Can't say I was impressed or disappointed, just strings but are a lot cheaper than ESS strings and look and preform about the same and they are from StewMac, that's a plus.
Unfortunately I had a string pop while tuning to pitch, the good news was the normal outstanding Stewmac customer service, they wasted no time shipping me a new set of strings. I gave a 3 star rating because of the service, not necessarily the product.
These strings sound better than any other strings I have tried and I must say it is a noticeable difference over other Nickel wound strings like D'Addario, Martin Vega, and Black Diamond. I prefer Nickle for its brightness, durability and corrosion resistance. These strings give good volume without harshness They bring a tighter tonal definition, clarity and fullness to my old time open-back banjo that other strings have yet to match. Unfortunately they are for some reason more fragile than other strings. Its possible the manufacturer is not fully annealing the wire after drawing them and this could also yield benefits in the tone department, however they will snap for no reason at all usually just after you have installed them. 1st and 5th are the most prone to fail. if they haven't broken after the first few playings your usually good to go. No other strings I have tried have broken like this.
These strings are simply not good. The 5th string broke when I tried to tune it for the first time. Aside from that, the overall sound was average.
My strings came with a tailpiece I ordered. They came lighting fast to my delivery sevice just across the line in Washington. What can I say? Stew Mac is THE BEST. Their online help guys are incredible, a real first class act.
A very nice sounding set of strings for a good price with fast delivery
5-Star strings are the best sounding strings I have ever used. I play medium gauge and they offer a pleasantly clear note with full sound and just the right amount of sustain. 5-Star strings get a 5-star rating based on sound and playability. The downside is price, especially after including the shipping. However, if you want the best sounding string, buy 5-Star
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