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MF MD HG Exclusives 09-19-14

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

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Overview
  • Player's choice
  • Nickel roundwound
  • Bright, lasting tone
Description & Specs
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    $11.05
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    - $6.10
  • New Price:
    $495

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D'Addario

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

The best balance of long-life, high-enough tension to make the guitar sing, and easy playing. Order a passel of 'em today!

 
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D'AddarioEXL115W Nickel Blues/Jazz Wound 3rd Electric Guitar Strings
 
4.9

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (12)
  • Consistent (9)
  • Well built / quality (8)
  • Long life (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (8)
    • Concerts (7)
    • Back-up (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (8), Professional musician (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Best thing I ever did to improve my tone

    After buying these strings and slapping them on my Ibanez Artcore semi-hollow, I can honestly say that the best thing I have ever did to improve my guitar's tone was put higher gauge strings...Read complete review

    After buying these strings and slapping them on my Ibanez Artcore semi-hollow, I can honestly say that the best thing I have ever did to improve my guitar's tone was put higher gauge strings on it. Maybe semi-hollows just resonate better with them, not sure. The round 3rd string is pretty clutch - the strings I used to put on would have a very noisy, tinny-sounding 3rd string and having a wound one like this has completely solved that issue. My Artcore would just sound too twangy in general with lighter strings on it, too - and having heavier gauge strings improved that issue by leaps and bounds.

    I'm not exactly an expert in tone so I can't argue about the finer points of the sound these strings make - but my bottom line is, they help me to better access the range of sounds that I want from my instrument, and that's what matters. Definitely 5 stars for tone.

    I have one complaint though: I am an abusive bender, as it were. When I bend the strings, I push their limits pretty friggin hard, and these particular strings will only take so much. Had a string break on me yesterday while I was bending really hard but I had another set hanging around so it was all good. My lighter gauge strings from before would withstand this abuse beautifully - but just keep in mind that when you move up to thicker strings, you're making a trade-off: the thicker strings will wear out and break more quickly if you push them too hard and bend them abusively like I do.

    On the subject of bending, also: with the wound 3rd string, if you want to bend it, you need to bend it a lot further to get the interval that you want, so just be prepared for that.

    All in all however, I am VERY happy with these strings. I'll have to take it easy on the bending a little bit, but for me that's more than a worthy trade-off for strings that really make my baby sing like she should.

    I can't necessarily speak for how these would sound on other guitars because I've never heard what they sound like on others, but I would MOST DEFINITELY recommend them for anyone playing a hollow or semi-hollow guitar. Fantastic tone, reasonable durability, and a good price.

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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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    5.0

    Excellent for drop tune

    By ToneHead23

    from Alabama

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing
    • Recording

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

    I have played almost exclusivley Ernie Ball strings for 13 years. I started building my own guitars and wanted to maximize the potential of their sound. On recommendation of a good friend I tried these after using the EB Colbalts. WOW! Amazing sound! Almost like a blanket had been lifted from my guitars! So much clarity (a must for D#/C#) and bottom end with pleasing midrange! If you have any doubts, buy a pack and see for yourself!

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    5.0

    Great strings

    By Big Al

    from Bristol, Va Nascar its Bristol Baby

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Really Like The 3rd Wound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Anything Especially Blues

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

      Buy them, try them, you can't go wrong

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      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...

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      5.0

      Only D'addario...

      By rockinstephen

      from So. ME/Central FL

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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've used only D'Addario for many years now. My J Mascis Jazzmaster came with D'A' 010's and I ordered a set of .011's to get the feel I like. I also ordered a 2nd. set to try on my Tele. These come with a wound G string. These are what I'll be using from now on. The next time you change strings, try D'Addario...

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        5.0

        rhythm friendly

        By ironman911

        from jasper ga

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        Pros

        • 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

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          5.0

          Bulk

          By Key of Sea

          from Dunnellon, FL

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Customer Service

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

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

            Very susprised that this string set is not offered in a '10-pack'; however, very pleased
            that the sales girl arranged a 10-pack package
            and gave me a 10% discount.

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            4.0

            Don't judge what used to be!

            By Bill

            from Ozark, MO

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            Pros

            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • Have Yet To Discover Any

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

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

            Have always used Fender 1550 before they stopped producing them. Hard to find a good set of Nickel Wound strings with a wrapped third string. These seem to be close to what I have been used to.

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            5.0

            Good compromise strings

            By JDOLAN

            from ALABAMA

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            Pros

            • Good Tone
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                I play a Taylor T5 a lot. I didn't like the feel of acoustic guitar strings on it; the tension just felt wrong. I also didn't like the abrupt transition in tone with the unwound g string on electric strings. These were a great compromise between the two. It's a little tough bending the g, but the smoother sounding chords make it worth it.

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                5.0

                A very fine Blues/Jazz string

                By jazz.fred

                from Carlisle, PA

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Wel Defined Tone
                • Wound 3rd Adds Smoothness

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

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

                  The EXL115W set is a very fine string for Blues and Jazz. The wound 3d gives a smoothness to the tone. Overall, the sound is just a bit on the bright side, but not overly so.

                  The overall tonal character is very well defined. I've been using these strings for at least 10 years and really like them.

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                  5.0

                  EXL115W Nickel Blues/Jazz Wound 3rd

                  By Gene

                  from Beckville, Texas

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

                        I gave these strings to the same guitar player in Oklahoma. (See other reviews).When he tells me how they performed, I will let you know.

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