Ernie Ball 2568 Aluminum Bronze Acoustic Strings - .011-.052 Light

.011-.052 Light Gauge Acoustic Guitar Strings, Aluminum Bronze
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Ernie Ball strings have been a top choice for players of all types since the early 1960s, when guitarists came into Ernie Ball's music store, customizing their string gauges to make their axes easier to play. After fruitless attempts to interest major guitar manufacturers in a lighter set of strings, Ernie Ball decided to start making his own. When you open a pack of his strings today, you know you're getting a quality set of strings designed to give you great tone, reliable performance, and long life. Ask any Sweetwater guitar expert - you can't go wrong when you string up with Ernie Ball strings!

Increase your guitar's projection and clarity with Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Acoustic Strings. Utilizing a special blend of copper and aluminum wrappings over Maraging Steel hex cores, these strings bring out pronounced lows and crisp highs from any acoustic guitar. Ernie Ball's Aluminum Bronze acoustic guitar strings are also more corrosion resistant than normal phosphor bronze strings.

Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings Features at a Glance:
  • Type: Acoustic 6-String
  • Aluminum bronze wrap
  • .011, .015, .022, .032, .042, .052
  • Bright tone
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Maraging Steel hex core
Hear your acoustic guitar like never before with Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze acoustic guitar strings!

Tech Specs

Guitar Type Acoustic
Number of Sets 1
Coated No
Gauges .011, .015, .022, .032, .042, .052
Core Material Maraging Steel
Winding Material Aluminum Bronze
Winding Type Round
Manufacturer Part Number P02568

Customer Reviews

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My only acoustic string set

Having been a metal worker for a period of time, the alloy of aluminum and bronze caught my attention. Aluminum will produce an oxide but not the crud that steel, copper and bronze does. I had been looking for set of strings that I could be totally sold on; had used Martin and GHS strings and liked them but after 4-6 weeks, it would be time for a new set. I decided to put Ernie Ball to the test and use and abuse these strings just to see if they were as advertised. I installed them on my 25th Anniversary Alavarez, which is a hand built solid rosewood & spruce guitar that was produced in the 90's.The difference in tone was immediately noticeable and these strings project better than anything that I'd used previously. This is important for me because I play fingerstyle without picks or amplification. These strings were LOUD and very clear and balanced in tone. These strings were installed on Memorial Day weekend 2015 - I took them off of the guitar on 23 Sept 2016. 16 months. Lots of hours of play on them. I purposely didn't clean them. I purposely kept the guitar out of the case so the strings were exposed to any dust or humidity change in my house. I took them off only because I had a set of strings from another manufacturer for a beta test. They were still sounding clear, loud as ever and just as balanced as when I installed them. Just to prove that any result that I might have wasn't a fluke, I installed a 2nd set of these strings on my PRS SE Angelus Custom just a few weeks after I'd put the set on the Alvarez. The 2nd set is probably close to 14 months old at this point and just like my first set, still loud, still clear, no corrosion. I won't be changing the 2nd set anytime soon. One person told me that he didn't get a month out of his set EB's Aluminum Bronze but then told me that he had been playing whole step bends. He wondered why they pulled apart.... uh, aluminum is a softer metal and stretches more. Acoustic strings aren't intended for that type of bending.....
Music background: Diligent student of the instrument

I'm A Believer

I must say I had high hopes for these strings. My "go to" strings have been GHS Signature Bronze which are great strings. I thought why not give these a go so I did. At first I was a little disappointed because I was hoping to hear brighter right away and I didn't hear a discernible difference from the Signatures.After playing my Larrivee L03 for about an hour I became aware of the solid, clear bottom that was promised. I also was hearing overtones like they were going out of style and as others have said the sustain was phenomenal...really. I'm going to continue to see how they hold up as they are touted to last longer than other uncoated strings. I will definitely buy more of these. Incidentally, I bought the 11-52 set.

EB Nailed It With These Strings--Big Time!

If you don't hear at the very least a 3x improvement in your guitar's tone, seriously consider using it for an indoor planter because if these strings can't do anything for its tone, there is nothing on this planet that will.I strung my Tak TF360SBG up with them and I was totally amazed beyond words. WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!! I have been using Cleartone and Martin strings for long time and they don't begin to measure up to these strings. Believe me when I say my Tak has NEVER sounded this good...and it is soooo recordable. These strings make my guitar sound optimally balanced and the definition/clarity is perfect. Nowadays after adding a Tri-Ax pick up, when I track I simply keep everything flat and every take sounds perfect in any mix. And by the way, they sound better longer than phosphor bronze strings.I can't recommend these strings enough. So do yourself a favor and buy a set of them, I promise you will not be disappointed. Yes, They're that good.
Music background: Songwriter, engineer and musician

Highly recommend

Excellent strings, the sound is amazing, I highly recommend trying these if you haven't had the chance to enjoy them. They have a sparkle on the high end and a very rich sounding middle and bottom end. They last as long as the coated strings without the coated string price.
Music background: I play everyday, guess you could call me a hobbyist?

Clear Tone

Let me start by saying these strings do have very bright, clear tone when new. My poor rating is due to them not staying in tune. I've been playing for almost 50 years, so I'm not a beginner. I do like to try new strings from time to time, but always end up back on the Gibson Masterbuilt bronze phosphor. I put a set on each of my 4 acoustics. A Gibson J45 Custom, Gibson Songwriter Dlx Std, Taylor 810ce and Taylor K28e. Same tuning issue with all 4 guitars. Seems to be more prevalent on the wound strings. Another review here claims these are 3 X brighter than the Cleartone & Martin strings. I'd agree with that on the Cleartone's. They are a bit brighter (marginally) when new than the Gibson's, but loose that brightness very quickly. The Gibson Materbuilt bronze phosphor hold their tune perfectly and after an hour of playing suddenly become brighter than these strings with the same play time.
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