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  • D'Addario EXP17 Coated Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings, Medium, 13-56
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D'Addario EXP17 Coated Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings, Medium, 13-56


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Phosphor Bronze
  • D'Addario's most popular gauge for heavy strumming, flat-picking and resonant, projecting tone
  • 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 .013, .017, Phosphor Bronze Wound .026, .035, .045, .056; It provides longer life and increases durability coupled with the brightness, clarity and sensitivity
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D'Addario EXP17 Coated Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings, Medium, 13-56 + Planet Waves Pro Winder String Winder and Cutter + D'Addario EJ16-3D Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Light, 3 Sets
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Product Details

Size: Medium | Style Name: Phosphor Bronze
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 14 x 10 inches ; 1.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0002E3CJA
  • Item model number: EXP17
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (308 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #981 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 12, 2004

Product Description

Size: Medium | Style: Phosphor Bronze

From the Manufacturer

EXP17s offer heavier tension resulting in a bolder, more resonant acoustic tone with higher resistance for heavy strumming and flat-picking.

D'Addario EXPs are the most natural-sounding, longest-lasting coated strings available. EXP Coated Technology starts with the highest quality wrap wire materials, precision drawn and micro-coated on our advanced proprietary machinery. Strings are then wound normally, delivering tone and feel identical to D'Addario's world renowned acoustic strings, with a minimum of 4 times more life. You won't believe they are coated!

D'Addario, the world's largest manufacturer of musical instrument strings, is known as The Players Choice with a reputation for unsurpassed quality and consistency. D'Addario's innovative packaging reduces waste and provides protection from corrosion. All D'Addario strings are manufactured in the U.S.A. using proprietary, digitally controlled, state-of-the-art machinery for unmatched performance, set after set.

Product Description

An ultra-fine 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. EXP coated phosphor bronze strings have a natural round wound feel and sound fresh and bright with a "new string tone" that lasts three to four times longer than traditional guitar strings.


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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

34 of 34 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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17 of 18 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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10 of 10 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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12 of 13 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 J. on July 3, 2008
Style Name: Phosphor BronzeSize Name: Light
I have been playing acoustic guitars for over 15 years now. I am by no means a virtuoso, but I do play regularly with my praise team. I have been intrigued by the seemingly endless list of acoustic guitar strings available, and I have tried dozens of different brands and types all over the price scale. These strings, in my opinion, offer the best value of all the ones that I have used. They probably last about three times as your average uncoated set of strings in their "prime," and they don't deteriorate as fast at the end of their lifecycle (so you can keep procrastinating changing your strings without sacrificing as much). 5 Stars.
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6 of 6 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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5 of 5 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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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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