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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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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.See all Product Description
From the Manufacturer
|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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Top Customer Reviews
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!Read more ›
I am not a professional player but as an amatuer these strings work just fine for me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like these strings much better than the stock strings that came on my bass.Published 1 month ago by JW
First time buying new strings from for my bass and I figured I couldn't go wrong with D'addario. So happy I bought these.Published 6 months ago by Immanuel Simelane
I have been very impressed with the strings so far. My first time purchasing D'Addario strings at the recommendation by my brother which I must admit was a good call. Read morePublished 9 months ago by PWhitehouse