D'Addario EJ49 Pro-Arte Black Classical Guitar Strings - Normal Tension


88 out of 100. Incorporating 125+ ratings and reviews.

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D'Addario EJ49 Pro-Arte Black Classical Guitar Strings

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Our rating of 88/100 is based on analysis of 125+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

According to the D'Addario website, the EJ49 Pro-Arte Black is their best-selling string set.

The black nylon strings offer a balanced tone, comfortable feel, and a wide dynamic range of projection.


  • Laser sorted black nylon strings
  • Silver-plated wound bass strings
  • Treble gauges: .0280, .0322, .0403
  • Bass gauges: .029, .035, .043


Aside from good comments on the aesthetic of black nylon treble strings, users report that the set has an even, balanced tone with moderately good projection. The tension was also said to be comfortable without being too light.


Multiple reports of the strings needing to settle and stabilize after restringing. They benefit from a good stretch. Some reviewers still had some tuning issues after prolonged use.


For an even, balanced tonality with good playing comfort, the EJ49 Pro-Arte Black is a versatile pick.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Nylon / Classical Guitar Strings.