If you’re interested in finding some of the best resonator guitar strings for this unique instrument, you’ve come to the right post!
Check out my recommendations in no particular order!
It’s hard to go wrong with Elixir strings. Both their electric and acoustic strings are usually more than worth the higher price tag these strings typically have. One of the reasons their strings are usually more expensive is the company’s special protective coatings. The same goes for their only resonator string set which falls into their 80/20 Bronze series.
The 11125 set is designed to sound warmer and darker. This is the case with all of their sets that come with the Polyweb coating. Additionally, these strings can last for quite a while. And not only that, but they keep the tone pretty fresh as well.
Overall, they sound pretty full. They’re extremely useful for metal-bodied resonators. They take the edge off yet still keep the attack and richness.
Of course, D’Addario is an unavoidable mention here. While we know of their regular sets, there are also some great options for resonator guitars. For instance, we have their EJ42 set. It comes with a high-carbon steel core. These wound strings come with regular phosphor bronze wrapping.
Such a configuration gives a pretty balanced tone. In my opinion, you can use them on any type of resonator guitar. From what I experienced, they let the instrument’s natural tone shine.
With D’Addario’s EFT13 set, we have a similar yet somewhat different setup. There’s the same core and the same wrapping. However, this one is a bit smoother and warmer. I’d highly advise them for brighter-sounding guitars. Or, they could simply serve you well if you prefer a smoother tone.
Another one that I’d like to mention by D’Addario is the XTAPB1656 set. It comes with your regular 16-56 gauge for resonator guitars. They have the same steel core and phosphor bronze wrapping.
However, there’s the so-called Fusion Twist which keeps their stability. They’re incredibly durable and reliable. This is especially because of their special protective coating. But what’s more, the coating won’t affect your tone that much.
They’re balanced but gravitate towards the brighter side. But what I really love about them is incredible tuning stability and longevity.
Slightly heavier than others, GHS Americana strings come with the 17-56 gauge. And, as the name suggests, these are designed with the Americana genre in mind. Nonetheless, they’re fairly versatile and can come in handy for other styles as well.
What makes them stand out is the special cryogenic treatment. This brings these strings a much longer life. Meanwhile, they keep the crispiness in the tone and a pronounced attack.
6. GHS Rollerwound Bright Bronze
Here, we’re looking at a lighter variant with a gauge of 15-54. Here we have another example of 80/20 bronze wrapping. However, GHS’ Rollerwound have an interesting twist. These strings are just slightly flattened. They have this special method of computer-controlled rollers that put the windings over their steel core.
As a result, the wound strings are semi-flat. This prolongs their life since it doesn’t retain that much skin residue and sweat in between the winds. In addition, the tone will be noticeably smoother yet very rich and warm. Therefore, I’d recommend them to all-metal resonator guitars.
One issue here is that you won’t easily find John Pearse strings. But if you get the chance to get a set or two, I highly recommend them for any type of guitar. For resonators, there’s a great 3000 set. This one comes with a slightly heavier gauge, 16-59. Of course, it comes with a wound 3rd string.
What’s interesting is that this set is intended specifically for open G tuning. These are also nickel-wound strings, which makes them brighter sounding. In my honest opinion, they come in handy for wooden-bodied resonators, your standard dobro guitars. But if you want to cut through the mix and have that strong punch and attack, then they’re great for any resonator guitar.
Dunlop has one resonator string set. With a gauge of 16-56, they’re also not very expensive. From what I can tell you, they’re one of the best options if you don’t know what to get. They have a more or less balanced tone. They might feel slightly scooped in some way, but they’re still great for any setting. Additionally, they’re all over the place and you can even get them through Amazon.
9. Pyramid Resonator Strings
Pyramid is another brand that you won’t find easily. But I’d say that their resonator set is worth it. It’s another standard gauge of 15-56. In my experience, they’re fairly reliable and keep the tuning stable.
What’s also great is that they sound slightly louder and cut through the mix. Now, this is a personal preference. So if you’re looking to pronounce those punchy mids, I’d recommend Pyramid’s resonator string set. On the other hand, some may not like such a setting. But it’s totally up to you.
10. La Bella RPG-1856
Generally speaking, I love what La Bella has to offer. No matter what you’re playing, they have such a wide variety of choices that would cover all of your needs.
With RPG-1856, we have a regular phosphor bronze set. However, compared to other phosphor bronze strings, these are slightly brighter. Overall, we could say that the tone is brighter. But there’s just enough crispiness to them that would make your tone stand out in the band setting. This makes them one of my absolute favorites.
Resonator Guitar Strings: Conclusion
I hope this article has helped you think through the best resonator guitar strings for your instrument!
And if you want to read more about the different types of strings and their uses on this blog, then check out:
- The Best Strings for Acoustic Slide Guitar
- The Best Strings for Floyd Rose
- D’Addario vs Elixir: Which is better?
Lastly, feel free to leave a message in the comments below if you have questions about this or another guitar-related topic!