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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 125 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (89)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (9)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (41)
  • Consistent (31)
  • Long life (31)
  • Well built / quality (24)

Cons

  • Poor tone quality (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (26)
  • Back-up (20)
  • Concerts (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (28), Professional musician (11), Novice (7)

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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3.0

Nice sound, but for the first week only

By Mike

from Park Ridge, IL

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

  • short lived

Best Uses

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

    I have been an Elixir Nanoweb buyer for many years. I thought I'd give the D'Addario EXP16 strings a shot instead, so I bought two sets. Initially they sounded great and I thought I had found my new favorite strings. However after a couple of weeks the unwound treble strings started to sound very harsh. The same was true for the second set. Although the wound strings are still sounding awesome, I'm at the point where I just can't take the harsh scratchy sound coming off the trebles. It is as if they were uncoated and starting to rust, although I can't actually see anything that looks like rust. When I run my finger along the treble strings, there is a definite roughness at the sound hole, at about the impact point of my pick. I don't know if it is rust, or whatever coating is on them starting to disintegrate already.

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    5.0

    Excellent strings

    By Lewis

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

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

    Sound good. Long lasting.

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    5.0

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    By Ronald

    from undisclosed

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong
    • Tried others back to D"Adds

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Practicing

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

      Use D Adds on all my string instruments

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      5.0

      The best coated acoustic strings ..

      By Bryansong65

      from Waveland Ms.39576

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lasting Tone
      • Sounds Great on Gibson j45
      • Warm tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Epiphone Ej45me
        • Gibson j45

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

        I love these strings ..The best strings for c my Gibson and Epiphone Acoustics

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        5.0

        Excellent Strings

        By Alex W.

        from Van Alstyne, TX

        About Me Novice

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

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

          Excellent strings! I've been playing for about six months now and didn't realize how much of a difference new strings made. These strings are much more comfortable on my fingers than the Yamaha 80/20 Bronze uncoated strings I had before and sound beautiful. I haven't compared them to 80/20 coated strings but I feel like the phosphor bronze gave it a much warmer tone.

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          5.0

          Great strings, price and delivery

          By Luther Ellingboe

          from Minneapolis, MN

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

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

            I've used EXP 16 strings for several years. I really enjoy their sound and can count on their durability.

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            3.0

            New product showed signs of deteriorating metal

            By David G

            from Jupiter, FL

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            Pros

            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • Corrosion

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

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

            I wanted to buy strings at MF along with the fine instruments I buy from them but the strings showed sign of corrosion which suggests they're being stored or purchased from someone who has had these for some time. Or they are being stored in a non-climatized environment. I understand when I get guitars that come with strings that appear old but that's why I bought the strings. I'm sure that MF would replace them but it's not worth mine or their time for just a set of strings. MF sells a lot of good products but buying single strings for me isn't going to work out. Love you MF, just not strings. I could have gotten a odd pack so if you had good luck don't listen to me.

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            5.0

            Great tone and the best coated-string.

            By mymartind35

            from West of OK and South of MO

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Verified Buyer

            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 ThorHammer5889

              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 Bass Thumper

              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.

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