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D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Light, 12-53

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Phosphor Bronze
  • D'Addario's most popular acoustic guitar string gauge, known for its superb, long-lasting tone and comfortable playability
  • EXP Coated phosphor bronze for warm, bright, well balanced acoustic tone and 4 times more life
  • 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; Features durability coupled with the brightness, clarity, and sensitivity you've come to expect from D'Addario strings.

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Product Details

Size: Light | Style Name: Phosphor Bronze
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 4.5 x 0.1 inches ; 1.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B0002E3CJ0
  • Item model number: EXP16
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (345 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 8, 2005

Product Description

Size: Light | Style: Phosphor Bronze

If you love the tone and feel of nicely broken in strings, but hate changing them when they inevitably wear out, then you need to pick up a set of D'Addario's EXP-coated phosphor bronze acoustic guitar strings. They sport the same durable hex-shaped cores and top-quality wrap wire as their regular phosphor bronze strings, but there's more to these amazing strings. An ultra fine coating keeps the nasty oils on your fingers from eating away at your strings, keeping them bright and fresh up to four times longer than regular strings.

From the Manufacturer

D'Addario EXP Acoustic Guitar Strings

EXP Coated Acoustic

D'Addario EXP strings deliver the natural, vibrant sound of regular phosphor bronze acoustic strings combined with an ultra-fine layer of EXP coating. Made using the same hex-shaped core wire as the most popular D'Addario acoustic set, a player doesn't need to sacrifice their feel and tone for improved string life.

String Strength

D'Addario EXP strings are created using advanced proprietary machinery. Starting with a micro-coated wrap wire that is precision drawn, the strings are then wound normally to maintain feel and tone. The only difference a player will notice is that the string lifespan is a minimum of 4 times longer.

Built To Last

D'Addario strings are made in the U.S.A. to the highest standards of quality and performance. The extended "new string tone" of EXP strings is further enhanced by the corrosion resistant packaging.

EXP Features

  • D'Addario's most popular acoustic guitar string gauge, known for its superb, long-lasting tone and comfortable playability
  • EXP Coated phosphor bronze for warm, bright, well balanced acoustic tone and 4 times more life
  • Made in the U.S.A. for the highest quality and performance

Customer Reviews

Great strings with a very nice sound; good tone.
Jane Fite
The sound is nicely balanced with a bright but warm tone with ample projection.
Doggymcnuggets
The not only last longer than the non coated, they sound better longer.
Irishnow

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By J. Kim on October 10, 2010
Style Name: Phosphor BronzeSize Name: Light Verified Purchase
After playing for years with Elixir Nanoweb 80/20's, I decided to experiment with a few different coated strings. I tried the Elixir Nanoweb Phosphor Bronze, Dean Markley Alchemy Gold Phosphor (now discontinued) and these EXP16s. Ultimately, I preferred the Nanoweb Phosphor Bronze the best, but the EXP16 are cheaper and the difference didn't warrant the extra cost, so I decided to stick with these for now. I wasn't a fan of the Alchemys because of their rough texture and high tension. The EXP16s are smooth and have a very playable tension, although not as smooth and easy as the Elixir 80/20's. As far as longevity, these seem to last me about 2 months, which is on par with other coated strings I've tried, except for the Elixir 80/20's which average about 3 months. Uncoated strings last me about a month.

Depending on the style of play, I prefer brighter or warmer strings, but I'd rank the EXP16s somewhere in the middle. It's a good balance for both strumming and fingerstyle. Even though they don't project as well as the Elixir 80/20s, they have a very agreeable tone without some of the harsh overtones. For live use with a pickup I'd be more inclined to use the Elixirs, but for unplugged or mic'ed use I like the tone of these.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By cdub53 on March 22, 2005
Style Name: Phosphor BronzeSize Name: Light Verified Purchase
I have tried all of the coated, long life strings and these are by far the best sounding. They also don't have that "slick" or "wet" feel the Elixir strings have, they feel just like uncoated strings with the same loud, crisp sound as uncoated strings. I am very impressed with these strings and they will be the only strings I use from now on for my Taylor acoustic guitar. Thanks, D'Addario!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By G. M. Handlon on September 13, 2006
Style Name: Phosphor BronzeSize Name: Extra Light
There are four things I really like about these strings.

1. They have a longer life than other coated strings I've tried.

2. They have better sustain throughout that lifetime.

3. The price is great compared to other coated strings.

4. The brass ends are painted different colors to differentiate them. I use these on my Ovation, which strings tail-forward through the bridge, so the colored ends are visible and it looks cool. Vanity, all is vanity.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John Yezeguielian on September 24, 2010
Style Name: Phosphor BronzeSize Name: Light
When I first started playing coated strings, it was because Elixirs were on a new guitar I'd bought. After trying several other brands and thicknesses, I ended up going back to what the factory had selected, and that gave me the sound I liked so well when I bought the instrument in the first place. Then I bought another guitar from the same manufacturer, and it had EXPs on it. Sure enough, better, more natural sound. (I'd name the guitar maker, but this is about strings.) Tried Cleartones on the instrument. No thanks. Took 'em right back off again, (and not for the first time; no Cleartones for me, thanks.) The EXPs, though... Top notch! Now maybe they'll make Custom Lights like Elixir does?

Having tried a LOT of strings over the past 40 years of playing,these are my favorite by far.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scott W on August 5, 2006
Style Name: 80/20Size Name: Light
These are the only strings I use. I have them on all four of my taylor guitars. The EXP 11 is the 80/20 light version of their coated strings. These will sould a bit brighter than the PB EXP 16s. I know you Elixir Fans will probably bash these strings. I personally dont like the slippery feel of the Elixir strings. These feel just like non coated strings but last about 5 times longer. Currently these are the only strings I'm using. For the price it's worth giving them a try
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bob on December 5, 2007
Style Name: Phosphor BronzeSize Name: Medium
I use these strings on my Taylor 710 and they last a long time have a great bottom on them and still produce very good mid-range and treble. A set coated strings that doesn't sound like most coated strings do, but retains a very well balanced tone.

I feel that after playing mostly acoustic guitar for over forty years I can be reasonably objective on acoustic guitars and strings, and I always keep a few sets of these and the EXP lite gauge strings in my strings and tool box.

I also use the light EXP's on my Taylor 814-CE, Martin DC16GTE and Laguna LG6-RW . Again they just sound very natural and last a long time.

Over all the EXP's are crisp with great dynamics without the overly bright sound of the Elixirs which are just way too bright for me.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bob on December 9, 2007
Style Name: Phosphor BronzeSize Name: Light
I've been using these strings for about eight years, and I also use them on my two Taylor's (814-CE & I use the mediums on my 710) I agree with the other reviewer in saying they are the best sounding coated string out there. I still use Martin strings once in awhile, but these strings last and improve in sound as they get a few hours of play on them.

Actually I own three other acoustics other than my two Taylor's and right now they're all strung with EXP's. I know people want different sounds from their strings, but I find these to be bright with a great bottom on them, unlike the Elixirs which I find to be unbearably bright with a weak bottom end. These strings sound great with great dynamics on them. Even on my Laguna Grand Symphony (slightly larger than a Grand Concert) they pump out the lows and sparkle on the highs. These on my Grand Auditorium do the same thing, they produce the sound I demand and make a real positive improvement over the other coated strings I've used.

The Mediums on my 710 have an endless bottom end and still have great range on the mid's and treble.

As I said I still use Martin Phosphor Bronze strings once in awhile, but honestly these strings hold up extremely well and sound great. Darn near as near to an uncoated string that you're going to find.
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