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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 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (9)
  • Consistent (7)
  • Long life (5)
  • Well built / quality (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (7)
  • Practicing (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (6), Experienced (3)

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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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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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better tone and intonation, wound G rawks

By Gtrdancer1

from SW Va

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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.

(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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

give me nickel or give me death

By gibsondeltablues

from Atlanta GA

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

For fingerstyle they sound great. I love the wound third nice rich almost acoustic sound with my Epiphone Joe Pass hollow body.Also, Just what the doctor ordered for the mucky midrange, reverb swamp in my Hot Rod Deville.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Use to use Ernie Ball...

By Adrien

from anchorage, alaska

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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.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

High Strung

By Mrbubbles7690

from Canyon, TX

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

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

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

How Low Can You Go?

By XD

from North Platte, NE

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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.

    (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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Tone, Sustain, Strength, Durability

    By Volcanoking

    from Lakewood, WA

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    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.

     
    4.0

    I will buy this always

    By Jim

    from philomath, oregon

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Practicing

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

      nickel round wound 12/52. I get best tone for me out of my acoustic archtops. just strung up my bourgeois archtop. sounds clean without being too bright.

       
      5.0

      Quality I can rely on

      By Steve at Frogstory Records

      from Dover, NH

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts

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

        I've been using D'Addario strings for decades. Always well-made.

         
        5.0

        A good choice for my Gretsch "Streamliner".

        By Wil

        from Boise,ID

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Practicing

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

          These strings are the "right ones" for jazz backup.

          (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

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                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 Steve at Frogstory Records

                  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 Jus10lee

                    from Union Grove, AL

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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.

                       
                      5.0

                      Excellent

                      By Francis

                      from San Diego, CA

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                      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.

                       
                      5.0

                      Who Ever Knew..

                      By Outer Heaven

                      from Canada

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                      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.

                       
                      5.0

                      Good, but too bright for jazz, at least for me

                      By me-Co9LZ

                      from Wisconsin

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

                      These were really cool strings, they were very bright sounding, but too bright for me when I played jazz, maybe its just me but I like more of a mellow sound. But other then that they were really good strings.

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