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D'Addario NYXL1046 Light Electric Guitar Strings   

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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' 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.

Re-engineered to be stronger for enhanced output.

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'AddarioNYXL1046 Light Electric Guitar Strings
 
4.2

(based on 40 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (36)
  • Well built / quality (31)
  • Consistent (25)
  • Long life (20)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (19)
  • Practicing (15)
  • Back-up (11)
  • Recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (20), Professional musician (19)

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

 

short life

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. ...Read complete review

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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5.0

Worth the cost

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from Asheville, nc

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about D'Addario NYXL1046 Light Electric Guitar Strings:

    I am by NO MEANS much of a guitar player. A drummer of 25+ years and just got some axes recently. After going thru many other types of strings, i noticed that some would break on my SGJ regularly (wretched poor playing style of course). I also was getting about 2 weeks or so on a set of strings before they would rust to the pont they hurt to play. My 80% humidity home doesnt help. I tried coated strings, but i just dont care for the feel of them. I finally decided to try a set of NYXL to replace some XL's. I marked the calendar as usual, and am now getting 4-6 weeks before ANY noticeable discoloration. I also put these on my fender with Whammy, and it amazingly stays in tune even after i totally abuse the guitar. These strings seem to sing very clear and last quite a long time. I did the math, and not counting down time to install, I am still saving money and playing on great strings everytime. I am a creature of habit, so now i use these on ALL my electric guitars. If there was a downside, perhaps the high E feels a tad sharp on newbie hands, that ape grip a neck for string slides. Havent cut myself yet, and a touch of FF beforehand seems to keep it totally tolerable. These strings totally eat picks, but who doesnt like to have an excuse to toss and buy more picks?

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    4.0

    Very nice string, will still suffer from classic drawback

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    from Dayton, OH

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    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about D'Addario NYXL1046 Light Electric Guitar Strings:

        I've been using D'Addarios longer than I shall admit. But I'm looking at an old box that has over 200 of the old player's points packages I got before I switched over to boxes of ten (which I don't save). For the last seven years, I figure I get 9-12 gig hours out of a set before tuning becomes too problematic. At that point, on an SG and LP, I think a reasonably significant dent occurs in the D and G strings where they cross the nut and angle back to the tuners, and the strings just don't want to slip back and forth in response to turning the tuners. This is not such an issue with a Fender nut, but I don't play a Fender for three sets in a row, so I have no data. The strings that come off my Fenders are generally more worn than those coming off the Gibsons, so the straighter angle to the tuners must play a part.

        1. These strings are kinda' cool because they sound good and feel good. I gave this first set 12 gig hours (4 gigs), and that's when the tuning problems became the usual PITA. I even loosened the D and G and put lubricant on the nut, but those two strings seemed to hang-up as usual in the nut. The backside of the D string pitted out at the same rate as the nickel 10-46, 10-52, and SS 10-46 sets I regularly use. But, the high E was less dented than usual. The G and B strings were practically pristine, other than the dents from the nut and the saddle. The low E and A were still in good shape with minor denting on the backside.

        2. These strings seem to have more sustain than nickel and SS. Their toughness may be their resistance to breakage, but they are not so super-tough they won't get dented by the frets, but I'll grant it's an improvement with the exception of the D string.

        3. I think you could play a set a long time before you break one. I don't know how long they'd resist corrosion, but I have a low-end guitar stashed out of town I play for a few days a year, and the coated series has endured beautifully, though still pitting on the back

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        1.0

        More problem keeping them in tune

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        from Mobile, AL

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        Pros

        • Feel Good
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Don't stay in tune
        • Not Consistent

        Best Uses

          Comments about D'Addario NYXL1046 Light Electric Guitar Strings:

          I don't know if I got a bad one but I change strings a day ago and still out of tune after retuning them. Ernie ball stay better tune. It's not up to hype. Didn't get them from this site

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          5.0

          Amazing Strings

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          from Cleveland, OH

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about D'Addario NYXL1046 Light Electric Guitar Strings:

            Let me start by saying I don't write reviews. I'm too lazy. Let that be a testament to how awesome these strings are. I really only tried them because I needed to buy more strings and I'd heard these were supposed to be the "best strings ever". I never thought there'd be such a difference in clarity. These strings are the best strings ever. I tried them and now I'm hooked, I'll never go back.

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            4.0

            Great Feel, Stays in Tune

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            from Oklahoma

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Like Xl With Extra Life
            • Long Life

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about D'Addario NYXL1046 Light Electric Guitar Strings:

              These strings are like the original XLs but they have a little extra life to them. They seem to be a little smoother and bendy. Just slightly though. I stretched them as I put them on and they stayed in tune throught he first gig, no problem.

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              5.0

              Great Strings

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              from Salk Lake UT

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Flexible
              • Good Tone
              • Great quality
              • Great Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Anything
                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about D'Addario NYXL1046 Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                I have been buying these strings for about a year now. I can't see myself switching over to a different brand of strings anytime soon. These are very nice strings. I have only good things to say about these.

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                5.0

                Highly recommended!

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                from PE, Canada

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about D'Addario NYXL1046 Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                  I was involved in a theater show that ran about 60 shows in just over two months. The house paid for string changes so the price didn't really matter to me much, and my local retailer/guitar builder friend highly recommended I try these. I immediately loved the way they felt. They seemed to have a nice elasticity to them and broke in quickly. I was also amazed at how tight they stayed in tune. At first I was reluctantly changing strings every 2-3 shows - since they seemed like they didn't really need to be changed. And eventually I got to a point that I was so surprised about their performance - I wanted to see just how long I could go without changing them at all. After about 20 consecutive shows I finally changed them just because I felt bad, not because they stopped doing what they needed to do! They stayed in tune, the tone was still bright and when I finally removed the set after all those shows I even noticed the string 'dents' on the fret side were not nearly as pronounced as previous strings that I would normally change after maybe two shows. I even had an old set in my case to prove it! I am completely sold on these strings, totally worth the money. Fantastic product and ITS ABOUT TIME!! :)

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                  3.0

                  Not terrible, but not worth the price.

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                  from Pennsylvania

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Short Break-in Period
                  • Stay In tune
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                  • Chimey
                  • Too Bright For Me

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts

                  Comments about D'Addario NYXL1046 Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                  I've never been head over heals for D'addario, but I heard about the hype on these and figured that I'd give them a shot...as per usual with me, haha...I put them on my Jagmaster with a JB bridge before a show. I did my usual stretching/break-in with them, and they broke in faster than most strings that I have played, so that was a plus, but when I played them at the show, they were very bright and chimey....Too much so for my taste. Given, I really put them to the test and hammered them really hard, but they did not break, so that is another plus. I feel like these would be great for jazz/blues, Teles and Strats, but not for heavier rock. If you are looking for something strong, very bright, and need something that will break in ASAP, these are for you, but if you just want something that is fuller, has better tone, and can deal with an extra 10min break in period, look elsewhere. For what they are, I really don't think that they are worth double or even triple the price for what I pay for strings. Back to Dunlop for this guy.

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                  5.0

                  i am very happy

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                  from ARIZONA

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                  Pros

                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about D'Addario NYXL1046 Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                    the strings are great thank you

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                    4.0

                    Posty

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                    from Earlton, N.Y.

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone
                    • Strings Do Stay In Tune R
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                    • Don't Stretch As Easily

                    Best Uses

                    • Gentle Touch

                    Comments about D'Addario NYXL1046 Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                    Strings stay in tune really well and sound bright. They do resist stretching and fight you a bit.

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