D'Addario EJ12 80/20 Bronze Medium Acoustic Guitar Strings (Medium)


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D'Addario EJ12 80/20 Bronze Medium Acoustic Guitar Strings

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Our rating of 93/100 is based on analysis of 1000+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

The D'Addario's EJ12 is a medium gauge string that features the original 80/20 bronze alloy introduced by John D'Addario Sr. and John D'Angelico back in the 1930s.

It emphasizes the upper frequencies, while having good enough bottom end, in a gauge that can handle heavy playing styles, be it strumming or finger/flat picking.

You can also expect improved projection with the EJ12's thicker gauge.


  • Gauge: Light (.013 to .056)
  • Material: 80/20 Bronze
  • Coated: Yes

Guitarists who continue to string up their guitars with the EJ12 do so because it gives them brighter voicing without having to resort to thinner string sets that may lack projection. Many also appreciate the extra bottom end that this set provides, which adds to the overall acoustic volume, especially when played hard. Value for money is also another important reason why many rate this highly.

Speaking of bright tone, there are a few who feel that this set sounds too metallic and bright for their tastes. There are also some reports of early string breakage, but this maybe due to user error than the actual string.

When it comes to affordable yet good quality strings, it's hard to go wrong with the D'addario EJ series.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Acoustic Guitar Strings/

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