustic Six String Guitar 80/20 Bronze Light Gauge Strings
By David
John Pearse 200L
December 1, 2009
My favorite acoustic strings! They sound great and last a long time on my Martin D-28.






1st E

Silvered Plain



2nd B

Silvered Plain



3rd G

80/20 Bronze Wound



4th D

80/20 Bronze Wound



5th A

80/20 Bronze Wound



6th E

80/20 Bronze Wound




John PearseÒ Strings

"English studio musician John Pearse first began researching into music string manufacture in the mid-sixties. The first person, ever, to teach guitar on television - his BBC lessons have been seen in six countries while his PBS series, STRINGALONG, was shown in most US television markets whilst becoming perhaps the best selling video guitar course both nationally and internationally. He is the author of some forty books on such diverse subjects as instrument building and technique- to cooking and the traditional art of fly fishing! In 1965 John began his collaboration with British Music Strings, a London string maker, to develop a guitar string with both a longer life and a more accurate vibrating and nodal pattern. His designs were so successful that, over the years, both British Music Strings and Thomastik marketed strings under his name. John also designed string lines for Bourne Guitars and Jay Associates, makers of the Jester guitar line.

In 1978 he came to the United States to develop a unique line of accessories for the C.F.Martin Company. It was here that he again met dulcimist Mary Faith Rhoads. After eighteen months, he decided to leave Martin, and, with Mary Faith, started Breezy Ridge Instruments to produce the Breezy Ridge Hammer Dulcimer. His revolutionary design proved itself to be the best sounding Hammer Dulcimer ever made. Next came a line of music strings designed especially for the professional musician. Within months, word of these exciting strings had spread across the country and pressure from both the public and beleaguered dealers had persuaded John and Mary Faith to make their line available to stores and things have just kept growing since then!"



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