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D'Addario ECG23 Chrome Extra Light Electric Guitar Strings

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D'Addario Chrome Extra Light Electric Guitar Strings are revered for their warm tone and ultra-smooth feel. Stainless steel underwindings on hex core...Click To Read More About This Product

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D'Addario Chrome Extra Light Electric Guitar Strings are revered for their warm tone and ultra-smooth feel. Stainless steel underwindings on hex cores build a foundation for the delicate outer ribbon winding. After the winding is applied, each string goes through 3 polishing steps. Great for classic jazz tone and rockabilly twang.

D'Addario's environment-friendly string packaging does away with the nylon plastic outer envelope, paper insert, and paper envelopes for each string. The strings come inside a 100% recyclable cardboard package that inhibits string corrosion.

D'Addario environmental string sets are now being made with new, brighter colored ball ends. The colored ball ends are specially coated with a new paint (green, red, purple...) that is easily recognizable and makes it even easier for you to identify each string.


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D'AddarioECG23 Chrome Extra Light Electric Guitar Strings
 
4.9

(based on 50 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (34)
  • Consistent (30)
  • Long life (26)
  • Well built / quality (21)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (25)
  • Practicing (22)
  • Back-up (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (22), Professional musician (16)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great strings, really nails the Johnny Cash sound!

I love theses strings, I have them on a strat, tele and a jazzmaster style guitar, they sounds great on all of them, on the tele and JM, it really has that...Read complete review

I love theses strings, I have them on a strat, tele and a jazzmaster style guitar, they sounds great on all of them, on the tele and JM, it really has that twangy Cash clickity-clack sound, and flip it to the neck for a silky smooth tone. And a perfect middle sound. And no finger noise! 2 tricks i've learned with flatwounds, don't cut the string until you have tuned up to pitch (helps prevent it from unraveling, been there done that!) and don't stretch the strings, or at least not much, they will break easier than rounds when stretching, especially the wound 3rd string. Great strings!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A string broke tuning it the first time.

THis is the first time I ever used flatwound strings. Was taking my time putting them on and this guitar never broke a string before. I was tuning from the little e up to...Read complete review

THis is the first time I ever used flatwound strings. Was taking my time putting them on and this guitar never broke a string before. I was tuning from the little e up to the bid E and on the A string it broke first attempt. It broke close to the tuning peg so I was able to salvage the set by tuning the A string to pitch using the big E tuning peg. I really like the sound of them. This semi hollow body has hot pickups and was want to mellow it out some and these strings worked as the company said they would and I was very happy with that. A break could happen with any string company so I'm not ticked and will buy them again.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great strings, really nails the Johnny Cash sound!

By fnaguitarplayer

from Nitro, WV

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about D'Addario ECG23 Chrome Extra Light Electric Guitar Strings:

    I love theses strings, I have them on a strat, tele and a jazzmaster style guitar, they sounds great on all of them, on the tele and JM, it really has that twangy Cash clickity-clack sound, and flip it to the neck for a silky smooth tone. And a perfect middle sound. And no finger noise! 2 tricks i've learned with flatwounds, don't cut the string until you have tuned up to pitch (helps prevent it from unraveling, been there done that!) and don't stretch the strings, or at least not much, they will break easier than rounds when stretching, especially the wound 3rd string. Great strings!

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Silk Smooth Noiseless

    By Sonney

    from Marion, Illinois

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about D'Addario ECG23 Chrome Extra Light Electric Guitar Strings:

        Came upon these by accident when a mom & pop music store was going out of business and these were the only "10s" on the shelf. Now I only buy these and only here for the great discount from the usual seventeen to twenty-four Georges at brick and mortars charge.

        Smoothest and quietest strings out there. The little e and the b are also polished and easy to keep cleaned.
        I'm a wound g string guy, so it's a bonus that these come with a wound .020 g, saving my a couple Georges buying a wound .020 from the spare box in music stores.
        I will say that you might have to cut on your g string nut slot, as most electrics are set for no more than a .014 in that slot.
        Also if you have extremely low action you might have to do a corrective setup on your axe, as these strings aren't for thumping.

        If you're dedicated to the twang of slinkys/pro steels then steer clear of these.
        Myself, I just like the softer easier pliability and playing of these, and have no problem going to a Dunlop nylon .38mm pick to accommodate them. But yeah if you're a shredder and bend on the g then maybe these aren't for you.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Review

        By Tomcat Murr

        from San Francisco, CA

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        Comments about D'Addario ECG23 Chrome Extra Light Electric Guitar Strings:

        Great strings! The extra light gauge is perfect for a Strat or similar guitar. The cost is excellent (about 1/3 the price of Pyramids) and the sound is everything you want out of a flatwound string. Despite common misconception, flatwounds are NOT only jazz or "mellow" strings; they were big in 50s rock and the 60s British Invasion. They're the true/original ROCK sound. They have a more even, 'mellow', and fuller tone than roundwounds, but still punchy and great for that 50s & 60s bite/twang. Perfect for clean leads. The D'Addario Chromes are everything flatwounds are supposed to be - excellent sounding strings at a reasonable price that put roundwounds to shame, with sizes that won't cause havoc on a guitar set-up for light gauge strings. Can't do pick or Ebow scrapes/slides, though. But it's a fair trade-off. Best strings there are for anything remotely in the price range!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My new go to string selection

        By Vince

        from Weatherford, Texas

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        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about D'Addario ECG23 Chrome Extra Light Electric Guitar Strings:

          I primarily play rhythm and need a heavy bottom sounding set of strings without actually having heavy strings. I was playing D'Addario EXL 110's as well as Half Rounds, and still will use them on some of my instruments. However because of my playing style the flat wounds are best suited. The Chrome Extra Lights give me the heavy bottom sound I want without having to use a really heavy set of strings. They stay in tune, have a good sound and although they don't "bend" very well, I am experienced enough to slide up a step or two when I need to hit the notes that would otherwise be provided by a bend.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very nice, smooth feeling Jazz strings

          By johnk1492

          from Clovis, New Mexico

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • None yet

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts

          Comments about D'Addario ECG23 Chrome Extra Light Electric Guitar Strings:

          Nice smooth feel. Great for Jazz or anyone who doesn't like a lot of string noise. Very good for blues also. Fairly easy to bend. Great price for value.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love Love Love

          By Slowmyheart

          from North Carolina

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Long Life
          • Smooth Tones

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

            Comments about D'Addario ECG23 Chrome Extra Light Electric Guitar Strings:

            As my title suggests, I love these strings! I play a fusion of jazz, blues, rock. Very smooth and comfortable feel.

            For what it's worth, I use them on a Gibson Midtown Standard and a Gibson Nighthawk Studio.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Rickwxi

            By RIck Marquis

            from Salem, OR

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            Comments about D'Addario ECG23 Chrome Extra Light Electric Guitar Strings:

            I would recomend the A'ddario products to others.
            I bought these strings after reading a interview with Kenny Vaughn, guitar player for Marty Stuart. I thought I would try them on my 52 Telecaster, wow what a change. I still have the Tele twang for country but can do Jazz and pop music as well. They are mellow sounding but can still get the sound I am striving for. I like the 10 gauge strings

            I am going to put a set on my ES335 as I play a lot of finger style; chet Atkins style; Merle Travis style and up to modern country.

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Smooth and Sweet Sounding

            By G-Man

            from New Jersey

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            Comments about D'Addario ECG23 Chrome Extra Light Electric Guitar Strings:

            I would at least recommend trying these out one time to see how they feel. I do most of my playing on an acoustic and find it hard to grab barre chords. When I got my Gretsch, my friend recommended trying these strings because it would make it easier to play barre chords. He was definitely right. These strings feel almost the same as nylon strings--a very silky feeling. They are definitely a different feel from a standard electric guitar string, but I enjoy playing my Gretsch much more with these strings.
            I put these strings on my Gretsch 5120 and what an improvement from the factory installed strings. Maybe the guitar doesn't have as much twang, but these strings give it a nice smooth sound. Much easier to grab barre chords and to slide up and down the neck. I won't go back to any other strings for this guitar. i love them!
            Can't go wrong with D' Addario strings, but I haven't tried any other flat wound strings to compare these to.
            Great value for the price.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Totally Worth It!!

            By TheAndySan

            from Parts Unknown

            Comments about D'Addario ECG23 Chrome Extra Light Electric Guitar Strings:

            Hey guys, my name is TheAndySan and I've gotta tell you about the D'Addario Chrome strings. I'm the kind of guy who's always experimenting with his gear to find different tonal possibilities. I was recommended these strings by my local music store and decided to give them a shot. Boy, they are a-freaking-mazing! No more string sliding noise so your slides are super-quiet. Their darker tone is perfect for pretty much any style of music ranging from heavy metal to jazz. I find that they're best for beefing up treble-happy pickups.These are my strings of choice!! I dare you to find better & cheaper flatwound strings than these!!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            My favorite

            By Mr.Mike

            from Phoenix AZ

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              Cons

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                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about D'Addario ECG23 Chrome Extra Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                I don't use a pic so smooth is definitely a plus. The mellow tone is great.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I'm definitely buying more

                By Mr.Mike

                from Phoenix AZ

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about D'Addario ECG23 Chrome Extra Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                  I don't play with a pick so I love the smoothness of Flatwound

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great strings

                  By jl

                  from Portland OR

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jazz Band

                    Comments about D'Addario ECG23 Chrome Extra Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                    Using on my arch top

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Good sound

                    By Ted

                    from West Central MN

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone
                    • Long Life

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about D'Addario ECG23 Chrome Extra Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                      Easy on the frets and fingers. Make any guitar sound good.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Use 'em!

                      By Jim

                      from Washington, DC-area

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tone
                      • Long Life
                      • Strong

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup
                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about D'Addario ECG23 Chrome Extra Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                        Best for classic rock, classic country, rockabilly.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        --BEATLE ON--

                        By Beatlegeo

                        from Blue Ridge, Ga.

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Good Tone
                        • Reasonable At Sale Price

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup
                          • Concerts
                          • Practicing
                          • The

                          Comments about D'Addario ECG23 Chrome Extra Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                          My normal online string supplier's manufacturer has ceased making Flatwounds, so I tried these as a "stop-gap" till my supplier can find another outlet. Believe that as long as M.F. can provide these at the "sale" price, I'll stick with D'ADario. What I was paying, (including a SHIPPING CHARGE) was more than these, and the quality control I was getting sometimes let me down! Once again M.F., GOOD SHEW!!

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          The Best Flatwounds For Old ARCHTOP GUITARS

                          By VJ

                          from Black Hills, SD

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Good Tone
                          • Long Life
                          • Smooth Lots O Tone
                          • Strong

                          Cons

                          • None
                          • Price

                          Best Uses

                          • Old Arch Tops Jazz
                          • Old Archtopsjazz Swing

                          Comments about D'Addario ECG23 Chrome Extra Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                          ARE YOU TIRED OF YOUR ARCHTOP HARMONY, KAY,AIRLINE SOUNDING TERRIBLE ? BUY THESE ! NO string noise, squeak ,plus ,FULL ROBUST TONE ! TURN an old clunker ARCHTOP into a great sounding jazz/ swing guitar in just a few minutes.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          I love these strings!

                          By Grandpa Joe

                          from North Aurora, illinois

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Good Tone
                          • Strong

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Concerts
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about D'Addario ECG23 Chrome Extra Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                            I love the warm round tone that I get from these strings. I use these strings on my 2 strats to help tone down the brittleness that you would normally get from single coil pickups. I have been using this brand of strings since 2005. I wish I would have discovered them much earlier.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            great sound and feel

                            By mlc191

                            from chicago, IL

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Good Tone

                            Cons

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                                Comments about D'Addario ECG23 Chrome Extra Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                                I record music for film and tv and needed to eliminate all squeaks from my recordings. This string not only did that they sound and play unbelievable in any genre. best thing that ever happened to my Strat.

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                The Only Strings I Use

                                By Jazzguitman

                                from Tampa Bay area

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                                Pros

                                • Always Look Great
                                • Consistent
                                • Good Tone
                                • Long Life
                                • Never Break
                                • Silky Smooth
                                • Strong

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Backup
                                  • Concerts
                                  • Practicing
                                  • Quiet- No Squeaks

                                  Comments about D'Addario ECG23 Chrome Extra Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                                  Seems like I've used them forever... exclusively. And they seem to last forever. They don't accumulate dirt so they're easy to keep clean and keep their proper tone. Color-coded ends make for no mistakes when putting them on, under virtually any lighting conditions.

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  I like the wound G string

                                  By ras1500

                                  from Queen Creek, AZ

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                                  Comments about D'Addario ECG23 Chrome Extra Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                                  These strings go well with the vintage stagger pickups on my Stratocaster. The wound G string eliminates the harshness I get with plain G strains. I also like the smooth feel of these strings, no finger squeak.

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