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D'Addario EXP26 EXP Coated Phosphor Bronze Custom Light (.011-.052) Acoustic Guitar Strings

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EXP26
  • One complete set of acoustic guitar strings
  • Custom light gauge (.011-.052)
  • Wound strings are round wound, made from coated phosphor bronze. Unwound strings are compound plated steel
  • Strings packaged in Corrosion Intercept bags for guaranteed freshness
  • Made in USA by D'Addario, New York.
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Product Information

Style Name: EXP26
Technical Details
Item Weight41 g
Product Dimensions10 x 1 x 10 cm
Item model numberEXP26
Colour1 Pack
Number of Strings6
SizeEXP26 11-52
  
Additional Information
ASINB0002E3CHM
Best Sellers Rank 1,497 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight41 g
Date First Available10 Mar. 2009
  
 

Product Description

Style Name:EXP26

Product Description

Strings for acoustic guitar Gauges 11-15-22-32-42-52 (Custom Light)

Manufacturer's Description

A micro-fine layer of EXP coating is bonded to the phosphor bronze wrap wire which is then wound onto the hex-shaped core wire. The result is a built-in barrier against the corrosion and wear that can quickly sap the life out of your strings and your sound. EXP strings have a natural round wound feel and extra-bright tone that lasts three to four times longer than traditional guitar strings. Coupled with our compound-plated plain steels, EXPs are the longest lasting, most natural sounding coated strings you can buy.

Coated Phosphor Bronze Explained
Introduced to string making by D'Addario, phosphor bronze strings last longer than conventional bronze alloy strings. The small percentage of phosphorous in the bronze alloy helps them retain their sound longer. An ultra-fine EXP coating is applied to the wrap wire before the winding process, maintaining the strings ability to vibrate freely.

Compound Plated Steel Explained
Our exclusive compound-plating process allows us to put up to four times as much tin on the string, eliminating thin or exposed areas on the strings. These plain steel strings feel and sound exactly the same but won't corrode, giving the strings at least four times more playing life.

When do I change my strings?
Don’t wait until they break! The frequency you should change strings depends on how often you play, how you play, and in what conditions your instrument is played and stored. Active performers may need to change their strings on a weekly basis or even more often if they suffer from acidic perspiration. Occasional players may take months to wear out a set. Most players change strings when they lose their brilliance, sound too mellow, when intonation falters or when their instrument is difficult to keep in tune. Changing one string after it breaks is not recommended as the newer string will be brighter-sounding than the rest of the set.

How can I clean my strings?
Hand perspiration and dirt build-up are the main culprits that shorten string longevity. Wipe strings down with a clean cloth after each session. For those of you with more acidic perspiration, wipe strings down with Planet Waves String Cleaner.

Which string set is for me?
Whether choosing electric, acoustic, classical or other strings, the right string tension for your style is a matter of trial and error and is of utmost importance. Experimenting with different tensions can bring out a completely different character and sound of your instrument and in the style of your play. You should not assume that the string tension the guitar manufacturer selected at the factory is the right tension for you.

Custom blending of light and medium sets or extra light and light sets is also an option. For example the EXL140 set combines the trebles of a regular light electric set with the basses of a jazz EJ21 set. This allows easy bending of treble strings with the heftier bass response of the heavier EJ21 strings.

Light gauge strings are the most popular and are recommended by most makers. Lighter overall string tension ensures longer soundboard and neck life. Heavier tensions are not recommended for guitars built with fragile tops. Medium gauge strings offer more projection on heavier built instruments.

Classical sets are gauged in light, normal, hard and extra hard tensions. Although the total pull of classical strings is much less than their steel string counterparts, the string height is set higher on classical guitars. This fact makes the tension difference critical.


From the Manufacturer

Phosphor Bronze 80/20 Bronze Coated Phosphor Bronze Coated 80/20 Bronze
Warm and Bright Tone
Bright Tone
Coated for Extra Life
Features NY Steel

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Style Name: EXP15 Verified Purchase
I have been using these strings on my acoustic guitar for a few years now and I have never looked back. I am a huge Bon Jovi fan and I wanted to start learning some of their acoustic songs, and so I researched what guitars and strings Richie Sambora uses and it lead me to these!
The tone is amazing, long lasting and very bright. They hold tune very well, I rarely have to tune my guitar anymore. And, they last a long time, my current set are 3 months old and are still sounding perfect.

A bit more pricey than the competitors, but well worth the extra pennies.

I highly recommend!
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Style Name: EXP15 Verified Purchase
An old exponent of treated guitar strings by another manufacturer, I thought I'd give D'Addario EXP a try. I used to use standard D'Addario before going to those other strings. The D'Addario's were slightly cheaper, but sound as good on my old Yamaha FG310II as those other strings did! Strange thing that Faith Guitars (I have recently bought a Faith 12 string) recommend and fit D'Addario EXP or Elixir.
These treated strings are about twice the price of regular strings but last 3 to 5 times longer and retain their tone and good looks. I always buy my strings on line as they are around 25% cheaper than your high street music shop. Much better sound,quality and value for money than even good quality standard strings. Highly recommended.
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Style Name: EXP26 Verified Purchase
I have used D'Addario strings for some 35 years on both acoustic and electric guitars. When coated strings first came out I tried some of the first brands only to find that I could feel the coating, especially as it wore, which put me off. They lasted perhaps twice as long as my uncoated D'Addarios which, given their added cost, didn't really make them cost effective.

Then D'Addario brought out their EXP Range and, succumbing to the advertising hype, decided to try some. What a revelation! Not only do they feel like uncoated strings, they last for ages!

As a gigging acoustic blues player I give my strings some hammer. In addition, I use several alternate tunings so I'm constantly retuning the guitar during my set. This has always taken a toll of my strings, especially the lower ones. I initially purchased one set of EXPs and kept some unwound strings in my case as spares, thinking I would need them. My main guitar is a Lowden O32c and one 'problem' with top end guitars is that whilst they can make good strings sing, they can also make tired strings sound worse than they are. (And no I haven't got it the wrong way around; put the best strings in the world on a budget guitar and it still sounds like a budget guitar.)

I have had the EXPs on now for 15 MONTHS! That's about fifteen times longer than I used to make unwound strings last. I wipe them down after practice/play with a microfibre cloth and clean them occasionally with a string cleaner. Each time the bottom strings start sounding as if they are on their last legs I give them a rub with a cloth very lightly soaked in white spirit (keep it off the fretboard by using greaseproof paper under the strings) and then wipe them with a damp cloth, dry them off and get an extra couple of months out of them.
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Style Name: EXP16 Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I’m pleased to have the chance to try out these strings as I normally use a much lighter gauge electric (.08 or .09). I have a acoustic Resonator Guitar that I use mainly for slide playing – although I’ve read that heavier strings would be more appropriate for this style. These strings gave me the opportunity to test this out.
The strings immediately changed the feel and tone of the guitar – a louder,deeper but brighter sound. The ‘trade-off’ is more fret noise ( the squeaking sound when your fingers move up and down the frets) and a higher Action (height of the strings from the fretboard) The higher Action is a positive for slide playing but the fret noise is not. The strings seemed to stay in tune very well almost as soon as they were put on – but I was surprised by the amount they had slackened off when I played them the next day – due to room temperature change. As I said the fret noise was much louder – but switching from a glass slide to a steel one cut the noise down significantly.
I can’t really say if these are better than other cheaper strings but I made a stupid mistake and snapped the second string (while fitting them) and found out that you can only buy these strings in Full Sets! and at £13.50 (plus £3 delivery if you buy just 1 set) that could be an expensive error.
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Style Name: EXP16
Great sound, my Takamine came already strung with these. When they required new strings I used an alternative a good quality set I would normally use on my other guitars. Not anymore EXP's are the sound I want with good playability.
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Style Name: EXP16
I've been buying a few different brands lately and these have to be the best. I didn't find them to have a heavy feel as another reviewer mentioned and actually found I could get a lot more control with these than with the Elixers I had previously. They don't seem to have much of that metallic twangy sound you get with most new strings (which I quite like) but they don't sound dull either; the sound is crisp and balanced. Very pleased with this purchase and think I'll be sticking with this brand for quite a while.
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