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John Pearse® Acoustic Six String Guitar Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge, .012 - .053, 600L

John Pearse® Acoustic Six String Guitar Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge, .012 - .053, 600L
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37% Recommend this product (14 of 38 responses)
By Doc
East of Nashville
Favorite Acoustic Strings
January 22, 2022
John Pearce Phosphor Bronze.
Just strings has them and orders received quickly.
  • Best sound and feel
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By Mike
Orland Park, Il
John Pearse Acoustic Set
January 13, 2022
It took approx. 10 different sets of strings from different mfrs to settle on the John Pearse line of acoustic strings, for my Tom Petty HD40 Martin.
I started with the slightly lights to facilitate lead playing. They sound great but the lead notes higher up the neck were starting to fade out a bit. Switched to the straight 12's and now they sound beautiful all the way up the fretboard. I find the upper midrange sound clearer to me than any of the other strings I tried, which is important to me because I have some high end hearing loss due to 40 years in construction. You won't be disappointed purchasing these strings. If they're good enough for James Taylor, they're good enough for an old armchair picker like me.
  • They last as long as any other string.
  • The upper mid range is clearer
  • Reasonably priced
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By Scott
Durham, NC
Perfect match for my guitar
August 27, 2021
These strings are a perfect match for my 50-year-old Alvarez Yairi. They create that satisfying woody sound that I look for.
By Max
PNW coast.
Very fine strings
May 24, 2021
The Pearse PB acoustic strings are some of the best I've found, after trying out many different brands (I've used the 600L and 570L versions). They have a very nice, musical midrange tone, which I typically don't care for, however with these it is well-balanced in the overall response and does not overpower the frequency spectrum. I've also found that they seem to last better than any other un-coated strings I've tried, especially on guitars that already have a naturally scooped response. Tension of the strings is such that they do not seem to dampen the response of the guitar's top/soundboard, and allows enough physical excursion of the top to reveal the tonal complexity of the instrument.
  • Very musical sounding midrange that doesn't overpower the response; very good longevity, especially on spruce-over-rosewood. guitars. Very high quality, especially vs cost. Moderate tension for playability without much damping factor.
  • Midrange may bother some players who prefer brighter strings, but this is very subjective and I found them to be very musical and balanced; they do not seem to last as long for me on guitars that are already naturally warm sounding, such as a typical spruce-over-mahogany instrument, but these are minor quibbles and I'd say they're still worth a try.
By Bob
Gold Beach, Oregon
It's all I wear...
December 21, 2020
John Pierce strings are like great socks, once you find 'em you stay put.
By Joe C.
Manassas, VA
A perfect string for my Martin and me!
September 28, 2020
John Pearse Phosphor Bronze lights bring out a rich, balanced tone out of my Martin D-1 which is going on 27 years of gigs- all kind of music. And MANY string changes!

The Pearse strings are definitely a refinement in terms of feel( smoother wrap on wound strings and nice 'give' on fretting/vibrato/bending) over other brands of PB's used for many years.
Great mix of warm and bright tone, and last 3-4 gigs, or weeks of home play- fine with me.
Outstanding strings!
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By Rosa
Miami FL
My Hubby's Fave
January 1, 2020
I order these from you for my husband's custom "Blanchard" acoustic guitars. He uses them on his Taylor, too. They are his "go-to" strings for his finger-style guitar playing.
By Sandy
High Quality Product
December 7, 2019
High quality product!
By Bennett H.
Woodstock, NY
Robust sound
November 9, 2019
These strings sound vivid and bold. They have at least a long a life as any other phospho bronze strings I've ever tried, but of course not as long as coated strings.
  • Great sound
By Norman B.
Fort Mill SC
November 8, 2019
I love these strings. I put them on all of my guitars, my Martin, Epiphone, Ibanez, Washburn, and Takamine. The play and sound great!
By Darryl A.
Winnetka CA
Really Good Strings
November 8, 2019
I’ve been buying expensive string, good sound. But these play better.
  • Sound good for a time then looses its high end. Similar tone quality as costly guitar strings..worth trying!
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By James L.
Palmer, Alaska
John Pearce strings600L
November 8, 2019
I have played for 50 years and tried numerous strings and while there are many good strings, these are great!.. They last along time and sound great and have a nice tension to them. I have them on my Gibson J45 and my Maton guitar, and I get compliments on the great sound... yes , these are good guitars but great strings also help!... I highly recommend them .. give them a try!!!
  • Even sound, long life, nice tension
  • None... these are the standard I use!!!
By Paul
Oxford, MS
My Strings of Choice
October 1, 2019
I have used these strings exclusively for nearly 20 years. Nice tone, good feel, and good life. I use these on my Seagull Standard Body to enhance it's "big" sound for larger venues and give me the sound I want for country/bluegrass numbers.
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By Randy B.
Eastern Washington
These always outshine the others....
July 6, 2019
I use the 600's and 550's on my Martin J40 and older Yamaha FG340. You can hear a difference in sonic /tonal quality/sustain almost immediately, and it only gets better as they settle in. I'm part of an acoustic guitar duo ( Hawk Creek ), and the 600's blend better with the sound from my partner's Taylor. The 550's have an insane amount of sustain, but the overtones don't fit as well with the other guitars' sound ( not the fault of the strings..just how the two sound together ), so I only use them for solo work.
I can highly recommend them both.
  • Sustain, overtones, price, longevity
  • Can't find any.......
By Bob B.
600L Phosphor Bronze
September 7, 2014
I use the 600L's on all my acoustics, HD28, Taylor GA8, National N. Martin SP phosphor bronze lights hold their 'new' sound longer, about 6 hours. JP's loose the 'new' sound in 2-3 hours. The Martins work harden after the 'new' sound is gone. The JP's don't work harden for 10 or 12 hours or more. They stay springier and allow two fret bends without hurting your fingers much longer that the Martins. I can use these for practicing for 3 to 6 months. No string goes on stage after 6 hours. I am a uric acid machine and have killed a set of these in one night but that is not the fault of the string. I can do that to any string. These are my go-to string for all my acoustics. Their electric strings work the same way. The work hardening thing has to do with the alloy they use. Keep up the good work.
By drp
Best strings ever
June 23, 2014
John Pearse strings last, sound good from the minute you put them on and handle multiple changes in alternative tunings. They don't sound dull like coated strings and they sound a lot more lively than Elixirs. The only strings I'll use on my acoustic guitars. Great for finger-style and heavy rhythm players alike. Anyone who doesn't like these strings doesn't know what good strings are supposed to sound and feel like.
By Gtrdancer1
JP Strings
May 28, 2014
I am writing an overdue review on a set of strings by John Pearse that I bought over 10 yrs ago... and *still* remember the experience. That should tell you something right there. I bought a set. Don't ask me the type or gauge or where I bought them. I can't remember anymore. All I do remember is they lasted no more than a week and they had begun to turn nasty. They corroded or tarnished very quickly. I am not a sweaty player, either. I am not a uric acid "machine". lol.. I am a serious fingerstyle player, however. (and a lady. ) But, I never forgot my experience because it stuck out as "very unusual and bizarre". I have never had a set of strings..in 32 yrs of playing serious, invested fingerstyle guitar playing.. by any manufacturer that corroded as quickly as this brand. Perhaps I got an 'old set' that had been sitting around too long? I hope so. Because that was more than unacceptable. I hope it was a fluke. But, regardless, it influenced my decision to never try them again...just from one bad experience. Sorry. Hope everybody else who's used them is having a very different experience. Peace.
By Eric
John Pearse Light
November 4, 2012
I use these on my Martin OM 28-V, with JP .013 and .017 singles (purchased separately) on the 1st and 2nd to give it better bite in slack tunings, especially open D, which would be weak otherwise. Works great--try it!
By chip
October 11, 2011
I put these on my Yairi DYM94 and after a few days of playing they began to sound like a grand piano. It never rang this clear with any other strings on it.
By Pete M.
John Pearse Strings
July 25, 2011
These strings are simply the best that I've used. I've been playing guitar for more than 40 years and have never played with better strings.
By Marty T.
John Pearse 600L
July 24, 2011
These are the best acoustic strings I've used. Great tone and they last a long time.
By Copper S.
John Pearse Acoustic Strings
April 30, 2011
I think they are the best strings on the market. I use the 700L on my YamahaLL45 and 600L on my Martin D18 and HD35. They get a lot of play on stage and at practices and have proven themselves to maintain crispness and clarity much longer than many other brands. Our lead player uses the 600L exclusively on his National Radiotone Bendaway. Way to go John Pearse.
By Dave A.
John Pearse Strings
March 17, 2011
I've tried many strings and just keep coming back to JP light , new mediums and medium strings. They're perfect for my guitars and never disappoint me. Also, they last longer than most others.
By abraham D.
March 14, 2011
I've always liked John Pearse strings but I've found that they are so hard to find; I would encourage people to try them.

Just wondering what other products does just strings .com sell? Just strings I imagine.
By Ken
John Pearse Phosphor Bronze
February 24, 2011
I arrived at using these strings after buying and using a large range of brands and models of strings to find the ones that worked best on my high-end Guild. These John Pearse strings came out as the winners. Nice ringing bright tone when new--then settle into a fine smooth, rich tone for the rest of their playing life. They last well, also. Good flexibility in playing as well. Been very satisfied with them.
By baja
Great strings!
February 2, 2011
I've tried quite a few strings and these have been the best. They feel really good and they have a nice warm tone with crisp highs. Could have a bit more bass, but if you bump up to the mediums you have plenty of bass.

Buy 'em!
By Rick R.
Lt Gauge, Phosphor Bronze
October 31, 2010
I have used this set since 1995 on my Taylor 712 and my Martin OM18GE. Won't change brands again. Good price and speedy delivery too.
By mecano k.
Great goods not known
October 15, 2010
Great goods not known.

It is felt that the fundamental pitch is very large?& Deep sound. Moreover, it lasts long.

Very good strings.
By Jerry M.
John Pearse Light Guage Phosphor Bronze
September 28, 2010
I used them for the first time recently on my Tacoma mahogany jumbo. The strings greatly help the midrange and treble on my bass-heavy guitar. I'll keep using them.
By Jon T.
John Pearse 600l
June 21, 2010
They are bright but not tinny, they last better than many others. (Morgan 00M and Seagull parlour.)

John Pearse® Acoustic Six String Guitar Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge, .012 - .053, 600L

1st eSilvered Plain Steel.012
2nd BSilvered Plain Steel.016
3rd GPhosphor Bronze Wound.024
4th DPhosphor Bronze Wound.032
5th APhosphor Bronze Wound.042
6th EPhosphor Bronze Wound.053

John Pearse® Acoustic Six String Guitar Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge, .012 - .053, 600L

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