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

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The EXP16 appeared on our recommended list for Light Gauge Acoustic Guitar Strings from February 2020 until February 2021 when they were replaced by other stings with higher ratings.


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.

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.

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


  • Gauge: Light (.012 to .053)
  • Material: Phosphor Bronze
  • Coated: Yes
Unfortunately these have been discontinued but you can see highly rated alternatives in our guide to The Best Acoustic Guitar Strings.

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