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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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8% Recommend this product (2 of 26 responses)
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.
ProsSee Review
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.
ProsSustain, overtones, price, longevity
ConsCan'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.)
By Clif G.
April 30, 2010
Thank you for asking for my input on the John Pearse Strings. I have used them for over 6 years and they seem to work the best on my Taylor 512 and my Takamine LTD-90. They have a very good pitch and last longer than other strings I have used. It would only be by chance that I would use anything else.
By Jack C.
Great strings
April 18, 2010
Perfect crispness and projection. Great for finger picking. I use these strings exclusively on my D18 Martin.
By Mason
March 21, 2010
Tinny and stiff. Worst strings I've used. After two days they are coming off both guitars.
By Phil D.
Product Reviews for John Pearse® Acoustic Six String Guitar Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge, .012 - .053, 600
March 16, 2010
I've been using these for years and see no reason to change.Love the woody earthy tone on my 32 year old Armstrong deep bodied Parlour. String my Larivee OM 9 with same.
By Mike O.
March 13, 2010
I had Elixir nanoweb strings on my Taylor for a year before I changed them out and got these for the first time. WOW what a great sounding set of strings. very bright and easy on the fingers.
By Kerry P.
John Pearse phos bronze lg
February 8, 2010
I have used these exclusively for my 1979 Martin HD 28. That guitar tends to be on the "fruity" side and the Pearse strings do a lovely job of brightening up matter. Also...they last!
By Mark H.
Acoustic Strings
February 4, 2010
I have not experienced the same problems as the previous reviewer. The packages I have bought, from any dealer, have all been pristine.

The tone of these strings is what has me sold on them. Clean, clear, ringing, and loud. They are common among players I know. They and I are very satisfied with them.
By Gasper B.
John Pearse PB Strings
December 1, 2009
I've been using these strings for years, and have always bought them from you, Just Strings. I will continue to use these strings, but something has disturbed me. I recently bought strings, the light gauge Phosphor Bronze, 600's. One string was missing from one set, and another string was bent and useable. I wrote to the John Pearse company, through email, and never received a response. Because of this reason, I am disappointed in my purchase. I am not naive, and don't believe we live in a perfect world. Mistakes are made. It's how they are dealt with that matters. And this matter was dealt with, by John Pearse, in a poor manner.






1st E

Silvered Plain



2nd B

Silvered Plain



3rd G

Phosphor Bronze Wound



4th D

Phosphor Bronze Wound



5th A

Phosphor Bronze Wound



6th E

Phosphor 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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