In this paper an experimental study of YBa2Cu3O7−x/silver composites is presented and the relationship between microstructure, superconducting and mechanical properties is discussed. Silver contents ranging from 0 to 17 vol% fell all below the percolation treshold. X-ray and Wavelength Dispersive Spectrometry analyses indicate that Ag remains in a free state, and is located mainly at the grain boundaries. A tenfold increase in J
c. and a more than twofold increase in strength are the benefits of the improved microstructure of silver composites. The T
c remains unaffected.