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D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack)

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The string for those who like to bend their notes.

Gauges 09-11-16-24-32-42.

World-renowned as "The Player's Choice" among guitar players of all genres and styles. XL guitar strings are wound with nickel-plated steel, known for it's distinctive bright tone and excellent intonation. EXL120s are D'Addario's most popular round-wound, nickel-plated electric guitar strings.

D'Addario is the world's largest manufacturer of strings for musical instruments. Many top guitarists won't play any other brand. Regardless of your playing style, D'Addario has a string set that's right for you.


FEATURES
  • Player's choice
  • Nickel roundwound
  • Bright, lasting tone
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D'AddarioEXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack)
 
4.8

(based on 56 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (39)
  • Consistent (32)
  • Long life (30)
  • Well built / quality (24)

Cons

  • Breaks easy (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (29)
  • Concerts (22)
  • Back-up (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (29), Professional musician (8), Novice (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Strings!

I bought these strings a couple of weeks ago and absolutely love them. I have tried pretty much all brands of strings out there, and until just recently used Dean Markley strings exclusively....Read complete review

I bought these strings a couple of weeks ago and absolutely love them. I have tried pretty much all brands of strings out there, and until just recently used Dean Markley strings exclusively. I figured I would give these a try. I have always had trouble with my guitar strings getting a sticky feel to them after a few days of use. These strings have remained with a nice slick feel since putting them on a Les Paul and a Fender Stratocaster. They have a great sound that is not too bright. They sound super on bridge position with distortion, and neck position for smooth solo playing. I will continue to buy these for my four guitars along with the Dean Markleys. Give them a try if you are considering a different guitar string brand.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not very strong, not holding tuning

I have been having problems with the EXL 120s lately, especially on my Les Paul and '61 reissue LP SG. Those two instruments have been rock solid in tunign for years. Both have...Read complete review

I have been having problems with the EXL 120s lately, especially on my Les Paul and '61 reissue LP SG. Those two instruments have been rock solid in tunign for years. Both have TonePros System 2 TOM and aluminum stop bar. Could not maintain tuning in either instrument, especially low E, D, and G strings. Tuning machines are Grover Klusons 18:1 too. I have a rack test instrument with no pups to see if I was doing something wrong, but found by slightly overwinding that they come apart at the ball end, and pretty easily too. Went to Ernie Ball Stainless,and problem is solved. Don't see how D'addario can claim "consistent quality and intonation" when they won't stay in tune in the first place. Cheap strings=headaches. Don't buy them.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Six Strands of Wire of Varying Thickness

By Richard C.

from Sharonville, OH

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Practicing

    Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

    Install through little holes in bridge in proper order; attach to tuner pegs; tighten to proper tension to produce desired vibration frequency. Pluck for approximately 25 hours or until one fails and repeat process.

    There may be better, there may be worse. All I know is that whenever I ask someone who should know, they always recommend these. And I must like them since I seem to just keep buying them.

    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Not very strong, not holding tuning

    By northslide098

    from Lakes Region

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    Pros

    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Breaks Easy
    • Not Consistent

    Best Uses

    • Backup

    Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

    I have been having problems with the EXL 120s lately, especially on my Les Paul and '61 reissue LP SG. Those two instruments have been rock solid in tunign for years. Both have TonePros System 2 TOM and aluminum stop bar. Could not maintain tuning in either instrument, especially low E, D, and G strings. Tuning machines are Grover Klusons 18:1 too. I have a rack test instrument with no pups to see if I was doing something wrong, but found by slightly overwinding that they come apart at the ball end, and pretty easily too. Went to Ernie Ball Stainless,and problem is solved. Don't see how D'addario can claim "consistent quality and intonation" when they won't stay in tune in the first place. Cheap strings=headaches. Don't buy them.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    bobo

    By bobo

    from mohawk

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    Pros

    • Long Life

    Cons

    • Not Consistent

    Best Uses

    • Concerts

    Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

    vere vere good

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Tough and Easily played

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

    My freind recomended these to me because they are strong and the easy to play and they really are!. I play for a few hours each day and they're the only strings that have lasted for a few weeks despite the abuse that I give them. These strings are also easy to use. They bend easily and they stay in tune. When you first put them on and tune them, they may get a little out of tune but thats because they have to adjust, but after that they stay in tune. For me they useally last 2-3 weeks which is longer than any other strings I've used. I Play a lot of heavy AC/DC type stuff so I bend a lot and they still work when I'm done.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Second Generation Player

    By Slink

    from South Carolina

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    Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

    I'm a second generation user of D'Addario strings. They are long lasting, have GREAT tone, and affordable. I simply would not use any other string on any of my guitars, and I have tried just about all of them. If you need affordable great sounding strings, you can't go wrong with D'Addario.
    Bright tones
    Long lasting
    Best bang for your buck, period.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

    These Strings are great for all around playing. I have used a varity of strings including Elixir poly and nanoweb, and now lean to D'addario because of their nice tone, life and the price dosn't break the bank. If youbuy the ten pack you will save lots of money over all, do the math if you must. If you have never used them, and are afraid of buying strings you don't like go for the three pack.

     
    5.0

    I have been using exl120 strings for 20 years or more

    By N/A

    from Smethport PA

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts

      Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

      I have been using exl120s for as long as I can remember and love them. In my 45 years of playing I have tried everything and anything out there. I use D'addario strings on my Dobro, banjo, ,Acoustic and electric guitars

       
      5.0

      Wow, what great strings.

      By Dave

      from GA

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Breaks Easy

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

      Great strings

       
      5.0

      Only strings i buy!!!

      By Sydfloyd

      from Keego Harbor Mi.

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

        Works well all around for Rock and Blues.

         
        5.0

        Holds tune, haven't broken yet.

        By Weasel

        from Pine Knot, KY

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

            I was having a problem with the E6 string breaking frequently during tuning on the previous brand I was using. So far I have not encountered that problem with these strings.

             
            5.0

            Some of the best strings I've used.

            By pickled

            from wisconsin

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • making noise
              • Practicing

              Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

              I've used the EXL120's on my moderately modified Stratocrapper budget model for probably 20 years. There's a reason for that...they have a nice tone, they stay relatively clean and they're not super expensive.

               
              5.0

              Quality strings and bargain price

              By Zeppelinnerd1

              from Ft.Lauderdale,Fl

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

                The finest quality and feel , these strings consistancy perform to excellence standards year after year after year.

                 
                5.0

                D'Addario EXL120 Guitar Strings

                By PCollen

                from Central Florida

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Uh....to restring your electric guitar.

                  Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

                  I've used D'Add EXL120 and EXL110 strings consistently since the 70's, and see no reason to change. IMO, you can't get any better strings for the money.

                   
                  5.0

                  One And Only

                  By Chris

                  from Virginia Beach, VA

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

                    I've been a fan of Daddario acoustic strings for quite some time now and decided to give their EXL line a shot. I threw a set of the EXL120's on an ESP LTD 401FR and I could not be happier with the tone and feel I'm getting from them.

                     
                    5.0

                    Yes

                    By Jack Hammer

                    from Hamilton,Al

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Tone

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Practicing

                      Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

                      Good price sounds good but I'm just beginning so I don't really know much about it. it came fast and sounds better than factory....

                       
                      5.0

                      High quality strings. Great sound, Smoothe feel

                      By Zeppelinnerd1

                      from Ft.Lauderdale,Fl

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      See all my reviews

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tone
                      • Long Life
                      • Strong

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

                          DiAddario strings are preferred by some of the greatest in the industry. They stand up long and resonate clear tone.They also feel great to your fingers.

                           
                          5.0

                          I use these regularly on two of my five electric guitars.

                          By jerry

                          from houston, tx

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Good Tone
                          • Long Life
                          • Strong

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup
                            • Concerts
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

                            These strings work very well on electric guitars with tremolo systems desiring an extra light gauge. They hold up well, stay fresh and stay in tune as well as any strings I have used in 62 years on many stages.

                             
                            5.0

                            Great strings for a great price

                            By Zeppelinnerd1

                            from Ft.Lauderdale,Fl

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            See all my reviews

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Tone
                            • Long Life
                            • Strong

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

                                I've always been a big fan of DiAddario Strings. I paid far more for them in 1988 then now.

                                 
                                5.0

                                Good product

                                By Speedy

                                from Minnesota

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                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Good Tone

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Concerts
                                  • Practicing

                                  Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

                                  These strings sound great. I have had no problems with them.

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  D'addario exl120

                                  By Hoagie

                                  from Chicago, IL.

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                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

                                  I've been using these strings for a long time. I've tried others , and I always come back.

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