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D'Addario NYXL Nickel Wound Light Electric Guitar Strings (10-46)  

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Re-engineered to be stronger for enhanced output.

You've spent hours and hours researching, eventually purchasing a guitar that looks and feels right to you. Perfect weight, neck shape, body style, neck profile, and electronics. But what does all that time spent mean if you don't have the right strings? That combo of tonewoods and your preamp's special bells and whistles just won't reach their full potential. While you may enjoy your sound at first, you're really cheating your fingers and ears in the long run. And let's face it, most guitars come with average strings that just give it just enough to entice. They aren't meant to be long-term sound solutions. That's where D'Addario NYXL strings come in.

D’Addario NYXL guitar strings will bend farther, sing louder, and stay in tune better than almost any other strings. Envisioned, perfected, and manufactured by D’Addario in New York, this newly engineered, break-resistant high-carbon steel core and plain steel alloy delivers a whole new level of freedom, confidence, and power. NYXL’s provide more strength and 131% more tuning stability by utilizing a completely reinvented wire drawing process and revolutionary corrosion-resistant tin coating application. The reformulated nickel-plated string windings have greater magnetic properties resulting in higher output and enhanced mid-range frequency response for more presence and crunch. The NYXL1046 set is designed with the most popular string gauges for its ideal combination of flexibility and tone.

The NYXL Light Electric Guitar Strings come in gauges .10 - .46.

FEATURES
  • Features D’Addario’s exclusive revolutionary high carbon steel alloy
  • Offers more strength, break-resistance, and improved tuning stability compared to traditional nickel wound strings
  • Wound strings contain enhanced mid-range frequency response in the 1–3.5kHz range – boosting presence and crunch
  • Offers an ideal combination of flexibility and tone: Plain Steel .010, .013, .017, Nickel Wound .026, .036, .046
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D'AddarioNYXL Nickel Wound Light Electric Guitar Strings (10-46)
 
4.1

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (19)
  • Well built / quality (16)
  • Consistent (11)
  • Long life (10)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts (10)
    • Practicing (7)
    • Back-up (4)
    • Recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (10), Professional musician (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Best Strings I've ever had on my guitar

    I also have been a beta tester. Used to 9 gauge sets, with e switched to 10 and b to 12, D'addario sent a 10 gauge set. I used it, since I...Read complete review

    I also have been a beta tester. Used to 9 gauge sets, with e switched to 10 and b to 12, D'addario sent a 10 gauge set. I used it, since I had upped my e and b sting anyway. This set of strings was the best thing that was ever on my guitar. The step from b to g string was not audible in the normal way - that the g string was much louder, the tone was perfectly balanced over the entire set (I play a Guild S300 with Seymour Duncan Stagmags and Jimmi Page's Les Paul switching). After four months of heavy giging I exchanged the strings for a regular D'addario EXL 110, just because I thought it was high time to do so (not because they sounded any worse than in the beginning). I should have left them on. After more than four month they still sounded MUCH better than a brand new set of EXL110s that I will use up now :-(. So I calculated: instead of changing strings every two months, I could change every 4-5 months. AND have a much better, perfectly balanced sound. It's just a no-brainer. Those are THE Strings. At least for me.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    World's strongest strings?

    Beta tested these strings and I can say there not the worlds strongest. Had a great sound but 4th string broke after 6 hours or less. I will stick with GHS.

    Beta tested these strings and I can say there not the worlds strongest. Had a great sound but 4th string broke after 6 hours or less. I will stick with GHS.

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    5.0

    Excellent Strings

    By StratLover8287

    from Missouri

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Gigs
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about D'Addario NYXL Nickel Wound Light Electric Guitar Strings (10-46):

    I was in on the beta testing of these strings. I didn't read the insert with the company claims of what the strings would do. The first thing I noticed was how fast they were to tune and they stayed tuned. No stretching. I also noticed the tone was great, better than any string I have tried to date. Mid range was greatly increased and overall tone was great. I still have them on my SG Standard. No rust and still sound great. I was surprised when I read the insert to find that these strings do exactly what they were claiming. I am hooked. Restringing all my guitars with NYXL Strings.

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    5.0

    absolutely the best

    By Original Rocker

    from Pottsville,Pa.

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long lasting
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Every Electric I Own

    Comments about D'Addario NYXL Nickel Wound Light Electric Guitar Strings (10-46):

    I'm 67 years old and still rockin' and bluesin'.Used just about every guitar string there is. These are the best. I was sent a set to try and I'm amazed. Stay in tune, don't corrode, and bend easily.

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    5.0

    It's legit.

    By Chris

    from Hollywood,CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

      Comments about D'Addario NYXL Nickel Wound Light Electric Guitar Strings (10-46):

      These things are legit. Im very skeptical when it comes to companies acting like they reinvented the wheel like a certain company adding cobalt to the low 3 strings. These things really do perform better than any other string Ive used. Ive strictly been a GHS user for about 13 years or so because of their consistency and tone. To me GHS just has a really balanced, not too twangy or tinny sound. They also rarely break. They also have a fuller sound than other strings that Ive tried. These string, by comparison, have a brighter, chimier sound to them. The definitely seem a little louder. They REALLY DO stay in tune much better than anything Ive used before, and I cannot emphasize this enough. I'm currently trying them on a 2013 PRS custom 24 with a trem and even through all the trem use, they stay in nearly perfect tune for days. This is strange to me because my PRS is fairly easily affected by temperature change and these strings dont really have an issue with that. Chords also rings out A LOT better than the other strings Ive tried. You can really hear every note more clearly because the high strings dont deaden very easily so the low strings aren't overpowering. They also dont seem to wear down as fast either, they're keeping their original tone from the day I put them on much better than other strings. Ive had them on for a few weeks now. This was a huge issue when I tried the cobalt strings. I thought they felt different and kinda liked how bendy they seemed, but they died SUPER quick to where they acoustically sounded like 10 year old strings and I eventually started hating the feel. They almost seemed to hold rust and grime much worse than anything else Ive ever used They were terrible and a huge let down. These are definitely different. I highly recommend giving them a test run.

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      4.0

      Super Bright

      By TulieGirl

      from USA

      About Me Experienced

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      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about D'Addario NYXL Nickel Wound Light Electric Guitar Strings (10-46):

            The strings felt good and lasted. I'm not a big bender so the bending felt the same to me. What I did notice, however, is the strings are much brighter than the strings I usually use, EXL110 Nickel Wound. They were too bright for the guitar I used them on, which had two PAF humbuckers. I guess the brightness is what they mean by "punch". I bought some 9s too, which I will try on my Strat, but I likely won't buy these again just because I don't need the extra "punch" and thus don't need to pay the extra cost.

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            5.0

            Best feel and tone ever!

            By Jim Standley

            from Baton Rouge, LA

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            Pros

            • Good Tone
            • Great Feel

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about D'Addario NYXL Nickel Wound Light Electric Guitar Strings (10-46):

              I have never been one to get too excited about a new set of strings. Normally, I use D'Addario 0.10s, but I decided to try these new ones out on the recommendation of a Musicians Friend representative. I cannot believe the tone and feel of these! I am about to order a set for every electric I have!

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              short life

              By DSmiingSun

              from Earth

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Good Tone

              Cons

              • Dead To Fast

              Best Uses

                Comments about D'Addario NYXL Nickel Wound Light Electric Guitar Strings (10-46):

                I too got these to beta test. I often run 10xls but replace the high e with an 11. This helps prevent volume loss of the e compared to the g and b. at 1st these 10's sound great, and the e was very even volume with the g and b. but alas they sound dull and dead just as fast as regular xls, so I can't justify 3x the price. Bummer I thought they had something at first.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Super Premium String from D'Addario

                By locknutmonster

                from Tulsa, OK

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Great Feel

                Cons

                • Expensive

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Studio Use

                Comments about D'Addario NYXL Nickel Wound Light Electric Guitar Strings (10-46):

                After Ernie Ball released it's COBALT brand strings, I was curious about how much better these 'Super Premium' type strings could really be. I usually use the D'Addario brand, so when they came out with their own premium string, I decided to give 'em a try. I put them on one of my best guitars (a 96' Hamer Studio w/ Duncan JB & 59 pickups installed) and I did notice a difference. The highs had a pleasant 'zing' to them and the lows had a rewarding 'thwack. It seems to me like the alloys used in the strings are more magnetically conductive, making them livelier. They seem to stay in tune a liitle better than the standard XL strings that i've been using for years. And they actually feel better to me as well...this is harder to explain this in words...but they have a great tactile feel under my fingertips. I have yet to see if they last any longer than the standard strings. Now the bad news. They cost three times as much as standard D'Addario XL's. I myself, personally, just can't justify paying the price of the super premiums and installing them on all my guitars. If these were DOUBLE the price I might consider using them exclusively. I estimate about a 20 to 30% increase in tone and playability...not a 300% increase. I would recommend buying just one set to start off with and see if they are for you...everybody's different. Don't get me wrong, these are fantastic strings, and if I were an artist with an endorsement deal with D'Addario, I would certainly ask for these strings. But being just an 'average joe' semi-pro player, I'll probably just buy them every now and again for studio work when the sound of the guitar, and the strings on it, are really under a microscope.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Bender's Delight

                By lou12bars

                from Seekonk, MA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Holding Up Quite Well
                • Nice Trebly Tone
                • Strong

                Cons

                • Expensive

                Best Uses

                • Blues Bending

                Comments about D'Addario NYXL Nickel Wound Light Electric Guitar Strings (10-46):

                I tried these in a LP and a Tele. Nice chimey tone. Very consistent up and down the fretboard. I'm not buying the comments that they are higher tension or hard to bend. Quite the opposite actually. You can bend away with confidence and they keep consistent tonally and stay in tune very nicely. Allow more stretching time when new.

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best Strings I've ever had on my guitar

                By alexhast

                from Los Angeles

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Balanced Tone
                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts

                  Comments about D'Addario NYXL Nickel Wound Light Electric Guitar Strings (10-46):

                  I also have been a beta tester. Used to 9 gauge sets, with e switched to 10 and b to 12, D'addario sent a 10 gauge set. I used it, since I had upped my e and b sting anyway. This set of strings was the best thing that was ever on my guitar. The step from b to g string was not audible in the normal way - that the g string was much louder, the tone was perfectly balanced over the entire set (I play a Guild S300 with Seymour Duncan Stagmags and Jimmi Page's Les Paul switching). After four months of heavy giging I exchanged the strings for a regular D'addario EXL 110, just because I thought it was high time to do so (not because they sounded any worse than in the beginning). I should have left them on. After more than four month they still sounded MUCH better than a brand new set of EXL110s that I will use up now :-(. So I calculated: instead of changing strings every two months, I could change every 4-5 months. AND have a much better, perfectly balanced sound. It's just a no-brainer. Those are THE Strings. At least for me.

                  Comment on this review

                  (1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  For me, Epic Fail from D'Addario

                  By Old School Guitarist

                  from Richland, WA.

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                  • Do Not Stay In Tune
                  • Not Consistent

                  Best Uses

                  • Door Stop

                  Comments about D'Addario NYXL Nickel Wound Light Electric Guitar Strings (10-46):

                  I just bought an Ibanez Jem from a store and I had their tech change out the original 9's for 10's and I had him put on the new D'Addario NYXL's thinking that they would be useful on a guitar with a locknut floating tremolo system.

                  I could never get the guitar to stay in tune! Unlike my other guitars with floating tremolos. The Jem kept going flat. Then I replaced my Strat with a set and same thing, The Strat would not stay in tune. Kept going flat!

                  Never had this issue with the old flavor of D'Addario strings. Are the strings durable? Heck yes but, I stretched them and stretched them some more and then some more and they just never got to a point when I could tune my guitar and it wouldn't go flat.

                  Unless you like tuning up and up and up some more, I'd recommend staying clear of this epic fail by D'Addario.

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