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D'Addario EXL180 XL Extra Super Soft/Long Bass Strings   

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Gauges: 35-55-75-95. Long scale. Roundwound. Nickel-plated steel wrap wire. Bright, true sound.
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D'AddarioEXL180 XL Extra Super Soft/Long Bass Strings
 
4.0

(based on 6 reviews)

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  • Good tone (3)

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5.0

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By Marvin

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Pros

  • Easier To Play
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Practicing

    Comments about D'Addario EXL180 XL Extra Super Soft/Long Bass Strings:

    work great

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    5.0

    Exellent Tone, Excellent Feel

    By The Old Engineer

    from Fairview, NC

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Excellent Soft Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life

    Cons

    • None
    • Too Short For Long-scale

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about D'Addario EXL180 XL Extra Super Soft/Long Bass Strings:

    EXL 180s are my new favorite bass strings. They offer an excellent combination of strong, bright, modern tone with a soft, consistent feel. They are very easy to play fast AND clean. Folks with long-scale string-through basses take note; these strings will work with 34"-scale basses, but really aren't long enough for 35" or longer necks. An extra two inches of string length would help.

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    5.0

    The Right String for the Right Job...

    By ShortScale

    from New York, NY

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    Comments about D'Addario EXL180 XL Extra Super Soft/Long Bass Strings:

    This is not my usual gauge but, as Scotty said, the right tool for the right job. My first venture into super light gauges were the Rotosound FunkMasters and RS66LBs. I wrote a review but don't see it. I really love them on my 70s Jazz Bass because they're more comfortable when playing over the bridge pickup due to the lower tension. Rather than adjusting truss rods twice a year on my basses that are sensitive to the seasons, I've started using lower tension strings in the Winter and higher tension in the Summer when necks tend to flatten out.

    One of my basses, a fretless Jazz, has a maxed out truss rod. It can't handle a high tension string without bowing. I needed similar tension to the Rotosounds but wanted softer nickel for obvious reasons. I had TI Flats on it but really needed the round sound for this bass. In Summer, DR Sunbeams NLLR-40s have been a perfect choice. They allow the fretboard to stay flat giving me the mwah I desire. My Winter strings are these D'Addario EXL180s. They too have been the perfect choice given their low tension. Tonally, both strings are in the same ballpark. The DRs are a little smoother and sweeter and keep their tone for a long time. The D'Addario's start out a little brighter and then calm down. The DRs are round core so are a bit more flexible than a like gauge in a hex core string. They're all terrific strings but you need to try them yourself on your own bass to determine what works best for you. I've been using D'Addario's since '78 and Rotosounds since I started in '77. Both are still my primary choices with LaBella, Thomastik-Infeld, Fender and DR rounding things out. I really appreciate that D'Addario publishes tension settings which some manufacturers won't even disclose when asked. It is a valid factor in string choice.

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    3.0

    Great tone, short life

    By IHateUniqueMusicNames

    from Columbus, OH

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Soft Feel

    Cons

    • Short life

    Best Uses

      Comments about D'Addario EXL180 XL Extra Super Soft/Long Bass Strings:

      These are the only string I use on my bass...that is, until I find another that is better. I have a history of repetitive stress injuries to my hands, so I need a string that allows for a light touch. The EXL180s are the perfect string for this purpose. They play nicely [when new] and sound amazing. Out of the box, they have a nice soft feel and are consistent from set to set.

      That being said, the tone and softness only lasts a week or two at the most. I play fretless exclusively [I have a Zon Sonus Special] and I'm particular about the tone and playability that I get. After a week or two the strings go from having a "soft" feel to being stiff and hard to play. Additionally, they lose the "zing" they have right out of the box, and I find myself dialing in treble boost with my preamp [which I would rather run flat].

      All in all, they are a good, low cost string. I'm hoping to find a similar gauge in a nickel string that performs a little better over time. I would like to find a set that allows me to change once a month, but I may be asking too much. I've been playing for over 20 years, but one area that I may be "impractical" is that I want my strings to last longer [after all, my bass doesn't have frets, so why would they "die" so quickly]. But, if you're looking for a great toneful, easy playing string, buy a set of these...just be ready to replace them...faster than me, that is. Ha!

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      1.0

      NOT long bass strings

      By wdcodi

      from Ohio

      Comments about D'Addario EXL180 XL Extra Super Soft/Long Bass Strings:

      The E string is too short. My bass is a standard 34 inch scale with a string thru body bridge. The windings of the E string went to a smaller diameter before it even reached the nut. The package even says "long" bass strings. Not so.

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      5.0

      Lean and Mean!

      By Soulman-PIsYI

      from Philly, PA.

      Comments about D'Addario EXL180 XL Extra Super Soft/Long Bass Strings:

      I was hesitant to try these because of the really light guage. I usually play ProSteel 170-5 super longs at 45-65-80-100-130. I wanted my Marcus Miller Jazz V string to sound jazzier without resorting to using DR's so to not steal his vibe and to have a vibe of my own. I had to purchase a separate .125 string. I put them on and was blown away! The combination of maple neck, poly coated fretboard, and ash body coupled with these strings gave me the sound I was looking for. They practically play themselves! I like to play with my volume or gain up and use a light touch. No problem with these strings. They sound ultra clear, articulate, snappy, but still have punch and bottom. They are a pleasure to play fast passages on, and as far as fretwear, ProSteels are very fret friendly. I have a standard guage set on another bass and the frets have no sign of wear. Your hands wont cramp up with these either since they are so flexible. I only had to do minor intonation adjustments and so far so good. If everythings the same after a week bingo, no worries about tweaking the rod. Buy these strings, don't let the light guage fool you!

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