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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
Number of Strings6
SizeEXP26 11-52
  
Additional Information
ASINB0002E3CHM
Best Sellers Rank 652 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight41 g
Date First Available10 Mar. 2009
  
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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.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alfie S on 2 Jan. 2014
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 Jan. 2012
Style Name: EXP26 Verified Purchase
never bough these before, my guitar tutor who plays 6 hours a day recommended them for my zenith original acoustic. They've improved the sound of the guitar and are comfortable to play. Impressed that they come with a unique authenticity ID number, plus offers of free merch from the manufacturers. Also a doddle to fit due to the coloured nodes on the end. Only problem I had was that the unwound (B and E) strings slipped on the pegs until I'd stretched them, but that's more down to the guitar rather than the strings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TheCholls on 23 Aug. 2011
Style Name: EXP42 Verified Purchase
I've tried quite a few types of guitar strings for my Jumbo Acoustic and I can't find any to match the fantastic brightness and volume of the EXP 42's. These aren't for the feint hearted as they are very heavy gauge and take a little bit of getting used to. You might also need to adjust the setting of the truss rod since the tension of the EXP 42's is greater than the more standard medium and light string gauges. The first set of these strings I bought took a lot of playing in. They were still annoyingly squeaky after two weeks of playing an hour or two every day. But since then the new sets I've had play in much quicker. And they last. I'm always switching tunnings and I've never had one of these strings break yet.

String tone is very much down to personal preference and its worth noting that not all guitarists rate this string range highly. They are more expensive than most strings and are probably not for the beginner or guitarists who want to bend notes extensively. But these suit my guitar perfectly and give the loudest harmonics of any strings I've used.

They took me a little while to get used to them but it was well worth persevering. Definitely worth trying; but if you do, you might not fall in love with them straight away. Give them a little time to work their magic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reub on 27 July 2012
Style Name: EXP17 Verified Purchase
Nice strings that seem to last forever. I don't use these in standard tuning, the tension is too much for my liking, but for open tunings or DADGAD they are great. Lovely thick tone. Can alter tunings a lot without breaking (have never broken a string yet with these), unlike some other brands.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Steven A. Leigh on 3 Sept. 2012
Style Name: EXP19 Verified Purchase
I'm a semi-professional guitar player/teacher and I've been using D'Addario strings for a few years now.

I play a mixture of fingerstyle, strumming and plucking without a plectrum.

I use these strings on a Mike Baranik Merdian and they sound fantastic.

I also use D'Addario EXP 16s on a Bruce Sexauer Companion size O guitar.

I recommend that you try these strings. I won't claim they're better than every other string out there as I haven't tried them all but for me they're as good as if not better than Elixirs. Strings are a very personal thing as we all hear sounds differently but the EXPs are definitely worth a shot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bobz on 25 Dec. 2012
Style Name: EXP26
The sound these strings produce is wonderful. A beautiful shimmering ring. The coating also makes them comfortable to play. Would fully recommend above normal strings.
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Style Name: EXP26 Verified Purchase
The seller was prompt and price good.

I had EXP16 on my hand made acoustic - a 'natural pro' Takamine ESN10C solid top (spruce) and solid back (sapele) with laminate sides, that rang out in the most delightful chiming tones.

I had hoped to keep most of the tonality but lose a little unplugged volume switching.

I lost more than I had hoped. The strings did not just drop volume massively they also didn't last as long with the coating. That said I am still using them for now as I am not recording keepers. I do like the tension when bending and to make them cry out I use a nickle tipped flat pick to compensate for their age and lack of volume.

I do not know if it was just this batch of strings, they were in an air tight bag but maybe have been on the shelf for a long time, or that I need to look at other brands (I bought Earnie Ball 3148 that I have yet to put on at the same time) so the searach for lighter than EXP16 but with their sound continues.
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