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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.
I’ve heard nothing but good reviews about the brand, so decided to pick up these strings for my guitar. No problem re-stringing it. But when it came time to tuning my guitar, that’s when the issues arrived. Snapped the high E, and even before that happened it was still too low to even reach the note. Not sure if this is product fault, or my own fault. Will be ordering more and trying again soon.
Decent strings for the money. Bought these before from somewhere else and these things last ages before you have to restring. Although this time some black stuff keeps rubbing off onto my picks, don't really know why. Just give them a wipe before you string your guitar.
Love D`Addario strings , used them for years . Bought a 3 pack and so far opened 2 sets mainly because I needed them Now and once fitted noticed that there was a fair bit of rust on both sets already although they were in sealed bags. Not sure of 3rd set as not opened yet . First time this has happened with this brand for me . 4 stars because they play well "1 star" for condition . Other than that lovely strings that suit my ears .
These do feel very nice. The 9 - 12 - 15 feels much more balanced. Perfect for me and great not be not buying single 12s and 15s anymore. I feel they could do with being a bit fatter on the wound strings, perhaps 24 32 44 on the low end would balance the required finger pressure more evenly.
Arrived in good time. hard to get too exited over a set of strings, but they are as good as most and better than some. They usually hold tuning ok and they seem to remain fairly bright for a bit longer than some brands......which I do like.
They always were great strings but ever since they went eco friendly and started putting all the strings in that plastic bag instead of the paper slips I'm considering looking at another brand ,only for that reason,that being said I have never had one of these strings break on me for years