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D'Addario EXL170-5 XL Nickel Wound Regular Light (.045-.130) 5-String Electric Bass Guitar Strings

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  • One complete set of 5-string electric bass guitar strings
  • Regular light gauge (.045-.130)
  • Wound strings are round wound, made from nickel-plated steel
  • Strings packaged in Corrosion Intercept bags for guaranteed freshness
  • Made in USA by D'Addario, New York.
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Style Name: Regular Light | Size Name: Single Set

Product Information

Style Name: Regular Light | Size: Single Set
Technical Details
Item Weight100 g
Product Dimensions25.4 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
Item model numberEXL170-5
String GaugeRegular Light
SizeSingle Set
  
Additional Information
ASINB0002H04O8
Best Sellers Rank 4,162 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight100 g
Date First Available12 Dec. 2008
  
 

Product Description

Style Name:Regular Light  |  Size Name:Single Set

Product Description

Bass strings (for 5 strings guitars) Gauges 45-65-80-100-130

Manufacturer's Description

D'Addario XL Nickel electric bass strings are world-renowned as 'The Player's Choice' amongst bass players of all genres and styles. All XL strings are precision wound on our exclusive computer-controlled machines, ensuring each string has excellent into nation, clear fundamentals, and unparalleled consistency. The nickel-plated steel wrap wire is known for it's distinctive bright tone and excellent intonation and delivers a universally appealing tone for all playing styles.

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.

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.

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From the Manufacturer

EXL220 EXL170 EXL165 EXL160 EXL230
XL Bass Features D’Addario EXL220 offers more flexibility for players than a standard bass set while still maintaining the distinctive tone and feel of an XL set. D'Addario's bestselling bass set is the most versatile and universally appealing for all playing styles. Hybrid gauge that combines EXL170 and EXL160 for ideal combination of tone of distinctive bright and powerful low end D'Addario's top-selling heavy gauge bass set combines the distinctive brightness of XL strings with booming lows. EXL230, D'Addario's heaviest gauged bass guitar strings offer maximum volume and a distinctively bright, driving tone. Great for down tuning.
String Gauges String Gauges: Wound .040, .060, .075, .095 String Gauges: Wound .045, .065, .080, .100 String Gauges: Wound .045, .065, .085, .105 String Gauges: Wound .050, .070, .085, .105 String Gauges: Wound .055, .075, .090, .110

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Style Name: LightSize: Single Set Verified Purchase
Clean and bright is how I would best describe the sound of these bad boys. Whats more, they are long lasting and durable. I always used to use Rotosound or Elites (mainly because they were what my local music shop had in stock!), but by pushing the boat out and experimenting I came across these and have never looked back! I will continue to use these until I find something better and would recommend them to all electric bassists : )
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By JohnB on 14 July 2015
Style Name: MediumSize: Single Set Verified Purchase
I I always buy these because I like a .50 on the top. I've tried most other brands on my Jazz, including expensive coated Elixir strings and always come back to these. They stay in tune and last well. The supplier is good and strings always arrive before the expected date. I accept that a purchase like this is always down to personal preference but I tend to buy D'Addario for my six strings, too.
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Style Name: HeavySize: Single Set Verified Purchase
Improved my bass sound and feel immeasurably. For drop C on a 34" scale bass the bottom string is still a bit light, making it hard to intonate quite right, but for higher tunings I'd imagine it'd be fine.
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Style Name: Regular LightSize: Twin Pack Verified Purchase
After trying various other brands including, these have become my favourites. They settle down very quickly to give you a mildly bright tone that cuts through the mix. Even the B string is articulate, and depending on your personal playing style, these will sound great for all you slap and poppers out there as well as well rounded for finger style r&b, rock/pop, gospel, jazz or reggae. I'm sure these strings would suit pick style genres of music as well. The supplier, Richtone have never let me down and ship gear very quickly indeed. Great value product and fast shipping.
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Style Name: Light Top/Medium BottomSize: Twin Pack Verified Purchase
D'Addario EXL165 XL Nickel Wound Bass Strings 105 - 85 - 65 -45

These bass strings are the best I have ever used, simply brilliant. I play a Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV bass and these strings compliment the bass very well indeed. I did have the heavier gauge first, 105 - 85 - 70 - 50, but these were a little on the heavy side for me. Both gauges however have fantastic, glossy highs, thundering lows ( get it! ), not too boomy but enough to make you pull a funny face in approval - you know the kind - and of course great mids ensuring you don't naturally get lost in the mix.

If you buy the double pack it makes these strings exceptional value for money - not that the single pack isn't already. I like to always have a back up set in my case just on the off chance one breaks ( yeah right! ). The life expectancy of these strings obviously depends on how often you play and how well you look after your instrument, but even if you use your bass regularly and don't wipe it down quite as often as you should - just like I do - you will get an easy 6 months out of the strings before you notice any change after the break in period, from there on I would describe the tone as "warmer" but certainly not dead like some strings inevitably end up after that length of time. Saying this, I can't recall ever having ended up with a "dead" set of D'Addario Nickels, some being on as long as year, but obviously this is subjective.

Now i'm sure you've played those round wound bass strings that make you feel like you are massaging razorblades, am I right? The state it leaves your fingertips in is just awful! I'm sure you can think of a few brands that do this as can I. Well good news, especially for your frets! These D'Addario's aren't like that at all!
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Style Name: Regular LightSize: Single Set Verified Purchase
No problem with these strings. Seem to be a no nonsense set of strings, fitted them myself without any problems.
I am not a professional player but as an amatuer these strings work just fine for me.
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Style Name: Light Top/Medium BottomSize: Twin Pack Verified Purchase
I usually string my bass guitar with Thomastik-Infield nickel-coated rounds, but they have been increasingly difficult to find at a reasonable price. I thought I'd give these a try seeing the twin-pack value that Amazon offers. They are exceptional strings; very balanced with clear definition and retaining their tone after a month of consistent use. The finish is easy on the fingers and the price is easy on my debit card.
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Style Name: Super LightSize: Twin Pack Verified Purchase
If you have small fingers or want to play delicate riffs these strings are for you. They have a bright sweet tone and sound delightful in a quieter settings. They are not as heavy as usual bass strings so are not as difficult to hold a note. I really like them and would buy again. The price is very competitive . I think that these strings would suit a beginner or younger person because of their ease of use and it is not difficult to get a good sound from them.
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