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I was looking for nylon strings and noticed that Ernie Ball has two different sets available that are both gauge 28 to 42 and have ball ends.

One is sold as "Ernesto Palla" Nylon, the other as "Earthwood Folk Nylon".

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What is the difference? Does "Folk" imply a particular tone?

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The top package has silver and/or nickel windings on the bottom three strings, the bottom package has 80/20 bronze windings on the bottom three strings. That’s why the packages have those words on the front.

I’m not sure but I expect the top package has a brighter tone and is intended for classical style guitar. The bottom package probably has a darker sound that might be used more with folk, rock, and pop style playing.

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