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D'Addario EXP16 Phosphor Bronze Light - Acoustic

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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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D'Addario EXP16 Phosphor Bronze Light - Acoustic + D'Addario EXP110 Coated Electric Guitar Strings, Light, 10-46 + D'Addario EXP115 Coated Electric Guitar Strings, Medium/Blues/Jazz, 11-49
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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (325 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 8, 2005

Product Description

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


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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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18 of 19 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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11 of 11 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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13 of 14 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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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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jon L. Byrne on September 5, 2010
Style Name: Phosphor BronzeSize Name: Light
These strings aren't as good as the exact same strings minus the "extended play" coating. The coating just makes the strings squeakier and scratchier, flat picking or finger plucking. Also, it makes the guitar sound more metallic. I suppose the coating will make them last longer, but it really isn't worth the loss in sound quality. Maybe I could see recommending these strings to someone if they were only going to play their guitar like once a year, and then the rest of the time it was going to sit unloved, strings oxidizing. But even then, I'd probably err on the side of skip 'em.

Laters, ya'll.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Olegfrog on January 11, 2009
Style Name: Phosphor BronzeSize Name: Custom Light Verified Purchase
Love this strings!!! I play Epiphone pr-350-sm and use only this strings. They are light enough not to hurt your fingers if you don't use a pick. Strings make you instrument sound like magic for about 2 weeks, and then they keep in tune as long as you have them. But at one point they will go very deaf - time to put a new set. All and all, this strings have a pretty long life. Only this strings for me!!!! If you don't like them, send them over ;)
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