Daddario EXL116

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K.Kay, 07.01.2021
Ok folks. I bought 2 set 11's from each brand (the other brand is ernie ball) cause I wanted to tune down 2 of my guitars to D standard for a project. As fate wanted it these 2 guitars were identical (same brand, same pickups) so I decided to install one of each brand for an A/B comparison. After necessary truss rod adjustments we are back in business.
Sound related there was no any audible difference between these 2 sets, the only actual difference is the long lasting tone (ernie ball) after 3 months of use and the fact that ernie ball's have a smoother feeling in hands.
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Fantastic durable strings
19.04.2016
I am a lifelong user of Daddario strings and I always choose the EXL116 for my guitars that I use for playing in a full step down (D Standard) and drop C and these strings fit the bill every time!
These are some of the highest quality strings on the market for the price. I know some people prefer the more expensive brands but in my personal opinion (having used basically every string on the market) these strings have the same, if not better, durability and lasting life as the more expensive brands.
These strings give a perfect mellow sound for those bluesy/clean riffs but also have more than enough bite for rock and heavy metal. I highly recommend these strings for D Standard and drop C tunings! If you want to go to drop B or A, then I recommend the EXL117's which give you just a bit more tension on the low E and holds a great tone and bite, as do the EXL116's!
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Very good for d-standard
Jimey, 12.06.2018
I use these for D-standard, in occasional alteration with the comparable Balanced-tension set. I pick these over the BT when I need a little extra tension on the low end if I am exptecting to go to Drop-C.
the extra 002 on the low end helps keep things taught.

Unlike the BT set, however, the G and C (or A and D if you are standard tuning) strings already have a sizably higher tension than the low D (or E...) which offsets the above advantage in feel a little. It takes some getting used to switching between sets.

By and large I like the set. As always with D'Addario they sound fantastic, are wonderfully low-impact packaged with easily recycled plastic and cardboard in low quantities and seemingly last longer than you might expect. Will definitely buy again in the future - although I may add a thicker low string if I ever decide to keep a guitar permanently in dropped tuning.
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My favourite fusion / jazz gauge
Bider, 04.12.2019
This is the set I used to use for almost a decade. Inexpensive, solid, blanced, without any particular frequences that may disappoint you. Comparing to other famous brands, for me, it’s tension seems to be tight enough to keep your tuning in a good condition for at least 3-4 gigs.
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The Best.
Old Murray, 29.11.2018
These are my go-to strings. No doubts about it.
The feel and tone is unbeatable. Pure comfort. Security, quality and durability. The brightness lasts for ages (and more so with proper care). It keeps in tune longer than one can imagine, even with heavy hitting and bending. Ideal for heavy style, slow, fast or lightspeed shreding, funky, groovy, bluesy, you name it. And even being such heavy strings the brightness shines on the lower ones, the mellow twang on that G string is pure bliss, and the top ones deliver groovy, soulful and unmucky tone. Like I said, these are my go-to. I would never discontinue these puppies! If you're into Doom, Stoner, Drone or any kind of sludgy type metal, give these a try!
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Love declaration
Gooser, 26.04.2018
I have played these strings for 6 or so years. I have tried other strings for short periods, but I always switch back to these because you get exactly what you expect.

They have great clarity and the fresh sound you get from a new set of strings last a long time. The tone is beautiful and have a fantastic response to how hard or how soft you're playing. They're so durable I end up changing strings for the hell of it when I'm doing touch ups on my guitar.
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great value
fran_jo, 22.05.2020
I have Used these strings for a long time, they sound good and are durable (never encountered a broken string ...)
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Great for down tuning
05.05.2016
As would be expected with D'Addario strings, the main reason I use these is due to their durability. I keep strings on my guitars longer then I really should, and these tend to last months at a time. When new, they sound clear and have a great chime. When old, they lose their sparkle but they stay in tune well and still sound decent. I hardly ever break them in spite of my aggressive picking style. I generally tune down a full step and I sometimes use drop C. These give plenty of tension. They're also really good for E standard tuning on cheaper guitars where 9s or 10s would usually go out of tune. Another feature I like is the coloured ball ends found on all D'Addario strings which makes restringing much easier.
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Amazing strings
leocheval, 14.05.2021
Well worth the price! After installing them in my Epi Emperor, the guitar started singing. Get them - you definitely won't regret that decision.
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Good strings, with a good reputation
05.09.2016
I've been using these strings for several years now, and i've yet to find any that beats them in terms on consistency and overall quality, especially for the price.

I use these strings for E Standard, Drop D and for D? standard tunings, and they feel great across the board.
I play primarily metal and hard rock, but these strings sound great for just about anything.

I highly recommend these strings for anyone who wants a step up from regular .10-.46 strings, or are experimenting with different strings and brands etc.

Try them out, they wont disappoint!
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2 Thumbs up
Beverley, 28.07.2013
The perfect set of strings for all styles of music however they really shine in Drop-Tuning. Quality products with quality prices. I would recommend these strings to anyone looking to try a different guage/brand. Buy with confidence.
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Daddario EXL116
Denis4987, 14.03.2015
Very great strings. especially when you put them first time, sound is amazing! clear and bright! Very good for record with a good amp system. Clear sound if you play in acoustic mode with electroguitar, and heavy sound in disturtion mode. Highly Recommend, especially if you play in Drop!
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Excellent for drop C
Har66zwgr, 25.05.2019
These I use for drop C (and D standard) tuning on a Gibson scale guitar.
They hold tuning and brilliance very well.
The 52 is heavy enough to be down-tuned without excessive slackness and the overall tension makes them feel very sl@nky for bendings and runs.
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clear and heavy
03.07.2016
these strings are just the best strings to me they last a while sounds good have a good feeling they're the best
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Safe Bet
24.02.2016
I have been using Daddario strings (these ones or with a different gauge) since I have basically started to play the guitar.

I have never been disappointed by this brand. Quality is good for a very affordable price.

The strings come in a sealed plastic "bag" that protect them from rust.

The sound is thick, clear and bright and they are comfortable to play with. I use them in normal tuning while many players use them in Drop D or other alternative tuning but it is perfectly fine.

As regards longevity It obliviously depends on the way you treat your gear and on each one physiology but I would say that in my case, playing everyday for at least a couple of hours, I change them every 3-4 months.
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Consistent Standard for Decades
Steve Dubs, 16.02.2021
Been using D'addario strings since the 90s
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Great for aggressive rhythm at E standard
Obi-Tom Kenobi, 05.05.2020
I've ended up using these for playing heavy metal at E standard tunings. It can take time for your fingers to adjust if you're used to more regular gauges, but the control you get and ability to really hit the strings without going out of pitch is killer. And D'addario strings are always quality.
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Just right!
thefragmentsoffiction, 08.01.2014
I bought these strings for a friend. After fitting them on his new guitar, he said, 'just right' and smiled. He'd previously bought some budget strings and was not at all impressed. These strings fitted snug, played well and sounded great. Overall, a great product at a good price.
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Metal!
Rimmy Sinclair, 04.04.2015
I use these for Drop C/Drop B tuning. Nice and bright sounding.
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Sturdy
Skarherjer, 20.02.2020
Always used these. Affordable, sounds great and lasts long.
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Great strings
Thomas1414, 15.06.2016
This is the first set of Daddario strings I have purchased as I normally use another brands, however, I will definitely be purchasing them again. The strings feel nice to play in both standard and drop D tunings, sound clear and hold their tuning well. The colour coded ends which correspond to each sting are extremely helpful as many a time I have spent far too long trying to distinguish between the high E and B sting after mixing them up, this colour code eliminates this problem.
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Great strings for D standard
VasileiosAg, 12.01.2021
I have been using these for years. Great for fat beefy riffs. They last long.
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My new go to strings
AndyNNL, 07.01.2019
amazing strings.

Feel like they last longer sound wise and breakage than other brands!
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Great strings
Rids, 19.01.2018
I?ve used all the usual suspects but Daddario strings are my favourite brand. I had been using the NYXL Daddario's which are very good but thought I would try these to save a few pennies. Honestly I don't feel there is enough in it to ever go back to the expensive NYXL's these tune up nicely and have a nice clear tone and feel and play great on my Les Paul. Highly recommended
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Excellent Strings
05.12.2016
I've used Daddario strings for many years and find these ones to be no different in quality.

I use them on a Jim Root Telecaster tuned down to D standard.

They're perfect for the job; nice and thick that provide good rhythms, can stay in tune and can take a beating.

The tension is just to my liking too.

Can't recommend highly enough.
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