D'Addario Guitar Strings
D'Addario is a family-owned business that produces musical instrument accessories. This Farmingdale, New York-based company is primarily known for producing electric guitar strings, acoustic guitar strings, and bass strings. Not only do they make strings in their own name, but they also manufacture strings for other musical instrument companies.Which type of strings does the company make?
D'Addario crafts both steel and nylon guitar strings for electric guitars, acoustic guitars, electric bass guitars, mandolins, banjos, fiddles, and other stringed instruments. Steel strings contain a wire core with another wire wrapped around it; the type of wrap-wire determines the tone of the string. The types of wrap-wire D'Addario uses are:
- Nickel: These strings have good overall tone and make sturdy electric guitar strings.
- Stainless steel: These strings provide a bright tone and are primarily used as electric guitar strings.
- Phosphor bronze: These strings were created by D'Addario to provide a warm, rich, and bright tone.
- 80/20 Bronze: These strings, also known as brass, are used on acoustic instruments.
The string gauge indicates the thickness of the string, measured in thousandths of an inch. This scale ranges from the lightest at .008 to the heaviest at .56. Strings with a lighter gauge are used on vintage guitars because they put less tension on the neck; however, these are fragile and provide less volume. Conversely, guitar strings with a heavier gauge put more tension on the neck and are harder to play, but they provide more sound volume. When choosing the type of D’Addario guitar strings you want to use, you need to consider several factors, like the sound and tone you want to produce, the type of music you want to play, and the amount of time you spend playing music.What is the history of D'Addario?
Native to Italy, the D'Addario family has made products for farming use since the 1600s. In 1905, Carmine “Charles” D'Addario and his brother-in-law, Rocco, moved to New York to expand the family’s string- and rope-making business. During the 1920s and 1930s, the guitar was frequently featured in pop music. It was during these years that the family began to make guitar strings for musicians and guitar manufacturers. After a couple of mergers, including one with Martin Guitars, the D'Addario family decided to go out on their own to form J. D'Addario and Company in 1974.