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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 17 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (11)
  • Good tone (11)
  • Well built / quality (8)
  • Long life (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (8)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (3)

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW!!

By Fluff

from Seattle

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

Why isn't this set more popular? If you use a Drop C or Drop B tuning, these are your strings. There is still very nice string tension and no flop without feeling like you are playing piano wire. Get these.

(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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great strings

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

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

    Strung a set of these on my Hellraiser about a week ago, and they work great. Been trying to find a set of strings that works in any tuning from standard to Drop B and lower, and these are perfect.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

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

    By Trevor Soule

    from Portland, OR

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

    I like these strings and have nothing bad to say. They stay in tune, they intonate great, and they sound great.
    The perfect set of strings for tuning in B.
    These strings intonate better than any strings i have used tuning in B.
    I buy these strings only from Musicians Friend, they have the best price. They are definitely worth the money.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    What I stick to

    By Joseph316

    from Rumford, RI

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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:

      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

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      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.

        (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.

           
          5.0

          Tight strings for tight rhythm!

          By Greybeard

          from Bolingbrook, IL

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts

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

            I use these for standard E and some drop D. To me a bigger string with good high tension gets a better response and tighter rhythms.

             
            5.0

            great strings

            By Kelly

            from CA

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            Pros

            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

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

              Thought I would give them a try and they are good sounding strings

               
              5.0

              I love these

              By Ted

              from Ft Collins,CO

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              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

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                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

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                  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

                        Best Uses

                          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

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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!

                                   
                                  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.

                                     
                                    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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