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D'Addario EJ16 Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Light

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  • D'Addario's most popular acoustic guitar string set, known for its superb, long-lasting tone and comfortable playability
  • Preferred for its warm, bright, and well balanced acoustic tone
  • Corrosion resistant packaging for strings that are always fresh
  • Made in the U.S.A. for the highest quality and performance
  • String Gauges: Plain Steel .012, .016, Phosphor Bronze Wound .024, .032, .042, .053; The six "edges" of the core wire bite into the softer wrap wire, securing it all along its length
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Product Description

Size: Pack of 1 | Style: Light | Product Packaging: Standard Packaging

D'Addario Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings

Your strings matter. D'Addario's Phosphor Bronze acoustic guitar strings are engineered to serve as the critical link between you and your guitar. Our most popular acoustic guitar strings, EJ's are precision wound with corrosion resistant Phosphor Bronze onto a carefully drawn, hexagonally shaped, high carbon steel core. The result is long lasting, bright sounding tone with excellent intonation.

Anatomy of a D'Addario Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar String

Three components of a D'Addario guitar string work together to create your desired tone: Hex-core, outer wrap wire, and ball-end. It all starts with the core. D'Addario pioneered the use of the Hex Core, and as the name suggests, it is a six-sided high carbon steel core-wire. Each side "bites" into the wire used for the outer winding, creating a tight and consistent bond that keeps the string in tune from end to end. The final component is a D'Addario exclusive: color-coded ball-ends that secure the string in place at the guitar's bridge, allowing for easy string identification and a major reduction in wasteful packaging.

Phosphor Bronze

92% copper and 8% tin with phosphorous, introduced to string making by D'Addario in 1974 as the first "extended life" strings. Phosphor Bronze is synonymous with warm, bright, and well balanced acoustic tone.

Round Wound

The most popular and universal construction, Round Wound strings deliver the traditional textured feel most players are familiar and comfortable with.

The Player's Choice

Ideal for the widest variety of guitars and musical styles, D'Addario acoustic strings are the choice of countless professionals around the world including Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Ryan Adams, and many more!

The D'Addario Difference

It all starts with our exclusively engineered and built string winding machines. There is literally nothing like a D'Addario string machine. The combination of the most advanced computer-controlled winding technology and stringent incoming wire inspection delivers unmatched consistency, string after string, set after set. Our passion for and commitment to environmentally responsible packaging and raw materials fuels our continued innovation. Last but not least, every D'Addario string is made in the USA, ensuring the highest quality and performance.

Product Details

Size: Pack of 1 | Style Name: Light | Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000EEJ8CS
  • Item model number: EJ16
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at April 13, 2004

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

These strings and very light and easy on my fingers..
william coetzee
Great strings, however when I tried to order the 10 pack, I received 1 set of strings with a label pasted on the package that said quantity 10.
These sound great, very bright with great mid and bass tones.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

315 of 324 people found the following review helpful By Dean Forman on May 17, 2009
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Sorry about using my credentials in the title, but I want to convey how much experience I have with these strings. Sorry if I sound like an ad. I REALLY love these strings.

I have strung literally thousands of guitars over my 40 years of repairing stringed instruments. D'Addario EJ16s are IMHO the best strings money can buy- it is the standard of the industry for good reason... they're simply the best string available! D'Addario's corrosion-proof sealed bags ensure you get them as fresh as when they left the factory. Lower grade cheap strings are shipped in simple paper envelopes and allow the metals inside to oxidize just while sitting on the shelf at the warehouse, store or while in your case. On the other hand, expensive hand made strings, like DRs or J Pierce, are wrapped way too tightly, thus, have too much mass, so your guitar's intonation and rod will probably need to be readjusted. They also play stiffly. D'Addario uses the best steel and bronze alloy and wraps the wound strings with just the correct tension over a hex-shaped inner wire. This causes the outter wrapped wire to essentially be "locked" onto the inner hex wire. This secure wrap keeps it from separating and allows the string to breathe and bend great. They're also VERY resistant to breakage. I have only broken a handful of D'Addarios over several thousand restringings, and the breakages usually only occurred due to a burr on the tuner post, nut, or bridge. On strings like Martin SPs, they're known to be a more bendable string than Daddarios. This is because the inner wire of the wound strings are much smaller in diameter. This leads to easier string breakage and easier separation of the inner wire and outter wrap wire. TRUST ME ON THIS... you will love Daddario EJ16 strings!
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73 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Jake L. Edwards on December 11, 2009
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I have played the Acoustic Guitar for eight years, maybe a little more than that. I started with standard Martin strings which I eventually found my hatred for. When I discovered these strings a few years back ago (most, if not all music stores I have visited have strung their Guitars with the D'Addario brand), I never looked back and have always used D'Addario. Only recently have I begun to use these Bronze Light sets, which I am completely infatuated with.

Most of what I play consist of finger style / classical songs, and these strings are quite easy to tap with. I've never had any problems, and the strings themselves come with color coded ball points to indicate which string is which (for a quick and easy string changing). If tapping/finger style isn't your bag, these strings should still satisfy your needs. The Guitarist "Tim Reynolds" uses these very same strings on his Martin Guitars, and I can't emphasize more on how amazing the bottom (thickest) string sounds, especially when palm muted.

If you do decide the buy these strings, I doubt you will be disappointed, but if you find it doesn't meet your needs then I have had the pleasure of playing on Elixir strings very recently, which you might check out instead. If I know anything about Guitars, I know that I'll be using D'Addario or Elixir strings from now on. I suggest you do the same.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Bransky on December 19, 2010
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I've used these strings for maybe 30 years -- and although on occasion I've tried other brands and other types (Martin, Dean Markley, Elixir, D'Addario EXPs) -- I always come back to these. They feel good, sound good, and are easy on the guitar and fingers. I found that they last as long as coated strings like EXPs and Elixirs and sound better. I like the little touches -- the anti-corrosion package, that strings are packaged one at a time (instead of 3 in one coil), colored ball ends, and even the Players Points that allow you to get stuff like T-shirts if you save enough string packages.

I usually fingerpick and sometimes strum -- just your typical living room player who's too chicken to perform -- and I've used these with small body and dreadnaught Martins and Gibsons. If you buy these via a 3 pack or a 10 pack, you usually can get these for under $5 a set, and sometimes around $4 a set if there's a good deal running.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mayko10 on November 14, 2010
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A few years ago when I finally met a really top grade luthier, he asked me, "What strings do you use?" I told him D'Addario. His reply was, "So I don't have to have the string lecture with you." He went on to explain that in his line of work, minute tolerances are critical. He said in all his testing that D'Addario's are always consistant.

As my skills as a guitarist have improved (and my wallet got a little fatter), string changes are a joy. Have a strobe tuner and these strings will stretch through about 2 rounds of tuning and stay real close after that.

I would rather have a real full sound than the ones for 2 to 3 times the price for a coated string (that are supposed to last longer). Buying in a 10 packs allow me to change strings 1 or 2 times a month. These strings have a solid bass and a bit of brassy tenor. I have always felt that quality (guitar, strings, tuner......) make you sound better that you have any right to.

They also are packaged as a "set" so the ends are color coded to indicate the string position and you are not going through all the paper sleeves. Have a sealed plastic bag so the strings are always fresh no matter how long they have set on a shelf.
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