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D'Addario EXP17 with NY Steel Coated Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings, Coated, Medium, 13-56

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EXP17
  • 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
  • Includes D'Addario's exclusive NY Steel, the same high carbon steel found in the NYXL series for unprecedented strength and pitch stability.
  • Environmentally friendly, corrosion resistant packaging for strings that are always fresh
  • String Gauges: Plain Steel .013, .017, Phosphor Bronze Wound .026, .035, .045, .056
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Product Description

Style: EXP17

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.

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 Information

Style:EXP17
Item Weight 1.4 ounces
Product Dimensions 6 x 14 x 10 inches
Shipping Weight 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B0002E3CJA
Item model number EXP17
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4.6 out of 5 stars 580 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,836 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#52 in Musical Instruments > Instrument Accessories > Guitar & Bass Accessories > Strings > Acoustic Guitar Strings
Date first available at Amazon.com July 12, 2004

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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

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By J. Kim on October 10, 2010
Style Name: EXP16 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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Style Name: EXP16 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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These strings are essentially a coated version of the EJ16 light phosphor bronze strings I've been playing since I first picked up acoustic guitar 14 years ago. I remember when I first started playing I thought that the similarly-coated Elixir strings were the bee's knees, but after playing for a while began to prefer the tone of the less expensive D'Addario strings as they seemed to break in quicker and not retain that twangy sound as long as the Elixirs. The coating on these strings is not as slick as on Elixir strings, but it's noticeably there in comparison with the standard D'Addarios. If you're interested in these strings, I think you need to ask yourself why you prefer coated strings--do you want them to last longer? Do you want them to be easier on your fingers and make less string noise when playing? Or, do you just prefer the tone to other strings? After playing for quite a while, I've come to feel that guitar strings are meant to have a limited life--sure, you don't want your strings to be dead in just a few hours of playing, but by their very nature, they're going to wear out even if they're coated--for about half the price you can get two sets of regular strings and easily more than twice the life in terms of good tone, though you will have to change them (which you should probably learn how to get good and quick at anyway). Avoiding string noise is a reasonable goal, though these are a far cry from flatwounds in that department, and if you're worried about how hard playing is on your fingers, you probably should just keep playing and learn that it only takes a few days of heavy playing to build up some very useful calluses--it's part of playing the instrument!Read more ›
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Style Name: EXP15
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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Style Name: EXP16
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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Style Name: EXP11
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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