I wrote my review for D’Addario’s EXP16 Guitar strings and told my thoughts about their sound and feel, but at the time I hadn’t had them on my guitar for a very long time. I recommend you click the above link to read my complete review. After I put the strings on I kept a log for how long the strings would last and how they would deteriorate over time to see if they really lasted as long as they were supposed to. During my test I tried to clean the strings regularly to make sure they kept their tone and didn’t fade faster than they were supposed to.
D’Addario EXP16 Guitar String Test-
In my opinion, the first month I put the EXP16 Guitar strings on I noticed that they were very bright and had a very strong sounding tone. After the strings broke in they lost a bit of their bright sounding tone but still sounded awesome.
By the second month the EXP16 Guitar strings lost a bit more of their brightness and mellowed out, however their tone was still great and sounded nice. In my opinion because the strings were so bright sounding when they were first put on, as they mellowed out they still had enough of their tone left so that they didn’t sounded dull.
As I went into the third month I didn’t notice much of a difference from the previous month. There were no black corrosion spots on the strings and I also noticed that the guitar strings didn’t unravel near the tuning posts or near the sound hole, and none of the strings showed any signs of getting stiff or brittle.
The strings still had enough life in them to go on for another month without needing to be changed.
Sadly I had to end my test after three months because I had some other guitar strings I needed to test out. I guess I need more guitars to finish all my reviews!
So far it looks like you can play the D’Addario EXP16 acoustic Guitar strings for at least three months without the average person noticing a loss with their tonal quality, so that does tell me that they will last longer than the average acoustic guitar strings. I’m sure that as you enter the fourth month the strings should still sound the same from the previous month. Although I changed the strings, I didn’t throw the EXP16 guitar strings away; I kept them around because I want to see how long it will take for the strings to start unraveling or showing signs of oxidation as they sit around.
I’m also curious how the strings will hold up if I put them back on my guitar. I want to know if the guitar strings will break or be stiff after sitting around, or if they will hold their tone and still sound great. I guess only time will tell.
Check back for more updates as I finish my test!