As one of the largest string manufacturers in the world, D’Addario is used by a number of musicians the world over. From guitars, basses, banjos, orchestral instruments and so much more, you can find their products nearly any instrument where strings are used. But with so many lines of strings, it can be hard to figure out which one is right for your own instrument. With that in mind, we’re going to take a look at some of our favorite electric guitar string lines that D’Addario has to offer.
Easily one of my favorite electric guitar string sets -- barre none -- the D'Addario NYXL line was designed to take advantage of years worth of knowledge and innovation. We are all used to the change in tone and playability that a new set of strings can give a guitar but this line really takes that idea to another level. Designed and manufactured in their New York facilities, the D'Addario NYXL line features a high-carbon steel core and plain steel alloy, making them far more break-resistant than most other string sets. It doesn't end there, though, as the reformulated nickel plated string windings feature enhanced magnetic properties, delivering a slightly hotter output for a touch higher midrange response, added presence and a bit more crunch.
I've been using the NYXL 1046 set myself, featuring a standard range of string gauges that deliver a balanced combination of flexibility and enhanced tone. Coming in at a close second is the NYXL 0946 set, a hybrid pack that combines extra light high strings (.009 High-E) with standard light low strings (.046 Low-E), commonly used by players who like to bend their higher strings with ease without thinning out their overall tone too much.
Check out the video below for a quick look at the history behind the NYXL Series:
This is D'Addario's best selling electric guitar string series for a reason, giving players great tone at a great price. The XL Nickel series is known for it's clear, detailed and articulate sound without being overly bright. They are also versatile enough to fit many styles and genres, including classic rock, jazz, blues, indie rock and more. And just as important, the XL Nickel line feature an exceptionally smooth round-wound finish, giving them a very comfortable and familiar feel. Aside from great tone and excellent playability, the XL Nickel series is also built tough, featuring a hexagonal high-carbon steel core that gives these strings excellent life and break-resistant capabilities. Furthermore, the hex-shaped core also provides the nickel wrap wire a firm base, giving these strings a tight wrap that adds to their longevity. If you don't have the cash to keep buying $20+ strings but want something with excellent tone, great life, and a smooth feel, the XL Nickel series is a no-brainer.
Personally, I prefer the .010-.046 range of the EXL110 set but if you prefer something a tad bit thicker for rock, jazz rock or blues, the EXL 115 (.011-.049) is a great alternative, used by many players.
When you think of flat wound strings, you typically associate them with the bass. True, flat wound strings are predominantly made for bassists, but that doesn't mean they're completely unseen on an electric guitar. In fact, if you're on the lookout for a set of strings that offer a noticeably different sound and feel, flat wounds might just be the ticket. And why not go for the world's best-selling electric guitar flat wounds while you're at it? I am, of course, referring to the D'Addario XL Chromes. Flat wound strings are known for their warm and mellow tone, great tension, and extremely smooth feel. While traditional round wound strings tend to offer a brighter sound with more attack, the smooth and warm tone of flat wounds make them an ideal choice for R&B, rockabilly, traditional jazz and any other styles where a rich, mellow guitar sound is needed.
Unfortunately, the only version in the XL Chromes electric guitar strings line that features a flat wound wind is the ECG24 Chromes Flat Wound Jazz Light Gauge set. But even then, it's a solid choice if you're curious about what flat wound guitar strings can bring to the table.
While the three D'Addario electric guitar string lines above are just some of our personal favorites, there are a ton more where that came from. Whether you need something a bit heavy for a hard rock sound of a lighter set for a brighter tone, D'Addario has you covered. With that said, do yourself a favor and make sure you check out our entire selection of D'Addario electric guitar strings by using the link below!
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