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D'Addario EXL145 XL Nickel Wound Heavy (.012-.054) Electric Guitar Strings

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  • One complete set of electric guitar strings
  • Heavy gauge (.012-.054)
  • Wound strings are round wound, made from nickel-plated steel. Unwound strings are plain steel
  • Strings packaged in Corrosion Intercept bags for guaranteed freshness
  • Made in USA by D'Addario, New York.
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Product Information

Style Name: Heavy | Size: Single Set
Technical Details
Item Weight23 g
Product Dimensions12.7 x 12.7 cm
Item model numberEXL145
String GaugeHeavy
Number of Strings6
SizeSingle Set
  
Additional Information
ASINB0006DUF5Q
Best Sellers Rank 4,625 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight23 g
Date First Available14 Sept. 2007
  
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Product Description

Style Name: Heavy | Size Name: Single Set

Product Description

String set Gauges .012, .016, .020, .032, .042, .054

Manufacturer's Description

D'Addario XL Nickel Wound electric guitar strings are world-renowned as 'The Player's Choice' amongst players of all genres and styles. XL's are precision wound with nickel-plated steel on a hex-shaped core, resulting in strings with a distinctive bright tone and excellent intonation.

Nickel-Plated Steel Explained
A steel alloy that has an electroplating of 8% pure nickel. This is a formula used in the world-famous D'Addario XL string line. This steel alloy is ideally suited for magnetic pickups and the nickel plating provides a cosmetic finish, oxidation resistance and surface smoothness. It is bright sounding and long-lasting without promoting fret wear.

Plain Steel Explained
A high carbon steel alloy wire that is round in cross section. Used for plain steel strings.

When do I change my strings?
Don’t wait until they break! The frequency you should change strings depends on how often you play, how you play, and in what conditions your instrument is played and stored. Active performers may need to change their strings on a weekly basis or even more often if they suffer from acidic perspiration. Occasional players may take months to wear out a set. Most players change strings when they lose their brilliance, sound too mellow, when intonation falters or when their instrument is difficult to keep in tune. Changing one string after it breaks is not recommended as the newer string will be brighter-sounding than the rest of the set.

How can I clean my strings?
Hand perspiration and dirt build-up are the main culprits that shorten string longevity. Wipe strings down with a clean cloth after each session. For those of you with more acidic perspiration, wipe strings down with Planet Waves String Cleaner.

Which string set is for me?
Whether choosing electric, acoustic, classical or other strings, the right string tension for your style is a matter of trial and error and is of utmost importance. Experimenting with different tensions can bring out a completely different character and sound of your instrument and in the style of your play. You should not assume that the string tension the guitar manufacturer selected at the factory is the right tension for you.

Custom blending of light and medium sets or extra light and light sets is also an option. For example the EXL140 set combines the trebles of a regular light electric set with the basses of a jazz EJ21 set. This allows easy bending of treble strings with the heftier bass response of the heavier EJ21 strings.

Light gauge strings are the most popular and are recommended by most makers. Lighter overall string tension ensures longer soundboard and neck life. Heavier tensions are not recommended for guitars built with fragile tops. Medium gauge strings offer more projection on heavier built instruments.

Classical sets are gauged in light, normal, hard and extra hard tensions. Although the total pull of classical strings is much less than their steel string counterparts, the string height is set higher on classical guitars. This fact makes the tension difference critical.


From the Manufacturer

Why XLs?
  • Legendary, bright, full tone
  • Versatile enough for all music genres
  • Round wound with Nickel-Plated Steel
  • Available in multiple gauges
  • Sealed, corrosion-proof recyclable packaging
  • Made in the USA
The D'Addario Difference

It all starts with our exclusively engineered and built string winding machines. There is literally nothing like a D'Addario string machine. The combination of the most advanced computer-controlled winding technology and stringent incoming wire inspection delivers unmatched consistency, string after string, set after set. Every D'Addario string is made in the USA, ensuring the highest quality and performance.

Your Strings Matter.

D'Addario's XL Nickel Wound electric guitar strings are engineered to serve as the critical link between you and your guitar. XL's are precision wound with highly magnetic nickel-plated steel to exacting specifications, resulting in strings with long lasting, distinctive bright tone, and excellent intonation. Ideal for the widest variety of guitars and musical styles, XL's are the choice of countless professionals around the world.

Round Wound Nickel-plated Steel

The most popular and universal construction, Round Wound strings deliver the traditional textured feel most players are familiar and comfortable with. Renowned for their distinctive, bright tone, XL nickel-plated steel is the industry standard for many genres and playing styles.

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. T. Acton on 22 Nov. 2011
Style Name: MediumSize: Single Set
I love these strings.
They are consistent, they sound clear and bright and they stay good for months.
A wee tip for all you lazy players.. wash your hands before you play, you will save lots of money in strings!
Sweaty greasy hands eat through strings.
Also, give them a wipe after you've played.
They like that too.
;)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Errik Wong on 28 Feb. 2010
Style Name: Super Light Top/Regular BottomSize: 3-Pack Verified Purchase
I've tried many different brands such as Curt Mangan, Ernie Ball, Everly B-52s, GHS, Gibson all of which are relatively well-priced but have a very obviously short life.

I must say that there are times when using this set of D'Addario EXL125 strings, I sort of wonder why I bothered at all because at the fraction of the cost compared to so many up-market brands, the string life and delivery of tone from the D'Addarios is actually consistent and good. Do not expect "breath-taking" tone, which, also depends heavily on your guitar and playing ability ;)

Having a rather heavy hard-rock rhythm right hand coupled with a desire for wild bluesy bends, I chose this gauge to suit my style which covers anything from blues, country to jazz and rock and roll. I use these strings with a tele, strat, an SG and a firebird VII: all sounding good.

If you're tired of mucking around with experimenting or struggling to afford expensive strings which claim to last longer, just remember this: it actually helps to just wipe down your strings after playing. After all, strings are made of metal and they WILL rust no matter how expensive or boutique the make.

Just bear in mind that the strings wraps of the EXL 125s are NICKEL-PLATED instead of PURE NICKEL, hence the cheaper price. It is misrepresentation of some sorts, but: I've been using this set for about 2 weeks, approximately 2-3hrs playing time per day and they are still alive, and I expect them to last for another 2 more weeks of playing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 27 May 2009
Style Name: Regular LightSize: Single Set
For me these are the best guitar strings you can buy,for the money nothing can touch them!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Michael J. Harris on 16 Oct. 2011
Style Name: Super LightSize: 3-Pack
These are great strings, at a great price (especially in a 3 pack) and very prompt delivery. What more could you want?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JP London on 16 July 2012
Style Name: MediumSize: 3-Pack Verified Purchase
Excellent guitar strings, with colour coded ends, and each set is packed in sealed corrosion proof packs so will always be factory fresh! I have used these string for over 10 years, and the 3 set packs are excellent value for money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jake on 21 Dec. 2011
Style Name: Regular LightSize: Single Set
I started off using Ernie ball strings as I think they give of bit of a thicker tone but when I asked at hooters music store which would be best for playing in my genre (Metallica etc) he suggested D'addario. I have to say I am very pleased with these strings. They give off such a bright tone, and are capable of pulling off some lower tunings too. I frequently play in E standard or drop B tuning (2 most frequent) playing bands like Metallica and Parkway Drive. These strings can easily candle drop b, notes are very audible and strings aren't too loose. However I would suggest 11 gauge or above if you are regularily playing in drop tunings for those occasions when you have to tune to A or lower.

Overall a very good buy, lovely for all genres on the electric, including any acoustic stuff like nickelback. Would I recommend these? Absolutely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SamWilliams on 6 Oct. 2011
Style Name: Regular LightSize: Single Set Verified Purchase
Ordered these strings a skeptic as I usually go for Ernie Balls. But decided to try these after a recommendation from a friend. Cant really fault them, good packaging, easy to install and sound great. They hold their tune fairly decently (can stay in tune for around a week or everyday playing) I currently have them on a Zakk Wylde Custom Les Paul and they do the job well.

The tone is nice and are good for fast playing. Prefer Ernie Balls as they feel just a little bit nicer to play but every other statistic is the same.

They are extremely light strings so not good for down tuning but the hold up all right when i drop it to C.

4/5 Good quality sound and finish, but personally prefer Ernie Balls extra Slinky
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Hynes on 6 Nov. 2010
Style Name: Super LightSize: Single Set
I got a new Cort guitar and these were the strings they fit at the factory. I must say I do not regret buying them one bit. They are nice and bright, the sound is very clean. The gauge selection is just right, making them very slick and playable, but robust enough to stand some hard playing, a good balance. I liked them so much I bought some Bronze ones for my acoustic.
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