In light of Taylor’s recent switch to using D’Addario XS Coated Phosphor Bronze strings on all steel-string acoustic guitars, here’s a rundown of the most common questions we get about guitar strings.
Q: What guitar strings does Taylor install on its guitars?
As of spring 2023, all U.S.-made steel-string Taylor acoustic guitars feature D’Addario XS Coated Phosphor Bronze strings.
Q: Does the gauge matter, or should I use whatever feels best to me?
A: It’s perfectly OK to experiment with different types of strings (excluding the GS Mini Bass, which requires custom D’Addario nylon-core strings). If you want to stick with factory specs for your Taylor guitars, follow the guidelines below.
Note that switching to heavier or lighter strings may change the action on your guitar, potentially requiring a neck adjustment to maintain signature Taylor playability. We recommend visiting a Taylor-certified guitar technician for any neck adjustments.
Acoustic Guitar Strings
Grand Auditorium, Grand Concert, Academy Series, Big Baby Taylor, Baby Taylor
D’Addario XS Coated Phosphor Bronze Light (.012-.053)
Grand Symphony, Grand Orchestra, Dreadnought, GS Mini
D’Addario XS Coated Phosphor Bronze Medium (.013-.056)
Acoustic 12-String Models
D’Addario XS Coated Phosphor Bronze 12-String Set, Light (.010 -.047)
GS Mini Bass – ONLY USE THESE STRINGS
D’Addario (EXP PBB190GS) GS Mini Acoustic Bass Custom Light (.037-.090)
D’Addario (EJ46FF) Pro-Arté Carbon, Dynacore Basses, Hard Tension
Electric Guitar Strings
While the T3 has been discontinued, we recommend using D’Addario XS Coated Electric Strings, Light (.010-.046) on existing guitars.