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D'Addario EXL120-3D XL Nickel Wound Super Light (.009-.042) Electric Guitar Strings 3-Pack

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  • Three complete sets of electric guitar strings
  • Super light gauge (.009-.042)
  • Wound strings are round wound, made from nickel-plated steel. Unwound strings are plain steel
  • String sets individually packaged in Corrosion Intercept bags for guaranteed freshness
  • Made in USA by D'Addario, New York.
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Product Information

Style Name: Super Light | Size: 3-Pack
Technical Details
Item Weight45 g
Product Dimensions10.9 x 11.2 x 2 cm
Item model numberEXL120-3D
String GaugeSuper Light
Number of Strings6
Size3-Pack
  
Additional Information
ASINB000CC4JFS
Best Sellers Rank 213 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight64 g
Date First Available3 July 2008
  
 

Product Description

Style Name:Super Light  |  Size Name:3-Pack

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.

D'Addario 3-Packs, or "3-D Sets" are complete sets in one box, conveniently packaged and individually sealed in a Corrosion Intercept Bag, making each set as fresh as the day it was made. Muliple packs offer a saving over buying sets individually.

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.

Box Contains

  • Three complete sets of electric guitar strings


  • From the Manufacturer

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    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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    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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    Style Name: Extra HeavySize: Single Set Verified Purchase
    Over the last few months I have experimented with a vast number of string manufacturers and gauges so can say with confidence that if you play in drop tuning you need to choose D'Addario, they stand head and shoulders above the rest. They are clear and crisp, have stacks of tone, and stay bright for a long time. They are also hard wearing, I mostly play extreme metal (lead and rhythm) in Drop A tuning, I play hard and haven't had a snap yet.
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    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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    Style Name: Regular LightSize: 3-Pack Verified Purchase
    It is a little known fact there are only a handful of places worldwide which make guitar strings. Meaning several of the guitar strings for sale in your local shop are in different packages but pretty much the same thing. For my money, and I mean that literally, my bands the Coal Porters and the Long Ryders both use D'Addario strings EXCLUSIVELY as they have the most pop and twang. (If you are a guitarist out there you will know what I mean.)

    This is my main gauge although for different guitars I used different sets I make up via other D'Addario strings. Take my word for it, you cannot go wrong with these strings. See you at Stagecoach Festival in April 2017!
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    Style Name: Regular LightSize: 3-Pack Verified Purchase
    D'Addario make the best strings.

    You can't argue with that

    Forget whatever Ernie Ball puts on the back of his packets....

    D'Addario make the best strings.

    period.
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    Style Name: Regular LightSize: Single Set Verified Purchase
    Used these, and only these strings for over 20 years.
    Don't get me wrong, I've used them all. And always come back to these.
    I've played professionally for many years and these we're always my preferred set of strings. Specifically at this gauge.
    Given that the I play almost every type of music these are well rounded.
    Heavy enough on the bottom end to play the heaviest rock tune, and light enough at the top to play quality clean stuff.
    The brightness of tone is sweet and the strings last a long time before you need to replace them.
    Used to play six nights a week, 3 x 1 hour sets a night, plus three days rehearsing 4-5 hours a time, and would only need to replace once a week. And I'm a hard hitter.

    For me, the best set of strings there is.
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    Style Name: Light Top/Heavy BottomSize: Single Set Verified Purchase
    Ive bounced around a few string brands but i always go back to d'addario. These strings are so great for their price. I don't think they feel as great as their NYXL series but thats to be expected. they're so cheap and great overall. they have pretty much any gauge you could want and they're nicely would to install them easily (the tips are just core wire not wound) If you have never bought guitar strings before id go with the "super light" 9 gauge strings as most guitars are set up for this from the factory. theres plenty of youtube videos on how to install strings and its super easy. Do not fear new guitarists!
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