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Acoustic Guitar Strings


Acoustic Phosphor Bronze with NANOWEB® Coating

Elixir® Strings Acoustic Phosphor Bronze with NANOWEB Coating deliver distinctive phosphor bronze warmth and sparkle together with extended tone life.

  • #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
  • Reduces 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 Phosphor Bronze with NANOWEB Coating

Part No. Gauge E-1 B-2 G-3 D-4 A-5 E-6 Buy Now
16002 Extra Light .010 .014 .023 .030 .039 .047
16027 Custom Light .011 .015 .022 .032 .042 .052
16052 Light .012 .016 .024 .032 .042 .053
16077 Light-Medium .012 .016 .024 .035 .045 .056
16102 Medium .013 .017 .026 .035 .045 .056
16182 New! HD Light .013 .017 .025 .032 .042 .053
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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
Extra Light Strings
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
.010 / 16 .014 / 18 .023 / 28 .030 / 27 .039 / 25 .047 / 21 135
Custom Light Strings
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
.011 / 20 .015 / 20 .022 / 25 .032 / 30 .042 / 30 .052 / 25 150
Light Strings
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
.012 / 23 .016 / 23 .024 / 30 .032 / 30 .042 / 30 .053 / 26 162
Light-Medium Strings
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
.012 / 23 .016 / 23 .024 / 30 .035 / 26 .045 / 34 .056 / 29 176
Medium Strings
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
.013 / 27 .017 / 26 .026 / 35 .035 / 37 .045 / 34 .056 / 29 188
HD Light Strings
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
.013 / 27 .017 / 26 .025 / 34 .032 / 31 .042 / 30 .053 / 26 174

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 Phosphor Bronze with NANOWEB Coating

Eric Church - ELIXIR Strings Artist
Eric Church
Eric Bibb - ELIXIR Strings Artist
Eric Bibb
Alex De Grassi - ELIXIR Strings Artist
Alex De Grassi
Shun Ng - ELIXIR Strings Artist
Shun Ng

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