Daddario Acoustic Strings
D�Addario acoustic guitar strings are available in several different varieties. We carry D�Addario acoustic strings in 80/20 bronze, phosphor bronze, EXP coated 80/20 bronze and phosphor bronze, Flat Top semi flat phosphor bronze, nylon and silk & steel folk guitar, and silver-plated copper wound gypsy jazz sets.
The 80/20 bronze wound D�Addario acoustic strings, which are sometimes referred to as brass wound, are made from the same metal alloy chosen by John D'Addario Sr. and John D'Angelico when they collaborated during the 1930s. 80/20 bronze strings are popular with some players for recording because of their bright and vibrant tone. 80/20 bronze acoustic guitar strings are also favored by many traditionalists due to their historical significance.
D'Addario phosphor bronze acoustic guitar strings were introduced by D'Addario in 1974. They have since become the most popular D�Addario acoustic strings. They have a warm, rich tone that is less bright than 80/20 bronze. Their tone also tends to last a bit longer than 80/20 bronze strings.
D�Addario�s innovative, Nickel Bronze strings for acoustic guitar feature a nickel-plated phosphor bronze winding over a high carbon NY steel core. This new wrap wire is engineered to bring out your instrument�s best qualities with an unequalled clarity, resonance and projection. D�Addario�s patented NYXL carbon steel core adds tuning stability and long life to these strings. �With Nickel Bronze, D�Addario has built a guitar string designed to let musicians re-discover their guitars all over again, giving them all new acoustic possibilities to explore,� is D�Addario�s way of saying you will find these uncoated strings amazing. Nickel Bronze strings are available in five gauge ranges from extra light (.010-.047) to medium (.013-.056), including a light top / medium bottom (.012-.056) set. All D�Addario�s strings are sealed in corrosion resistant packaging for extra long life. D�Addario acoustic strings EXP have a very thin layer of special EXP coating bonded to their wrap wire before it is wound onto the core wire. This makes D�Addario EXP acoustic guitar strings feel more like traditional guitar strings than some other brands that coat the entire string. D�Addario says that this provides a barrier against premature wear and corrosion that can kill the life and tone of your strings. EXP strings last three or four times as long as traditional acoustic strings. D�Addario acoustic strings EXP are available in both 80/20 bronze and phosphor bronze.
D'Addario acoustic Flat Tops start as regular phosphor bronze round wound strings, and are then precision ground, which leaves the outer windings smooth and partially flat. This process creates a smooth playing string, but it does not subtract from the tone and sustain you expect from phosphor bronze acoustic strings. D�Addario Flat Tops also substantially reduce finger noise and as a result, are a good choice when you need quiet strings, such as when recording.
D�Addario Silk & Steel acoustic strings are wound with silver-plated copper wire and silk. Silk & Steel strings are much easier to finger, with a soft feel, and have a much mellower tone than traditional acoustic guitar strings. Some players prefer them on small bodied acoustic guitars and they are also popular with folk players.
D'Addario�s Gypsy Jazz strings are made to be optimal for playing in the style of Django Reinhardt. They are made from silver-plated copper wound onto a steel core, which gives them a warm tone especially suited for Gypsy Jazz guitar playing.
From the September/October 2021 issue of Acoustic Guitar |By Adam Perlmutter
For many years I have been more than satisfied with the D’Addario EJ16 Phosphor Bronze strings that came standard on most of my steel-string guitars. They’re inexpensive, good-sounding, and consistent, and I have always appreciated the commitment to waste reduction that is apparent in their packaging.
But not long ago, I received D’Addario’s XS strings (from $17.99), an innovative new set that combines hyper-thin coating (one-tenth the thickness of a human hair) with NY Steel cores and Fusion Twist technology on the plain strings. Designed for longevity as well as pitch stability and resistance to breaking, the XSs are available in phosphor bronze for six- and 12-string guitars and mandolins, in all of the common gauges (10–47, 11–52, 12–53, and 13–56 for six-string and 10–47 for 12-string).
My 2018 Waterloo WL-S was sounding a bit sleepy—could it have had something to do with the fact that I had never changed the original strings?—so I was curious to restring the guitar with a set I wouldn’t necessarily have thought to try, as I hadn’t broken a string in years and do not seem to have corrosive sweat.
As with all D’Addario strings, the XS set has smart packaging, all six enclosed in a single sealed package. Unlike the EJ16s I’m used to, with their rainbow-colored ball ends, those on the XSs are silver, black, or brass. The new strings (12–53 as reviewed) settled into pitch nicely, and the Waterloo felt reinvigorated, subtly punchier than it had when the previous strings were new. The XSs felt great, too; I might not have known they were coated had I not read the packaging.
A month after I first tried D’Addario’s XS coated strings, they still sounded brilliant. Though they cost about 2.5 times the price of the EJ16s, their longevity, natural feel, and great tone are clearly worth the premium.
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Before the Music Come the Machines
The words “I’m not that interested in guitars” sound strange coming from Pat Metheny, a 20-time Grammy-winning guitarist. But he can explain.
“Musical instruments are just tools,” Mr. Metheny said recently inside the 110,000-square-foot headquarters of the instrument string manufacturer D’Addario, in Farmingdale. “My awareness of them is fairly limited. What I care about is their results.”
That includes a certain “brightness” of sound, he added, as well as consistency. “If the string gauge was off even a millimeter on my guitar, I’d know it in a fraction of a second,” he said. Mr. Metheny had taken time off this fall from a tour of more than 200 cities to shoot an instructional video at the factory. “And if the strings didn’t feel the same as they always do, I would know that in a fraction of a second, too,” he said. “It’s a critical detail.”
Since the 1970s, when Mr. Metheny started using D’Addario strings exclusively, he has counted on the manufacturer to attend to such details. Now he is one of more than 3,000 artist-endorsers. He is also, in a sense, an adviser.
“They’ve kept the dialogue open, and they’ve kept improving the machinery,” he said. “You feel like, ‘These guys are actually listening to me.’ ”
Jim D’Addario, the chief executive of the company, nurtures close ties with musicians, who often visit the nondescript premises to tour or shoot videos. For the company, the artists add prestige to the brand, but they also improve the quality of the 700,000 fretted and bowed instrument strings a day that it produces on Long Island. The strings are sold at retailers like Guitar Center and Sam Ash, at independent stores, online and directly to instrument-makers around the globe.
“You can’t really have a music store without something from this factory,” Mr. D’Addario said.
And that is true whether or not a music store caters to string musicians. Though it is known for guitar strings, D’Addario has recently expanded into producing drumheads, drumsticks, reeds and mouthpieces. Drummers like Anton Fig, who plays with Paul Shaffer’s house band on “The Late Show With David Letterman,” and Glenn Kotche, drummer for the band Wilco, have worked with Mr. D’Addario to improve the drum products.
“We’ve developed relationships with musicians who are good at giving justifiable, scientific feedback,” he said during a tour of the cavernous factory. Around him, the din of more than 200 string-winding machines and the workers who presided over them set a scene of brisk productivity.
For some local musicians, being one of the 820 or so employees at the Farmingdale headquarters is a boon to their craft. Nick Spadafora, a production assistant from Hauppauge who works on the company’s films, is also the guitarist in the Long Island rock band To Sail Beyond the Sun. For him, the perks of being a D’Addario insider include knowing which strings to use and why. His favorites — the NYXL 11-46 — “really do last longer and sound better than the standard XL strings,” he said.
Despite his access, Mr. Spadafora still marvels at the inner workings of the factory. “Knowing exactly what goes into making the strings, the science of it all, including the research and testing, is pretty amazing to me,” he said. “It’s a really complicated job.”
The history of the D’Addario family business starts in the Abruzzo region of Italy around the 1860s, said Mr. D’Addario. “We were able to trace it back, and they were shepherds and string makers,” for instruments including lutes, harps, guitars and violins. The strings were made out of sheep and hog intestines. “Whatever was in the grass or the air or the atmosphere made for great-sounding gut strings,” he said.
In 1905, Charles D’Addario, Mr. D’Addario’s grandfather, left Italy for Queens and began importing the family’s strings. In 1918, he opened a shop in his garage in Astoria, where he made his own gut strings. In the late 1930s, when Charles D’Addario’s son John Sr. had joined the business — by then known as C. D’Addario & Son — the company began making steel strings and nylon core strings for fretted instruments. “DuPont had developed a nylon microfilament for hairbrushes, toothbrushes and brooms,” Mr. D’Addario said. His father and grandfather thought the material was perfect for harp strings and the treble strings on classical guitars.
Even back then, D’Addario counted on artist feedback: Carlos Salzedo, a famous harpist and a friend to Charles, offered his advice on how to work with the new DuPont material. Throughout the 1940s and ’50s the company continued to perfect and sell its nylon strings. In the 1960s, John D’Addario Sr. developed the first nickel-plated steel alloy, engineering round-wound electric guitar strings that contributed to the rock ’n’ roll sound for the next four decades, Mr. D’Addario said.
From 1959 through the early ’70s, the company flirted with a name change, to Darco Strings, and it was briefly acquired by another company, C. F. Martin & Company. Neither idea had much staying power, so the company relocated from Queens to Long Island, opening its first factory in Lynbrook in 1973. Steady growth brought it to the current premises in 1994.
Now, in addition to the large factory building that houses the on-site studio visited by Mr. Metheny, the company occupies a 50,000-square-foot raw wire mill across the street. That same building houses both the mill and D’Addario’s drumhead factory, where 8,000 drumheads a day are produced. There are also D’Addario factories in California, Texas, Tennessee and Connecticut.
Worldwide, the fleet of D’Addario employees has ballooned to 1,100. But to Mr. D’Addario, the business still feels intimate. “It’s a family business, no matter how big we get,” he said.
For the actor and former Baltimore police officer, see Gary D'Addario.
For Brian and Michael D’Addario, see The Lemon Twigs.
For other uses, see Daddario.
American company of musical instrument strings and accessories
|Founded||1974; 47 years ago (1974)|
Farmingdale, New York,
|CEO: John D'Addario, III|
|Products||Guitar strings & accessories, orchestral strings, woodwinds reeds & mouthpieces, drumheads, drumsticks|
Number of employees
|Subsidiaries||D'Addario Accessories |
D'Addario is a manufacturer of musical instrument strings and accessories, primarily for guitars but also other fretted and orchestral instruments. The company currently has its world headquarters in Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, and its European headquarters in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. There are other offices around the globe including in Brooklyn, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Australia and China. D'Addario is a family-owned and operated business that is one of the largest string manufacturers in the world, not only producing several lines of strings under their own brand names, but also making OEM strings for other musical instrument companies.
D'Addario produces and distributes other musical accessories across a range of product categories including straps, cables and power solutions, capos, tuners, picks, humidification, care and maintenance, slides, hand fitness, hearing protection, gear bags, mic stand accessories, manuscripts, drumheads, drumsticks, snare wire, woodwinds reeds and mouthpieces.
The D'Addario (phonetically pronounced /dəˈdɛɹio/ in American English or /dadˈdaɾio/ in Italian) family of string-makers originated in the small Italian town of Salle in the province of Pescara. A baptismal form from 1680 names a Donato D'Addario as a cordaro, where cordaro is a regional variant of Italian cordaio meaning "maker or seller of ropes and strings". From other historical records it appears that the town's primary occupations were farming and string-making. At the time strings were made of sheep or hog gut, and making them was a laborious process.
After an earthquake devastated the town in 1915, two brothers-in-law, Rocco and Carmine D'Addario emigrated to Astoria in Queens, New York in an attempt to expand their market, importing and selling the strings made by their family in Salle. By 1918 Rocco had returned to Salle, and Carmine, who later, known as Charles, began making his own strings in a small shop behind the family home. Still made from gut, the process of making strings involved all members of the family.
The guitar saw a major rise in popularity in the early part of the 20th century, because of new popular music, and sometime in the 1930s the family began making strings for this instrument, producing strings made to order for individual musicians or for guitar manufacturers.
The development of nylon by DuPont during World War II produced a major change in the family business. Sent samples by Dupont in 1947, the D'Addarios immediately began experimenting with this new material, consulting with many of its regular customers in developing the strings.
During the late 1940s and early 1950s (especially after the birth of rock and roll) nylon-stringed "classical" guitars were being eclipsed in popularity by the steel-string guitar. Some of the younger members of the family wanted to expand into steel strings, but Charles was reluctant to risk the family business on what he considered an uncertain market. In 1956 a new company (the Archaic Musical String Mfg Co.) began to make steel strings, run by Charles' son, John D'Addario Sr. The company made strings for several of the major guitar makers of the time, including Gretsch, D'Angelico, Martin, and Guild. In 1962 the two companies were merged under the name Darco.
The guitar had become the most popular instrument in the United States, and the Darco company came up with many innovations in the manufacture of guitar strings, including the first automated equipment to wind strings and the first roundwoundbass guitar strings.
In the late 1960s, Darco was approached by Martin Guitars regarding a merger in order to pool resources and development efforts. While the partnership was beneficial for both companies, by 1974 the D'Addario family decided it was time to market strings under their own name, and the J. D'Addario & Company corporation was formed. In 1977, the D'Addario classical guitar roster showed association with and sponsorship of guitarists Laurindo Almeida, Michael Laucke, Frederic Hand, David Starobin, David Russell, Jorge Morel, William Matthews, Paco Peña, Michael Newman, David Leisner and Alice Artzt. Darco is still a brand name used by the Martin Guitar company.
Originally located in Lynbrook, New York, the business continued to expand and in 1994 moved to its current facility in Farmingdale, New York. The company is still owned and operated by the D'Addario family, with 13 family members among the 1,000 employees of the company.
Current key executives include John D'Addario III (CEO), Jim D'Addario (Chairman of the Board and Chief Innovation Officer), Robert D'Addario (President/Managing Director, CTG) Suzanne D'Addario Brouder (Foundation Director).
Brands and products
|D'Addario Guitar+||Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Banjo, Guitarron, Vihuela, Pipa, Ruan, Erhu, Bajo, Cuatro, Requinto, Viola Brasileira, Bouzouki, Baglamas-Tzouras, Cretan Lyra, Cavaquinho, Oud, Tenor Guitar, Dulcimer |
Brands: D'Addario Acoustic, XL, NYXL, XT, XS, Nickel Bronze, Pro-Arte, Classics, Folk, Mariachi
|D'Addario Accessories||Straps, Cables, Capos, Tuners, Humidification, Care & Maintenance, Picks, Custom Picks, Loknob, Slides, Hand Fitness, Hearing Protection, Hardware, Power Solutions, Gear Bags, Mic Stand Accessory System, Soundhole, Manuscript, The Beatles Straps & Picks, Grateful Dead Straps & Picks|
|Evans Drumheads||Drum Set, Marching Percussion, Band & Orchestra, World, Custom Drumheads, Practice Pads, Drum Keys, SoundOff Mutes|
|ProMark||Drum Set, Marching Percussion, Band & Orchestra, Alternative Sound Sources, Scholastic Packs, Stick Bags & Storage|
|D'Addario Woodwinds||Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Eb Clarinet, Bb Clarinet, Alto Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Contra Bass Clarinet, Reed Care & Storage, Ligatures & Caps, Instrument Care, Straps, Patches, Exerciser |
|D'Addario Orchestral||Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Rosin, Tuners, Humidification, Ball-End Adaptor, Manuscript Paper |
D'Addario has a diverse roster of artist endorsements that includes pioneering guitarists and drummers to world-class woodwinds players and orchestral virtuosos including Gary Clark Jr., Jay Weinberg, Nile Rogers, Ryan Roxie, Julia Fischer, Anika Nilles, Anderson .Paak, Jake Shimabukuro, Nate Smith, Brandi Carlile, Christian McBride, Blue Devils, Doreen Ketchens, Sara Watkins, Philippe Geiss, Mike Dawes.
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D'Addario Guitar Strings
The family-owned, New York-based D'Addario has been in the string-making business for several generations, originating from Italy. Today, they are one of the world's largest string manufacturers. They were the first company to switch from gut strings to nylon, and now produce a wide selection of acoustic, electric, classical and bass guitar strings using the latest technology and materials. D'Addario strings are widely respected among the music industry's most well-known guitar players, including Sheryl Crow, Lenny Kravitz, Pat Metheny, Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith, Dave Matthews and John Scofield. In our line of D'Addario guitar strings for acoustic guitars, we have the traditional round wound strings. There are flat tops, which have the same tension and flexibility of round wound, but produces a smoother feel and minimizes finger noise. These strings are especially recommended for slide guitar and flatpicking. Silk & Steel strings use silver-plated copper wrapping which is woven with silky fibers for a softer touch and mellower tone that make them ideal for folk guitar playing. The metal alloys used include phosphor bronze for long life, 80/20 bronze (which is copper and zinc) and silver-plated copper, a favorite of classical and folk players because of its warm tone. D'Addario's EXP micro-fine coating technology treats the wrap wire before winding, which protects the strings while maintaining an uncoated tone and feel. In addition to acoustic and electric strings, D'Addario also makes mandolin strings, ukulele strings, and also strings for mandola, fiddle and banjo.
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