Daddario EXL120

Electronic Guitar Strings

  • Super light
  • Roundwound
  • Nickel-plated steel wrap wire
  • Gauges: 009-042

Further Information

Strength of the strings 009 - 042
Strength of the strings 0,009" – 0,042"
Material Nickel Plated Steel
G-String Wound No

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Workhorse strings for easy playability
boch, 04.06.2017
D'Addario is known for reasonably priced commodity strings that provide consistent quality and durability throughout string's life. I've tested probably 2/3 of all of the available D'addario gauges, from ultra light to the heavy flatwound jazz strings.

Given that strings are covered with nickel, the touch is neutral and soft on fingers.

The tone is bright. However proper manipulation of the tone pot and the EQ section of the amp warms it up. The problem for some genres might be lack of fatness of the high E string. However, it can be augmented with an overdrive or boost pedal with pronounced mid section. Transparent pedals keep the tone of that string still rather thin.

The strings give an impression of a solid tension unlike some other lighter gauges, even with guitars characterized by a short scale length. Strings don't get floppy. The strings are highly recommended for longer scale guitars (like Fender Stratocasters). If you play heavy riffs on the bass strings with a hard pick attack, there might be too much movement on a short scale guitars before a string returns to the original position. More tension might be required, especially on short scale guitars (like Gibson Les Pauls).

One other minor disadvantage may be a slightly worn feel comparing to the higher D'Addario gauges. This however, might be just a matter of adjustment and due to the differences of guitar setup and extraneous fret noise, depending on the string action.

There are cases of nickel allergies, so player should first test if there is no such condition that would make his or her life miserable.

This workhorse string set is extremely popular and I can only recommend it, given reliability and feel. If you play with guitars equipped with higher gauge strings, the feel of E and B strings might be a matter of adjustment. It's easy to overbend, so some mental calibration might be necessary for those players.
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they suit me
chriscoustic, 08.12.2020
i use these on my semi acoustic and my electric. i love a light string for huge bends. not had any problems with snapping strings even though i give them a lot of abuse.
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Good choice for a decent regular string set
granny, 26.01.2021
I like these better than Ernie Ball equivalent because I never broke a new high e string from D'addario but a lot of them from Ernie's.. It's very frustating to put on a new set and brake the thinnest string in the process. Other than that tone is very good (bright-balanced) strings are slick enough (fingers slide - normal, i would say) and they last for about 2-3 months or even more if you care for them (clean them on a regular basis) and with moderate use. I think a 3 pack is a better deal though.
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Mudslide73, 27.10.2017
Great quality and value for money strings.

I use these strings on my Fender scale length guitars due to them having slightly lower tension than the equivalent (pink) strings from their biggest competitor. They sound balanced and bright and stay in tune just as you'd expect. They retain their quality for long periods whether you play them or not.

They respond well to lightly picked notes as well as super fast picking, strumming and muting. I'm a big fan of the strings having different coloured ball ends to differentiate between the gauges once they're out of the packet.

I've used these strings on Floyd Rose guitars as well as standard F style vibratos and they perform with stability and balance - even when you'd think they'd give up.

Very popular with good reason.
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