D’Addario Phosphor Bronze Strings
Strings can definitely make or break (pun intended) the sound of your guitar. The D’Addario family has been involved in string-making going all the way back to the late 1600’s in Italy and are the world’s largest string-maker. The Phosphor Bronze line, which is 92% copper and 8% tin with phosphorous, was introduced by D’Addario in 1974 and has become synonymous with warm, bright, and well-balanced acoustic tone. D’Addario Phosphor Bronze strings are made in the USA and are precision wound with corrosion resistant phosphor bronze onto a carefully drawn, hexagonally shaped, high carbon steel core. The result is long lasting, bright sounding tone with excellent intonation.
A variety of gauges are available- from Extra Light 9-45 to Extra Heavy 14-59. There’s even a Nashville tuning set available! Pricing on these generally $6-$7 for a single set up to $40 for a 10 pack. The cost of these strings won’t break your bank and they won’t break on you during your performance.
D’Addario NS Artist Capo
The NS Artist Capo has several cool features you rarely see on a capo. It utilizes a spring-loaded tension bar, which lets you fine-tune the amount of pressure applied to the guitar neck. This gives the guitar even tension regardless of the shape of the guitar neck. Combined with the micrometer tension adjustment and direct horizontal pressure, the NS Artist Capo virtually eliminates pulling the strings side to side and the need to retune during use. Additionally, the trigger-style design and lightweight aluminum construction adds no obstruction or noticeable weight to the neck of the instrument. Another very cool feature is a mounting bracket for attaching a NS Mini/Micro-tuner (sold separately) to the capo. This capo is a little different in that it mounts from the front of your fretboard, with the clamp facing the audience. What this allows is for the (optional) tuner to be positioned behind the guitar neck and in full view for you to tune. Small tuners and capos are competing for space on a guitar’s headstock these days, so kudos to D’Addario for creating an all-in-one unit.
(Street: $8 for 10-pack)
The reality is, the way a pick feels is important. Some guitarists prefer smaller jazz-shaped picks with a sharp edge, while others like tortoise, celluloid, Delran or Delflex. Thumb picks and individual finger picks give depth and a pronounced boom, and are commonly used by blues and instrumental guitarists. It’s all about feel and whether it stays in your hand while you’re playing. D’Addario has the bases covered for you, with a multitude of pick choices. The Duragrip picks pictured here are Delrin-style and give you strength and fatigue resistance, plus a percussive, crisp sound when strumming. What makes these great for acoustic players is the checkerboard surface, which makes sure the pick stays in your hand.
About the musicians:
A native of Jackson, Tennessee, Erin Rae is a folk singer and songwriter who is currently on tour with her band The Meanwhiles in support of her debut album Soon Enough.
Kelsey Waldon is a country music singer and songwriter from Monkeys Eyebrow, Kentucky. She released her debut album The Goldmine in 2014.