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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...Read More

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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 13 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (5)
  • Practicing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (3)

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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.

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      5.0

      Strings made for people who know proper tone and tension.

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      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.

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          (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.

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              5.0

              Excellent strings!

              By Tommi

              from Kuusamo,Finland

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              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!

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                  (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.

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                    (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.

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                      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.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Nice strings

                        By Spencer

                        from Simi Valley, California

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                        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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                          5.0

                          Best strings for an ibenez RG in drop c

                          By metalsoloist91

                          from EA Ohio

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                          Pros

                          • Long Life
                          • Quality

                          Cons

                          • Out Of Stock

                          Best Uses

                          • Whatever You Want

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

                          i have been using these for a while on my RG in drop C and i went to the next heavier set of strings and they were waaaay to heavy, stick with these in drop C and you will be happy. the tension is to high for drop D for me.

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                          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great for metal

                          By Jbarlowe

                          from Baltimore,MD

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                          Pros

                          • 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:

                            These string are amazing, I play in C# Standard playing songs from band like Dying Fetus,and Suffocation etc.The guitar I use is Esp/Ltd mh-1000.The lowest I would tune these is B standard maybe drop A, personalty its to loose at drop A but barley enough for B Standard,the highest I would tune with these is D standard they are pretty tight but not to tight. These strings never break, they just get to old and I have to change them. But after awhile the G string has trouble staying in tune, but when you get to the point when it isn't staying you probably should have changed them arleady.

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