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D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings   

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Gauges: 12-16-24-32-42-53.EXP Coated Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings provide longer life and increased durability coupled with the brightness...Read More

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Special coating extends string life dramatically!

Gauges: 12-16-24-32-42-53.

EXP Coated Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings provide longer life and increased durability coupled with the brightness, clarity, and sensitivity you've come to expect from D'Addario strings. Here is how it works: An ultrafine layer of EXP coating is bonded to the phosphor bronze wrap wire which is then wound onto the hex-shaped core wire. The result is a built-in barrier against the corrosion and wear that can quickly sap the life out of your strings and your sound. And since the EXP coating is crosslinked to the wrap wire prior to winding, the strings sound fresh and bright. New-string tone lasts 3 to 4 times longer than traditional guitar strings.

D'Addario is the world's largest manufacturer of strings for musical instruments. Many top guitarists won't play any other brand. Regardless of your playing style, D'Addario has a set that's right for you.


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D'AddarioEXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings
 
4.3

(based on 118 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (84)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (9)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (36)
  • Long life (30)
  • Consistent (29)
  • Well built / quality (23)

Cons

  • Poor tone quality (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (22)
  • Back-up (19)
  • Concerts (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (24), Professional musician (10), Novice (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

These strings are Great!

Ive use DAddario Extended Play strings on both my acoustic and electric guitars. I was an Elixer fan, but they were too expensive & I kept breaking the G string. I don't play...Read complete review

Ive use DAddario Extended Play strings on both my acoustic and electric guitars. I was an Elixer fan, but they were too expensive & I kept breaking the G string. I don't play hard and there were no peoblems at the nut or the bridge. Problem went away after switching to the EXPs. Now they are the only strings I would buy! If a store doesn't have them...I move on to another or buy from MF. Same great price.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not the Best for All of My Guitars

The first time I got these strings, they were in red packaging. On my cheap Epiphone AJ200, they sound pretty good and lasted long. But, on my 1983 Guild D35, the tone...Read complete review

The first time I got these strings, they were in red packaging. On my cheap Epiphone AJ200, they sound pretty good and lasted long. But, on my 1983 Guild D35, the tone seem less than natural. I switched back to Martin strings. Now, years later, I got a free pack of these strings in blue packaging from D'Addario. Not realizing that these were the same strings, I install them on my Guild. Flat-picking, they sound OK. Finger-picking, they started to sound a little off. Strumming, I heard a harsh, un-natural sound. Then I realized that this is the same strings my D35 "rejected" before. She just do not like coated strings. Back to Martin strings again. These coated strings may do well on some guitars and may be jut awful on others. You'll just have to experiment with your gear. But, personally, I would not have these as my 'go to' strings.

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5.0

Great tone and the best coated-string.

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from NW Arkansas

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    I am a semi-retired professional musician and I have used every string brand available. D'Addario is far superior to any other brand. The coated strings are much better than the competitors. I use D'Addario strings on all my instruments and will continue to do so.

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Installed tunded and broke within 20 min

    By 

    from Roanoke, VA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Breaks Easy

    Best Uses

    • For 20 Minutes

    Comments about D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    I installed these strings on my guitar was excited to hear them because of all the awesome reviews, started playing, awesome tone I was blown away after about 20 minutes of playing rhythm not lead no bending basic strumming chord play light picking 6th E snaps, man talk about disappointing...

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Not the Best for All of My Guitars

    By 

    from Lexington Park, MD

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

    • Poor Tone Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

      The first time I got these strings, they were in red packaging. On my cheap Epiphone AJ200, they sound pretty good and lasted long. But, on my 1983 Guild D35, the tone seem less than natural. I switched back to Martin strings. Now, years later, I got a free pack of these strings in blue packaging from D'Addario. Not realizing that these were the same strings, I install them on my Guild. Flat-picking, they sound OK. Finger-picking, they started to sound a little off. Strumming, I heard a harsh, un-natural sound. Then I realized that this is the same strings my D35 "rejected" before. She just do not like coated strings. Back to Martin strings again. These coated strings may do well on some guitars and may be jut awful on others. You'll just have to experiment with your gear. But, personally, I would not have these as my 'go to' strings.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A nice surprise...rivals Elixer Strings

      By 

      from Visalia, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

        Being an older player and experiencing joint and finger discomfort, I decided to try out D'Addario coated phosphorous bronze light strings on my Martin HD28. The strings go easy on my fingers and the tone is exceptional. I changed out Elixer Mediums for D'Arddario coated Lights and did not compromise tone and the lights go easy on my fingers compared to the mediums... I would recommend this product and find them comparable to Elixer coated phosphorous bronze strings in quality and tone...

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great strings

        By 

        from MD

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

            I have struggled reading reviews to try to identify what would be the best strings for me and my Ibanez Concert guitar. I have found that words like "warm, bright, mellow, balanced" all are subjective not only to the individual, but the individual guitar. The Phosphor Bronze strings have really helped reduce the "brightness" that I do not like. I have tried D'addario 80/20 EXP Light and Elixir 80/20 Polyweb & Nanoweb Extra Light. I would say the sound with these is balanced and focused, for what it is worth. If you are looking for a sound that you have been unable to find in 80/20 strings or Elixir try these.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Top string for sound and longevity.

            By 

            from Lebanon, Tenn

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life
            • Strong
            • Worth The Money

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • All Around Great
              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

              I used another brand for years till they started breaking and leaving my hands black. I tried these several years ago and was very impressed. They are consistent in sound strength and longevity. They pretty much stay in tune from hot to cold and I get 3 to 4 weeks of playing 6 to 8 hrs everyday. most other string a week. So these strings are very much worth the money.

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              5.0

              exp16 coated strings

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              from Ohio Cincinnati area.

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              Pros

              • About As Good As Any
              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                the shipping was super fast, the strings play well and about as good as any .

                Comment on this review

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Poor tone, restrung immediately.

                By 

                from Long Island, NY

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Poor Tone Quality

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                  Ordered a Washburn WD100DL Dreadnought Acoustic after selling my old guitar to a friend, and these strings came already strung on the guitar. To each his own with the string sound they're looking for, but I personally hated these. These strings have a very thin and tinny/metallic sound, and I couldn't stand it. I am glad I ordered some Martin strings with my guitar because I immediately restrung it. (And I'm happy I did!)

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                  1.0

                  Don't waste my money

                  By 

                  from Jackson ms.

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • None

                  Cons

                  • Not Consistent
                  • Poor Tone Quality

                  Best Uses

                  • Garbage Can

                  Comments about D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                  inconsistent tone from pack to pack, a lot of finger noise, bright metalic sound then they go dead ,bought on sale now I know why.

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                  5.0

                  nice feel

                  By 

                  from Houston

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

                    I found these strings to have less tension vs. earthwood 80-20. Makes playing easier. The phosphor bronze strings have a little more sizzle but less bite than 80-20

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