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D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings

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Gauges: 12-16-24-32-42-53.EXP Coated Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings provide longer life and increased durability coupled with the brightness, clarity, and sensitivity you've come to expect fr... Click To Read More About This Product

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EXP Coated Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings provide longer life and increased durability coupled with the brightness, clarity, and sensitivity you've come to expect from D'Addario strings. Here is how it works: An ultrafine 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. And since the EXP coating is crosslinked to the wrap wire prior to winding, the strings sound fresh and bright. New-string tone lasts 3 to 4 times longer than traditional guitar strings.

D'Addario is the world's largest manufacturer of strings for musical instruments. Many top guitarists won't play any other brand. Regardless of your playing style, D'Addario has a set that's right for you.

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D'AddarioEXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings
 
4.6

(based on 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (3)
  • Good tone (3)
  • Long life (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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The Best

I am an active musician who plays about four gigs a week. I have tried every string possible, and am constantly looking for new strings that have a bright acoustic sound and good...Read complete review

I am an active musician who plays about four gigs a week. I have tried every string possible, and am constantly looking for new strings that have a bright acoustic sound and good life. My Taylor 314LTD came with Elixir strings and they sound great, but as soon as I put on the D'AddarioEXP16 I found the sound I was looking for. Thank you D'Addario for your efforts to make a better product, and thank you for helping me become a better musician.

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Not Thrilled

I decided to give a set of these a try, and managed to break the high E string on day three or four. I rarely break strings, acoustic or electric, and I've never...Read complete review

I decided to give a set of these a try, and managed to break the high E string on day three or four. I rarely break strings, acoustic or electric, and I've never had a string break on me this quickly. The strings sound great, and have nice tonal balance, but I can't recommend them to a serious player. Breaking a string in a live set is inevitable, but I'll do everything I can to minimize that risk, and my experience with these strings has lead me to believe that they are more likely to break than other brands. I'm not willing to pay $13 for a set of strings that breaks in a few days.

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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Best

By Mankoon

from Plantation Flordia

Comments about D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

I am an active musician who plays about four gigs a week. I have tried every string possible, and am constantly looking for new strings that have a bright acoustic sound and good life. My Taylor 314LTD came with Elixir strings and they sound great, but as soon as I put on the D'AddarioEXP16 I found the sound I was looking for. Thank you D'Addario for your efforts to make a better product, and thank you for helping me become a better musician.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Tone, Better Longevity

By Pickin&Grinnin

from CA

Comments about D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

I've been playing for 15 years and dialing in on D'Addario Bronze strings as my prefered set. Tried these EXP's and have no complaints, They've been on my Ibanez for 6 weeks now and still sound like a fresh set of regular D'Addarios! Elixrs do slide a bit easier, but they have a tinny, thin tone that doesn't sound as natural, and the coating sometimes flakes off. Go with the EXP's for long life and great sound

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love the tone!

By Mellowtone

from Ft. Worth, TX

Comments about D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

I have the D'Addario EXP16 strings on my Jasmine S35 accoustic and they sound wonderful! Nice tone. I found my new strings!! Try'em you won't be disappointed.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Bit Pricey But More Than Worth It

By Jeremy Bunting

from Charleston, SC

Comments about D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

I've been playing for a few years, and have used several different kinds of guitar strings. The problem is, I play very hard with a thick, 1 mm pick. Because of this, my strings usually wear out a lot faster than they should (I have to replace them every two months or so). I was reluctant to purchase these at first because they're more expensive than most strings, and I wasn't convinced the EXP coating would make a difference. But, I decided to go for it, and I'm happy to announce that I've been using the same strings for 7 months now and they are still working just as well as the day I bought them. Not only that, but the sound of these strings is much cleaner and brighter than any others I've used. Each note sounds so crisp and precise that it's hard to stop strumming. Simply put, if you need strings for your acoustic guitar, look no further.

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better Than Elixirs!

By j-meez

from Danville, VA

Comments about D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

I've been playing guitar for over 6 years now, and I haven't found a set a strings that I can compare to the D'Addario EXPs. They're much like the Elixir brand, but better! Elixir makes the Polyweb (thicker string coating) and the Nanoweb (which is thinner). The EXPs have a feel of the Nanoweb, but they're better value and I think they sound better as well. I haven't used anything except the EXPs for the last 2 years. Try them!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet EXP's

By Bob

from Modesto,CA.

Comments about D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

Very Nice Strings. They last longer than uncoated. They have a nice warm sound on my Goodall acoustic. EXP16

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Came on my Takamine

By WCWedin

from New York, New York

Comments about D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

I picked up a Takamine acoustic guitar about two years ago and loved the sound of it. The original strings lasted me about 18 months of alternating casual and regular play, and they sounded great until the very end. I've since bounced between a few brands, but finally got around to doing my homework, and found out that Takamine uses D'Addario EXP16 lights on all of their guitars. I'm done messing around, and I'll be yanking the fairly fresh Martin SP's off my axe as soon as I can pick up a set of these.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Sound Good When Just Installed

By Gene

from Humid Houston, Tx

Comments about D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

I played D'Addario EJ16's for years before coated strings came along. In recent years, I made the switch to coated strings. I like the D'Addario EXP's sound when first installed. In a months time, however, they have lost the high end crispness. Granted, this is better than the two weeks I used to get from the EJ16's. Other coated strings I've used on my Taylor guitars lasted as long as a year before losing the crispness. In the long run, I think you're better to either get the non coated EJ16's and change them often, or spend more for the Elixirs that last longer.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Strings

By Dean

from Virginia Beach, Virginia

Comments about D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

I've been playing Guitar for 35 years and I have tried ALL strings for an acoustic Guitar and I've have played most styles of music. The EXP16's lights are the best by far to ME. People have different opinions about tones of strings along with the feel of the strings. The tone is balanced with great lows and bright highs. As long as you wipe your strings with a clean cloth after playing, theses strings will last.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

These strings sound good and last weeks !

By Robert

from Delmar, NY

Comments about D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

I only rated as four stars because I have not tried every string out there. But compared to the Elixirs, DRs and Martin SPs I have also tried, these win out for ( natural) sound and durability. Corrosion never seems to occur. The price seems fair for the value received.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar Strings

By Brian1711

from Wickliffe, OH

Comments about D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

I have used these strings on my guitars for a while. I play a few hours a day, and you can get quite a bit of time out of them. I havn't replaced them for about 3 months, but they still sound surprisingly good. These strings are D'addario's more mellow strings (If you want something brighter check out the EXP 11's). As with all strings, you'll need to try them out to really get a feel for how they sound. As far as quality goes, however, you will not be disappointed.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Lasting Strings

By Mikeyp6505

from Undisclosed

Comments about D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

When I purchased my ovation it came with the exp16 strings. I bought my ovation about 8 months ago and haven't replaced the strings yet. These strings are very light and comfortable, they last forever, and they don't seem to dirty up as much as other strings. In my opinion these are the best acoustic strings.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best....

By Brian

from Plantation, FL

Comments about D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

These are hands down the best strings I've ever played. I won't ever buy a different string. Get these if you want the best.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

These ain't Ellixr's

By God of Thunder

from Los Angeles, CA

Comments about D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

I can't believe how good these string sound. I tried the Ellixr coated strings, the coating completely altered the tone on my Taylor. These do not and they last like no other string I've ever owned. Ever time I've put a mic in front of one of my acoustic guitars I have to resting it first or it sounds flat, not with these strings. Buy them, they are fantastic!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love these strings

By James Coulter

from South Boston, VA

Comments about D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

I typically use these on my Breedlove and can't say enough good about them. Their tone is crisp but not thin, they stay in tune well, and they maintain their tone for a good while (no set of strings lasts forever...unfortunately). I made the mistake of putting cheaper D'Addario EJ16's on at my last string change and now wish I had spent the extra few bucks for the much better EXP's. Don't get me wrong - the tone of the EJ's is fine (not as good as the EXP's, but decent), but I can't get the things to stay in tune for more than a song or two to save my life. I am constantly having to re-tune and that is something I didn't have to do nearly as much with the EXP's. Also, the EXP's last quite a bit longer. In my opinion, with the better tuning, tone, and increased longevity of the EXP's, you are not saving any money by getting cheaper strings. I certainly have not tried every string out there, but of all of them that I have tried, these EXP's are the best all around strings I've found. All things considered, they're a great buy.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth the extra $

By Steve Soria

from Miami, FL

Comments about D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

They really last and compared to other coated strings that I've tried, They last longer, sound and feel better. At GC a lot of higher end/expensive acoustic guitars come with these strings on them already. So, that tells you something. They are worth it. They sound the way the normal Daddario acoustic strings sound. Just like it says, they literally last 3 or more times longer lol, depending on how much you play. Awesome strings just like almost all D'addarios stuff. I've had a couple of these sets and the heavier gauge EXPs. They're always great strings. The thing that got them 5 stars is that even when they're super old, they sound awesome.Go for them if u got the $.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not Thrilled

By Henry

from La Jolla, CA

Comments about D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

I decided to give a set of these a try, and managed to break the high E string on day three or four. I rarely break strings, acoustic or electric, and I've never had a string break on me this quickly. The strings sound great, and have nice tonal balance, but I can't recommend them to a serious player. Breaking a string in a live set is inevitable, but I'll do everything I can to minimize that risk, and my experience with these strings has lead me to believe that they are more likely to break than other brands. I'm not willing to pay $13 for a set of strings that breaks in a few days.

 
5.0

EXP strings make a $500 guitar sound Equal to a $1500 Martin

By Carmine

from undisclosed

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Comments about D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

These are factory used on many of my guitars. Had used Martin marquis strings for years largely on a balance bettpween cost and quality.
Been using this brand for past 10 years and are well worth the extra cost. I use these on my Breedlove, Taylor and Ibanez acoustic guitars.
You get nice bass, and crystal clarity into the high strings. They are double the cost of the Martins and have lasted as much as a year.. if you wipe down strings after playing. I love the new string sound that I change them after 3 months. The brilliant sound is worth the expense to me. Bottom line is they make great guitar sound greater and will dramatically improve the sound on lower priced guitars . Try them you won't regret it

 
3.0

OK String but not as good as Polywebs

By AlaFanLAMan

from Alabaster, AL

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Pros

    Cons

    • Not Consistent

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

    Price comparison to Elixer Polywebs is about the same, but this string does not last as long. Decent tone quality especially when you want to introduce more bass.

     
    5.0

    Best strings you'll ever use

    By solus667

    from Chula Vista, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Flexible
    • Good Tone
    • Long Lasting Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong
    • Traditional Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Outdoors
      • Practicing

      Comments about D'Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings:

      These strings can take a beating and last forever. Traditional feel from the wrap wire coating. I have never, in my years of playing guitar, have busted a D'addario string. These exp16 D'addario strings are the only strings that touch my acoustic guitars.

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