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DAddario EXP11 with NY Steel Acoustic Guitar Strings

.016, Bronze Wound .024, Unprecedented Strength, Extra Bright Tone, Plain Steel .012, .032, .053, .042

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What We Like

  • Made of high-quality material that makes it durable
  • Features EXP11s that offer the ideal balance of volume, projection and comfortable playability.
  • Features medium-sized strings that makes it easy to work


  • may have buzzing issue

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9.00 out of 10, based on these factors:

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  • What buyers say about DAddario EXP11 with NY Steel Acoustic Guitar Strings

    I tried a set of these for the mandolin and they lasted about six months, and I bought a few sets for my guitar, which I haven't installed yet.

    I can't tell you how much more volume comes out of this guitar but it is considerably more volume coming out of it when you use a pick.

    I used to use the 85/15 strings from most shops in my area, but they were not suitable for my FG700S, so I bought these 80/20 strings from Amazon, and now my guitar sounds better than it did when I bought it.

    The clarity and upper range was brought out better by these strings than the Lifespans did.

    The clarity and support of the treble side of the spectrum was brought out by these strings, which was a huge improvement over the 15's previous strings.

    Common Questions


    Which is warmer, less bright, an 80/20 or phosphor bronze?


    I think the 80/20 has a brighter sound, and after a week or so on the guitar to a more pleasing sound, the phospher-bronze strings, which to my ear always have a dull sound, can be replaced by the 80/20.


    Does a full set of strings come in one pack?


    A full set comes in one pack, although there is no set rule about changing strings.


    Are they the end of the ball?


    Yes, the D'Addario EXP12 set has ball end strings.


    I find the labeling kind of confusing, as Exp11 strings are actually 12s, not 11s.


    The string gauge range is on the top right of the package, but EXP stands for extended-play.


    Is the "light 12-53" compatible with the Yamaha fs800?


    If you are not an experienced player, you may want to switch to a lighter gauge string.

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