The best Silk and Steel strings available
April 3, 2021
I use Silk and Steel strings exclusively on my Epiphone Hummingbird. I like a very mellow, "old strings" sort of tone, and I dislike the bright, clangy tone of standard phosphor bronze strings. Silk and Steel strings give you that great mellow broken-in tone right out the box. I also love the low tension.
However, the downside is that the commonly available silk and steel strings from other brands (usually 11 - 47 gauge) are essentially too light for many playing styles, and are prone to buzzing unless played very gently with fingerstyle. The LaBella 710L set basically solves this problem. This LaBella set comes with slightly heavier gauge low E, A, and D strings. So that you can play with a pick and moderately strum these without them constantly buzzing out. I find these strings to be "just right", they are still low tension, but are substantial enough to avoid buzz on the lower strings during light to moderate playing. I can also tune the E string down to D without it getting way too floppy like it does with an 11-47 silk and steel set.
With that being said, Silk and Steel strings are not for everyone. If you like a bright sound, or if you have a heavy playing style (i.e., bluegrass flatpicking, hard strumming, etc.), it would not be a good choice. But if you are a Silk and Steel fan, try these! They are great.