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D'Addario EXL120+ Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings

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Gauges 9.5-11.5-16-24-34-44..D'Addario EXL120+ Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings employ round wound, nickel-plated steel wrap wire that deli...Click To Read More About This Product

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One of the most popular strings by one of the most popular string makers.

Gauges 9.5-11.5-16-24-34-44..

D'Addario EXL120+ Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings employ round wound, nickel-plated steel wrap wire that delivers bright, true sound, great stretchability, and long life.

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


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    D'AddarioEXL120+ Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings
     
    4.8

    (based on 65 reviews)

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    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good tone (33)
    • Consistent (29)
    • Long life (20)
    • Well built / quality (20)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts (20)
    • Practicing (20)
    • Back-up (7)
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      • Experienced (22), Professional musician (15)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Best deal in the world?

    Are you kidding me? This one's a no brainer. My favorite brand of electric guitar strings at the best price, with free shipping. You can get three sets here for the same price...Read complete review

    Are you kidding me? This one's a no brainer. My favorite brand of electric guitar strings at the best price, with free shipping. You can get three sets here for the same price you'd get one set locally.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Wear out WAY too Quickly

    I've had these strings on my Telecaster for 5 days and they already show significant signs of wear. They actually showed some in the two spots I played most (I was working on a...Read complete review

    I've had these strings on my Telecaster for 5 days and they already show significant signs of wear. They actually showed some in the two spots I played most (I was working on a particular solo at the time) after less than 24 hours. Brand new, the tone was OK and the feel was about average, but after less than a week they look like some strings do after months. I may have gotten a dud, but as for the set I got, they were just plain awful.

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    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Different scale lengths, different strings! Try it

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about D'Addario EXL120+ Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings:

    I have a Les Paul and a Strat. These guitars are like night and day when it comes to sound and feel. When it comes to sound each is unique which is why we all like them. But they have a different feel when the same string gauge is put on each guitar and that is due to their scale lengths. A Les Paul is 24 3/4" scale and a Strat is 25 1/2. When you put 10's on a Strat they feel tighter then on a Les Paul. I found it frustratingly difficult to go from one to the next. I looked into it and calculated the string tension of different gauge sets for both guitars and found that putting the D'addario EXL120+ (9.5's) on my Strat that the string tension closely matched that of 10's on the Les Paul. When I tested this out on the guitars I was amazed at how much alike the two guitars felt. String bends were more accurate and playing more rewarding. If anyone has a preference of one guitar to another because of how the strings feel, I recommend trying different size sets to match the tension that that does feel good in your hands. More guitars will feel better and that only means...now you can have a bigger arsenal of guitars. We all like having more guitars!!!!

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Finally...

    By Mike V

    from Washington DC

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    Comments about D'Addario EXL120+ Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings:

    These strings work great for both standard and E flat. I consider it a little loose for D tuning. I haven't had any string breakage since I got these, although it was rare even with the regular EXL120's. I've completely switched to these strings for all my standard tuned guitars, it's good stuff.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    EXL120+ Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings

    Comments about D'Addario EXL120+ Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings:

    I think if you are wanting a set of strings that play as easy as 9's but with better tone......Give these a try.
    I have quite a few guitars some with 9's and some with10's. I really like the ease of play with the 9's but like the nicer tone I get with the 10's. I was looking around and ran across a set of these and decided to give them a try. I installed them on one of my Fender Strat's and loved them. After a few minutes of playing them I knew this was the set of strings for me. They are easy on the fingers when I play and can play just as long with these as I can with the s without my fingers starting to get sore and I have a better tone.
    No issues so far
    These are a great value just wish they were available in the 10 pack so I could save a little money.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Compromise!

    By ksgtrpkr

    from Kansas

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    Comments about D'Addario EXL120+ Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings:

    Thanks D'addario.
    As I get older I am starting to experience some of the ole Arthritis and carpal issues. I used to really rely on the EXL110s for tone and longevity factors. But, I decided to try these to see if they helped me be able to play longer without getting the hand pain and numbness that after 40 years has set in at times. These were a noticable improvement in flexability and bend great like a "Slinky" yet still maintain those beautiful crystal musical tones that Danos are famous for. Not quite as full in warmth as the EXL110s but very close and the trade off with their flexability and ease of playing are a great compromise for me. These have added hours to my ability to play without hand pain setting in so far.
    Great strings-stretch great and return in tune after settled in.
    Good price compared to other brands, but I would like to see them in 3 and 10 pack availibilty. I have them on several guitars that need to be changed regularly.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Strings

    By KY4LC

    from Madisonville, Ky.

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    Pros

    • Bright sound
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Stay In tune
    • Strong

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Any and all

    Comments about D'Addario EXL120+ Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings:

    They are light enough to give a bright sound, bendability is very good. I have these strings on my Strat, my Les Paul and my Epiphone Dot 335 and they work great on all.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    These strings ROCK!

    By Michelle-.fMa3

    from San Diego

    Comments about D'Addario EXL120+ Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings:

    These are by far the coolest strings D'Addario makes! Better tone on the top end with the added weight (yet not enough for it to feel too heavy). The lows are awesome - serious crunch and boom with clarity. I won't use anything else. I change strings after every two-night gig. These strings are pricey, but worth it. I just wish they came in a 10-pack at a lower cost.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    daddyo

    By DaddyO

    from Tennessee

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    Comments about D'Addario EXL120+ Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings:

    If 9's feel to "floppy" and 10's too tight; the 9.5s are the ticket. I have them on 3 of my guitars. I glad this size is even available.
    6 color coded ball ended silky feeling strings with a tension that is very comfortable
    The quality for D'addario strings are top notch.
    The value of these 9.5s are pretty good I suppose.They are not even heard of by many guitarist!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    9.5 XL's

    By JP

    from Texas

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about D'Addario EXL120+ Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings:

      The 9.5 gauge works very well for my application...my band tunes down 1/2 step to save wear and tear on the vocals but 9's get too slinky...with the 9.5's I still have something to dig into and when I tune standard to learn songs or play in another band, I don't get fatigued....I'm old so I don't have anything to prove as far as string gauge goes ; )

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Favorite set for Fender scale length guitars

      By Steven

      from East Tennessee

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      Pros

      • comfortable tension
      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about D'Addario EXL120+ Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings:

          I've gone through many phases during my 30 years of guitar playing but I always seem to go back to D'Addario strings. They are inexpensive, they are consistently high quality, they sound great for a long time, and the selection of types/gauges is pretty impressive.

          The EXL120+ is the perfect set for Fender scale length guitars. On my Stratocaster, the .09 set feels like rubber bands and can sometimes sound a little weak; the .10s sound great but the tension really wears on my hands and wrists during extended playing. With the 120+ set, I get great tone and just the right amount of resistance and feedback during bends without fatiguing my hands and arms. I really feel like they give you the best of both worlds and are an excellent compromise for those who want the tone of heavier strings and the ease of playing found with lighter sets.

          I will continue to use EXL110 sets on my Gibson scale length guitars but these 120+ strings will be the only strings you find on the rest. Thanks, D'Addario!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Strings / Great Gauge

          By D-Composer

          from Upstate NY

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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:

              Love these strings. They fill the gap between 9's and 10's. Easier to bend than 10's and more tone than 9's. Wish they came in a 3-pack.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A nice change

              By soulman

              from Denver

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about D'Addario EXL120+ Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                After using .010-.046s on my Telecasters for years I deccided to give these a shot and the difference is both noticeable and pleasant. There's just enough more give to them that bends are a little more effortless and controlled and yet I hear no tonal difference from .010s. I like them.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                just right

                By jam'n jimmy

                from Kentucky

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                Comments about D'Addario EXL120+ Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                I know I should have been play'n 10's for the last 35 years, but just to painful. Finally D'Addario comes up with the solution, 9-1/2. Helps the tone,last longer, yet as easy as a set of 9's !

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Review

                By Anonymous

                from Undisclosed

                Comments about D'Addario EXL120+ Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                Nice compromise in string gauge. Super easy bends and nice tone.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Perfect....

                By StratMaster-iL2wl

                from Ontario Canada

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                Comments about D'Addario EXL120+ Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                well they are. They are not to thick nor to thin. I do lots of bends and stuff and they are very felxible.Great for any type of music, i have them on all my guitars. They are trully remarcable. Great job D'Addario

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great for my maple necked guitars--

                By tcsparx

                from Jackson Michigan

                Comments about D'Addario EXL120+ Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                These are a must have for me, playing 40+ years, and I have been using these since they came out, and they are hard to find in a lot of music stores, break in great , not too stiff or too loose, thanks for carrying these, and my well worn wrists and fingers thank ya too!

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I'm sold for life!

                By telebunker

                from New Mexico

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                Comments about D'Addario EXL120+ Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                Long time user of D'addario strings--seems I would always bounce bank and forth between 9s and 10s. Didn't know these existed until recently--put a set on my 50s Classic reissue Strat and my American Strat. Great feel, tone, everything you come to expect from D'addario. This gauge is perfect for me--meatier than a 9, not as stiff as a 10. Try these, I think you'll be pleased.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great sounding strings

                By Andy Campbell

                from iowa

                Comments about D'Addario EXL120+ Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                Low prices and amazing quality. The sound is fantastic. I definitely will be sticking with these.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                EEMusic from Greenville SC

                By EEmusic

                from Greenville, S. C.

                Comments about D'Addario EXL120+ Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                These are by far the best strings I have ever used! I was a combo sales guy in a local music store for 8 years and I tried em' all! I now own a music school and every student that I have suggested try them has fallen in love with them. I use them on my Strat, Les Paul, Ibanez Satriani and several other custom guitars and they out-last and sound better than any other strings I've tried! They are "meaty" sounding like 10's without the stiffness for easy bending! They stay in tune way better than 9's without the thin sound. I am sold on EXL120+(can you tell?) EEMusic.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                You need to try these strings

                By guitarking89

                from Elkhart, Indiana

                Comments about D'Addario EXL120+ Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                I play anything from jazz to death metal, and these strings are excellent! D'Addario 9 1/2 gauge strings are excellent for those who think 9's are too light and 10 are a bit too heavy. They feel terrific. If you tune down 1/2 step, they also feel excellent. Even if you drop the low E string to D, they still hold a nice tension that's neither too tight or too loose. Great strings: try them! Killer harmonics too!

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                EXL 120 plus Perfect for E flat tunings

                By Stratman2003

                from KY

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                Comments about D'Addario EXL120+ Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                Thes are perfect for my guitar that I keep tuned to E flat, you know for all the old EVH and SRV stuff. I'm 46, so my old cold hands can;t work the .010's anymoreand these fit the bill 100%. I wish they made 10 packs of these like the normal gauged sets, but hopefully they're reading these reviews too and will start offering them in multi-packs.

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