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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.

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D'AddarioXL148 Nickel-Wound, Drop C Tuning Electric Guitar Strings
 
4.3

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (2)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (13)
  • Well built / quality (12)
  • Consistent (10)
  • Long life (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (8)
  • Practicing (8)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Finallyyyyyy

Finally, strings that sound good, don't break easily and can handle the low-end tuning's found in the most djenty of metal.The tension feels strong and tight, and drop the strings clearly blast out...Read complete review

Finally, strings that sound good, don't break easily and can handle the low-end tuning's found in the most djenty of metal.The tension feels strong and tight, and drop the strings clearly blast out their tone.

They're packaging is interesting too, and optimized for eco-friendly standards. The strings are all twined together in one ring, found inside a closed plastic bag within the easy-tear open box. The convenient color-coded guide found on the inside of the box came in handy while stringing up my axes.

These are the strings I will use from now on.

VS

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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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tension is relative to gauage and tuning

By drliebs

from Ohio

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

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great strings for heavy drop turnings

By Josh

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

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

    The package is for C standard, not Drop C as some people mistakenly think...well, I guess you could use them for Drop C if you like veeeery stiff strings. If you want strings for Drop C, I'd suggest a skinny top/heavy bottom set of strings with an 11 up top and a 54 or so on the bottom so the bottom E tuned to C doesn't get floppy and knocked out of tune easily.

    Anyway, I've been using these for a long time on my USA core line PRS Custom 24 in C standard. They seem fine for going down a half step to B standard and feel fine even up half a step to C# standard. That's as high as I'd tune these strings up, though. I couldn't recommend these strings more!

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    For Standard C, not drop C.

    By Ol' Saber2th

    from NE NM

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Heavy Low Tunning

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

      Good Tension For Standard C Tuning. One reviewer mentioned that they were way too heavy for Drop C tuning. He may be right. As well he said they were a little much for drop B. He is very likely right about that also. Because however, the packaging does indicates C Tuning, not Drop C. Drop C is actually D tuning with only the top string lowered a whole step. Drop B is still C# with the top string lowered a whole step to B. Standard C tuning is lower than both and needs heavier strings to maintain tension. This set works great for C tuning and even drop Bd and also works okay for standard B tuning with a 25.5 inch scale neck. I have not tried them on a 7/8 scale guitar yet but I feel they would work fine. They might be a little too slack in standard B, of course I have yet to try. Now if you are used to playing on 9-42 sets, these strings will take a lot of getting used to. It took me a while but once you get settled in to them no lighter gauge will give you the same solid feel. These strings can essentially turn your axe into a baritone and as I found out, I can riff right along with my 7 string playing buddies. The low end harmonics also tend to jump right off these strings when using the bridge pickup. I currently have them on a guitar with active EMGs which make an awesome combination for modern heavy music.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent for drop tuning!

      By avenuedrive

      from Charlotte, NC

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

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

        Through the years I have tried numerous brands of heavy guage strings and I always end up coming back to D'addario. The tone is very balanced...punchy, vibrant, and plenty of clarity without being overly bright. This particular guage gives me plenty of stability on the low strings without feeling too stiff on the highs. Definitely recommended.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        THE BEST!

        By Lightening Bug Doug,

        from USA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        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:

          My tuff old fingers break the lighter strings. I have broken the 12ga. but that was the first set I used after putting the Sperzal locking machine heads and over tightened the lock knob. They are set up for C but work fine in E flat. I hope they never get discontinued.
          Doug

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Finallyyyyyy

          By Andrew Taylor

          from New York

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          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Eco-friendly Seriously
          • Good Tone
          • Handles Low Tuning's Well
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Playing In Low Tunings

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

            Finally, strings that sound good, don't break easily and can handle the low-end tuning's found in the most djenty of metal.The tension feels strong and tight, and drop the strings clearly blast out their tone.

            They're packaging is interesting too, and optimized for eco-friendly standards. The strings are all twined together in one ring, found inside a closed plastic bag within the easy-tear open box. The convenient color-coded guide found on the inside of the box came in handy while stringing up my axes.

            These are the strings I will use from now on.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            These strings are AWESOME!

            By #cagedmob

            from Conroe, Tx

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            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/

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent Strings

                  By Old Rocker Dude

                  from WNC

                  About Me Professional Musician

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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.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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.

                        (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        uuuhhhh

                        By SpudNick

                        from Iowa

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

                        First off, these strings are not for drop C tuning, infact they are even a little too tight for drop B tunings. If you want to warp out the wood on your neck, be my guest and tune up with these "drop C" tuning string. Ohter than this, D'Addario makes the best strings out their, so this product is really hurting their reputation. =/

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        EXL148

                        By Thepoison617

                        from Ontario, Oregon

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

                        Okay first off, these are listed for c standard, not drop C. I have used these For drop B in the past, Now Drop C. Tuning lower than drop C Should be reserved for baritones only! Its bad for intonation. With a PROPER setup done by a professional guitar tech, these strings will perform amazingly. They add the extra beef up from the regular "Heavy Gauge" and are very stable in tunings between C standard and D standard and Drop C, B, and even A.These really give strong resistance and hold their tuning and tension incredibly well. They will not be pushed around. This is a great product, ready-made for low tunings. As a last note, Proper Setup will make them feel lighter than they are. They work well with floyds too.

                         
                        5.0

                        Perfect strings for C# and C standard death metal

                        By Riffs are Life

                        from Bronx, New York

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Good Tone
                        • Long Life
                        • Strong

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Concerts
                          • Practicing

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

                          I use these strings for C# standard, which came about because bands such as Suffocation, Dying Fetus and Behemoth use this tuning. I love heavy strings and needed a heavy gauge for C#. These strings fulfilled that need.

                          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Great for Drop B/ Drop Bb

                          By Jus10lee

                          from Union Grove, AL

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Good Tone
                          • Long Life
                          • Strong

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                              I currently use this gauge for playing in both Drop B and Drop Bb, but i have problems with the .60 staying in tune. I experimented with different low e strings and found that a .59 works the best instead of the .60.

                              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Possibly the best strings on the market for Drop-C tuning.

                              By D-Rock

                              from Portland, ME

                              About Me Experienced

                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Easily and Quick to Tune
                              • Good Tone
                              • Perfect Tension
                              • Strong

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Concerts
                                • Practicing

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

                                I've been playing Dunlop Heavy Core strings for several years. When I went to buy some new sets, my local music store were out, and I was recommended to buy these instead. I was initially expecting to use them just to get by until my Dunlop's arrived... However, upon playing these, I was instantly hearing a better tone and clearer sound from them. After several days of playing, I have become even more impressed by them, and I'm going to be using these permanently instead. But let me emphasize, if you're planning on using these strings for any tuning other than Drop-C, DON'T put these on your guitar! They are designed specifically and only for Drop-C

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great

                                By ?

                                from Seattle, WA

                                About Me Experienced

                                See all my reviews

                                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.

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Perfect for Drop A#/Bb

                                  By BewareOblivionIsAtHand

                                  from Clearwater,FL

                                  About Me Professional Musician

                                  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!

                                   
                                  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.

                                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  2.0

                                  To strong for drop C

                                  By metalsoloist91

                                  from EA Ohio

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  See all my reviews

                                  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.

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  wonderful

                                  By mercurydescends.com

                                  from Corpus Christi, TX

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

                                  I was hesitant to go with a 60 on the low C but this set of strings is the best I have played with yet. Been playing in drop C with the same band for 6 yrs now and I have tried many different variations of strings. this is the best we have found in one pack. I kinda wish the F string was wound but I will deal with it. Ten times better than not even slinky's. Makes double picking on the low C string super easy.

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