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Daddario EXL120

Electronic Guitar Strings

  • Super light
  • Roundwound
  • Nickel-plated steel wrap wire
  • Gauges: 009-042

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Strength of the strings 009 - 042
Material Nickel Plated Steel
G-String Wounded No

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Workhorse strings for easy playability

boch, 04.06.2017
D'Addario is known for reasonably priced commodity strings that provide consistent quality and durability throughout string's life. I've tested probably 2/3 of all of the available D'addario gauges, from ultra light to the heavy flatwound jazz strings.

Given that strings are covered with nickel, the touch is neutral and soft on fingers.

The tone is bright. However proper manipulation of the tone pot and the EQ section of the amp warms it up. The problem for some genres might be lack of fatness of the high E string. However, it can be augmented with an overdrive or boost pedal with pronounced mid section. Transparent pedals keep the tone of that string still rather thin.

The strings give an impression of a solid tension unlike some other lighter gauges, even with guitars characterized by a short scale length. Strings don't get floppy. The strings are highly recommended for longer scale guitars (like Fender Stratocasters). If you play heavy riffs on the bass strings with a hard pick attack, there might be too much movement on a short scale guitars before a string returns to the original position. More tension might be required, especially on short scale guitars (like Gibson Les Pauls).

One other minor disadvantage may be a slightly worn feel comparing to the higher D'Addario gauges. This however, might be just a matter of adjustment and due to the differences of guitar setup and extraneous fret noise, depending on the string action.

There are cases of nickel allergies, so player should first test if there is no such condition that would make his or her life miserable.

This workhorse string set is extremely popular and I can only recommend it, given reliability and feel. If you play with guitars equipped with higher gauge strings, the feel of E and B strings might be a matter of adjustment. It's easy to overbend, so some mental calibration might be necessary for those players.
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Better than previous strings

14.12.2015
So I'd had my new guitar for about 6 months and had just moved into a new flat when I got a lot of string buzz on the high 'e' string. I assumed the neck had got messed up in transit and that I'd have to replace it or have some sort of costly setup done on it.
As a chance I thought I'd change the strings; what do you know but after changing the strings, all the fret buzz stopped (which in hindsight should have been more obvious).
These strings are pretty bright sounding which I like, they really accentuate the high end of my pickups. They were easy to work with, pretty cheap and nicely packaged. I've had this set on for a few weeks now and they're holding up well, even with some aggressive tremolo use they've refrained from becoming dull. In the future I'm going to use these over my previous first choice of Ernie Ball.
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