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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 12 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

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  • Concerts (5)
  • Practicing (4)
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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

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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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      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

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              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

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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.

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                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.

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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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                        (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.

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