String gauges are shown in “inches”, numbers in bold represent wound strings.

Six & Twelve String Acoustic Guitar

 

Six String – Plain

625XHS Extra Highly Strung

.010, .012, .006, .011, .016, .010

 

Six String – 80/20 Bronze Wound

100XL Extra Light

.010, .014, .023, .030, .039, .047

  

150 New Standard – this set is meant to be tuned in fifths: that is G, E, A, D, G, C [top to bottom]

.011, .013, .022, .032, .047, .058

  

160SL Slightly Light

.011, .015, .022, .030, .040, .050

  

170 Custom

.011, .015, .022, .030, .042, .052

  

200L Light

.012, .016, .024, .032, .042, .053

  

250LM Bluegrass

.012, .016, .024, .035, .045, .056

  

260 Slightly Bluegrass

.012, .016, .024, .032, .045, .056

  

300M Medium

.013, .017, .026, .035, .045, .056

  

310NM New Medium – Even Tension Set – perfect for Fingerpickers

.013, .017, .024, .032, .042, .055

 

Six String – Phosphor Bronze Wound –

500XL Extra Light

.010, .014, .023, .030, .039, .047

  

550SL Slightly Light

.011, .015, .022, .030, .040, .050

  

570SLC Slightly Light Custom

.011, .015, .022, .030, .042, .052

  

600L Light

.012, .016, .024, .032, .042, .053

  

605HT Hight Top Light

.013, .016, .024, .032, .042, .053

  

620HS High Strung

.012, .016, .012, .016, .023, .030

  

640 Custom

.012, .016, .023, .032, .042, .055

  

650LM Bluegrass

.012, .016, .024, .035, .045, .056

  

660SM Slightly Bluegrass

.012, .016, .024, .032, .045, .056

  

700M Medium

.013, .017, .026, .035, .045, .056

  

710NM New Medium – Even Tension Set – perfect for Fingerpickers

.013, .017, .024, .032, .042, .055

  

720ML Medium Light

.013, .018, .022, .032, .042, .052

  

790SR Spanish Neck Resophonic – developed for National ResoPhonics®

.013, .017, .026, .036, .046, .056

  

800 Slack Key [Open Tuning]

.013, .017, .024, .032, .045, .056

 

Six String – Nickel Wound

960L Light

.012, .016, .024, .032, .042, .054

  

980M Medium

.013, .017, .026, .035, .045, .057

 

Cuban Tres Guitar SILKS

Phosphor Bronze & Silk

820 Custom Master

.014, .014, .016, .016, .023, .012, .024

 

Twelve String – 80/20 Bronze Wound

1300L Light

.010, .010, .014, .014, .010, .023, .012, .030, .018, .039, .027, .047

 

 

1340 Custom

.012, .012, .016, .016, .010, .026, .013, .034, .018, .044, .030, .052

 

 

1350H C# Tuning

.013, .013, .017, .017, .014, .030, .018, .039, .027, .045, .035, .056

 

Twelve String – Phosphor BronzeWound

1400L Light

.010, .010, .014, .014, .010, .023, .012, .030, .018, .039, .027, .047

  

1450H C# Tuning

.013, .013, .017, .017, .014, .030, .018, .039.027.045.035, .056

 

Twelve String – SILKS – Phosphor Bronze & Silk

1410L Light

.010, .010, .014, .014, .010, .023, .012, .029, .018, .039.027, .049

 

Six String SILKS – Phosphor Bronze & Silk

510L Light SILKS

.011, .014, .023, .029, .039, .049

  

610LM Light/Medium SILKS

.012, .016, .024, .032, .042, .053

 

Six String“NUAGES®”

2800L Light

.010, .014, .022, .028, .036, .045

  

2810LM Light/Medium

.011, .015, .023, .029, .037, .046

 

The New John Pearse® #510L & #610LM SILKS

The exciting new SILKS sets mark a departure from orthodox acoustic string design. Formulated for the electric guitarist who doubles on acoustic, this set features a never before possible “playing ease” tension married with the warmth and projection for which our acoustic strings are famous. Our triple annealed mild steel is pulled through a draw plate to make an extra skinny core. Onto this is wound a silk multifilament which cushions a phospor bronze winding. This is NOT a silk and steel set. The natural edginess of the phosphor bronze winding is tempered by the silk cushion to produce a tone that studio players everywhere are likening to our 80/20 bronze sets after they have been played in. Steve Sheehan, lead guitarist with the Judds, asked us to make this set. Guitarists all over America are thanking him!

John Pearse® NUAGES® ‘Guitare Manouche’ Strings

We could try to tell you why these are one of the most exciting additions to our string line…but then, whatever we could say, you would expect it because it is coming from us. So, I decided to make it easy on all of us!

While attending the “Django Festival” at Samois, France, I was so fortunate as to meet a wonderful musician and gentle person by the name of Robin Nolan. His trio–they reside in Holland–was performing at Samois!! They had a wonderful time trying out the Nuages® Strings….and have become ENDORSEES too! Thanks Robin!

And, since then, many other Manouche Players are using our strings, including Lulo Reinhardt and Kevin Nolan!

Classical and Thomastik-Pearse® Strings

Classical– Nylon

1100 Standard Tension  “Drawn” Plains

.028, .032, .040, .030, .035, .043

 

1200 Firm Tension  “Rectified” Plains

.029, .033, .0410, .030, .036, .044

ThomastikJohn Pearse® Strings

Silver Plated/Nylon Wound

 

Thomastik-John Pearse® Guitar Strings

Now! The strings that established John’s international reputation back in the 70’s–the THOMASTIK- JOHN PEARSE® SET. A revolutionary departure from a “traditional” classical string construction, every string is wound, even the first! Made like a fine violin string, the trebles are a braided metal rope core wound on with a flat nylon monofilament, while the basses are a perlon floss core wound on with a silverplated bell bronze wire. For many years, the preferred strings of the top Brazilian guitarists, the THOMASTIK- JOHN PEARSE® set gives unbelievable clarity, projection and volume–almost like a steel string–with no more tension on the guitar than a traditionally made firm tension CLASSICAL set. TOTALLY UNIQUE!

Six String Electric and Jazz Guitar

 

Jazz – Pure Nickel Wound

2600 Jazz Light – Wound Third String

.011, .015, .022, .030, .040, .050

  

2700 Jazz Medium

.012, .016, .024, .032, .042, .052

  

2900 Jazz Heavy

.013, .017,  .026, .036, .046, .056

  

2920 Long D – made with the extra long D string needed by certain guitar tailpieces.

.013, .017, .026.036XL, .046, .056

 

Electric – Nickel Wound

2300 Super EZ Bend Plus – Unwound Third String

.008, .011, .014, .022, .030, .038

  

2400 Super EZ Bend

.009, .011, .016, .024, .032, .042

  

2410 Super EZ Bend Splits

.009, .011, .016, .026, .036, .046

  

2500 EZ Bend

.010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046

 

 

2505 EZ Bend Splits Custom

.010, .013, .017, .030, .040, .050

 

 

2510 EZ Bend Splits

.010, .013, .017, .030, .042, .052

  

2550 EZ Bend Country

.010, .011, .015, .032, .042, .052

 

 

2610 Electric Straights

.011, .015, .018, .030, .040, .050

 

 

2615 Electric Straights Custom

.011, .015, .018, .032, .042, .052

 

 

2620 Electric Custom

.011, .015, .019, .032, .042, .052

  

2750 Jazz Swing

.012, .013, .016, .036, .040, .052

Electric Bass

Nickel Roundwound

6000 Light–Long Scale

.045, .065, .080, .100

 

Light 5th St. Add-On

.125

 

6050 Splits

.045, .065, .085, .0105

 

6100 Medium–Long Scale

.050, .070, .085, .105

 

Medium 5th St. Add-On

.130

 

Resophonic Guitar

Resophonic – Nickel Wound

3000 “G” Tuning

.016, .018, .028, .038, .049, .059

 

3005 “G” Tuning Custom

.016, .018, .026, .036 .046, .056

 

3050 “G” Tuning – “Uncle” Josh

.018, .018, .026, .038, .048, .059

Resophonic – Phosphor Bronze Wound

3025 Custom

.016, .018, .026, .036, .045, .056

 

3100 “G” Tuning

.016, .018, .027, .039, .049, .059

 

3105 “G” Tuning Custom

.016, .018, .026, .036, .06, .056

 

Weissenborn®/Lap Steel/Hawaiian Guitar

Weissenborn® – Phosphor Bronze Wound*

3110 “G” Tuning Heavy

D B G D G D [to bass]

.017, .019, .027, .045, .054, .062

 

3120L “G” Tuning

D B G D G D [to bass]

.015, .018, .024, .039, .047, .058

 

3130HB High Bass “G” Tuning

D B G D B G [to bass]

.015, .018, .027, .036, .042, .052

 

 

3140 New “G” Tuning

.018, .018.026, .035, .045, .056

 

3150H “D” Tuning Heavy

D A F# D A D [to bass]

.017, .022, .027, .045, .054, .068

 

3160 “D” Tuning

D A F# D A D [to bass]

.015, .018, .027, .038, .048, .060

 

3170 “G” Tuning

.015, .017, .026, .036, .046, .056

 

3175 “G” Tuning for Vintage Weissenborns®

.015, ,.017, .024, .032, .045, .055

Hawaiian -Six String

Pure Nickel Wound

7300 Am Tuning

.016, .018, .022, .032, .046, .054

 

7310 Am6 Tuning

.016, .018, .022, .026, .032, .046

NEW CUSTOM SET

7320 Custom G

.016, .08, .026, .036, .044, .056

NEW CUSTOM SET

7380 C6 Tuning

.015, .017, .020, .024, .028, .032

NEW CUSTOM SET

7400 B11 Tuning

.015, .017, .020, .026, .030, .034

Hawaiian – Eight String Pure Nickel Wound

7500 Am7 Tuning

.016, .018, .022, .026, .032, .038, .046, .054

 

7600 C7 Tuning

.016, .018, .022, .026, .032, .038, .046, .070

NEW CUSTOM SET

7650 C6 Tuning

.011, .014, .018, .024, .030, .036, .046, .056

NEW CUSTOM SET

7655 Custom G

.011, .014, .018, .024, .030, .036, .046, .056

NEW CUSTOM SET

7680 C6 Tuning

.015, .017, .020, .024, .028, .032, .036, .062

NEW CUSTOM SET

7700 B11 Tuning

.015, .017, .020, .026, .030, .034, .048, .064

 

*JOHN PEARSE® WEISSENBORN® Acoustic Slide Guitar Sets

We’ve added the expertise of Bob Brozman to formulate our Weissenborn® Sets .

We’ve just added three new Weissenborn® Set Gauges to be in tune with the newer instruments being made as well as more protective of older instruments. Check them out! And check out new Set #3140…it will remind you of Uncle Josh’s Resophonic Set #3050!

Our original Weissenborn® Sets, 3110H [now reformulated] and 3150H, are not intended for use with old or delicate instruments.

An even lighter set can be ordered as singles, or order Set #800, the Hawaiian Slack Key Tuning set, and replace the first string with a .015 plain [.015, .017, .024, .032, .045, .056].

Due to the popularity of Cindy Cashdollar’s performances and learning videos, we’ve brought out the gauges for her 8 String Hawaiian Steel C6 Tuning–SET #7655! We’ve had a few long talks about what gauges would be good for a set and these are a good starting place on an 8 string steel. Then you will have to adjust it to your instrument’s pecularities! You can check out Cindy’s tunings and gauging at her website at http://www.cindycashdollar.com/site/tunings/

We’ve also just introduced 2 New Sets of C6 and B11 for each of the Hawaiian 6 and 8 String Guitars, [#7380, #7400, #7680, #7700] thanks to the input from Alan Akakahttp://www.alanakaka.com our great friend and a wonderful player and teacher in Hawai. These are the sets he recommends for his students.

Pedal Steel Guitar

Pure Nickel Wound

7100 E9 Tuning

.012, .015, .011, .014, .017, .020, .026, .030, .034, .038

 

7110 E9 Tuning

.013, .015, .011, .014, .018, .022, .026, .030, .034, .038

 

7200 C6 Tuning

.012, .014, .018, .022, .024, .030, .036, .042, .054, .070

 

Other Instruments

 

BANJO-GUITAR Phosphor Bronze and Silks, Loop End

1610 Custom

.010, .013, .023, .029, .042, .053

BANJO5 String Extra Long

1700L Light – 80/20 Bronze Wound

.009, .010, .013, .020, .009

NEW CUSTOM SET

1710LM Light/Medium

.010, .012, .013, .020, .010

NEW CUSTOM SET

1720M Medium

.010, .012, .013, .023, .010

NEW CUSTOM SET

1820 L Light – Nickel Wound

.009, .010, .013, .020, .009

 

1800M Medium

.010, .012, .016, .023, .010

JOHN HARTFORD BANJO STRINGS NEW!

1900 G Tuning – Pure Nickel Wound

.010, .012, .014, .022, .010

 

1950 D Tuning – Pure Nickel Wound

.012, .014, .020, .024, .012

TENOR BANJO – NEW! Loop End

2000L Light Gauge – 80/20 Wound

.011, .015, .024, .036

NEW CUSTOM SET

2005M Medium Gauge

.012, .018, .024, .036

 

2010M Medium Gauge

.012, .016, .026, .038

 

2020H Heavy Gauge

.013, .020, .028, .040

NEW CUSTOM SET

2025H Heavy Gauge

.013, .020, .030, .040

NEW CUSTOM SET

2030M Medium Gauge – Pure Nickel Wound

.012, .018, .024, .036

NEW CUSTOM SET

2035H Heavy Gauge

.013, .020, .030, .040

BARITONE Resophonic – Phosphor Bronze Wound

3200 Open “F” Tuning

C, A, F, C, F, C [to bass]

.015, .018, .030, .040, .053, .068

 

3250 Open “E” Tuning

B, G#, E, B, E, B [to bass]

.017, .019, .032, .042, .060, .076

BARITONE Acoustic – Phosphor Bronze Wound

3210 Open “F” Tuning

C, A, F, C, F, C [to bass]

.015, .019, .030, .040, .050, .062

BARITONE Acoustic – 80/20 Bronze Wound

3260L Light

Standard Tuning

.015, .022, .030, .043, .054, .068

 

3280M Medium Gauge Standard Tuning

.017, .024, .032, .045, .056, .070

BOUZOUKI – NEW! 80/20 Bronze Wound

5200L Loop End [10 Strings]

.011[3], .016[3], .028[2], .040[2]

NEW CUSTOM SET

5205M Loop End [10 Strings]

.011[3], .020[3], .028[2], .044[3]

 

5220B Ball End [10 Strings]

.011[3], .016[3], .028[2], .040[2]

NEW CUSTOM SET

5225M Ball End [10 Strings]

.011[3], .020[3], .028[2], .044[3]

 

5250S Ball End

.010[2], .016[2], .010/.028, .024/.040

DULCIMER– 80/20 Bronze Wound

5000 – 4 String Loop End

.009, .010, .012, .023

 

5010MH Modern 4 String Ball End

.012, .014, .016, .030

MANDOLIN – 80/20 Bronze Wound Loop End

NEW CUSTOM GAUGE

2080L Light

.010, .010, .012, .012, .024, .024, .038, .038

 

2100M Standard

.011, .011, .014, .014, .025, .025, .039, .039

NEW CUSTOM GAUGE

2110M Medium

.011, .011, .014, .014, .026, .026, .040, .040

 

2200H Heavy

.012, .012, .015, 015, .026, .026, .040, .040

NEW CUSTOM GAUGE

2210H Heavy

.012, .012, .016, .016, .026, .026, .040, .040

MANDOLIN – Phosphor Bronze Wound Loop End

2050L Light

.010, .010, .012, .012, .024, .024, .036, .036

NEW CUSTOM GAUGE

2060L Light

.010, .010, .012, .012, .024, .024, .038, .038

 

2150M Medium

.011, .011, .014, .014, .026, .026, .040, .040

NEW CUSTOM GAUGE

2155 Custom

.011, .011, .015, .015, .026, .026, .040, .040

 

2160H Heavy

.012, .012, .015, 015, .026, .026, .040, .040

NEW CUSTOM GAUGE

2170H Heavy

.012, .012, .016, .016, .026, .026, .040, .040

TENOR MANDOLA – Phosphor Bronze Wound NEW CUSTOM GAUGE

2240 Loop End

.012, .012, .020, .020, .032, .032, .045, .045

MANDOLA – Phosphor Bronze Wound

2250 Loop End

.012, .012, .021, .021, .032, .032, .049, .049

OCTAVE MANDOLA – Phosphor Bronze Wound NEW CUSTOM GAUGE

2260L Light Gauge Loop End

.012, .012, .020, .020, .032, .032, .045, .045

NEW CUSTOM GAUGE

2265M Medium Gauge Loop End

.014, .014, .022, .022, .036, .036, .048, .048

OCTAVE MANDOLIN – Phosphor Bronze

2280 Loop End

.012, .012, .021, .021 .032, .032, .045, .045

TENOR GUITAR – 80/20 Bronze

450L Light Gauge

.013, .020, .030, .042

Weissenborn® UKULELE – Soprano – Nylon Filament Wound on Nylon

5100

.027, .0355, .043, .0312

FIDDLE

4100

.010, .024, .029, .032

VIOLIN

4500 Perlon Core

.010, .026, .033, .031

“ARTISTE”

3500

 

 

Thirty years ago, when John Pearse began to develop his unique string-making technology, the making of violin strings was pretty much of a hit and miss affair. To this day, he remembers toiling over long, wooden troughs of evil-smelling sheep intestines, the temperature up around ninety Farenheit, “combing” and “waulking” the fibers to prepare them for the stretching and twisting that would transform the unlikely looking stew into top-quality strings for the violin and viola. With all the care in the world, however, the discard rate for unacceptable strings was almost twenty percent. the waulking solution would be too acid, making the string brittle, or the lipid level was too high, causing the finished string to not hold a satisfactory torque.

In the intervening years, many manufacturers, John Pearse included, switched to Perlon for a core material because of the relative ease of working it–and its reliability. Good though Perlon is, however, it does not have the majesty of projection that one associates with the older gut strings.

Although players the world over accepted his Perlon core strings and endorsed them enthusiastically, John has never been satisfied. The thing that made gut strings so special was the fibroid construction that allowed the string to accept–and retain–a strong torque, giving it great projection, and an immediate response. There had, he reasoned, to be a way to manufacture a material that would have the same properties when placed under similar torque.

In mid-1992, after countless disappointments, he hit upon the present bonded molecule formulation–and made up a dozen or so prototype sets which were mailed to concert violinists the world over for their critical evaluation. the response was ecstatic! Three months later, the set, now dubbed the “ARTISTE”, was added to our catalog, and made available on a limited production basis. Since then, its sales have soared and it is now the set de choix of soloists and symphonies worldwide.

It is the finest violin string in the world!

Single Strings

 

Ever since we started making John Pearse® Strings we have looked for a good way to offer them as singles. The trouble is that music strings are very susceptible to atmospheric corrosion if they are improperly stored – and strings not shipped in a protective plastic envelope are in even greater danger. Some manufacturers are cutting back on their packaging costs by shipping strings straight lengths or dispensing completely with paper insert envelopes for sets (both expose the strings to condensation!). We finally decided to ship our single strings in special acid free paper envelopes which not only absorbs any transient moisture but also inhibit any corrosion. It costs a bit more, but they’re worth it!

We are constanting adding to the inventory of single strings so that we are more able to accommodate the needs of players of all sorts of instruments. We do our best to keep this up-to-date, but if you have any questions or pressing needs, please don’t hesitate to contact us to see what is in the works!

 

 

 

 
 

80/20 Bronze Wound

Ball End

Phosphor Bronze Wound

Ball End

Pure Nickel Wound Ball End

Silvered Plain Ball End

.018″New!

.018″ New!

.020″

.008″

.020″ New!

.020″ New!

.021″

.009″

.022″

.021″

.022″

.010″, .0105”

.023″

.021″

.024″

.011″, .0115″

.024″

.022″

.025″

.012″

.025″

.023″

.026″

.013″

.026″

.024″

.028″

.014″

.027″

.025″

.030″

.015″

.028″ New!

.026″

.032″

.016″

.030″

.027″

.034″

.017″

.034″ New!

.030″

.036″

.018″

.035″

.032″

.036″XLNew!

.019″

.036″

.034″

.038″

.020″

.038”

.035″

.040″

.021″

.039”

.036″

.042″

.022″

.040”

.038″

.044″

.024″

.042″

.039″

.045″

.026″

.043″New!

.040″

.046″

Silvered Plain Loop End

.044″New!

.042″

.047″New!

.008″New!

.045″

 

.048″New!

.009″

.046″

.044″

.049″

.010″

.047″

.045″

.050″

.011″

.048″

.046″

.052″

.012″

.050″

.047″

.053″

.013″

.052″New!

.048″

.054″

.014″

.053″

.049″

.056″

.015″

.054″

.050″

.057″

.016″

.055″

.052″

.058″

.017″

.056″

.053″

.059″

.018″New!

.058″

.054″

.060″

.020″New!

.059″New!

.055″

.062″

.022″New!

80/20 Bronze Double Wound Ball End

.056″

.064″

80/20 Bronze Loop End

.068″New!

.058″

.068″

.018″New!

.070″New!

.059″

.070″

.020″

 

.060″

.072″

.022″New!

Nuages®

.062″

.076″

.023″New!

.010″ ENew!

.064″

.080″

.024″

.011″E

  

.026″New!

.015″B

Phosphor Bronze Double Wound

Nickel Wound Loop End

.028″New!

.022″GNew!

.065New!

.020″

.030″

.023″G

.066″

.020″

.032″New!

.027″New!

.068″

.022″

.034″New!

.029″DNew!

.072″

.023″

.036″

 

.076″

.024″

.038″

VIOLIN Set #4500

.080″New!

.030″New!

.040″

A-2nd

 

.036″New!

.042New!

  

.040″New!

.044New!

Artiste” Violin Singles

 

Nickel Wound Bass Long Scale

.046New!

E-1st

 

.045″

.048New!

A-2nd

 

.050″

.050New!

D-3rd

 

.065″

 

G-4th

 

.070″

Phosphor Bronze Wound Loop End

  

.080″

.020New!

  

.085″

.022New!

  

.100″

.024New!

  

.105″

.026New!

  

.125″

.028New!

  

.130″

.032New!

Silvered Plain Loop End Mandolin Doubles

80/20 Bronze Loop End Mandolin Doubles

Phos. Bronze Loop End Mandolin Doubles

.034New!

.010″New!

.024″New!

.024″New!

.036New!

.011″

.026″

.026″

.045New!

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