After years of using EJ's I tried the EXP's and haven't looked back. Love the warmth and presence of the EJ's but they always just lacked a little shimmer to me, especially after a few days of playing. The EXP's are still warm and well balanced but have an ever-so-slightly brighter sound right out of the box, which perfectly bridges the gap between 92/8's and 80/20's. They also hold their tone far longer, which makes them great for studio work IMHO.
My HD28 like the EJ16s and EXP16s.
It hates the nickel bronze strings though and is way to bass dominate for my tastes.
My theory on strings and guitar voicing is that it needs to counter each other to balance out. The HD28 is already a warm/bass dominate guitar and warm or mellow strings like the NBs just sounds too heavy with mild mids and low pronounced trebles.
Bright sounding guitar = warmer sounding strings
Bass dominate sounding guitar = brighter sounding strings
Just my two cents
My Alvarez md60ebg came strung up with the nb’s and I have tried to find something a little better and have not found anything I remotely like. The nb’s are a little bright out of the gate, but after a week or so of playing they really boom and project. When they go out though you definitely know it. They get very “dead” sounding and feeling. I’ve always loved D’Addario strings. Very well made products.
Great video, thank you! The Nickel Bronze are my favorite strings out of the three. I can hear more layers from each of the strings when you're playing chords. A fairly close second are the EJ16 strings, and my least favorite are the dull sounds coming from the EXP16 coated strings. They might be better suited for playing jazz standards.
for me: ph EJ16 are the best !
I like the EJ16 but the warmth of the Bronze sounds great too depending on what you are playing and the guitar.
Okay,,,,,a tad late to this thread but why do all three sets look the same ? ..(nickel bronze color ,not tje gold color of ej16)...hmmmm
They all sounded exactly the same! I play electric and acoustic and I just bought the exp16 daddario for my acoustic. I haven’t put the on yet but I’m sure they will sound better than the other earthwood strings I have up there only because they are new and the earthwood Ernie ball have been on my acoustic for at least a year
the last song breeze do you have a tab for it? Id like to know if you have a tab for it its beautiful.
Best comparison video. Alternating very cleanly played shorter clips. Perfect. Amazingly played as well. Beautiful stuff.
I slightly prefer the PB, but I imagine after a few hours play they will sound much the same as the exp, and then exp will stay like that a longer time.
I like the NB best - they have a tinny, folky, homely, old school vibe - but the EXP's really surprised me. They're always described as "dead," but I actually preferred their mellower, rounder sound to the EJ16's. I'm using 80/20's, but I'll try some NB's or EXP's next time I reload.
NB is loud and full across the strings yeah!
Wow I like EXP16
For me EXP16, for cowboys - nickel 🙂
The nickel coated don't project like the bronze, but that may not matter to you if you're amped. Another factor is that the feel of nickel strings is softer and smoother to the touch. I've been using the coated strings for years, simply because they last so long.
Thanks for the video! The last song (starting at 2:43) is beautiful! What is it?
Nickel bronze is the best. No offense. But it is more clean and clear sound.
The strings all sounded good to me. You, OTOH, sounded GREAT! Thanks for the comparison. And the beautiful music.
The sound varies from each persons music taste. I like ej16 as it is more on a rock or metal sound. But still sounds great on any song. But if your going to put it on an amp, amp controls the sound more so no problem which ever string you prefer.
Hi Edwin, I tried this Taylor Daddario string 12-53 in my Acoustic Guitar, but the 6th string always buzz a lot from 7th fret-12th fret, and 5th 4th and 3rd strings buzz in 11th fret, 1st strong a little bit small buzz in 7th fret, how about 13-56, can this strong get rid of buzzes? I’ve big-small truss rod tool but it always not work in my Guitar.
Hi Edwin, is it true that coated strings life are longer than uncoated strings? And the sounds will become different for long time in coated strings and uncoated strings only can play short time and get dirty?
Taylor Guitars are probably use Elixir Phosphor strings, but it can also use Daddario Coated strings to be beautiful sweet string sounds.
You played a lot of chords
Did you like them better than the nano web PB that came with the guitar? If so, What was the difference?
Which one do u prefer? This one or polyweb, sir?
Light string gauge very soft without mic/amp but easy to play..just replaced my stock Cort strings with this one..hmmm
Yea, but D'Addario has the EXP16 Phosphor Bronze for $12 a set. They also have Ej16 Phosphor Bronze @ $16 for a set of 3. So there is definitely a price difference. If something is more expensive, I am thinking certain alloys are harder to get a hold of (but both of these models of strings are Phosphor Bronze), or one model is made on different machinery, which may not be inferior, perhaps the machinery is just older and it has paid off for itself. Maybe the EXP strings are made from new machinery which could cost a few hundred thousand dollars, and therefore the cost is handed down to the consumer. I am not saying that is bad. I just want to know what the difference is??????
I have a Taylor 310ce (which I love very much) and have always used Elixirs
and love the sound of them, but IMO the guitar sounds too bright, so yesterday I bought a set of the Nickel Bronze and a set of EXP26 to give these a try in hopes they would balance the sound out! I haven't had a chance to try them out yet but I believe from the video it might be what I'm looking for! Nice video.
Great play. I want to ask if there was the coating flakes at the strike zone?
oh ~ very nice play
My next set of strings!
D'Addario the worst strings ever!
Well.... this seems to be the answer for all mahogany guitars that start with a really bassy sound. I played the mahogany Ibanez AW54CEOPN recently and it had a great blend of bass and brass. Supposedly it had the D'Addario EXP's on from the factory. No one knew whether they were the lights but they probably were. Sounded as good or better than guitars 3 times the price tag. I like the open pore look as well.
80/20 Bronze will give you a warmer tone than Phosphor Bronze.
what is gauge of the strings in this video ?
Great review on D addario EXP strings
I’ve had elixir nanowebs strings on my guitar and in one week the coating just came off.
D addario EXP last longer they last me 4 months which excellent.😃
I hate that plunky jangly noise that they put off.
These are my all time favorite strings I’ve tried them all too
In my experience, the EXP strings wear out (go dead) as quickly as any other strings. The only advantage they have is that for a guitar that is too bright, the EXP strings will dull it up a little bit. (The opposite of what this video says - at least on Martins and Guilds.) The plain strings that come in the EXP sets (16 or 17) are wimpy somehow, and I replace both the high E and the B strings with others (Ernie Ball - just because they are so available).
I think Martin SP phosphor bronze strings are much better than coated strings for most acoustic applications.
12-54 would be a medium gauge. Light should be 10-47 I been into string instruments for over 50 Yrs. I'll stick with tried and true Martin strings
On my new US made Guild D20, these very same strings (EXP16) sound warmer than Martin SP strings - quite noticeably warmer, even than thicker Martin SP strings. I know this totally surprised me too! Taylor guitars always sound a bit too bright for my taste. But does that explain the difference in the way the strings sound on a Taylor vs a Guild?
Beats me! I wonder how they will sound on my Martin. I intend to find out soon.
Elixirs are D'addarios....with a coating. Dah!!! Taylors have a brighter tone because they put elixirs on all their guitars!
Blue Clip Pick are the best picks
I like the Daddario exp 13's. I string most of my acoustics with that. I like the Martin lifespans also. Seems like that Taylor has rosewood back and sides to my ears. Rosewood is no where near as warm as mahogany back and sides. I do like the sound of rosewood though especially the Martin d35 . Rosewood has a quicker sharper tone and response to my ears. Perhaps your right that these strings are to bright for that particular guitar.
If you were to put mediums on that Taylor it would sound a lot better. I only use Daddario on my Martin and they sound awesome. Taylor guitars are to bright sounding for me. I found after playing my new strings for about 3 hours then they break in enough and play like they should and are made to sound. I play at least an hour a day I find I get to the point I change my strings about once a month or less as they start getting deadpan around then, Thanks for the video.
just wanted to ask if those strings are soft
Those strings don't last long
What is name of song that you play 3:05? :)
Buyer beware of D'Addario 9-Gauge Strings.
Months ago I bought a 10-pack of D'Addario 9's for my guitar students at school. 3 Packs of those strings contained a defective string. The smallest wound string had half the wind missing and were unusable. I mailed the defective strings with their packages back to D'Addario complaining and asking for replacements. They never replied.
I just opened a new 10-pack of the same strings I bought from a new vendor months later, and the first two packs I have opened have had the same problem with the same string. I have now lost twenty dollars on defective string sets from D'Addario (would have been over 35 dollars had I paid retail). I will personally never buy D'Addario 9's again. Shame really. They were my favorite.
FFS......It's pronounced "DUH-DAR-EEO"....
I liked set A. I didn’t like set B and I thought A was phosphor bronze, B was 80/20s, C were coated.
Ok so I was very surprised when you said that set A were the coated strings because they were my 2nd choice in sound. For me, set B sounded the brightest and had the best clarity! As for set C, I was sure they were the coated strings because they sounded dull and flat to me with very little ring to them! I would chose B for sound BUT if set A are the coated strings, I would probably go with them because of the coating and close to the sound of set B
B was my choice
I came here for a little bias confirmation. Let me explain that I own a Fender dreadnought cut away that I love mostly because of it's one of a kind finish and feel. I always had the Phosphor Bronze on it because that's what it came with, but I never really liked the sound. It had a harsh and brittle quality to it (I blame my Laminated maple top mostly), where I wanted a warmer rounder sound that would still project well.
I recently changed to Elixir coated nanoweb strings and I got a lot closer to what I have been aiming for. They definitely tamed the harshness and it is still pretty bright. They are a different brand of course, and I may try the D'Adarrio EXP's next time, just because I like the brand for my 2 electrics.
I forgot you were testing strings!😊. I was enjoying your great playing on the acoustic guitar! Those EXP strings sound very good to me. A close 2nd would be the 80/20 Bronze.
B and C sounds awful
Can I put D'Addario XL ECG23 (Flat Wound) Chromes Stings (10-48) on an acoustic guitar? Would it still sound like an acoustic, but a little warmer?
I like Set A better. The most balanced and moderate... oh now I know it's the most expensive set!! The sets sounded progressively brighter. Great playing and recording, Justin!
A C B for me 🤷🏼♂️
I could hear the difference between bright and warm but not coated/uncoated. I have studio monitors btw some of you may have difficulty hearing on laptop or phone speakers. It's not terribly subtle, not too noticeable either though. Without a side by side I wouldn't know the difference.
Anyone know which strings the Yamaha FSX 800C comes with from factory?
The guitar sounded great until the first string change.
I changed the old strings out with D'Addario EXP 11's.
Now it sounds very tinny with almost no balance on the highs and lows.
Gonna put the old strings back on until I can figure this out.
Thomas shelby can definitely play guitar!!😝😂
🚩Hi Justin.. U might want to do A New comparison. All new strings!!! The Xs The NB ect. The company may help you with it. I'm positive they will. FYI.. Check " Martin String " Video.. THE BEST EVER. Guy never moves, same chords... The Editing was insanely Great. Thanks
thank you sir im having dilemma these days but u helped a lot!!😉
awful rendition in low res video here on youtube, terribly saturated espcially when strumming. I recommend the high res versione of the file on Justine's website.
It's completely subjective. Ask 10 people and you will get 10 different opinions.
the last one was obviously phosphor bronze
Could SO hear the difference. Thank you!
A) - very bright but flat (EXP 19 Coated)
B) - more even subtle tone (80/20)
C) - very warm (Phosphor Bronze) - (this one was my fav sound wise for some reason.)
Very cool shootout. It’s been a long time but I’d like to see if the hi res files are still on the site. I was surprised that set c wasn’t the coated and without giving it a lot of thought yet, I think it might be partly the order that they were played in. Having the coated come after the 80/20s might have thrown me off but set c sounded brighter than set a. The daddario coated pho’s bronze and in that gauge is my string of choice. So a perfect video.
I guess it’s also a valid point to use coated for stored guitars, but my understanding is that it’s the oils in your fingers when playing that has the most corrosive effect. If you clean strings before store guitar, I don’t know how much corrosion there will even be sitting safely in the case.