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D'Addario EJ16 Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Light

4.7 out of 5 stars 1,649 customer reviews
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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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D'Addario Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar strings are acclaimed worldwide for their superb, long-lasting tone. Phosphor Bronze was introduced to string making by D'Addario in 1974 and has become synonymous with warm, bright, and well balanced acoustic tone. D'Addario's most popular acoustic guitar strings.   Diameter Tension Item# Note inches mm lbs kg PL012 E 0.012 0.3 23.3 10.57 PL016 B 0.016 0.41 23.3 10.57 PB024 G 0.024 0.61 30.2 13.70 PB032 D 0.032 0.81 30.5 13.83 PB042 A 0.042 1.07 29.9 13.56 PB053 E 0.053 1.35 26.0 13.15    

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Size: Pack of 1 | Style Name: Light | Package Type: Standard Packaging
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000EEJ8CS
  • Item model number: EJ16
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,649 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 13, 2004

From the Manufacturer

Phosphor Bronze 80/20 Bronze Coated Phosphor Bronze Coated 80/20 Bronze
Warm and Bright Tone
Bright Tone
Coated For Extra Life

Customer Reviews

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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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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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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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Great Strings!! Wonderful warm, full sound, yet still maintains enough brightness for finger picking.
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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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