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D'Addario EXL116 XL Electric Guitar Strings Medium Top/Heavy Bottom 

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D'Addario EXL116 XL Electric Guitar strings are world-renowned as "The Player's Choice" amongst guitar players of all genres and styles. XL strings a...Click To Read More About This Product

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D'Addario EXL116 XL Electric Guitar strings are world-renowned as "The Player's Choice" amongst guitar players of all genres and styles. XL strings are wound with nickelplated steel and are known for their distinctive bright tone and excellent intonation. This custom gauge set with medium gauges for the top strings and heavy for the low strings will give you clear voiced mids and highs with thunderous lows. Great for soloing.



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EXL116 XL Electric Guitar Strings Medium Top/Heavy Bottom

  • Gauges: 11-14-18-30-42-52
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D'AddarioEXL116 XL Electric Guitar Strings Medium Top/Heavy Bottom
 
4.9

(based on 23 reviews)

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Pros

  • Consistent (11)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Long life (9)
  • Well built / quality (8)

Cons

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  • Practicing (11)
  • Back-up (8)
  • Concerts (8)
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for Drop C

By DarkKnight369

from Peoria, IL

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Comments about D'Addario EXL116 XL Electric Guitar Strings Medium Top/Heavy Bottom:

First of all, D'addario strings are where its at. That said, these strings are great. I was using EXL115's before in drop C, and the low C was a little too loose when doing fast triplets. Found out about these bad boys and was sold. They give that little bit extra tension, while not getting too thick and tight. Having the high strings the same tension helps keeping the feel of solos and higher fills. Only problem I had was I had to play with my bridge a tiny bit to adjust the action, now everything is sweet. Worth a try and a buy.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome for Dropped C

By jmbullet

from Drummondville, QC

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Comments about D'Addario EXL116 XL Electric Guitar Strings Medium Top/Heavy Bottom:

I use these strings on my ESP LTD F-250 and they sound awesome. I play anything from Children of Bodom to Cradle of Filth... These strings provide great sustain and are highly playable. They stay in tune very well, even when I abuse the floyd rose. I have to replace them about once a month, even though I play a lot. I am in a band and we play a lot of shows. I've never had one of these strings break on me, even when they're old. I just change them when they start to feel loose.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Changing the .52 for a .56 make this set perfect for Drop C

By Justin_lee2014

from Union Grove, AL

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  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

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    Best Uses

      Comments about D'Addario EXL116 XL Electric Guitar Strings Medium Top/Heavy Bottom:

      For years I've been trying numerous gauges and brands of strings for playing in Drop C. I currently play 25.5 scale guitars, but used to play 24.75 which made finding the right strings difficult. I thought I found the right set when I started using the 10-52 set and replacing the 52 for a 56, but I started wearing out the 10s on top so I went for this set. The lower strings are beefy enough to handle riffs, but the .42 (A) and .30 (D) strings still give and breath enough for smoother playing. The 11s on top feel like 10s in standard which make them great for soloing or playing fuller chords. Definitely recommend this gauge.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great strings

      By donovanwilder

      from Minnesota

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      Comments about D'Addario EXL116 XL Electric Guitar Strings Medium Top/Heavy Bottom:

      I LOVE DAddario strings, i was trying to find good strings to play Drop B in, these work very well, BUT the .52 is a LITTLE to loose, so i think ima have to go to ernie ball and get custom sized strings, id say these strings would be the BEST for C# standard.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great strings

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about D'Addario EXL116 XL Electric Guitar Strings Medium Top/Heavy Bottom:

      I bought 2 packs of these strings about 6 months ago and they are great and smooth. Though they say they are made for standard and drop tunings, they sound great in standard and drop D but in drop C it wasnt that great, the sound for me wasnt clear and bright enough tone, just because the strings i had on before these were amazing and sounded pro like and I'm still just use to those. Overall great strings for standard and drop D.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      the best

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about D'Addario EXL116 XL Electric Guitar Strings Medium Top/Heavy Bottom:

      These are the best strings I have ever used. Over the last 11 years I have tried earnie ball slinkys, ghs boomers and recently elixers, and these are definitely the way to go. If you only play cleans 100% of the time then there are other good ones too, but these strings soud the best to me for overdriven and distorted tones. They have the most vibrant tone I've found on the lower strings.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Perfection...

      By Jack Griffiths

      from Kent, UK

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      Comments about D'Addario EXL116 XL Electric Guitar Strings Medium Top/Heavy Bottom:

      Before checking out D'Addario, I'd been hunting specific gauges and quality for a long time. Mixing and matching sets is not easy on the wallet, let alone yourself when you've got a gig fast approaching. These strings are perfect for what I need in a set, especially if you play as hard as I do. Never once have I broken one, and they do take a real hammering (in standard tuning). If you're looking for strength, tone, playability and affordability, buy these now, before I buy yours for you.

       
      5.0

      Great

      By Dom

      from Chicago

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          Comments about D'Addario EXL116 XL Electric Guitar Strings Medium Top/Heavy Bottom:

          Using these on a short scale, Ibanez Mikro. They feel good, but I'm not anywhere near an expert. Tension feels good.

           
          5.0

          would buy again

          By Tom

          from Charlotte NC

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          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life

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            • Practicing

            Comments about D'Addario EXL116 XL Electric Guitar Strings Medium Top/Heavy Bottom:

            always great experience

             
            5.0

            Ideal for dropped C

            By jmbullet

            from Montreal

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            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life
            • Strong

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              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about D'Addario EXL116 XL Electric Guitar Strings Medium Top/Heavy Bottom:

              I use these strings on my two ESP's in dropped C tuning. Both of these guitars have floyd rose bridges and these strings hold up really well and stay in tune. I've been using D'Addario strings for over a decade and I have always been satisfied with tone and quality. I also love the anti-rust packaging, I live in a very humid place and I've been given other brands of strings which didn't have that packaging and they rusted before I could even try them on, while I can keep an unopened pack of D'Addario's for years and they still look, feel and sound brand new when taken out of the package. I play metal and use my tremolo a lot.

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