Welcome to the Tokai Guitar Registry's first product review, you should
be seeing more of these in the future. In this review we will be
focusing on guitar strings, particularly Everly Music's B-52 Rockers
(link can be found on the links page). Name sound familiar? It should
as this is the company of Phil Everly of Everly Brothers fame. And
his daughter wasn't the one that married Axl Rose.
Why are we testing Everly Music's strings? As I was walking through
the NAMM show and came upon their booth I asked "why should I use your
strings over someone elses?" They answered "because ours will make
you sound better". To prove it they gave me a set of 10-46 B-52
Rockers and a set Electric Rockers. For this test I will be comparing
the B-52's to a set of 10-46 D'Addario XL's.
Everly Music claims that the B-52 Rockers "are the most fearsome,
awesome Electric Guitar strings the world has ever known". These
strings are made from an alloy called "Alloy-52" which is supposed to
be incredible resonant and tarnish resistant. Everly claims these
strings to be "the finest, most responsive, longest lasting set of
electric guitar strings you have ever played". Well see about that.
Other than that these are basic ball end strings.
I first strung my Fender USA Strat with D'Addario XLs (10-46) then
recorded a simple blues rhythm pattern with Cakewalk Pro Audio 9. No
effects or amps where used just my guitar on the stock neck pickup
into a M-Audio Audio Buddy pre-amp. All settings within Cakewalk and
on the Audio Buddy were saved or left alone. Two weeks later I
re-strung my guitar with the B-52's and recorded the same blues
pattern into Cakewalk, mixed both tracks down to a mono signal and
exported to MP3.
I've been playing D'Addario XLs for as long as I can remember, I've
tried other strings but always seem to go back to the D'Addarios.
This last set that I placed on my Fender USA Strat specifically for
this review lasted about 2 weeks before becoming flat sounding and
drifting out of tune while playing. Because things have been really
crazy around here I've had very little time to practice so during the
last 2 weeks I played about a half hour per day on average.
My initial impressions of the B-52's are WOW what great sounding
strings. My open and high string playing is very thin sounding and
these B-52's cure that to some extent. Put it this way after I
recorded the test I plugged into my SF Fender Champ and the wife came
busting in to ask me what I was doing differently because I sounded so
much better. Now that's an endorsement.
Anyway, decide for yourself by listening to the MP3 that is attached
which is less than 300k. In two weeks I'll update this report with a
status of how the strings are holding up since these strings are sold
as long lasting.
The first passage is the D'Addarios and the second after a 1 measure
pause are the B-52's