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D'AddarioEJ21 XL Nickel Jazz Light Electric Guitar Strings
 
4.8

(based on 16 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Better tone and intonation, wound G rawks

I just starting using this gauge on my Guild Starfire ('01)semi-hollowbody. I should've made that move a long time ago instead 10's or 11's. To accommodate the larger width and...Read complete review

I just starting using this gauge on my Guild Starfire ('01)semi-hollowbody. I should've made that move a long time ago instead 10's or 11's. To accommodate the larger width and tension of the string, I had to make a neck adjustment (to be expected and strongly recommended..of course) and I had to get out my metal files and do some work on the bridge, as well as the nut (slot was too narrow and caused binding, ..very annoying when you're trying to tune). Always consider those things before going up in gauge by large degrees. I am a fingerstyle player and sometimes mildly hard rhythm player. Be it electric or acoustic, I have not broke a string in nearly 10 yrs (tho, I've played for 30, taught for 15, public performing for 12 yrs), because I am in *touch* with my energy, attack and how aggressive I really need to be to have good tone and get the job done, much less ..make someone besides myself happy with it. I respect my equipment, as well, and understand it's limitations. That comes with maturity and experience. Having said all that, I did buy a box of D'Addario acoustics once where every 1st string snapped as soon as I tuned it to pitch or soon thereafter. That was just a rare manufacturing defect and D'addario took care of me, no questions asked. Now, about the strings specifically.. they sound great, esp clean. The wound G does indeed provide better intonation, roundness and warmth...and has a very subtle 'zing' in it's tone, if that makes any sense. I agree with what someone said about "back in the day the electrics were all wound G's ..you have to adjust pole piece so it can be louder".. I enjoy playing classical type things on my hollowbody (IE Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring) and I love how much better definition the wound G gives to the music and my personal style. Thank you for reading. Hope this helps.

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High Strung

I bought these strings for my american deluxe strat. They sounded great but the tension on these babies was so high it was pulling up my bridge. (that can't be good) I tightened...Read complete review

I bought these strings for my american deluxe strat. They sounded great but the tension on these babies was so high it was pulling up my bridge. (that can't be good) I tightened the springs but it still kept happening. I guess if you disided to buy more tremelo springs they would work, but i'm not really into that

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4.0

Great balanced set for de-tuning

By JTallica1995

from boaz,alabama

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about D'Addario EJ21 XL Nickel Jazz Light Electric Guitar Strings:

    I've primarily played hybrid sets for a few years now. I play modern metal and and tune down to tunings like dropc, drop b, even drop b flat. Lately I've been wanting a more balanced set of strings for Drop C tuning. This set works great so far on my explorer. If you're a lead player, the thicker top strings and wound third will take some getting used to, but chords never sounded so great and full.

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    5.0

    How Low Can You Go?

    By XD

    from North Platte, NE

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Durable
    • Good Price
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about D'Addario EJ21 XL Nickel Jazz Light Electric Guitar Strings:

      After trying out several gauges for low tunings, I've finally settled on these. I use these strings for anything from D to A#, and they work great. In D, they're a little rigid for my tastes, but they're nicely bendable in C or A#, without being too loosey-goosey. I mostly play lead, so the ability to shape your notes is great, but someone playing rhythm in a low tuning may want something a little heavier.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Better tone and intonation, wound G rawks

      By Gtrdancer1

      from Abingdon, Virginia

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      Comments about D'Addario EJ21 XL Nickel Jazz Light Electric Guitar Strings:

      I just starting using this gauge on my Guild Starfire ('01)semi-hollowbody. I should've made that move a long time ago instead 10's or 11's. To accommodate the larger width and tension of the string, I had to make a neck adjustment (to be expected and strongly recommended..of course) and I had to get out my metal files and do some work on the bridge, as well as the nut (slot was too narrow and caused binding, ..very annoying when you're trying to tune). Always consider those things before going up in gauge by large degrees. I am a fingerstyle player and sometimes mildly hard rhythm player. Be it electric or acoustic, I have not broke a string in nearly 10 yrs (tho, I've played for 30, taught for 15, public performing for 12 yrs), because I am in *touch* with my energy, attack and how aggressive I really need to be to have good tone and get the job done, much less ..make someone besides myself happy with it. I respect my equipment, as well, and understand it's limitations. That comes with maturity and experience. Having said all that, I did buy a box of D'Addario acoustics once where every 1st string snapped as soon as I tuned it to pitch or soon thereafter. That was just a rare manufacturing defect and D'addario took care of me, no questions asked. Now, about the strings specifically.. they sound great, esp clean. The wound G does indeed provide better intonation, roundness and warmth...and has a very subtle 'zing' in it's tone, if that makes any sense. I agree with what someone said about "back in the day the electrics were all wound G's ..you have to adjust pole piece so it can be louder".. I enjoy playing classical type things on my hollowbody (IE Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring) and I love how much better definition the wound G gives to the music and my personal style. Thank you for reading. Hope this helps.

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      (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Dissapointed

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about D'Addario EJ21 XL Nickel Jazz Light Electric Guitar Strings:

      I got this pair of strings to put on my Jackson RR3, and every review was of this brand being the best of the best, I've had these strings for 3 weeks and the high E string just snapped, I had these in Drop C# the whole time, except when I brought the low E string to E flat, I heard these were unbreakable, I was wrong, my Ernie Ball Titanium wound strings lasted 7 months before breaking, I'll just use those next time.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Thick, warm, and G string

      Comments about D'Addario EJ21 XL Nickel Jazz Light Electric Guitar Strings:

      I switched strings around until I realized that d'addario strings are the best bang for buck. On my guitar my G-string would always be the first to go out of tune, break, and generally be the trouble spot on my guitar. I decided to try out a wound G to see if that would fix my issue. Needless to say, 20 sets later, it had, and it sounds more hearty than the unwound as well. Stays in tune, hits harder, and is even less likely to break (g string hasen't broken yet in 20 sets(1 set per month)). Metal hasen't been the same.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Use to use Ernie Ball...

      By Adrien

      from anchorage, alaska

      Comments about D'Addario EJ21 XL Nickel Jazz Light Electric Guitar Strings:

      I'm slowly working my way up to using 13's and Ernie Ball doesn't make a regular 12 set. Only drop tuning sets. But after using these, I don't think I'll go back to Ernie Ball. these really feel and sound great and if you play rock, the wound G makes pinch harmonics a breeze.

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      5.0

      Who Ever Knew..

      By Outer Heaven

      from Canada

      Comments about D'Addario EJ21 XL Nickel Jazz Light Electric Guitar Strings:

      This was my first time trying Jazz/Blues strings because I mostly play metal to "shredding" but was after a new in-expensive tone so comparing them to GHS, Fender and normal D'Addario Nickle Wound..ect these have more grip on the first 3 strings (E,B,G) and a lower tone that I was after. They cost roughly the same as a set of 9s so if I didn't like them it wasn't a "gamble" like an expensive new pickup.I was skeptical at first playing my warlock unplugged mostly because I've used normal nickle round strings not blues style but after re-stringing it with a set on at first like they just changed the box! But plugged in you will hear a difference! Maybe not at first but wait for the new string sound to fade to some point and play the same thing on two similar looking electrc guitars (plugged in preferably) and you will.. im usually the kind of person to say a string is a string but these are different.

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      5.0

      Excellent

      By Francis

      from San Diego, CA

      Comments about D'Addario EJ21 XL Nickel Jazz Light Electric Guitar Strings:

      I have one of my guitars set up with these strings, and I had a lighter gauge on another one, and I don't want to play my other guitar until I get a set of these on there. The only electric guitar strings I want to use anymore.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Only took 'em off to rewire

      By Wilsoz

      from Palacios TX

      Comments about D'Addario EJ21 XL Nickel Jazz Light Electric Guitar Strings:

      I have been using D'Addario Jazz Light strings for the last 8 years, having tried Ernie Ball, Everly, and Fender strings. In those 8 years I have never had a D'Addario break, and that includes the set that was on my "drunk guy throws wrench at" guitar. Put through a coil-tapped L-500XL these things have harmonics and sustain that would make Mother Teresa blush.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Tone, Sustain, Strength, Durability

      By Volcanoking

      from Lakewood, WA

      Comments about D'Addario EJ21 XL Nickel Jazz Light Electric Guitar Strings:

      As one reviewer stated using the same strings for six months, I would not recommend that much duration with any string. That being said, I use many gauges of the XL series for standard and baritone guitars and have found them to be the longest lasting in terms of tone and breakage. I do agree with the reviewer in reference to Ernie Balls breaking a lot. In over 10 years, 3-5 playing sessions a week, and switching to D'Addarios, I have prob had 2 strings break. Bridge saddle rough spots are usually the culprit, or abuse, vs. string quality as a whole. As with anything regarding instruments and sound, taste is individual and therefore I will mainly minimize my comments to the excellent longevity of these and all gauges of their electric strings. As far as my taste in their tone, they def meet my needs for heavy music. These brighten up the tone of my baritone guitars just right to accent the presence with both active and passive pickups.

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