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D'Addario EXP Coated Acoustic Guitar 80/20 Bronze Light, .012 - .053, EXP11

D'Addario EXP Coated Acoustic Guitar 80/20 Bronze Light, .012 - .053, EXP11
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By Guitfisher
amazing tone on beater
October 20, 2016
I got a beater used EPI PR-150 Nat finish at the big store named for guitars. My son wanted a cheap guitar so his college roomie could learn. Initially put non coated D'Add 11-52 phosphor to help non calloused hands. Got the guitar back last July when school ended. I did a bit of fret leveling and put EXP 11 set on. Had to adjust the truss a little and WOW!. This guitar has a synthetic bone saddle but the tone was ringing clear with bell tones and full bass. I am a semi pro guitarist playing since 1976. I have 20 guitars including Martin HD28, top line Tak 12, Taylor T5, Ovation 1982 Balladeer, Eastman AC 220, Martin 12 string, you get the picture. How the heck can a set of strings make such a difference in a guitar you ask. Well, to my experienced ears it does. I have played the guitar for my seasoned guitar playing contemporaries and they are floored. Sounds like hyperbole but it is not. My feeling is that D'Addario makes a variety of great strings and you need to match strings to your instrument without any preconceptions. All I can say is that I love this beater guitar and am considering installing a JJB transducer bridge plate pickup. That was never my initial idea with this guitar-I thought it was throw away. Who knew?...
By Raymond S.
D'Addario Coated 80/20 bronze .012-.053
July 6, 2011
These have always impressed me with their brightness and long life. Compares very favorably to other coated strings, including Elixirs. Sounds great acoustic or amped, fingerstyle or picked. A great all purpose string.
By Mischa
D'Addario EXP Coated Acoustic Guitar 80/20 Bronze Light, .012 - .053, EXP11
June 6, 2011
Before these I was using Elixir. These strings are just as good and a lot less expensive. Use them both in medium and light on different guitars and like 'em both a lot.
By Blayne
D'Addario EXP11
March 25, 2011
Great sounding, long lasting strings at an unbeatable price! I'm never paying for overpriced strings at my local shop again. Delivery was fast -- I'm a happy customer.
By Gary D.
D'Addario EXP11 strings
January 30, 2011
Excellent strings. I purchased these strings primarily because they were recommended by the guitar manufacturer, In this case Wechter Guitars. I guess they know what they are doing.
By Baykal
December 31, 2010
Every other strings I use break. I have never broken a single string in two years!
By Dennis L.
Great Strings
November 7, 2010
I have tried nearly every string in the market, and there is no better string for the money than D'Addario, no matter what stringed instrument they are for, and I play a dozen different stringed instruments!
By docletts
EXP80/20 lights
November 7, 2010
I Play every week in two different groups, and have tried nearly every string in the market. I cannot find a better string for the money that D'Addario for every instrument I play, and I play almost anything with strings on it! Absolutely the best!
By David
Great String!
October 27, 2010
Great sound and a great feel. I normally use Elixir 80/20 but I found I like these better.
By Peter
Improved sound
October 1, 2010
I have been an electric archtop player all my adult life and prefer flat wound strings because I am distracted by the buzz that rounds produce while playing. However, I have a custom all carved wood archtop which sounds so much better with rounds on it, and while I do sometimes string it with flats, I got back in the mood to hear that guitar at its sonic best, and these D'Addario's do the job very well. Perhaps the coating reduces the buzz just a bit, I don't know, but I'm less bothered than I usually am with the buzz, which means I play more and love the improvement to the sound.
By Jack M.
September 27, 2010
I haven't used these sets yet but I've tried the same thing in the more mellow class. They are great sounding and long lasting. In summer strings go quickly. These last me a month and that's gigging 3-4 tiimers a week.
Jack Meserve
By buz
price shop
September 22, 2010
I bought 10 sets of these as the price online was about $1.50 less than Guitar Center. That way I thougth I would not have to go and haggle their price match as they say when the shipping is included they are equal. (not if you are buying 10 sets) The week after these arrived, I happened to be in GC and they had these ON SALE in three set packaging, for $10.50! This is WAY below the per set cost I paid and must be some loss leader as I would assume that is below someone's cost. Oh well live and learn! Buy a deal when you see them and don't rely on set prices anymore!
By George M.
review of D'Addario EXP11 acoustic strings
June 28, 2010
These strings are phenomenal--great sound--and they last forever. I decided to change my set after 8 months of playing 1-3 hours a day on them. The G string was starting to really show wear. The sound was not much different when I replaced the strings--they do stay in tune a little better(the new ones). So, basically, the EXPs -eight months old, were so old they started to go out of tune(slightly), but sounded 85% as good as a brand new set of the same EXPs. And the price is great!
By Jack P.
May 11, 2010
Very Good
By Greg G.
October 27, 2009
I have had a set of these on my Ibanez AW30 for a year and I play 5-6 hours a week. I guess I'll change strings now. Bet you can't say that for regular strings. Very long lasting and continue to sound good.
By Jocelyn G.
D'Addario EXP11 strings
August 18, 2009
I own a National El Trovador and these strings are by far the best. Well balanced tone, more volume with excellent sustain and they lasted.
By Wayne J.
D'Addario coated strings
August 14, 2009
I bought a 10 pack of these on special sale at a local music store. I was very dissappointed to find that the strings were not very lively. In fact, some of the strings were dead straight out of the box. Amazing. D'Addario did at least respond to my complaint and sent me a few complimentary sets. They don't sound as good as Elixirs, nor maintain their sound qulaity as long, but the G string also does not break like Elixirs do.
By Tom M.
EXP Bronze 80/20 Light Guage Acoustic Strings
August 2, 2009
After trying numerous types of strings to achieve the mellow, full range of sound for my Taylor 414, I am happy to report that the EXP 80/20 light guage fits the bill beautifully. Combination of these strings with elephant ivory (legal) saddle ,pins and nut cannot be beat. The lengthy search for the perfect set of strings for my guitar is finally over. They stay in tune and last longer as well.






1st E

Plain Steel Locked Twist Ball End



2nd B

Plain Steel Locked Twist Ball End



3rd G

EXP 80/20 Bronze Round Wound



4th D

EXP 80/20 Bronze Round Wound



5th A

EXP 80/20 Bronze Round Wound



6th E

EXP 80/20 Bronze Round Wound




"We've added our ultra-fine EXP Coating to the 80/20 bronze outer wrap wire to create the brightest, longest lasting acoustic guitar strings on the market." 

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