D'addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings (Light) (Discontinued)


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D'addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings

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Our rating of 92/100 is based on analysis of 3100+ 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 EXP16 is a coated phosphor bronze string set, at the core of which is D'Addario's high carbon steel, designed for pitch stability and durability.

The EXP16's have a bright and warm tone. And they're placed in corrosion resistant packaging, which together with its EXP coating ensures that the strings feel and play fresh out of the box.


  • Gauge: Light (.012 to .053)
  • Material: Phosphor Bronze
  • Coated: Yes

Satisfied users of these strings come from various musical backgrounds and utilize guitars from various brands, including Breedlove, Guild, Fender, Tacoma, Eastman, Gibson and more. Longevity and value for money generate the most positive remarks, while having a balanced tone comes in a close second.

There are a few reports of strings breaking earlier than expected, but having played acoustics for many years myself, I can tell that most breakages are due to sharp nut and saddle contact points. There are also some who rated the strings down for their lack of fullness, but this is to be expected given that it is a light gauge set.

If you're looking for a good string set that will work with most acoustic guitar brands, then check this out.

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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