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D'Addario EJ21 XL Nickel Jazz Light Electric Guitar Strings   

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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
 
4.8

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

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 (4)

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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5.0

Great

By Alfonso

from New York

About Me Professional Musician

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

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    5.0

    D'Addario Strings and Musician's Friend

    By Pato Dar

    from Modesto, CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    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.

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      5.0

      Excellent Smooth Jazz Set of Strings

      By JvG

      from Lake Tahoe, CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      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.

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        5.0

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

        By Steve at Frogstory

        from Dover, NH

        About Me Professional Musician

        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.

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          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.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Better tone and intonation, wound G rawks

              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 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.

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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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