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D'Addario EXL117 Medium Top/Extra-Heavy Bottom, Nickel-Wound Electric Guitar Strings   

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D'Addario XL Nickel-Wound electric guitar strings are world-renowned as "the player's choice" amongst players of all genres and styles. XLs are preci...Click To Read More About This Product

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Electric guitar strings ideal for players who drop tune down to D and want to retain a comfortable playing tension.

D'Addario XL Nickel-Wound electric guitar strings are world-renowned as "the player's choice" amongst players of all genres and styles. XLs are precision-wound with nickel-plated steel on a hex-shaped core, resulting in electric guitar strings with a distinctive, bright tone and excellent intonation. This set is medium top/extra-heavy bottom gauged and optimized for Drop D tuning.

Gauges: 11-14-19-32-44-56



Get replacement strings designed for players who drop tune or prefer heavier gauges when you order a set or two of D'Addario's EXL117 electric guitar strings today.

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D'AddarioEXL117 Medium Top/Extra-Heavy Bottom, Nickel-Wound Electric Guitar Strings
 
5.0

(based on 15 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (10)
  • Good tone (9)
  • Well built / quality (7)
  • Long life (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (7)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Back-up (3)
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    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (3)

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5.0

I love these

By Ted Keane

from Ft Collins Colorado

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about D'Addario EXL117 Medium Top/Extra-Heavy Bottom, Nickel-Wound Electric Guitar Strings:

    Sounds bright

     
    5.0

    Heavy sounding strings without ripping your fingers off!

    By Alex

    from Kansas City, KS

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about D'Addario EXL117 Medium Top/Extra-Heavy Bottom, Nickel-Wound Electric Guitar Strings:

      Use it on my PRS Custom 22 for E flat and it's the absolute perfect tension, sounds incredibly full as well.

       
      5.0

      Perfect for lower tunings!

      By Chuzz

      from Hebron, KY

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about D'Addario EXL117 Medium Top/Extra-Heavy Bottom, Nickel-Wound Electric Guitar Strings:

          These strings are perfect for lower tunings. The individual string gauges are well balanced for rhythm and lead playing. I use these strings for "drop C" & "C standard" tunings and they hold up exceptionally well for my style of playing. Excellent value and a quality product.

           
          5.0

          Strings made for people who know proper tone and tension.

          By Petey W

          from Fall River MA

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Great price
          • Perfect tension

          Cons

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              Comments about D'Addario EXL117 Medium Top/Extra-Heavy Bottom, Nickel-Wound Electric Guitar Strings:

              These have been my go to string set for the last 5 years. Absolutely perfect for drop c# tuning.

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great for Lower Tuning

              By Jeffrey Hester

              from Oklahoma

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about D'Addario EXL117 Medium Top/Extra-Heavy Bottom, Nickel-Wound Electric Guitar Strings:

                  D'Addario makes some of the best sounding strings in my opinion. They sound crisp and clear. The feel is nice and and clear. I stretch them really good when I put them on, then they stay in tune really well.

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent strings!

                  By Tommi

                  from Kuusamo,Finland

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Sound
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about D'Addario EXL117 Medium Top/Extra-Heavy Bottom, Nickel-Wound Electric Guitar Strings:

                      Been using these strings for sometime now. Mainly i use C# standard and drop B. Excellent strings!

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      What I stick to

                      By Joseph316

                      from Rumford, RI

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tone
                      • Long Life
                      • Strong

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about D'Addario EXL117 Medium Top/Extra-Heavy Bottom, Nickel-Wound Electric Guitar Strings:

                        D'Addario is the most consistent brand of strings I've used. They don't break. I tune in variations of E standard with this set of strings, I prefer Heavy gauge strings for everything I do. E standard, drop D, B(BADGBE), DADGAG. etc.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Love these strings!!

                        By Gerg

                        from Pennsylvania

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Good Tone
                        • Long Life
                        • Strong

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup
                          • Concerts
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about D'Addario EXL117 Medium Top/Extra-Heavy Bottom, Nickel-Wound Electric Guitar Strings:

                          I have played in drop C for years and could not find the right strings that gave me everything I needed. I used ghs boomer Zack Wylde's until these came out, ever since I tried the 117's I have been hooked. Not too loose or tight on the top or the bottom, just right.

                           
                          5.0

                          Very Nice Tone - Allows Lower Action

                          By Marktgt

                          from Eagle River, WI

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Good Tone
                          • Strong

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Concerts

                            Comments about D'Addario EXL117 Medium Top/Extra-Heavy Bottom, Nickel-Wound Electric Guitar Strings:

                            Put these on an ES335 and a full body, f-holed, and single cutaway electric guitar. Was able to lower the action on both guitars due to the heavier gauge of the bottom strings. Faster play, but I can still bend the strings if I need to.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Nice strings

                            By Spencer

                            from Simi Valley, California

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Good Tone
                            • Long Life
                            • Strong

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Concerts
                              • Practicing

                              Comments about D'Addario EXL117 Medium Top/Extra-Heavy Bottom, Nickel-Wound Electric Guitar Strings:

                              I bought these strings since I needed the extra tension and it works. I got the down to drop A# without them getting to floppy.

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