10 Best Acoustic Guitar Strings

List Updated September 2020

Bestselling Acoustic Guitar Strings in 2020


Fender 60L 0730060405 Acoustic Guitar Phosphor Bronze Ball End Strings, 11-52

Fender 60L 0730060405 Acoustic Guitar Phosphor Bronze Ball End Strings, 11-52
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • Fender phosphor bronze strings are an excellent choicefor solo artists and singer-songwriters.
  • The warmth and richness of phosphor bronze stringsadd depth to the sound of acoustic guitars.
  • They arean excellent choice for solo guitar work, and a superbcomplement to a vocal.

Martin Acoustic Guitar Case (M170PK3)

Martin Acoustic Guitar Case (M170PK3)
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • MARTIN 41M170PK3 80/20 Extra Light Acoustic Guitar Strings Set 3 Pack

D'Addario EXP16 with NY Steel Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Coated, Light, 12-53

D'Addario EXP16 with NY Steel Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Coated, Light, 12-53
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • D'Addario's most popular acoustic guitar string gauge, known for its superb, long-lasting tone and comfortable playability
  • EXP Coated phosphor bronze for warm, bright, well balanced acoustic tone and 4 times more life
  • Includes D'Addario's exclusive NY Steel, the same high carbon steel found in the NYXL series for unprecedented strength and pitch stability.
  • Environmentally friendly, corrosion resistant packaging for strings that are always fresh
  • String Gauges: Plain Steel .012, .016, Phosphor Bronze Wound .024, .032, .042, .053

SUNYIN Acoustic Guitar Tool,Kit for Starter with Guitar Strings Winder Cutter Tuner Bridge Pins Picks & Pick Holder,Everything Set for Change the String-ordinary

SUNYIN Acoustic Guitar Tool,Kit for Starter with Guitar Strings Winder Cutter Tuner Bridge Pins Picks & Pick Holder,Everything Set for Change the String-ordinary
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020

D'Addario EJ26-3D Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Custom Light, 11-52, 3 Sets

D'Addario EJ26-3D Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Custom Light, 11-52, 3 Sets
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Buy 3 sets and save with this corrosion resistant 3-pack
  • A D'Addario hybrid gauge, combining light gauge bottom strings with lighter top strings for easy bending
  • Preferred for its warm, bright, and well balanced acoustic tone
  • Made in the U.S.A. for the highest quality and performance
  • String Gauges: Plain Steel .011, .015, Phosphor Bronze Wound .022, .032, .042, .052

Guitar Picks Guitar Capo Acoustic Guitar Accessories Trigger Capo Key Clamp Black With 6 Pcs Guitar Picks

Guitar Picks Guitar Capo Acoustic Guitar Accessories Trigger Capo Key Clamp Black With 6 Pcs Guitar Picks
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020

Ernie Ball Light Acoustic Guitar String Tone Pack (3314)

Ernie Ball Light Acoustic Guitar String Tone Pack (3314)
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • Experience three tones in one pack
  • 80/20 Bronze - Bright balanced tone
  • Phosphor Bronze - Warm balanced tone
  • Aluminum Bronze - Superior projection and clarity
  • Made in California, U.S.A. Featuring the finest and freshest materials.

D'Addario EJ10 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Extra Light, 10-47

D'Addario EJ10 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Extra Light, 10-47
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • Extra light gauging for playing ease
  • Extra-bright tone mixed with deep and projecting bottom end
  • String Gauges; Plain steel .010, .014, Nickel Wound .023, .030, .039, .047
  • Corrosion resistant packaging for fresh strings, always!
  • Made in the U.S.A. for the highest quality and performance

Ernie Ball 2003 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Strings (3-Pack)

Ernie Ball 2003 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Strings (3-Pack)
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • 2003 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Strings (3-Pack)
  • Gauges 12-16-24w-32-44-54
  • These strings are made from 80% copper, 20% zinc wire wrapped around hex-shaped tin-plated steel core wire
  • These popular acoustic strings provide a crisp, ringing sound with pleasing overtones
  • All Ernie Ball strings are precision manufactured to the highest standards and most exacting specs to assure consistency, optimum performance and long life

D’Addario Accessories Pro-Winder Guitar String Winder and Cutter – All-In-1 Restringing Tool – Includes Clippers, Bridge Pin Puller, Peg Winder – Designed to Fit Most Guitars

D’Addario Accessories Pro-Winder Guitar String Winder and Cutter – All-In-1 Restringing Tool – Includes Clippers, Bridge Pin Puller, Peg Winder – Designed to Fit Most Guitars
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020

D’Addario EXP16 Light Acoustic Guitar Strings Review

A review for the D'Addario EXP16 light Guitar strings made for Acoustic guitars.

I recently wrote an article about D'Addario's EJ16 guitar strings and told how long they normally lasted. Believe it or not, one of their employees read the review and sent me a Tweet on Twitter telling me to try their EXP16 strings because they were their longest lasting guitar strings. I told him that if I got my hands on a set I would try them out. Well, a few months later D'Addario was holding a contest and I was able to get a free set of strings of my choice and I decided to go with the EXP16s to try them out.

EXP16 String gauge chart:

E .012

B .016

G .024

D .032

A .042

E .053

Sound quality and durability

As far as sound Quality goes, I would compare them a lot to the EJ16 phosphor bronze strings, so if you have owned those you know what to expect out of the EXP16 guitar strings. The EXP16 guitar strings have a bright clear sound and are great for strumming, bluegrass, country, and blues. However, as time has passed I have noticed that they have mellowed out to having a warmer sounding tone to them, which personally I actually like.

The strings are a bit stiff so you can't bend them as easily as lighter gauged strings. Depending on your playing style you may find the stiffness of the strings to cause problems. In my opinion the strings feel smoother when you slide your fingers across the strings, but since I now have calluses from years of practice beginners may not find them to be as pleasant.

All of the strings have held up and I haven't had any problems with them breaking on me yet. To test how long their sound lasted I decided to clean the strings every day after playing and to wash my hands before touching the strings to try and maximize their string life to see how they would decay over time. I have also kept a chart keeping track of the day I put them on so I can look back at their total life span.

I have currently had the strings on my guitar for about a month now and so far they have held their tuning, and more or less their sound. I haven't seen any signs of oxidization yet. Most of my strings last about two months (with light everyday practice) before they start to corrode, and after about three months they are brittle to the touch and flat in sound. After four to five months of everyday practice I normally start looking around to replace them with new strings because they start breaking soon after that. On the back of the package it says that these strings are D'Addario's most natural sounding and longest lasting strings available, so the point of this review is to see if that is true. If they can last longer than their EJ16 strings then they are worth their price, if not I would say to stick with the cheaper set of guitar strings. If you normally put new strings on before you play a gig and discard them afterwards, than these will do just fine.

As far as sound quality goes, yes they sound beautiful. String life? I'm not so sure yet because I just recently put them on my guitar. I will come back and give updates to tell you how they decay over time.

Until then, I would recommend these strings for their sound quality and feel. You can read more about the D'Addario EXP16 strings on the right side of this article at the D'Addario official website, and you can buy them at most musical stores and at Amazon for around $9.50 USD.

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