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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Kerly Music 50's Nickel Elec Guitar Strings 11-50, ...(Review)

Reviewed By: Jac Harrison
Purchased from: Manufacturer
Street Price: $6.95 USD 

Kerly Music 50's Nickel Elec Guitar Strings  11-50
Kerly Music Strings are the manufacturer of guitar and bass strings. According to the Kerly Music website, the strings are seasoned through a patented metal tempering process that exposes them to minus 320F and plus 350F for 24 hours.

What the manufacturer says:
All of Kerly Music strings are seasoned through a patented metal tempering process that exposes them to minus 320F and plus 350F for 24 hours. Their treatment strengthens the string at the molecular level, ads tonal crispness, increases durability and dramatically resists corrosive elements that reduce the life and tone of your strings. Tuning is less frequent, and a smoother surface feel is created with stellar bendability.

Their CYCLECOAT™ process uses repetitive Hot/Cold, Hot/Cold, Hot/Cold cycles that close up the microcracks that cause tonal loss and premature breakage. It’s the microcracks in normal strings that allow a string to go dead or break quickly. Their process closes up the cracks and their strings counteract sweat, corrosion and quick breakage.

Strings are all about metal, the type and how it interacts with your fingers. Normal strings are just that, normal. You can expect them to sound good right out of the package, but after a limited amount of time they usually lose their sound quality and some even break with hardly picking them a hundred times. Coated strings use expensive coatings that try to extend the sound quality of a string. This process is debated by many and coatings do not make a string "feel real" or last longer regarding to breakage.

There are Cryogenic strings out there, which are defined by exposing the metal to extremely cold temperatures. Standard cryogenics does not show 100% proven scientific results. The only way to ensure more durability and extra wear resistance is to temper metal between both Hot and Cold. It’s the repetitive expansion and contraction of the metal, due to both temperatures, that change its structure giving it the added benefits.

Kerly strings are tempered strings. Exposing them to minus 320F and plus 350F for 24 hours changes the way they sound, feel and last. Metal tempering has been used for centuries to improve the durability and wear resistance of metals.

Guitar used: 
Hand built Archtop (by me) 

Cables used:

Amp Used:
Vox Pathfinder 15r 

I have used DR Pure Blues on all my guitar since I first heard about them a little over a year ago. I have tried many different pure nickel strings only to be let down. The strings either where to slinky and wouldn't stay in tune after a few bends or they just sounded dead out of the box. I was excited to try these strings since a very reputable sources told me about them. The guitar I strung up was my archtop that has a Bigsby. I had a hard time bending the fishhook at the end of the string to mount it on the Bigsby due to the amount of elasticity the strings have, but after a few extra minutes she was all strung up and ready to go. The sound was full and rich like you would want from round wound pure nickle strings much like the DR's, but these where a little fatter on the bottom end. The main difference was how the string reacted to my fingers, instead of the string falling back in place after a bend it felt like it was pulling itself back; much like a memory foam mattress. After the initial stretching of the strings , I played for over an hour and a half with minimal tuning. The guitar is setup with a Tusq nut and a Tusq string saver saddle with Grover 18: 1 machine heads, so if she was to come out of tune it would be the strings. I have played her for about 5 hours since I put the Kerly strings on and she just needed minimal tuning on the G string. With that said after 5 hours of my playing the DR's would be almost dead.  

My advice:  
Try them, strings are all about your preference in sound. These strings will make your guitar and your fingers happy. Kerly Music also uses less packaging; and that is cool for the environment.

Kerly Music Corporation
8 Fleet Street
Jersey City, NJ 07306

(P) 917-689-8641

Posted 05/2012