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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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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



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

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (2)

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    (2)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (11)
  • Well built / quality (10)
  • Consistent (8)
  • Long life (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), 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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4.0

Great for Drop B/ Drop Bb

By Justin_lee2014

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.

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      5.0

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

      By D-Rock

      from Portland, ME

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      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

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        5.0

        For Standard C, not drop C.

        By Ol' Saber2th

        from NE NM

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        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.

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          5.0

          Excellent for drop tuning!

          By avenuedrive

          from Charlotte, NC

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          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

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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:

              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

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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

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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:

                      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

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                        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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