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D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack)

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Gauges 09-11-16-24-32-42.World-renowned as "The Player's Choice" among guitar players of all genres and styles. XL guitar strings are wound with nick...Click To Read More About This Product

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The string for those who like to bend their notes.

Gauges 09-11-16-24-32-42.

World-renowned as "The Player's Choice" among guitar players of all genres and styles. XL guitar strings are wound with nickel-plated steel, known for it's distinctive bright tone and excellent intonation. EXL120s are D'Addario's most popular round-wound, nickel-plated electric guitar strings.

D'Addario is the world's largest manufacturer of strings for musical instruments. Many top guitarists won't play any other brand. Regardless of your playing style, D'Addario has a string set that's right for you.


FEATURES
  • Player's choice
  • Nickel roundwound
  • Bright, lasting tone
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D'AddarioEXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack)
 
4.8

(based on 62 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (55)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (45)
  • Consistent (36)
  • Long life (35)
  • Well built / quality (30)

Cons

  • Breaks easy (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (34)
  • Concerts (26)
  • Back-up (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (31), Professional musician (12), Novice (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Six Strands of Wire of Varying Thickness

Install through little holes in bridge in proper order; attach to tuner pegs; tighten to proper tension to produce desired vibration frequency. Pluck for approximately 25 hours or until one fails and repeat...Read complete review

Install through little holes in bridge in proper order; attach to tuner pegs; tighten to proper tension to produce desired vibration frequency. Pluck for approximately 25 hours or until one fails and repeat process.

There may be better, there may be worse. All I know is that whenever I ask someone who should know, they always recommend these. And I must like them since I seem to just keep buying them.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not very strong, not holding tuning

I have been having problems with the EXL 120s lately, especially on my Les Paul and '61 reissue LP SG. Those two instruments have been rock solid in tunign for years. Both have...Read complete review

I have been having problems with the EXL 120s lately, especially on my Les Paul and '61 reissue LP SG. Those two instruments have been rock solid in tunign for years. Both have TonePros System 2 TOM and aluminum stop bar. Could not maintain tuning in either instrument, especially low E, D, and G strings. Tuning machines are Grover Klusons 18:1 too. I have a rack test instrument with no pups to see if I was doing something wrong, but found by slightly overwinding that they come apart at the ball end, and pretty easily too. Went to Ernie Ball Stainless,and problem is solved. Don't see how D'addario can claim "consistent quality and intonation" when they won't stay in tune in the first place. Cheap strings=headaches. Don't buy them.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Six Strands of Wire of Varying Thickness

By Richard C.

from Sharonville, OH

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Practicing

    Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

    Install through little holes in bridge in proper order; attach to tuner pegs; tighten to proper tension to produce desired vibration frequency. Pluck for approximately 25 hours or until one fails and repeat process.

    There may be better, there may be worse. All I know is that whenever I ask someone who should know, they always recommend these. And I must like them since I seem to just keep buying them.

    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Not very strong, not holding tuning

    By northslide098

    from Lakes Region

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Breaks Easy
    • Not Consistent

    Best Uses

    • Backup

    Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

    I have been having problems with the EXL 120s lately, especially on my Les Paul and '61 reissue LP SG. Those two instruments have been rock solid in tunign for years. Both have TonePros System 2 TOM and aluminum stop bar. Could not maintain tuning in either instrument, especially low E, D, and G strings. Tuning machines are Grover Klusons 18:1 too. I have a rack test instrument with no pups to see if I was doing something wrong, but found by slightly overwinding that they come apart at the ball end, and pretty easily too. Went to Ernie Ball Stainless,and problem is solved. Don't see how D'addario can claim "consistent quality and intonation" when they won't stay in tune in the first place. Cheap strings=headaches. Don't buy them.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    bobo

    By bobo

    from mohawk

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    Pros

    • Long Life

    Cons

    • Not Consistent

    Best Uses

    • Concerts

    Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

    vere vere good

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Tough and Easily played

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

    My freind recomended these to me because they are strong and the easy to play and they really are!. I play for a few hours each day and they're the only strings that have lasted for a few weeks despite the abuse that I give them. These strings are also easy to use. They bend easily and they stay in tune. When you first put them on and tune them, they may get a little out of tune but thats because they have to adjust, but after that they stay in tune. For me they useally last 2-3 weeks which is longer than any other strings I've used. I Play a lot of heavy AC/DC type stuff so I bend a lot and they still work when I'm done.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Second Generation Player

    By Slink

    from South Carolina

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    Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

    I'm a second generation user of D'Addario strings. They are long lasting, have GREAT tone, and affordable. I simply would not use any other string on any of my guitars, and I have tried just about all of them. If you need affordable great sounding strings, you can't go wrong with D'Addario.
    Bright tones
    Long lasting
    Best bang for your buck, period.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

    These Strings are great for all around playing. I have used a varity of strings including Elixir poly and nanoweb, and now lean to D'addario because of their nice tone, life and the price dosn't break the bank. If youbuy the ten pack you will save lots of money over all, do the math if you must. If you have never used them, and are afraid of buying strings you don't like go for the three pack.

     
    5.0

    D'Addario Makes Great Strings But 9's Are Not My Favorite

    By stevelockridge

    from Fort Smith, AR

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    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

      I've been using D'Addario XL strings for most of my career. I've tried many brands and nothing works for me like D'Addario. But I've also used 10's for more than 25 years. I was told by another guitar player that using 9's on a Stratocaster would make it feel more "loose" like a Les Paul. It does. However, I cannot seem to get the intonation in a place where it works up and down the fretboard on my 2005 American Deluxe Stratocaster. Also, it is amazing how much difference there is in volume. We're only talking about 1/1000th of an inch!! I love the longer scale length of Stratocasters because of the rich harmonics so I may have to go back to 10's.

       
      5.0

      Great strings

      By Larry

      from Jeffersonville I N

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

          I've been using D'addrio for over 35 years need I say more.

           
          5.0

          I switched.

          By Carlosupernatural.

          from Oregon

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

            I used to used pinks on my electrics which are good. Then I ran across a fender that fuzzed out with them despite being the 9 gauge that I always use. I read an blog where someone experienced the same thing and put the DAddarios on with success. I've been using them since. No breaks either.

             
            5.0

            string nirvana

            By Les Paul player

            from Knoxville,Tennessee

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Long Life
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

              you cannot find a better sounding set for the money.this manufacturer supplies most of the strings for the major guitar makers.I think this tells you something!

               
              5.0

              BEST STRING ON THE MARKET

              By JJGREENE

              from Smethport PA

              About Me Professional Musician

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

                I HAVE BEEN USEING EXL 120 STRINGS FOR OVER 30 YEARS,

                 
                5.0

                great product

                By David

                from nc

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Strong

                Cons

                • no cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

                great strings

                 
                5.0

                I have been using exl120 strings for 20 years or more

                By JJGREENE

                from Smethport PA

                About Me Professional Musician

                See all my reviews

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts

                  Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

                  I have been using exl120s for as long as I can remember and love them. In my 45 years of playing I have tried everything and anything out there. I use D'addario strings on my Dobro, banjo, ,Acoustic and electric guitars

                   
                  5.0

                  Wow, what great strings.

                  By Dave

                  from GA

                  About Me Novice

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                  Pros

                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                  • Breaks Easy

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

                  Great strings

                   
                  5.0

                  Only strings i buy!!!

                  By Sydfloyd

                  from Keego Harbor Mi.

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

                    Works well all around for Rock and Blues.

                     
                    5.0

                    Holds tune, haven't broken yet.

                    By Weasel

                    from Pine Knot, KY

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone
                    • Long Life
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

                        I was having a problem with the E6 string breaking frequently during tuning on the previous brand I was using. So far I have not encountered that problem with these strings.

                         
                        5.0

                        Some of the best strings I've used.

                        By pickled

                        from wisconsin

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Good Tone
                        • Long Life
                        • Strong

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • making noise
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

                          I've used the EXL120's on my moderately modified Stratocrapper budget model for probably 20 years. There's a reason for that...they have a nice tone, they stay relatively clean and they're not super expensive.

                           
                          5.0

                          Quality strings and bargain price

                          By zeppelinnerd1

                          from Ft.Lauderdale,Florida

                          About Me Professional Musician

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Good Tone
                          • Long Life
                          • Strong

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup
                            • Concerts
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

                            The finest quality and feel , these strings consistancy perform to excellence standards year after year after year.

                             
                            5.0

                            D'Addario EXL120 Guitar Strings

                            By PCollen

                            from Central Florida

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Good Tone
                            • Long Life

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Uh....to restring your electric guitar.

                              Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

                              I've used D'Add EXL120 and EXL110 strings consistently since the 70's, and see no reason to change. IMO, you can't get any better strings for the money.

                               
                              5.0

                              One And Only

                              By Chris

                              from Virginia Beach, VA

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Good Tone
                              • Long Life
                              • Strong

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Backup
                                • Concerts
                                • Practicing

                                Comments about D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Super Light Electric Guitar Strings (3-Pack):

                                I've been a fan of Daddario acoustic strings for quite some time now and decided to give their EXL line a shot. I threw a set of the EXL120's on an ESP LTD 401FR and I could not be happier with the tone and feel I'm getting from them.

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