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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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  • 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 25 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (13)
  • Good tone (12)
  • Long life (11)
  • Well built / quality (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (12)
  • Back-up (8)
  • Concerts (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Novice (3)

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(2 of 3 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.

(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 Jus10lee

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)

       
      4.0

      Excellent Strings, Great for Downtuning

      By SixStringScholar

      from Way Up Heah, Maine

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

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

        I bought these strings for 25" and 24.75" guitars tuned to D standard and Drop C.

        These strings maintain the same tension, to within a pound, as a 10-46 set tuned to E standard. I've had no problems with intonation.

        The strings break in well, and have a nice tone to them.

        I play mostly rock of all types and dabble in metal.

        (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 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

        Awesome strings!

        By Obi-Vaughan

        from Atlanta

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            I have been playing guitar for 20 years and have been on a constant search for the perfect strings for my Lea Paul. I played with 10s, 11s, and 10-52. The 10-52 was close but not right to me. I preferred the 11 on my top string. Then I found an article where Joe Bonamassa uses a custom set of 11-52 on his guitars. Perfect! This is the best set I have used in this rare gauge. It is perfect for all types of tuning and sounds amazing.

             
            5.0

            Great strings for an Archtop Electric

            By RobS

            from Naples, Florida

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

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

              These are great strings. I use them on my Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin II CW. The strings are still easy to bend and give that Archtop guitar a nice thick sound. I am a loyal D'Addario string customer, these strings last pretty long as compared to other brands.

               
              5.0

              Great

              By Dom

              from Chicago

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              • Strong

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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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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • 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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                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone
                    • Long Life
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                      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.

                       
                      5.0

                      Good strings

                      By Brian

                      from Garland, Utah

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Long Life

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup
                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

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

                        I use these strings mostly to play drop tuning--C or C#. They're the best "bang for your buck."

                         
                        5.0

                        Great strings great price

                        By Duwane

                        from undisclosed

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

                        Can't go wrong with these. Consistently great.

                         
                        5.0

                        If I needed a case, I would buy one without hesitation

                        By Leee79

                        from Midland, TX

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Good Tone
                        • Long Life
                        • Strong

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Live Shows
                          • Practicing
                          • Recording

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

                          Great for practice and live when shredding the guitar, recording when a clean tone and maintaining tune is a must. XL, Extra long life while maintaining a consistent tuning. In my experience, these work very well for standard and various drop tuning.

                           
                          5.0

                          I've been using these strings for a couple of years now.

                          By Trebor

                          from Sandy Hook, Ct.

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Long Life
                          • Nice blend of heavy bass with med highs.

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup
                            • Concerts
                            • Practicing

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

                            I formerly used .012's but like the bendability of the .011's with the heavier bass for the crunch and chord fullness.

                             
                            5.0

                            My favorite strings

                            By Emre

                            from Ista

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                            Pros

                            • Good Tone

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Backup
                              • Concerts
                              • Practicing

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

                              I change my strings very often so I don't care if it lasts too long.
                              I love its tone.

                               
                              5.0

                              Sound great

                              By Daveyboanz

                              from Long Island NY

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                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Good Tone
                              • Long Life
                              • Strong

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Practicing

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

                                They sound feel and play great

                                 
                                5.0

                                Reliable strings!

                                By Terrell Johnson

                                from North Carolina

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                                Pros

                                • Consistent
                                • Good Tone
                                • Strong

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Backup
                                  • Concerts
                                  • Practicing

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

                                  These are great strings, though they take awhile to break in, but once you get past that stage these are wonderful. I've used D'alddario's strings on all of my guitars for the past 2 1/2 years and haven't had any snap on me while tuning or playing. They last a pretty good while, I usually switch mine every 3 or 4 months cause I miss the feel of new strings rather than the strings give out, but they will hold up for longer I'm sure. Plus, they have a nice bright tone, so it pairs nice with warmer woods and darker voiced pickups for a nice heavy metal sound, they also work great for cleans don't get me wrong. I've used these in my high school jazz band and they play and feel better than any of my friends guitar strings to be honest, but give these a go if you want strings that'll reach beyond your expectations.

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