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

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

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  • D’Addario Phosphor Bronze acoustic guitar strings are precision wound with phosphor bronze wrap wire, over a hexagonal high-carbon steel core.
  • Phosphor Bronze wrap wire provides tried-and-true D’Addario acoustic tone, with beautiful balance and warmth suitable for all musical genres.
  • Now the standard in acoustic guitar strings, Phosphor Bronze strings were originally pioneered by D’Addario in the 1970s.
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Set gauges
11, 15, 22w, 32w, 42w, 52w
Wrap material
Phosphor Bronze
Round Wound
Core shape
Hex Core
High Carbon Steel
Number of strings
6 string
Optimal tuning
Plain wound 3rd
Wound 3rd
Part number

Referred to as Custom Light, EJ26 strings are a D'Addario original hybrid gauge and a comfortable compromise for players who want the depth and projection of light gauge bottom strings, but slightly less tension on the high strings for easy bending.

Phosphor Bronze was introduced to string making by D'Addario in 1974 and has become synonymous with warm, bright, and well-balanced acoustic tone.  D'Addario Phosphor Bronze strings are precision wound with corrosion resistant phosphor bronze onto a carefully drawn, hexagonally shaped, high carbon steel core.  The result is long lasting, bright sounding tone with excellent intonation.

A D'Addario hybrid gauge, combining light gauge bottom strings with lighter top strings for easy bending.


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'Custom Light' Acoustic Strings have an interesting back story.

Many string sets have been designed based on the materials and diameters that were available at the turn of the century. Manufacturing has improved dramatically since then and today we can draw much more precise, and finer, wire.

Take a look at the individual gauges in the following three string sets:

EJ15 - Extra Light : 10, 14, 23, 30, 39, 47
EJ26 - Custom Light: 11, 15, 22, 32, 42, 52
EJ16 - Light: 12, 16, 24, 32, 42, 53

Ever notice how quirky the Custom Light gauges actually are? You might naturally expect that all strings go up in gauge from set to set, but with Custom Light strings this isn't true. The wound 3rd / G string, is actually LIGHTER than what you would find in an Extra Light set.

This is all to do with relative tension and the Custom Light set actually provides a much more natural balance and feel, something we refer to as compensated tension.

What started out as a clever tweak in gauges, based on the personal preference of Jim D'Addario, has resulted in EJ26 Custom Light strings being our second most popular acoustic string.


Re: Delivery. All orders placed on weekdays before 3:45pm will be despatched that same day.  All of our delivery options can be found at checkout or on our delivery page.

Re: Returns. We have a 30-day return policy, which means you have 30 days after receiving your item to request a return. To be eligible for a return, your item must be in the same condition that you received it, unworn or unused, with tags, and in its original packaging. You’ll also need the receipt or proof of purchase.

To start a return, please contact us at info@stringsdirect.co.uk.

For further information visit our Returns & refunds page.

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