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Elixir 16182 Phosphor Bronze Nanoweb Coated Acoustic Guitar Strings HD Light 13-53

Item# ELX_16182
$17.99List Price $18.95
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Item Description

Not all guitar strings are created equal. Even after just a few hours of play, dirt, sweat, skin oils and other debris will build up between the string's windings, causing corrosion in the metal. The result is a noticeable "deadening" of the string's tonal quality, which can happen very quickly with uncoated strings.

Elixir Phosphor Bronze strings begin with anti-rust plated plain steel strings that are corrosion resistant. They provide a clean feel and bright, vibrant tone. Both the steel core and its phosphor bronze winding are then treated with Elixir's patented Nanoweb thin polymer coating that completely envelops the entire string. This results in a long-lasting, rich tone with more audible high-frequency harmonics. The ultra-thin Nanoweb gives you the natural feel of untreated strings without sacrificing that important protection. This revolutionary product is a great value, as it means a dynamic and lively sound with less frequent string changes and fewer string purchases.

PN Gauge E B G D A E
16002 Extra Light 010 014 023w 030w 039w 047w
16027 Custom Light 011 015 022w 032w 042w 052w
16052 Light 012 016 024w 032w 042w 053w
16077 Light–Medium 012 016 024w 035w 045w 056w
16182 HD Light 013 017 025w 032w 042w 053w
16102 Medium 013 017 026w 035w 045w 056w

Elixir Strings are only available for shipment to addresses in the United States, Canada, U.S. Territories & Possessions, and APO FPO destinations. Email Elixir to find out more about this policy.

Elixir 16052 Phosphor Bronze Nanoweb Coated Acoustic Guitar Strings Light 12-53
Elixir 16002 Phosphor Bronze Nanoweb Coated Acoustic Guitar Strings Extra Light 10-47
Elixir 16027 Phosphor Bronze Nanoweb Coated Acoustic Guitar Strings Custom Light 11-52
Elixir 16077 Phosphor Bronze Nanoweb Coated Acoustic Guitar Strings Light-Medium 12-56
Elixir 16182 Phosphor Bronze Nanoweb Coated Acoustic Guitar Strings HD Light 13-53
Elixir 16102 Phosphor Bronze Nanoweb Coated Acoustic Guitar Strings Medium 13-56
Elixir 16152 Nanoweb Coated Phosphor Bronze 12 String Acoustic Guitar Strings Light 10-47

Product Video

Grammy Nominee Alex Di Grassi plays
Elixir Phosphor Bronze Nanoweb Acoustic Guitar Strings.


13 Reviews
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92% Recommend this product (12 of 13 responses)
By Brendon
Excellent & long lasting.
July 29, 2021
I find them great. They hold their tone a long time - And I mean for around three months & sometimes longer. Of course, strings can sound a bit ordinary if you don't tune properly. They also hold their tuning well. I don't find that they suffer from corrosion, even though I live in a very corrosive area on the coast. But of course I play probably every day and usually give them a quick wipe down before returning guitar to it's case, especially while they are new. Not so much after 3 or 4 weeks old.
I mostly use them on a Taylor 312ce. I plan to try them on a Yamaha I use for slide too.
  • Hold their tuning well
  • Don't rust easily
  • A good price/deal always helps
  • Size 13 is a little harder on the fingers & hand grip required than the usual 12, but you do get used to them.
July 2, 2019
Nice sound
By Dennis B.
Romeoville, Illinois
Elixir Nanoweb strings (13 53)-not all that!
October 8, 2018
Second time I tried these strings. I bought them because they are supposed to be top of the line and expensive.

They are marketed as "corrosion resistant," but they become pitted after a couple of months. They even started discoloring my fingers. They sounded good, but only for the first 4-6 weeks. I am not a fan.
  • good tone for the first 4-6 weeks
  • pitted on every string
  • discoloring of fingertips
By Eustin
Perth, WA
Wonderful String
August 22, 2018
I've always liked Elixirs on my acoustic, but this set took it to another level. Incredible tone with these gauges
  • Tone
  • none
By Marshall
Mississauga, ON
A killer gauge set from the gold standard for coated strings
August 15, 2016
Elixir always make great strings, and these don't disappoint. Their tone is as described; the highs are nice and full, and the lows are clear and tight.
  • Excellent tone with strong highs and clear lows long lasting, good price
By Dumindu
Great Tone
April 2, 2016
great with any guitar
By Jared
Joelton, TN
Great for Taylor
February 25, 2016
I bought these because they were specially gauged for Taylor's Unique sound. I waited until my guitar needed a setup to have them installed. The guitar's tone, sustain, and resonance is phenomenal. These strings really improved my sound. The 13's took a little to get used to, but I love them.
  • Great tone, sustain, and resonance.
  • A little expensive, but worth it.
By Giuseppe
Turin, Italy
Great, balanced tone -- a lot of strenght needed!
February 1, 2016
Taylor guitars developed this strings along with Elixir -- basically most of Taylor acoustics come with this set, so i bought some sets for my 312.
They deliver a warm, balanced sound, full of mid range and low frequencies, but still brilliant and crisp, with the legendary Elixir resistance to dirt and sweat.
The disadvantage is that 13-53 is not properly a *light* gauge: after playing for 2-3 hours , my left hand's muscles and tendons were very tired. Probably these strings are perfect for a professional musician but amateur guitar player will find them a bit hard. I would suggest them specially for recording purposes.
  • warm, balanced tone. Resistant to dirt and oxydation. Excellent for strumming and fingerstyle tunes. Ideal for recording.
  • heavy gauge; require a strong left hand. Your guitar may require a new setup, too (if you use 11-52 gauge)
By Myrna
Sewell, NJ
Great Tone!
June 11, 2015
I use these on my Taylor 414ce. They sound great and stay in tune a long time.
  • Sound awesome
  • Stay in tune
  • The .013 is a little tough in my fingers.
By Nicola
Policoro, Matera
Perfect strings
May 29, 2015
I've tested these strings on 2 different guitars: jumbo and grand concert model. I found them perfectly suitable for my small body guitar because they brought to it a really strong highs and mediums. On the other side instead, I found them a bit too outstretched on my jumbo guitar.
By Jim
Hilton Head Island, SC
Best Got Better
July 28, 2014
I've been an Elixer player for years, Phosphor Bronze since they came out, mainly light gauge during our tourist season when I'm playing lots of shows. We're in a salt air / hot / humid climate where sweaty playing situations are the order of the day. The elements take their toll on all things electrical ... and metal, especially the life & staying power of guitar strings. I've found this new gauge of string to last longer and sound better than the lighter gauges, but understand how some players might find them too stiff (more Medium gauge) for their styles. I'm a solo artist who plays rhythm and lead on my acoustic. The D and G string take a huge beating and will generally begin to fray and lose their voice within 2-3 shows but not so with this set ... I'm getting another 30%-40% out of them which is good news. Thanks Elixer!!
  • Staying power in tough conditions, voice and ring, durability.
  • None
By Jacomo
Pacific Palisades, California
I like 'em a lot
April 3, 2014
Very good for many tunings as the medium uppers give needed tension. Very good for smaller bodied acoustics as well - I use them on a Taylor 812-C.
  • Lasts a long time.
  • Stay in tune.
  • Works well in many tunings.
  • Low finger noise.
  • Sounds good on smaller bodied acoustics.
By Clay
South Carolina
Good, but higher tension
March 31, 2014
I was really excited to put these strings on my Martin 000-18GE. However, I found that the tension was too high for my taste on this guitar. They rate at 174lbs tension instead of the 163lbs of tension the regular Elixir PB light. It was enough of a difference that I felt like tone was being inhibited as the top could not vibrate as freely. I'm mostly doing medium strumming and finger style on this guitar, so I'll be going back to the light gauge. I really did like the 'fullness' of the increased gauge on the G, B and E string, but the tradeoff in tension wasn't worth it.

These strings definitely do add something extra to the upper registers....its a different voice that seemed more sparkly and bright. I couldn't decide if it was better or worse...just different.

To my ears, the guitar sounded great tuned down 1/2 step with these strings, but since I only have one acoustic, I don't want to leave it tuned down 1/2 step all the time.
  • Great Elixir tone as always
  • Good full upper register
  • too much tension on the guitar

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