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Acoustic Guitar Strings


Acoustic 80/20 Bronze with NANOWEB® Coating

Elixir® Acoustic 80/20 Bronze Strings with NANOWEB Coating deliver a bright, lively tone together with extended tone life that players have come to expect from Elixir Strings.

  • Elixir Strings, the #1 acoustic guitar string*
  • Only coated string brand to protect the entire string with an ultra-thin coating, keeping gunk out of the gaps between the windings
  • Extended Tone Life – players report their tone lasts longer than any other string, uncoated or coated
  • Consistent performance and tone – ready to play whenever you are
  • Smooth feel that is easy on your fingers and enhances playability
  • Reduced finger squeak – good for both performance and recording
  • Anti-Rust Plated Plain Steel Strings resist tone-deadening corrosion, ensuring a longer life for entire set
  • With less hassle and expense of frequent strings changes, spend more time making music

*Source: MI SalesTrak® (US $ Vol)

Introducing Elixir  HD Light Strings, a new voice to love — for longer.

Bolder, stronger high end and a fuller, warmer low end, with a balanced voice across all strings. Learn more about the new HD Light Strings.

Acoustic 80/20 Bronze with NANOWEB Coating

Part No. Gauge E-1 B-2 G-3 D-4 A-5 E-6 Buy Now
11002 Extra Light .010 .014 .023 .030 .039 .047
11027 Custom Light .011 .015 .022 .032 .042 .052
11052 Light .012 .016 .024 .032 .042 .053
11077 Light-Medium .012 .016 .024 .035 .045 .056
11102 Medium .013 .017 .026 .035 .045 .056
11182 New! HD Light .013 .017 .025 .032 .042 .053

Acoustic 80/20 Bronze Baritone with NANOWEB Coating

Part No. Gauge B F# D A E B Buy Now
11306 Baritone .016 .022 .030 .047 .059 .070
11308 8-String Baritone .016 .022 .030 .047 .059 .070
.012 .014

Acoustic 80/20 Bronze 12-String with NANOWEB Coating

Part No. Gauge E B G D A E Buy Now
11152 12-String Light .010 .014 .023 .030 .039 .047
.010 .014 .009 .012 .018 .027
11172 12-String Medium .012 .016 .024 .032 .042 .053
.012 .016 .010 .012 .016 .024
11162 12-String Heavy .013 .017 .030 .039 .047 .056
.013 .017 .014 .018 .027 .035
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Additional Information

String Tension for Tuning

String tension shown below is an approximation. Guitar string tension is based upon a 25.5" guitar scale length and standard tuning.

Gauge E-1
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
B-2
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
G-3
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
D-4
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
A-5
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
E-6
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
Total Tension (lbs)
Extra Light Strings
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
.010 / 16 .014 / 18 .023 / 27 .030 / 26 .039 / 24 .047 / 20 131
Custom Light Strings
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
.011 / 20 .015 / 20 .022 / 25 .032 / 30 .042 / 28 .052 / 24 147
Light Strings
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
.012 / 23 .016 / 23 .024 / 29 .032 / 30 .042 / 28 .053 / 25 158
Light-Medium Strings
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
.012 / 23 .016 / 23 .024 / 29 .035 / 35 .045 / 33 .056 / 28 171
Medium Strings
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
.013 / 27 .017 / 26 .026 / 34 .035 / 35 .045 / 33 .056 / 28 183
HD Light Strings
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
.013 / 27 .017 / 26 .025 / 32 .032 / 30 .042 / 28 .053 / 25 169
12-String Light
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
.010 / 16 .014 / 18 .023 / 27 .030 / 26 .039 / 24 .047 / 20  
12-String Light Continued .010 / 16 .014 / 18 .009 / 19 .012 / 18 .018 / 23 .027 / 26 251
12-String Medium
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
.012 / 23 .016 / 23 .024 / 29 .032 / 30 .042 / 28 .053 / 25  
12-String Medium Continued .012 / 23 .016 / 23 .010 / 23 .012 / 18 .016 / 19 .024 / 22 286
12-String Heavy
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
.013 / 27 .017 / 26 .030 / 47 .039 / 44 .047 / 36 .056 / 28  
12-String Heavy Continued .013 / 27 .017 / 26 .014 / 45 .018 / 42 .027 / 47 .035 / 44 439
B-1 F#-2 D-3 A-4 E-5 B-6  
6-String Baritone
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
.016 / 24 .022 / 25 .030 / 27 .047 / 35 .059 / 32 .070 / 25 167
8-String Baritone
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
.016 / 27 .022 / 26 .030 / 47 .047 / 44 .059 / 36 .070 / 28  
8-String Baritone Continued     .014 / 26 .017 / 21     255

Why Use Elixir Strings?

POLYWEB vs. NANOWEB Coatings

Extend Tone Life

When is it Time to Change Strings?

How to stave off "tone death" with Elixir®  Strings

A string is "dead" when it no longer exhibits the intensity of frequencies it had when it was new. When you pluck a new string, you can hear the high-frequency harmonics that makes an instrument's tone vibrant.

Click here to listen! Live String
Click here to listen! Dead String


"LIVE" STRING: In this audio file of an Elixir String, you can recognize the brilliant tone you associate with a fresh set of strings. Complex overtones of high-frequency harmonics allow for a full, rich, and desirable sound.

"DEAD" STRING: In a remarkably short time, uncoated strings will succumb to dirt and corrosion, and will lose the vibrancy you enjoyed when the strings were new. They can no longer vibrate as freely, and your tone will suffer.

There are many tell-tale signs that an uncoated string has died. Before you even play your instrument, you’ll see that the string has become discolored due to corrosion and accumulation of debris in the windings. But listening to the instrument’s tone is the most important test. Looking at the graph above and listening to the accompanying audio examples, you can see and hear how the new string offers complex overtones, while the frequency intensity on a dead string is lessened, leaving you with a lifeless sound.

You could prevent this by changing strings after every playing session, but that solution is both time consuming and costly. Or, you can put on a set of Elixir Strings. Players report with Elixir Strings their tone lasts longer than any other string, uncoated or coated.

Artists Who Use Acoustic 80/20 Bronze with NANOWEB Coating

John Paul White - ELIXIR Strings Artist
John Paul White
Kenny Loggins - ELIXIR Strings Artist
Kenny Loggins
Melissa Etheridge - ELIXIR Strings Artist
Melissa Etheridge
Arthur Lee Land - ELIXIR Strings Artist
Arthur Lee Land

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