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D'Addario EJ21 XL Nickel Jazz Light Electric Guitar Strings 

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A staple of guitarists worldwide!

Gauges: 12-16-24-32-42-52.

D'Addario EJ21 XL Nickel Jazz Light Electric Guitar Strings produce distinct, bright tone.

D'Addario is the world's largest manufacturer of strings for musical instruments. Many top guitarists won't play any other brand. Regardless of your playing style, D'Addario has a set of guitar strings that's right for you.


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D'AddarioEJ21 XL Nickel Jazz Light Electric Guitar Strings
 
4.6

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (6)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Long life (4)
  • Well built / quality (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (6)
  • Practicing (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (5)

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.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Quality has gone way down!

I have used this strings for 20+ years. Not the best but they were a good price and lasted. Something has changed. I have noticed over the last few years that my string...Read complete review

I have used this strings for 20+ years. Not the best but they were a good price and lasted. Something has changed. I have noticed over the last few years that my string were breaking in the guitar case after only a month or two. I finally realized that the ball ends are collapsing under the pressure of being in standard tuning for more than a month. When this happens the loop falls off of the ball ends and lets go of the string. This happened to one of my nicer Archtop guitars that I haven't played for a month or so. The result was that the neck has bowed due to the fact that there was no counter pressure pulling back on the truss rod. They must be cutting corners on the amount of material used in the ball ends. This is the 3rd time it is happened and I will never buy any string from D'adarrio ever again. This has nearly ruined the neck on one of my most valuable guitars. Absolute junk!

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Quality has gone way down!

By JL

from Phoenix, AZ

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

    Cons

    • Ball Ends Crush Under String Pressure
    • Cheap Construction

    Best Uses

    • None

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

    I have used this strings for 20+ years. Not the best but they were a good price and lasted. Something has changed. I have noticed over the last few years that my string were breaking in the guitar case after only a month or two. I finally realized that the ball ends are collapsing under the pressure of being in standard tuning for more than a month. When this happens the loop falls off of the ball ends and lets go of the string. This happened to one of my nicer Archtop guitars that I haven't played for a month or so. The result was that the neck has bowed due to the fact that there was no counter pressure pulling back on the truss rod. They must be cutting corners on the amount of material used in the ball ends. This is the 3rd time it is happened and I will never buy any string from D'adarrio ever again. This has nearly ruined the neck on one of my most valuable guitars. Absolute junk!

     
    5.0

    Great

    By Alfonso

    from New York

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts

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

      Great

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      D'Addario Strings and Musician's Friend

      By Pato Darr

      from Modesto,CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      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 use D'Addario strings for my acoustic guitars and for my electric guitars. To say it simply, D'Addario strings are the best.

         
        5.0

        Excellent Smooth Jazz Set of Strings

        By JvG

        from Lake Tahoe, CA

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Easier on the fingers for performance
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Not as much string sqeak as thicker gauge
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

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

          Tried many string brands and gauges through the years, this is an excellent choice for any Jazzer, etc.

           
          5.0

          I've used these strings for more than 20 years.

          By scarter

          from Dover, NH

          About Me Professional Musician

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

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

            I started using these strings when I was teaching guitar at Berklee, more than 20 years ago. Great strings.

             
            4.0

            Great balanced set for de-tuning

            By Justin_lee2014

            from Union Grove, AL

            About Me Experienced

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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.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              How Low Can You Go?

              By XD

              from North Platte, NE

              About Me Experienced

              See all my reviews

              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.

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Better tone and intonation, wound G rawks

                By Gtrdancer1

                from SW Va

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                Ask me a question

                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.

                (0 of 5 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.

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Thick, warm, and G string

                By Alex-XfyzJ

                from DC

                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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