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What's the difference between Phosphor Bronze and 80/20 Bronze Elixir® acoustic guitar strings? Hear for yourself in this comparison

When making the choice of the best Elixir® Strings (opens in new tab) to buy for your acoustic guitar, a common question is what difference there is between the company's Phosphor Bronze and 80/20 Bronze coated string (opens in new tab) sets. And the best way to find out is hear it for yourself. 

In this video, award-winning guitarist Michael Watts plays both sets in a series of musical examples to find out what effect the two Elixir® String (opens in new tab) compositions have on the sound and playability of an acoustic guitar. 

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The 80/20 Bronze sets have this beautiful full bass response that I really enjoy

Michael goes in-depth to compare a set of NANOWEB® (opens in new tab) Coated Phosphor Bronze and NANOWEB® Coated 80/20 Bronze Elixir® strings in 12-53 Light gauge, using playing examples with fingerstyle and guitar picks.

"It's no exaggeration to say that these 80/20 Bronze strings were a real gamechanger when they hit the market," says Michael after trying the first set. "Suddenly guitarists were able to do a whole studio session and a gig that night with the same set of strings. 

"The 80/20 Bronze sets have this beautiful full bass response that I really enjoy," he adds. "They've got this shimmer in the top end. It is, admittedly, a slightly scooped sound and if you're looking for something that has a more flat, fundamental character across the range, well that's where the Phosphor Bronze strings come in."

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There's a richness, warmth and balance to Phosphor Bronze strings

As Michael then demonstrates with his typically sublime playing, Phosphor Bronze Elixir® Strings (opens in new tab) with NANOWEB® (opens in new tab) Coating offer a different character in comparison. 

"There's a richness, warmth and balance to Phosphor Bronze strings and I tend to use them in situations like jazz sessions, supporting vocals; anywhere you need that hi-fi sound."

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