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D'Addario XL148 Nickel-Wound, Drop C Tuning Electric Guitar Strings  

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Electric guitar strings ideal for players who drop tune down to C and want to retain a comfortable playing tension.

D'Addario XL Nickel-Wound electric guitar strings are world-renowned as "the player's choice" amongst players of all genres and styles. XLs are precision-wound with nickel-plated steel on a hex-shaped core, resulting in guitar strings with a distinctive, bright tone, and excellent intonation. This D'Addario electric guitar set is extra-heavy gauged and optimized for Drop C tuning.

Gauges: 12-16-20-34-46-60



Get replacement strings that are designed for players who drop tune or prefer heavier gauges when you order a set or two of these XL148 electric guitar strings today.

 
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D'AddarioXL148 Nickel-Wound, Drop C Tuning Electric Guitar Strings
 
4.0

(based on 16 reviews)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (5)
  • Well built / quality (4)
  • Consistent (3)
  • Long life (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts (3)
    • Practicing (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Tension is relative to gauage and tuning

    Go to D'Addario's site and look at their tension chart and you will see that a high gauge string tuned to a lower note will have tension similar to a lighter gauge note tuned to...Read complete review

    Go to D'Addario's site and look at their tension chart and you will see that a high gauge string tuned to a lower note will have tension similar to a lighter gauge note tuned to a higher note. If you like 10's tuned to E, make note of the tensions, then find the note you want to tune down to and find the gauge that has a similar tension. This will give you a set of strings that play with similar feel of a lighter gauge set when tuned down.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    To strong for drop C

    I put these strings on my ibanez RG and they have WAY to much tension for drop C, even drop B is a little too much. i normally use the exl117 strings which are...Read complete review

    I put these strings on my ibanez RG and they have WAY to much tension for drop C, even drop B is a little too much. i normally use the exl117 strings which are Medium Top/Extra-Heavy Bottom and they are the only ones im putting back on it and those ones are perfect for drop C. i only had these heavy strings on for a few days and i just hated them from the start. good quality just to heavy. if you want to play drop A these strings might be ok.

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    5.0

    These strings are AWESOME!

    By #cagedmob

    from Conroe, Tx

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Tension
    • Good Tone
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about D'Addario XL148 Nickel-Wound, Drop C Tuning Electric Guitar Strings:

      I got these a couple weeks ago, and oh. My. God. These string are AWESOME! I've been having trouble finding strings that work for my band, because we play in Drop A, and these definitely do the trick. There's more tension to the strings, they sound awesome, and they feel great. And on top of that, they made it fairly easy to do my Pinch Harmonics. \m/ \m/

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      5.0

      My choice!

      By Ben Malavé

      from Hartford, CT

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about D'Addario XL148 Nickel-Wound, Drop C Tuning Electric Guitar Strings:

          Although I use these strings for Drop C they are optimized for C (standard). This set works well for me but string gauge and tuning are a matter of preference. Whoever is reading this and is curious about this product should experiment and choose what works best for them.

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          5.0

          Excellent Strings

          By old rocker dude

          from WNC

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about D'Addario XL148 Nickel-Wound, Drop C Tuning Electric Guitar Strings:

            Great strings for drop tuned guitars. Good life, good intonality.

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            5.0

            best strings for drop b and a flat

            By billy boy

            from ny

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • B And A Hold Up Very Well
            • Consistent
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about D'Addario XL148 Nickel-Wound, Drop C Tuning Electric Guitar Strings:

                i have tried many different types of thick gauged strings. this is the only one that can truly hold up in low tunings. it will probably be the thickest without having to stretch the tuning peg hole.

                i tune to drop b and it sounds so much better on a .60 than on anything smaller where you'd be getting some place else. you might not think there's a difference between .56, .54 or .52 but there definitely is.

                i've been using d'addario for YEARS. just started using these and i will continue.

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                5.0

                Great

                By ?

                from Seattle, WA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts

                  Comments about D'Addario XL148 Nickel-Wound, Drop C Tuning Electric Guitar Strings:

                  If you want heavy strings these are for you. If not, simply do not buy them.

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                  5.0

                  Perfect for Drop A#/Bb

                  By BewareOblivionIsAtHand

                  from Clearwater,FL

                  About Me Professional Musician

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                        Comments about D'Addario XL148 Nickel-Wound, Drop C Tuning Electric Guitar Strings:

                        These strings are perfect. I play in Drop Bb and they sound heavy and clear. Tuning keeps, clear tone, heavy low end. It says they are for Drop C but they are way too heavy for that...Drop B is tolerable if you have strong hands. Great strings!

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                        4.0

                        Its all about the right scale length

                        By MaidenMissoula

                        from Montana

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Feel Good
                        • Long Life
                        • Strong

                        Cons

                        • Not Consistent

                        Best Uses

                        • Basement Sessions
                        • Chug
                        • Late Night Venue
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about D'Addario XL148 Nickel-Wound, Drop C Tuning Electric Guitar Strings:

                        Its all about the right scale length, string gauge, and tuning combo my friends. Takes a little experimentation to get it right. These did work ok on my 24.75 scale length LP for drop C, & C#. They get a little stiff with D and standard tuning, and a little sloppy with drop B and so on. My problem was the 20gauge plated 3rd string has a twangy sitar like sound to it that I hate. So now I run exl110-7's and toss the 10 which gives me a wound 26gauge 3rd string with no weird tone. I also run the exl158's for drop A and B tunings. May not be the right set for a 25.5+ scale length tho.

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                        2.0

                        To strong for drop C

                        By metalsoloist91

                        from EA Ohio

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Quality

                        Cons

                        • To Much Tension

                        Best Uses

                        • Drop A

                        Comments about D'Addario XL148 Nickel-Wound, Drop C Tuning Electric Guitar Strings:

                        I put these strings on my ibanez RG and they have WAY to much tension for drop C, even drop B is a little too much. i normally use the exl117 strings which are Medium Top/Extra-Heavy Bottom and they are the only ones im putting back on it and those ones are perfect for drop C. i only had these heavy strings on for a few days and i just hated them from the start. good quality just to heavy. if you want to play drop A these strings might be ok.

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                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Low tunings

                        By Richard Spoo

                        from Wouldn't you like you know

                        Comments about D'Addario XL148 Nickel-Wound, Drop C Tuning Electric Guitar Strings:

                        Best heavy gauge strings I've used so far but the pricing could of been cheaper.
                        Overall these strings were exactly what I was looking for. I play in A sharp standard (half step below B standard) and I used to use 12 - 54 gauge strings which didn't cut it. The heavy bottom on these strings are just what I needed without messing anything up with the guitar
                        The strings seem to be decently made, I've been playing them for a couple weeks now and haven't broken a string yet. D'Addario's seem to last a lot longer than any set of Ernie Ball strings I've used.
                        They could of priced these strings cheaper, low end tuning is more common than people think.

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                        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        Good strings

                        By Sterling M.

                        from Undisclosed

                        Comments about D'Addario XL148 Nickel-Wound, Drop C Tuning Electric Guitar Strings:

                        I've been playing with Ernie Ball "Skinny Top Heavy Bottom" strings (which is a .10 - .52 gauge) for around a year, but lately I'd been feeling like they weren't quite thick enough on the bottom. So I was looking around, and up popped this set of strings.
                        They're really good, though I didn't like how heavy the top three strings were, so I bought a second pack of regular gauge strings (of the same brand) and put on a .10 (E), .13 (B) and .17 (G).
                        Other than that, I guess my only complaint would be that the .60 (which is bigger than most "G" strings on basses) almost doesn't fit in the groove of my Floyd Rose, which I managed to fix after a little while.

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