Recently, there has been a rash of counterfeit D'Addario products being sold throughout the world. Unscrupulous merchants have copied D'Addario packaging and product designs carefully and are illegally and unethically trading on D'Addario's 300+ year heritage for making the world's finest strings and accessories.
You can assure yourself that you are buying a D'Addario uses only the finest raw materials and has rigorous inspection procedures at our vendors and our own plant to ensure that all materials used meet their specifications.
All D'Addario acoustic steel string sets utilize a micro-grain, hexagonally shaped, high-carbon steel alloy that is plated with 80-20 bronze. The micro plating is only one micron thick ensuring that the edges of the hexagonally shaped wire remain sharp and are able to bite into the bronze wrap wire as it is wound around the string. D'Addario's bronze string specifications have been mimicked worldwide but never equaled. Look at the extra core wire protruding from the end of an acoustic string. If it is not a yellow bronze color, it is not an authentic D'Addario string.
Counterfeiters are not going to offer the same materials and quality of authentic D'Addario strings. D'Addario offers these tips;
- All D'Addario guitar strings have windings a full 39" (1 meter) long. Many counterfeits are shorter to save materials and cost. Measure your strings before installing them.
- If you run a string through your thumb and forefinger, it should be smooth, supple and consistent in feel. Inferior strings may feel rough and sticky. Too much wrap wire tension can make a string feel stiff and lack flexibility.
- Ask your retailer if the strings he is selling you are authentic. In some countries, retailers will actually ask you if you want authentic strings or copies.
- Always shop at a trustworthy retailer who only stocks the
original, "Made in USA, D'Addario strings."
- Every D'Addario inner bag includes a printed quality code. Counterfeit packages often do not have this code or the printing quality is poor.
You can assure yourself that you are buying a genuine D'Addario product by carefully inspecting the packaging and the strings.
Unclear typesetting, soft and inferior paper quality, poor print quality, scuffed or scratched packages, blurry photographs and images, and strings with a clear vinyl outer package, are all signs of counterfeit material.
Every authentic D'Addario corrosion control inner bag includes a printed quality code.
Counterfeit packages often do not have this code or the printing quality is poor.
Could you identify which of these D'Addario string products are counterfeit? If you can't, you should be buying authentic D'Addario products from authorized retailers.
(They are both counterfeit)
D'Addario uses only the finest raw materials and has rigorous inspection procedures to ensure that all materials used meet our specifications.
If the wrap wire is dark, dirty or inconsistent in color, it is likely counterfeit.
All authentic D'Addario acoustic steel string sets utilize a micro-grain, hexagonally shaped,high-carbon steel alloy that is plated with 80-20 bronze.
The counterfeit shown here has a tinned or bare steel core.
The authentic ball ends should be properly machined with no metal burrs or sharp edges. The ball end is cylindrical and should have nice chamfered (angled) edges on the hole and the outer edges.
There should be no excess wire protruding from the string.