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Shocked to See Current D'Addario String Prices

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by PCollen, Mar 3, 2018.

  1. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    61
    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    I just bought some 10-46 nickel plated. I would have also bought some 80/20 12-56 (Bluegrass), but they were ... out of stock.

    The best (bulk) pricing at webstrings.com ($2.74 per set) is comparable to what I used to get a D'Addario 10-pack for at Amazon (subscription). It's a much better deal now that D'Ad has raised prices. But, if as some say, the cause is rising material costs, then that gap should sadly narrow sooner or later.

    A couple years ago, Maury's was selling Martin acoustic strings for $1.00 per pack. I bought a TON of 'em, but I wish I'd bought more. I'm running out.
     

  2. trev333

    trev333 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    I'm lucky .. I hate new strings..... and use them until they get too rusty or break....:lol:

    as far as I'm concerned it's metal over magnets that makes the sound, not how new your strings are......... :rolleyes:
     
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  3. Censport

    Censport Tele-Meister

    498
    Oct 1, 2010
    Nashville/東京
    Well, dang. Wish I had known about that site before ordering a bow from my neighborhood store. Oh well, at least I'm supporting a local business.

    Now to find sets for my 5-string Spector. It uses 45-66-80-100-120.
     

  4. PCollen

    PCollen Tele-Afflicted

    May 7, 2010
    Man of the World
    For that kind of money, I'd be looking for Elixirs that I can drink......
     

  5. Censport

    Censport Tele-Meister

    498
    Oct 1, 2010
    Nashville/東京
    My local store has been saying "should be next week" for six weeks. Ordered 12 sets (I have a lot of guitars) from webstrings.com yesterday, shipped out the same day with tracking number. Should be here by the end of the week.
     

  6. awasson

    awasson Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    Age:
    54
    Nov 18, 2010
    Vancouver
    Yup, I try to support the local businesses as much as possible too. Especially with personalized things like music and guitars. I really like the guys at the local small guitar shop. They’re just as accommodating if your buying strings or a new guitar and they play so they have experience in the very things I’m shopping for.
     

  7. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

    Doesn't matter.

    Price goes up when they talk about it.

    Price goes up again when they announce it.

    Price goes up again when the plan is implemented.

    The price goes up again once the business community sees it has actually happened.

    And price goes up when they abandon the tariff and go back to status quo ante.
     
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  8. WetBandit

    WetBandit Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    27
    Oct 11, 2016
    37804
    Well...strings aren't negotiable in the world of guitar, we must have them period.


    And I attribute the price hike to the YouTubers... honestly

    I mean (insert favorite YouTube guitar person) uses these strings I must have those now!

    And it has mainly been D'addario that has saw the biggest increase...

    I love the NYXL strings but over 10 bucks a pack is a bit absurd.

    And for everyone who has probably said "strings haven't went up in so long..." the simple passage of time is no excuse!

    I think the truth is guitar is seeing popularity it hasn't saw since the 80s...

    And people are "cashing in"

    But oh well, it won't stop me from Buying, and it won't stop the liars on YouTube from selling.

    Life goes on, until it doesn't.
     

  9. FredDairy

    FredDairy Friend of Leo's

    Mar 25, 2007
    Chicagoland
    D'addario are some of the worst strings possible. Anytime I buy a guitar I shudder when I see those colored ball ends.
     

  10. ebb soul

    ebb soul Poster Extraordinaire

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    Jun 7, 2016
    Smyrna georgia
    Anyone try those new NYXLs and like them? They feel pretty good but the wound strings sound like ****e.
     

  11. Anita Bonghit

    Anita Bonghit TDPRI Member

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    Oct 17, 2015
    Colorado
    I think everyone jumping on the MAP pricing bandwagon a few years ago is part of the problem. Manufacturers are making more money from dealers and at the same time are usually selling direct to consumers, in a way shooting themselves in the foot and pissing everybody off at the same time. I worked in the string biz for many years, lots of smoke and mirrors. I call it the new bleu flavor.
     

  12. Censport

    Censport Tele-Meister

    498
    Oct 1, 2010
    Nashville/東京
    Yeah, my local store usually offers very good service. Every other week, I rent one of their lesson rooms and bring in my own instructor. They're totally fine with that. I suspect the strings thing is beyond their control.
     
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  13. awasson

    awasson Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    Age:
    54
    Nov 18, 2010
    Vancouver
    I sure hope so. I’ve been worried that it’s on its way down. I was thinking about it the other day. In order Guitar music to be successful, it needs to be exciting and unpredictable. It’s rare that I hear a guitar that is exciting or unpredictable in top 40 or any of the “popular” music genres.
     

  14. PCollen

    PCollen Tele-Afflicted

    May 7, 2010
    Man of the World
    Country music (if you can call it that anymore) is where the guitar is these days. I saw it coming in the late 90's.
     

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