I've been playing guitar for over 30 years now and whilst my first ever pack of strings was a set of D'Addario, I tried other brands over the years, but always came back to D'Addario.
I like the colour-coded ball end - it adds some funkiness to the bridge (or on the tuners on my guitar with Floyd Rose as I string the ball end first). Also, the coloured ball ends makes it easier for beginners to identify which string goes where.
The anti-corrosion packaging is a great feature, especially if you usually have a couple of 10-pack boxes that may time some time to get through.
The durability and tone retention is fine - if I play daily or do a couple of prac sessions plus a gig, I would have to replace them after 3-4 playing sessions, however if playing 2-3 times/week then I can keep them up to 6-8 weeks as long as the strings are cleaned with a cloth after each play.
The only time I every break strings is when re-stringing and pulling on the higher strings whilst tuning, but that's just my superhuman strength pushing them beyond their physical limit.
Don't really have anything negative to say about D'Addario strings - even the price tag is good!
Daddarios EXL110 are the best cost benefit in the market. Packaging: They come freshly sealed agains corrosion from the factory in a plastic bag so no matter how long you take to open them, they will be there, intact. Other brands put their strings in some paper envelopes and if you take too long to use them, you?re gonna have a big surprise! For beginners: They are very easy to assemble because the ball ends are identified by colours so it?s impossible to put a string in the wrong saddle/tuner. Quality: They sound as it should, specially for metal, not so bright and not so dull. The durability is like any other string in the market made of nickel. Most people that complains about corrosion never cleans their fretboards or wash their hands before playing so it?s not a string fault. For practising or lessons situation, they will become very dull in about 3-4 weeks but who wants a string in their guitar longer than that? It?s better changing your strings with more frequency because the moisture from your hands stick to the fretboard, pass to the strings, cause corrosion and start to sand your frets making them unlevelled. Of course, for recording, if you play some style of music that requires brighter strings and with higher output, go for another model or brand but think in your pocket since you have to change your strings daily on a studio and on every gig. Durability: They never broke in my hands, even playing death metal and abusing the floyd rose.
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