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D'Addario string gauge mixup

Postby John LaTorre » Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:58 pm

Hi, all:

While stringing up a new build with D'Addario EJ16 strings, I happened to notice that the color-coded ball ends on the two upper strings were switched ... the first string's was purple, and the second string's was silver. I caught the error right away, but got to wondering if anybody else had noticed the same problem in the string sets they've been getting.

The strings appear to be authentic, not counterfeit. I don't remember exactly where I bought them, but it was probably one of the local guitar stores here in Sacramento ... Guitar Workshop or New 5th String. I would have bought them sometime this spring.

Another mystery: all the strings were about 0.002" thinner than the gauges listed on the package. When I was getting these readings, I suspected a wonky micrometer, but it checked out against my trusty feeler gauge set. Is this normal for strings?
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Re: D'Addario string gauge mixup

Postby Clay Schaeffer » Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:38 pm

D'Addario posted a guide on line for telling counterfeit strings from authentic.

http://www.daddario.com/upload/DABR_...wRes_12587.pdf
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Re: D'Addario string gauge mixup

Postby John LaTorre » Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:44 pm

Clay Schaeffer wrote:D'Addario posted a guide on line for telling counterfeit strings from authentic.

http://www.daddario.com/upload/DABR_...wRes_12587.pdf


That's the first place I went. Ball ends were the right shape, wrapping looked good, so I assumed that the strings were the genuine article.
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Re: D'Addario string gauge mixup

Postby Mark Swanson » Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:34 pm

That link is broken for me.
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Re: D'Addario string gauge mixup

Postby Barry Daniels » Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:28 pm

That is the first time I've heard of counterfeit strings. Instruments yes; but strings?
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Re: D'Addario string gauge mixup

Postby Peter Wilcox » Tue Oct 24, 2017 4:53 pm

Mark Swanson wrote:That link is broken for me.

It should be http://www.daddario.com/upload/DABR_Cou ... _15727.pdf

The board must have truncated the link and/or changed the file number from 15727 to 12587.
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Re: D'Addario string gauge mixup

Postby Mark Swanson » Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:11 pm

Thank you, Peter!
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