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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 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 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Back-up (6)
  • Concerts (6)
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5.0

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

By Leee79

from Midland, TX

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

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.

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    5.0

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

    By Big Bobby

    from ct.

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    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.

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      5.0

      My favorite strings

      By Emre Metin Bilginer

      from Turkey, Istanbul

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      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.

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        4.0

        Excellent Strings, Great for Downtuning

        By SixStringScholar

        from Way Up Heah, Maine

        About Me Experienced

        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.

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          5.0

          Sound great

          By Daveyboanz

          from Long Island NY

          About Me Novice

          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

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            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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              5.0

              BUY THESE

              By Terrell Johnson

              from North Carolina

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Feel Great
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Smooth
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing
                • Shredding

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

                I got these at a local music store and as soon as I got home I stringed these babies through my Ibanez and after doing the whole 15 minute re-stringing routine I plugged my baby into my friends Orange amp and they sounded amazing. Has the right amount of brightness without taking away the nice warm tones on the clean channel. They also feel wonderful to play on. I had some GHS strings on before, but after trying these they are smooth, fast, and balanced in string tension. I'll never buy any other strings except D'Addario!

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                5.0

                Solved the problem

                By NKBC

                from Treasure Coast, FL

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

                Guitar: heavily customized MIM Strat. Was playing in standard E dropped D then went to standard D dropped C. Needed to tighten that C so decided to purchase the EXL116s. Took a little getting used to but bingo, problem solved.

                I always loved D'Addario strings. Still do.

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                5.0

                My favorite strings

                By Ampbox

                from MD, USA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good feel
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

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

                  D'Addario XL strings are well-known for their consistency, intonation, value, and this set is no different.

                  Double the life and double the tone. Optimized for standard tuning and detuning, these strings suit the tunings I like from standard to C# standard tuning.

                  These make my lightweight Basswood Jackson guitar sound so much better!

                  D'Addario XL 11-52's for life!!!

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                  5.0

                  Great strings, very versatile gauge

                  By CreepingSeth

                  from Northwest PA

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

                  I recently tried these on my 24.75" and they're great. 75% of the time I'm tuned E flat and 25% of the time I'll used drop D or open D tuning . I found the low E string too flabby for when I used EXL115's (11-49) or any gauge that were lighter than 11-50. The higher plain strings seem a little to loose for my taste when in DGCFAD tuning and are a little too stiff for E standard, but sound great. These are a great hybrid gauge, try 'em out if you get a chance.

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