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D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings

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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 141 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (103)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (9)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (54)
  • Long life (43)
  • Consistent (42)
  • Well built / quality (34)

Cons

  • Poor tone quality (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (38)
  • Back-up (26)
  • Concerts (26)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (40), Professional musician (13), Novice (9)

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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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Holy Grail....after a long search.....

By Bluewolf

from Tracy CA

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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:

    After a long search through many different lands and exotic locals, (and many different brands). I followed an encoded treasure map given to me by an old blind beggar on the streets of Calcutta. Risking life and limb, I finally made my way to these, the holy grail of acoustic guitar strings. I use them on both my acoustic/electrics. Now my life is a storybook wonder. I have stopped aging, women are drawn to me like a magnet, and I have become filthy rich overnight. With all heartfelt seriousness, these are the best. Give them a shot.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sweet Guitar Strings

    By Paul Farrar

    from Illinois

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

    Pay A Little More Get Twice The Sound And Tone.
    Had Them For A While Still Clean And Sound Great
    Great Sound
    Some Of The Best Strings Ever.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    D Addario EXP16 coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Strings

    By Joe Shafer

    from Texas

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


    I was a devout user of Elixir Strings though the D or G string always broke while the strings were still fresh. Then my son said I should try the D Addario EXP strings. I did, and I'll never use anything else.
    They sound new for a long time, and do not break prematurely as the Elixir always did.
    You will not be disappointed when you try them.
    Joe
    Texas

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

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

    These strings are beautiful. I have used Fender, GHS, Martin, Ernie Ball and Elixers. The Elixers are nothing special and they don't live up to the hype. But these: as soon as you put them on your guitar, your guitar will sound better. And it will sound better longer. I'm still using the set I put on 4 months ago. Still as brilliant a tone, still no wear. Don't bother with the high-priced Elixers, they're a ripoff. These are the only way to go.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Great strings

    By Golden

    from Santa Fe, NM

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

    I've been playing guitar for many years - self taught - with playing habits that are very hard on strings. I have a tendency to cut hard at an angle with my pick, generally popping strings after the first gig. I don't have that problem with EXP's. They last - even with my guitar playing style. Highly recommend for people that are hard on strings.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Nice sound, but for the first week only

    By Mike

    from Park Ridge, IL

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    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.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      These strings are Great!

      By Mat

      from Peoria, AZ

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long lasting
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Acoustic Electric
        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

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

        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.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Did not like them at all

        By TBone

        from NY

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Tone Quality

          Best Uses

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

            I tried these on my Taylor 314 and I did not like them at all. I did not like the feel or the tone.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good value for the money

            By Terry Covey

            from Virginia

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

            I play a Martin OM and receive many compliments on its sound and projection. Part of this has to be credited to the strings. The D'Addario's have a clean sound with a good mixture of treble and base.
            I like the EXP coating. Seems to make strings last a lot longer with little or no corrosion.
            I rarely have a string to break. Most of the time the strings are still clean even after a long period of usage.
            I have tried several other brands and the D'Addario strings hold their own with even more expensive strings.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Consistent Quality

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

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

            After trying several acoustic & electric string products 25+ years ago (& a few times since) while playing professionally, I became sold on D'Addario strings. I now use the newer coated type which are, in my opinion, excellent.

            (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...

            (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.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A nice surprise...rivals Elixer Strings

              By Jerry Garcia (my wife's favorite for me)

              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...

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great strings

                By Skippy

                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.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Top string for sound and longevity.

                    By Cowboy Bob

                    from Lebanon, Tenn

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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.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      consistently great strings

                      By Bobbyguit

                      from Hartford CT

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tone
                      • Long Life
                      • Strong

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

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

                        These strings are clear and balanced on my Eastman acoustics. They have a fat bottom and clear trebles and they last for months for this semi-pro. I have been playing since the mid 70s and I was sceptical about coated strings. These came on my Eastman AC222 rosewood Grand Auditorium. I tried another brand but I came back to these strings.They have it all.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Never thought I'd put elixir down BUT...

                        By Jamiesjammin-8ewI.

                        from GA

                        About Me Professional Musician

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                        Pros

                        • Good Tone
                        • Long Life
                        • Protects Strings Well

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                            Best coated strings money can buy!! I used Elixirs for over ten years but noticed lately that my Elixirs were rusting prematurely and losing life early. Happy with the switch!

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great tone. Long lasting.

                            By CV

                            from Arroyo Grande, CA.

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            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 started using these about a year ago. I won't buy anything else now. I have 3 acoustics. Martin, Adamas, and a TSF48 Takamine. These strings came with the Tak when I bought it last year. I liked the tone right away and kept waiting for it to degrade. After several gigs(I used to change for every gig) I was amazed that they still sounded very good. I have never broken a string in a year. I now have them on all my guitars.

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Good sound, long life

                              By Absaroka Strummer

                              from Wyoming

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                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Good Tone
                              • Long Life
                              • Strong

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                  These are great strings. They have come standard on some of the new guitars I've purchased and I've been pleased with them. I've moved to different strings at times, looking for a better sound, but I always end up back with D'Addario's. The EXP will outlast non coated strings and gives a good and consistent tone. They seem to deliver that "new string" brightness for months, not just weeks like other strings I've played, and they stay in tune.

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Nice Tone

                                  By GuitarMan53

                                  from Ooltewah, TN

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                                  Pros

                                  • Bright Tone
                                  • Consistent
                                  • Good Tone
                                  • Long Life
                                  • Strong

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Backup
                                    • Concerts
                                    • Practicing

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

                                    Priced slightly lower than Elixirs, and tone life is comparable

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