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

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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 preci...Read More

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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


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


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D'AddarioXL148 Nickel-Wound, Drop C Tuning Electric Guitar Strings
 
4.2

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (8)
  • Well built / quality (7)
  • Long life (6)
  • Consistent (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (5)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), 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.

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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

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.

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    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

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      5.0

      Finallyyyyyy

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      By Andrew Taylor

      from New York

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      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.

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        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/

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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

                      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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