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New Packaging/SKU for D'Addario J-74 Mandolin Strings

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D'Addario has updated their iconic J-74 mandolin string packaging and SKU (stock keeping unit). While this isn't earth shattering news, in light of the fact that this is probably the most widely used mandolin set in use in the United States and possibly other countries (our opinion, not backed by any statistics) we thought it worth sharing.

This point forward you'll see these referred to as D'Addario EJ-74 strings. Nothing else has changed according to our sources and we've reached out to the company and will report back if we find differently.

Already the new design is appearing in places many of you will be familiar with like amazon.com and Elderly. Our friends at The Mandolin Store who provided the images below said they're in the process of changing over to the new design this weekend. Not surprisingly, things don't always move as quickly in the corporate world so D'Addario's web site still reflects the old design with the new EJ-74 name.

While we don't have confirmation, we're starting to see the package redesign appearing on other D'Addario mandolin sets which we think is to be expected.

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Updated Oct-25-2014 at 12:31pm by Scott Tichenor

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  1. mandotool's Avatar
    Like the new vacuum sealed package ...long overdue..
    The best strings out there..IMHO
  2. Paul Statman's Avatar
    "Hear, hear", I say re: the vacuum packaging. I love that! It's one of the first things that impressed me about about Gibson's Sam Bush Monel sets.
    I do find the 'E' designation a little odd; something which I would normally associate with an electric application..
  3. Cheryl Watson's Avatar
    Agreed, the vacuum sealed package is a definite step up, but yes, I am also curious about what the "E" stands for.
  4. Scott Tichenor's Avatar
    I have a query in to my contacts at D'Addario and will find out the answer behind the mystery "E" and any other changes.
  5. Hajd's Avatar
    Thumbs up for the vacuum sealed package! The J74 and J75 sets packed in paper and non-vacuum plastic cover use to get (little) worse when stored for a longer period of time. I was told by a chemist that there is a slow reaction that takes place between phosphor bronze strings and the air even when the package of strings is stored properly. I hope they will produce vacuum sealed J75s as well!
  6. LongBlackVeil's Avatar
    they call their acoustic guitar string sets EJ16 and such. I like the new packaging, i dont like the name change. Bad idea imo. Everyone already knows them as j74, thats just confusing to change the name now. Especially to a name that closely resembles the names they give for their acoustic guitar strings.

    I love Daddario though!
  7. Scott Tichenor's Avatar
    Drum roll... The E in EJ-74 stands for "Environmental." According to our source at D'Addario this denotes string sets not contained within a vinyl or plastic external sleeve.