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D'Addario EXL115W Nickel Blues/Jazz Wound 3rd Electric Guitar Strings

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Wound G string for a loud, thick middle.

Gauges 11-14-21w-28-38-49.

EXL115Ws are among D'Addario's most popular round-wound, nickel-plated electric guitar strings.

World-renowned as "The Player's Choice" among guitar players of all genres and styles. XL strings are wound with nickel-plated steel, known for its distinctive bright tone, excellent intonation and reduced fret wear.

D'Addario is the world's largest manufacturer of strings for musical instruments. Many top guitarists won't play any other brand. Whether you play blues, jazz or rock, D'Addario has a set of strings that's right for your electric guitar.


FEATURES
  • Player's choice
  • Nickel roundwound
  • Bright, lasting tone
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D'AddarioEXL115W Nickel Blues/Jazz Wound 3rd Electric Guitar Strings
 
4.9

(based on 54 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (27)
  • Consistent (25)
  • Well built / quality (22)
  • Long life (17)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (17)
  • Concerts (16)
  • Back-up (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (22), Professional musician (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sound great on a T5

I use these exclusively on my Taylor T5 and they do a great job. I didn't like acoustic bronze strings on it because of the increased tension, and regular electrics had too much timbre...Read complete review

I use these exclusively on my Taylor T5 and they do a great job. I didn't like acoustic bronze strings on it because of the increased tension, and regular electrics had too much timbre change between wound & unwound strings for my taste. These fit the best of both words. Tension is soft enough to bend 1/2 to whole step, but hard enough to strum well without abrupt sound change. They stay in tune really well, and don't have breakage problems. I also recommend D'addario Bronze for your acoustic and the Balanced Tension for your electric. D'addarios are all I've used for the past 10 years - they make great strings.
The only caveat I can give is that you MAY have to widen the g-string slot in your nut to accommodate the slightly thicker string and keep it from binding...

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Ehhhh...just not enough.

I went into a brief period of wanting to experiment with strings, and these sounded like they might be good. When I first put them on they were pretty good, nice feel and...Read complete review

I went into a brief period of wanting to experiment with strings, and these sounded like they might be good. When I first put them on they were pretty good, nice feel and tone and the wound 3rd string was ok. But they last about half as long as the strings I usually use, and lose a lot of spring really quickly. Personally I think Ernie balls are still where its at.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sound great on a T5

By JDOLAN

from ALABAMA

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

  • May Have To Adjust Nut

Best Uses

  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about D'Addario EXL115W Nickel Blues/Jazz Wound 3rd Electric Guitar Strings:

I use these exclusively on my Taylor T5 and they do a great job. I didn't like acoustic bronze strings on it because of the increased tension, and regular electrics had too much timbre change between wound & unwound strings for my taste. These fit the best of both words. Tension is soft enough to bend 1/2 to whole step, but hard enough to strum well without abrupt sound change. They stay in tune really well, and don't have breakage problems. I also recommend D'addario Bronze for your acoustic and the Balanced Tension for your electric. D'addarios are all I've used for the past 10 years - they make great strings.
The only caveat I can give is that you MAY have to widen the g-string slot in your nut to accommodate the slightly thicker string and keep it from binding...

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Value

By DDawg2

from Cornville, AZ

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Comments about EXL115W Nickel Blues/Jazz Wound 3rd Electric Guitar Strings:

Nice tone on hollow body Gretsch guitars. Less so on Gibsons where pure nickel wrap is better on my ears.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

For Blues, Jazz and Rock (not heavy metal)

By ewhitestone

from Napa. Ca.

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about D'Addario EXL115W Nickel Blues/Jazz Wound 3rd Electric Guitar Strings:

    If you haven't tried Electric Guitar strings with a wound 3rd, you're missing out.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    rhythm friendly

    By ironman 911

    from Jasper, Ga.

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    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Church Worship Services
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about D'Addario EXL115W Nickel Blues/Jazz Wound 3rd Electric Guitar Strings:

      i primarily play acoustic, so when i switch to electric (les paul studio) i have a tendency to really "mash" the strings. because i play mostly rhythm these heavier gauge strings with the wound third have a more acoustic feel which is much more agreeable to my style of playing

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      D'Addario EXL115W Nickel Blues/Jazz Wound 3rd Elec

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about D'Addario EXL115W Nickel Blues/Jazz Wound 3rd Electric Guitar Strings:

      I began using these as I was fed up with my 3rd going out of tune. I use these strings for Standard Tuning all the way down to Drop C. Only ever broke a string once ever, - I find them durable and they last me a good while because I clean my stings after every time I play.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Couldn't be more pleased...

      By Bejum J. Snark

      from Kankakee, IL

      Comments about D'Addario EXL115W Nickel Blues/Jazz Wound 3rd Electric Guitar Strings:

      Put these on my Epiphone Casino and seriously wondered were this great sounding guitar had been for the last five years. What a difference! I'd been using Earnie Ball's. Now, I'll never go back.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      constant guality

      By Mark Hanson

      from Florida

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      Comments about D'Addario EXL115W Nickel Blues/Jazz Wound 3rd Electric Guitar Strings:

      I've used the EXL115Ws for over 25 years, between 40 to 50 sets a year, and have only found 4 defective strings in that whole time. That's pretty impressive. Good feel, rich tone, with a full but bright bottom. If you use a magnetic pickup on your acoustic, try these instead of bronze strings. Also great for hybrid guitars (like the Parker Fly). When you need an even lighter feel, the EXL110Ws will do the trick. The G string, while wound is still light enough for pulls.

       
      5.0

      Wound G for tuning stability

      By Doc

      from The Pleasant Peninsula (Michigan)

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      Pros

      • Good Tone
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about D'Addario EXL115W Nickel Blues/Jazz Wound 3rd Electric Guitar Strings:

        These strings helped with tuning stability issues I was having with an (Indonesian, fat neck) Epiphone 335 Dot, which I love but the unwound G string was going out of tune. Swapped out the bridge (Guitar Fetish--nice choice and half the price of TonePro) and the nut (Graph Tech), which also helped. I retained the lower three strings from the 'Heavy Bottom" set I had on it already. The top 3 strings sound great, but I've only had 'em on for a few days. I also put these on another 335-style guitar, but the bottom 3 strings felt just a bit flimsy switching back and forth with the Epi, not surprisingly. They sound good, nice and acoustically rich.

        Service and delivery comments:

        I wish MF would either use UPS or USPS, not both. The handoff from one to the other at the local post office takes an extra day and is a needless waste of time for the customer. Otherwise I love MF, but this added delay makes no sense. Remember: you're competing against Amazon Prime, right?

         
        5.0

        Great for tuning down a half step on 24.75 scale.

        By Jus10lee

        from Union Grove, AL

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about D'Addario EXL115W Nickel Blues/Jazz Wound 3rd Electric Guitar Strings:

          I temporarily used these strings on my old Ibanez ART which was Gibson scale length, maybe a little longer. The wound 21w feels and stays in tune much better than the .18p. If I were using a 25.5 scale guitar, I would probably just use the regular 11s set. If you have a gutar with a 24.75 scale guitar and want to tune down to Eb/ Dropped Db, these are a great set.

           
          4.0

          New gauge for me on a new build

          By Mar'

          from Santa Fe, New Mexico

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          Comments about D'Addario EXL115W Nickel Blues/Jazz Wound 3rd Electric Guitar Strings:

          The D'Addario EXL115w (49-38-28-21w-14-11) don't seem to have the feel and response I've been getting from Curt Mangan's #15015 (Pure Nickel Electric Guitar 52-42-30w-17-13-10). I always sub the Mangan .017 plain with a D'Addario NYXL .018w and alternate between the .010 and a D'Addario NYXL .012— but the Mangans are twice the price! The EXL115w set sounds fine and the price is right.

          Only musicians would hear the difference anyway. I will keep using the EXL115W on this solid-body (SG) at least until after I finish ironing out the issues I'm having with tuning stability (new bigsby and original Chinese epi tuners). I have two more sets of EXL115w on hand.

          I'm one of those people who doesn't experience wound G-string breakage. I'm not much of a string-bender and my tremolo use is old-school (stock Fender strat and B6+B7 Bigsby). The EXL115w's .021w G-string is the thickest wound 3rd I've used but it doesn't feel noticeably different than .018w G-strings I'm used to.

           
          5.0

          I always buy D'Addario.

          By Pop

          from AR

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          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about D'Addario EXL115W Nickel Blues/Jazz Wound 3rd Electric Guitar Strings:

            Use these on my Gibson L6 I like 11's on it.

             
            5.0

            Been using these for two years now - I use nothing else.

            By Ed C. in NC

            from Raleigh, NC

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing
              • The Main Event - any Gig or recording

              Comments about D'Addario EXL115W Nickel Blues/Jazz Wound 3rd Electric Guitar Strings:

              Da BLUES! The "G" string is often the first to go, I normally replace it with a 22 Wound Ernie Ball to get the rest of the life out of the set if the remainder are still in good shape, we are talking 40 - 120 hours per set depending on the amount of bending and hard strumming. I use picks of 1.0mm thickness and UP and only play 20% "gentle" soft slow Blues. Have over 40 guitars, and to standardize for the most part on one string set is no easy task, I do run the same "set" in 10's on maybe as many as 5 guitars - always with at least a 18 gauge WOUND third string. Catch me if you can.

               
              5.0

              FINALLY!!

              By Preacher

              from Elmore, Ohio

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              • Consistent
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about D'Addario EXL115W Nickel Blues/Jazz Wound 3rd Electric Guitar Strings:

                Finally, my guitar doesn't sound like it's playing out of tune! The wound G strings don't overwhelm the rest of the strings now when I'm playing chords.

                 
                4.0

                Industry standard

                By JB914

                from NYC

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                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Strong

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                    Comments about D'Addario EXL115W Nickel Blues/Jazz Wound 3rd Electric Guitar Strings:

                    By now, most players I'm sure are aware that D'Addario produces a fantastic variety of high quality strings. I type your others but know that I can always rely upon this brand. This particular set is for a fully hollow electric that I play a wide variety of styles on from jazz to early rock 'n roll. Totally fits the bill.

                     
                    5.0

                    I buy all my strings from MF and a lot of other musical need

                    By Sherm

                    from Yucca Valley Ca.

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone
                    • Long Life
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about D'Addario EXL115W Nickel Blues/Jazz Wound 3rd Electric Guitar Strings:

                      I'm 80 years old, play three times a week.

                       
                      5.0

                      yes would buy again

                      By gus

                      from rochester ny

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent

                      Cons

                      • I cant get these strings where I live

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts

                      Comments about D'Addario EXL115W Nickel Blues/Jazz Wound 3rd Electric Guitar Strings:

                      I use this product on 6 different guitars an there the only one I use

                       
                      5.0

                      Great, solid set of strings.

                      By Bill

                      from Chester, N.Y.

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tone
                      • Long Life
                      • Strong

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup
                        • Concerts

                        Comments about D'Addario EXL115W Nickel Blues/Jazz Wound 3rd Electric Guitar Strings:

                        The wound, heavier third string does it for me. I love how it holds the tune better. Plus, I play 90% rhythm guitar and the 011's are much more powerful.

                         
                        5.0

                        What an amazing improvement in tone and feel!!

                        By Johnny O.

                        from Oregon

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Good Tone

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Concerts

                          Comments about D'Addario EXL115W Nickel Blues/Jazz Wound 3rd Electric Guitar Strings:

                          Not sure about the longevity since I've only switched strings recently but the tonal difference, and feel, of these strings is a BIG improvement over my previous strings! I play mostly slide and these are rich and smooth sounding strings.

                           
                          5.0

                          nice step above 10's

                          By bigfoot

                          from Az.

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Good Tone
                          • Long Life
                          • Strong

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about D'Addario EXL115W Nickel Blues/Jazz Wound 3rd Electric Guitar Strings:

                            good so far stiffer than 10's

                             
                            5.0

                            Good Strings

                            By Butch

                            from Way over in the Minor Key

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                            • Consistent
                            • Good Tone
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                                Comments about D'Addario EXL115W Nickel Blues/Jazz Wound 3rd Electric Guitar Strings:

                                Wound G is for me.

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