Reviewed By: Jac Harrison
Purchased from: Anthill Music
Street Price: $10.00 USD
Cleartone Strings, a division of Everly music based in Burbank, CA. They are the manufacture of guitar and bass strings. They produce stings that are coated using a unique technique and chemical process. According to the Cleartone website this patented treatment and coating process is designed to keep your strings sounding fresh, 3-5 times longer than un-coated strings.
Before you read any further please know that I do not like treated strings. I use Red Brand, this sting is just about pure copper without a coating and it is the best string I have every used on an acoustic.
Side by side comparison :
I strung up 2 of the same guitars, I used both of my Parkwood grand concert's. This guitar has a solid Sitka spruce top with solid Indian rosewood back and sides. Both have a full Tusq by graphtech up-grade of nut, saddle, and pins. So I put my red's on one and the Cleatone on the other.
Impression:My fist impression was that I couldn't feel the coating and that is what I hate most about treated strings. That almost plastic snot feeling you get on your fingertips. The second thing I noticed was the tone, it was clear and warm, but not my red's. After 2 weeks of playing both guitars for an hour a day my reds where dead and they needed to be replace. So I replaced them with the another well know coated brand that comes stock on a guitar the rimes with sailor. Not only could I feel the plastic snot like coating but the sound was just bad, but If I was truly going to put these strings to the test I would have to bring myself to play both brands. So for an hour a day for the next 3 weeks I played both guitars. This past Friday the other brand that comes stock on a guitar the rimes with sailor went dead. Not only did the Cleartones out last my un-coated strings, but they out lasted another brand of coated strings. So I think I will used Cleartone phosphor bronze for everyday use, but I will always use my red's in the studio.
Try them, strings are all about your preference in sound. They also seem to really hold up as long as the manufacture claims, and that can save you a few bucks a year.