Home > Acoustic Guitar Strings > D’Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Light, 12-53 – Offers a Warm, Bright and Well-Balanced Acoustic Tone and 4x Longer Life - With NY Steel for Strength and Pitch Stability

Coated Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings

The Phosphor Bronze Wrap Wire, Hex Shaped Core Wire, Un, The Most Popular Coated Acoustic Guitar String Set, Our Revolutionary Ny High Carbon Steel, Consistent And Long Lasting Guitar Strings, The Most Durable

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What We Like

  • Made of high-quality material that makes it durable
  • feature plain steel strings that delivers unprecedented strength and pitch stability
  • Comes with an additional coating that prevents it from corroding easily


  • may deliver moderate sound quality

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9.40 out of 10, based on these factors:

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  • What buyers say about Coated Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings

    Daddario strings are the strongest, most consistent strings and I would love to see NY steel put in the bronze and 80/20 bronze range, as I will be reverting back to that range.

    They are still slippy, but not as bad as the elixirs., Controversial: they eliminate string noise as you slide up the wound strings.

    They sound great, they feel great, and they don't seem to have a lot of slippery or coated strings, but they do have a more muted tone than some strings.

    This opinion is based on my small body guitars, a Gibson, a Eastman E15-SS, w/ Adirondack top, Rosewood back/sides and a 24-3/4" scale lengths.

    The strings are bright and twangy, and I think they will last a week or so, but they feel nice under my fingers.

    Common Questions


    Have you noticed a difference in the EXPs and non-coated counterparts?


    I use coated phosphor bronze strings for my practice and for performances. I think coated phosphor bronze strings stay fresher a little longer.


    I want to warm up my guitar but I don't know how the strings sound in the range of warmth and brightness.


    The Phosphor Bronze has a warmer sound with more bottom end and less brightness at the top, so I prefer it over the straight Bronze.


    Do the d'addario strings have more resistance to string bending than the non-coated strings?


    The d'addario coated strings are heavier than the non-coated ones, but still have a better feel for the fingers than regular lights.


    What is the difference between exp 16 and exp 16 3d strings?


    It's part of a three pack, so there is nothing to change in the product.


    I want to emphasize the warm nature of the mahogany in my Martin 00 and 000-15M. D'Addario EXP or Elixir?


    I use a smaller string size than you, but the D'Addarios give me a more mellow sound, and I have tried both of them.

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