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D'Addario EJ16-3D Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Light, 3 Sets
- Low Return Rate: 27% fewer returns than similar products
- Highly Rated: More than 90% 4 star and 5 star reviews
- Popular Item: Popular with customers shopping for "d'addario acoustic guitar strings"
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- D'Addario's most popular acoustic guitar string set
- Also available in the EXP Coated series, offering 3-5x the lifespan
- Preferred for its warm, bright, and well balanced acoustic tone
- 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
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D'Addario has been making strings since the 17th century, a family tradition passed down for generations to what is now the largest instrument string manufacturer in the world. Using their proprietary winding machinery to make the industry's most consistent strings, D'Addario continues to innovate to help players everywhere evolve their sound.
Introduced by D'Addario in 1974, Phosphor Bronze has become the world’s most popular acoustic guitar string. Synonymous with warm and well-balanced acoustic tone, Phosphor Bronze is precision wound on a hexagonally shaped, high carbon steel core, resulting in long lasting, bright sounding tone with excellent intonation.
- The world’s most popular acoustic guitar string
- Warm tone
- High carbon steel core and plain steel wire
- Gauges ranging from Extra Light to Medium
D’Addario high-carbon steel hex core and plain steel wire is precision-drawn in our very own wire mill in New York. Using the highest grade raw materials and cutting-edge wire-drawing technologies, D’Addario creates a stronger, longer lasting wire that you can rely on.
Wrap wire alloys have a significant impact on the tonality of the string and the overall sound of your playing. That’s why D’Addario uses a variety of coated and uncoated acoustic string alloys including 80/20 Bronze, Nickel Bronze, and Phosphor Bronze, each of which have a distinctive tone, giving you the sound you want.
There is literally nothing like a D’Addario string making machine. Using the most advanced proprietary digital winding technology, exacting quality standards, and the ability to control the quality of every material used, D’Addario delivers unmatched consistency, string after string. Plus, in our commitment to preserve the planet, we use nothing but environmentally responsible,
|80/20 Bronze||EXP Coated 80/20 Bronze||Nickel Bronze||Phosphor Bronze||EXP Coated Phosphor Bronze|
|Core||High Carbon Steel||NY Steel||NY Steel||High Carbon Steel||NY Steel|
|Twist||Lock Twist||Fusion Twist||Fusion Twist||Lock Twist||Fusion Twist|
|Wrap Wire Alloy||80/20 Bronze||EXP Coated 80/20 Bronze||Nickel-plated Phosphor Bronze||Phosphor Bronze||EXP Coated Phosphor Bronze|
|Coating||EXP Coating||EXP Coating|
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Acoustic guitar strings. Made by D'Addario.
3 sets of phosphor bronze round wound acoustic guitar strings. Introduced to string-making by D'Addario in 1974, Phosphor Bronze has become synonymous with great, long-lasting string tone, and has become the stage and studio choice of top professionals worldwide. D'Addario Phosphor Bronze strings are durable, long-lasting, bright sounding, and retain their brilliance longer than other bronze and brass alloys.
Light Strings, gauges: .012/.016/.024/.032/.042/.053
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The first set of strings I bought were the D'Addario Lights, which were fine. I next tried out the same brand in a medium gauge, but the deeper bass wasn't worth getting my fingers chewed up. I've settled on these custom lights - the 4th(D) and 5th(A) strings are identical to the lights, the other four strings are just a bit thinner than the lights. They produce a warm sound on my parlor and concert sized guitars. They are easy to bend (intentionally), and they are easy on my fingers.
I like the color coding on the ball end - really helps when restringing, I buy the 3 pack - the price is only around $5 a set, and each set is in its own plastic wrapper. Never thought that there could be counterfeit strings out there, but apparently that's the case. D'Addario strings come with a QR code that you can scan (or type) into their website to verify authenticity.
If you are new to playing acoustic guitar, you really should learn how to change your strings. There are a lot of helpful YouTube videos out there, and I've kind-of morphed some of those suggestions into my own method. My first couple of set changes were kind-of nerve wracking and took forever, but now I can change a full set in under 30 minutes, and I find the process enjoyable and oddly relaxing. :)
How often should you change your strings? Whenever YOU feel you need to change them! I've had some sets on for months without issue.
Some tools you definitely should have when changing strings are a string winder and cutter. For a winder, I use the Planet Waves Pro Winder String Winder and Cutter, which has a cutter and a pin puller, but for cutting the strings I use the CruzTools String Cutter and for pin pulling, the Snapz Acoustic Guitar Bridge Pin Puller - all these tools are a one-time buy and make the job way easier. The one thing I would advise newbie string changers to do is be especially careful when pulling and seating the pins - if the pins are improperly placed, they can pop out when you tension up the strings, and you don't want your face near a flying string or bridge pin.
Speaking of bridge pins, when you change your strings on your guitar the first time, you should also consider changing the bridge pins. My experience has been that mid priced acoustic guitars can have 99% very high quality components (tuners, the nut and saddle material etc.), but for some reason they usually use some mighty cheap plastic bridge pins, which is a shame because most people will agree that the pins really do affect the sound quality. I've replaced most of the pin sets on my guitars with the Tusq brand, which are very high quality, come in a variety of styles and are fairly priced for a permanent guitar upgrade part.
I still like these strings, and at around $10 for 3 sets, they are great deal if you are on a budget. My new favorites however, are D'Addario Nickel Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Light. The NBs are a couple bucks more, and you only get one set, BUT they have several advantages over the Phosphor Bronze:
First off, they just sound better. No hype, they really do squeeze out more of your guitar's unique character.
The stay in tune longer - there is an initial setting in period, but the NB strings stay in tune longer than the Phosphor Bronze.
If you fingerpick, a brand new set of Phosphor Bronze strings will leave dark smudge marks on the fingertips of your picking hand the first couple sessions. NBs don't have this issue. :)
Really, I think these are pretty good "go to" strings for just about anybody of any caliber on virtually any acoustic guitar.
They strung nicely, broke in quickly (about a day), and feel really nice.
The sound of these strings is phenomenal. Bright and clear. Good resonance.
If you are looking for light strings, these are them.
The only other things I would suggest to consider, which would be merely preference are:
Do you want a coated string? Coated cost more, but last longer. The sound is not as vibrant though. But if you like them consider the coated version (EXP16).
Do you want light strings?
These diameters are as stated in the description: Plain Steel .012, .016, Phosphor Bronze Wound .024, .032, .042, .053
The Medium (EJ17) are: Plain Steel .013, .017, Phosphor Bronze Wound .026, .035, .045, .056
It is so slight but it feels much different. (of course there are heavy and extra light options too)
Really, that is it. Determine your preference for thickness and coatings, then grab the D'Addario model that meets that criteria. You are set.