D’Addario EXP17 Coated Phosphor Bronze Medium Acoustic Guitar Strings (Medium) (Discontinued)

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The D’Addario family has been involved in making strings since the 1600s, though D’Addario as a company has only existed since the 1970s. Before that, the family either imported strings from their relatives overseas or made strings under different names on behalf of other companies.

The interesting thing about this set is that it actually uses D’Addario’s NY steel. NY steel is a proprietary high-carbon steel which is reportedly more durable than the steel the company usually uses in their strings. D’Addario also claims that NY steel gives their strings better tuning stability.

Apart from that, the strings are representative of what you’d expect from medium gauge coated phosphor bronze strings.

It’s a very warm sounding set of strings, though they aren’t muddy sounding by default (if paired with the wrong guitar they may sound a bit muddy, but you’re experience will vary).


  • Gauge: Medium (.013 to .056)
  • Material: Phosphor Bronze
  • Coated: Yes
To find out which sets of strings we recommend, see our guide to The Highest Rated Acoustic Guitar Strings.

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