The Best and Most Popular Acoustic Guitar Strings

When I think of guitar strings, two brand names come to mind – D’Addario and Elixir. I’ve used both on my guitar. (I prefer the D’Addario, but don’t let that sway you.) But there are (at least) two other good, popular brands to consider – Ernie Ball and Martin – when it comes to acoustic guitar strings.

This article is more of a compilation than a review of these guitar strings – both 6-string and 12-string guitar strings. You know what you want, right? Then again, maybe you didn’t know all the options available to you. In any case, what follows is a listing of all the more popular brands and styles of guitar strings in one place so you can pick and choose to your heart’s content.

Note that the amount (1-pack, 3-pack, etc.) that you can purchase for a given set of strings may vary from time to time, depending on stocks at Amazon.

For electric guitar strings, see this article.

D’Addario Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings

D'Addario EJ10 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings

Click the link just below to get any of the following sets of strings at Amazon. (They’re all found on the same sales page.)

D’Addario Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings

In each set, the top two strings are made of plain steel, while the bottom four are nickel wound for the EJ10, EJ11, and EJ12, or bronze wound for the EJ13 and EJ14.

Use the table below to compare each set of 6-string guitar strings.

Stock #EJ10EJ11EJ12EJ13EJ14
WeightExtra lightLightMediumCustom LightBluegrass
Packs1, 31, 31, 31, 31
High E.010.012.012.011.012
B.014.016.017.015.016
G.023.024.026.022.025
D.030.032.035.032.035
A.039.042.045.042.045
Low E.047.053.056.052.056

You can also find one style of 12-string guitar strings on the page at the link above. The “p” stands for “plain (steel)”, and the “w” stands for “(bronze) wound”.

EJ36 – Light, available in a 1-pack

Plain Steel .010/.010, .014/.014
Bronze Wound .023/.008(p), .030/.012(p), .039/.018(p), .047/.027(w)

D’Addario Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings

D'Addario EJ15 Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings

Click the link just below to get any of the following sets of strings at Amazon. (They’re all found on the same sales page.)

D’Addario Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings

In each set, the top two strings are made of plain steel, while the bottom four are phosphor bronze wound. The same is true for each pair of strings (except as indicated) for the 12-string guitar strings.

Use the tables below to compare the sets of 6-string guitar strings.

Stock #EJ15EJ16EJ17EJ18
WeightExtra LightLightMediumHeavy
Packs1, 31, 3, 10, 251, 3, 10, 251
High E.010.012.013.027
B.014.016.017.039
G.023.024.026.027
D.030.032.035.039
A.039.042.045.049
Low E.047.053.056.059
Stock #EJ19EJ24EJ26EJ42
WeightBluegrassTrue MediumCustom LightResophonic
Packs111, 3, 10, 251
High E.012.013.011.016
B.016.017.015.018
G.025.024.022.028
D.035.032.032.035
A.045.042.042.045
Low E.056.056.052.056

Since this style has several options 12-string guitar strings, I’ll give you a comparison table for them too. The “p” stands for “plain (steel)”, and the “w” stands for “(phosphor bronze) wound”.

Stock #EJ37EJ38EJ39EJ41
WeightMed. top, Heavy bottomLightMediumExtra light
Packs1111
High E.012/.012.010/.010.012/.012.009/.009
B.016/.016.014/.014.016/.016.013/.013
G.025/.010(p).023/.008(p).025/.010(p).021/.008(p)
D.032/.015(p).030/.012(p).032/.014(p).029/.011(p)
A.042/ .022(w).039/.018(p).042/.020(p).036/.016(p)
Low E.054/ .030(w).047/ .027(w).052/ .030(w).045/ .026(w)

D’Addario Pro-Arte Nylon Classical Guitar Strings

D'Addario Pro-Arte Nylon classic Guitar Strings

Click the link just below to get any of the following sets of strings at Amazon. (They’re all found on the same sales page.)

D’Addario Pro-Arte Nylon Classical Guitar Strings

The bass strings have a nylon core with a silver-plated copper winding.

Use the table below to compare each set of strings.

Stock #EJ43EJ44EJ45EJ46
TensionLightExtra hardNormalHard
Packs1, 311, 31, 3
High E.0275.0290.0280.0285
B.0317.0333.0322.0327
G.0397.0416.0403.0410
D.028.030.029.030
A.033.036.035.036
Low E.042.045.043.044

Elixir Phosphor Bronze Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating

Elixir PhosPhor Bronze Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating

Click the link just below to get any of the following sets of strings at Amazon. (They’re all found on the same sales page.)

Elixir Phosphor Bronze Guitar Strings with NANOWEB Coating

Even though it’s a coating, the NANOWEB coating is supposed to give you an “uncoated” feel.

Use the table below to compare each set of strings.

Stock #1600216027160521618216102
WeightExtra lightCustom lightLightHD light*Medium
Packs111, 311
High E.010.011.012.013.013
B.014.015.016.017.017
G.023.022.024.025.026
D.030.032.032.032.035
A.039.042.042.042.045
Low E.047.052.053.053.056

*Especially for Taylor guitars.

Here you can also get Elixir 12-string guitar strings (16152) in these gauges.

.010/.010 .014/.014 .023/.009 .030/.012 .039/.018 .047/.027

Martin Authentic Acoustic Guitar Strings

Martin Authentic Acoustic Guitar Strings

Click the link just below to get any of the following sets of strings at Amazon. (They’re all found on the same sales page.)

Martin Authentic Acoustic Guitar Strings

Use the table below to compare each set of 6-string guitar strings.

Stock #MA130MA140MA150MA170
WeightCustom Silk and HT SteelLight HT BronzeMedium HT BronzeExtra light
Packs11, 31, 31, 3
Low E.0115.012.013.010
High E.047.054.056.047

Also available on the same sales page…

Custom Light HT Bronze (MA175) in a 1-pack or 3-pack gauged from .011 for the high E string to a .052 for the low E.

Bluegrass HT Bronze (MA240) in a 1-pack gauged from .012 for the high E string to a .056 for the low E.

12-string options include 1-packs of…

Extra light HT Bronze (MA180) gauged from .010 on both high E strings to a .047 and .027 on the low end.

Light HT Bronze (MA190) gauged from .012 on both high E strings to a .054 and .030 on the low end.

Ernie Ball Earthwood Phosphor Bronze Guitar Strings

Click the link just below to get any of the following sets of strings at Amazon. (They’re all found on the same sales page.)

Ernie Ball Earthwood Phosphor Bronze Guitar Strings

Use the table below to compare each set of 6-string guitar strings.

Stock #21442146214821502151
WeightMediumMedium lightLightExtra lightRock & Blues
Packs11, 31, 311, 3
High E.013.012.011.012.010
B.017.016.015.014.013
G.026.024.022.020.017
D.034.032.030.028.030
A.046.044.042.040.042
Low E.056.054.052.050.052

Finally, you can get this 1-pack of Light (2153) 12-string guitar strings here too gauged as follows:

.009/.009, .012/.012, .020(w)/.009, .026/.012, .036/.020(p), .046/.026

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Author: Gary Sonnenberg

Gary has been playing keyboards since he was very young. He started on a chord organ because that's what his father liked. He's played guitar since he was a teenager, and he recently learned he could keep the beat on a drum set.