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D'Addario string gauge mixup

PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:58 pm
by John LaTorre
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?

Re: D'Addario string gauge mixup

PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:38 pm
by Clay Schaeffer
D'Addario posted a guide on line for telling counterfeit strings from authentic.

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

Re: D'Addario string gauge mixup

PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:44 pm
by John LaTorre
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.

Re: D'Addario string gauge mixup

PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:34 pm
by Mark Swanson
That link is broken for me.

Re: D'Addario string gauge mixup

PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:28 pm
by Barry Daniels
That is the first time I've heard of counterfeit strings. Instruments yes; but strings?

Re: D'Addario string gauge mixup

PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 4:53 pm
by Peter Wilcox
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.

Re: D'Addario string gauge mixup

PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:11 pm
by Mark Swanson
Thank you, Peter!