D'Addario XL Nickel Wound Balanced Tension Review

NickelWoundStringSetD'Addario's new XL nickel wound string sets are made to have comparable tension from string-to-string. Players not ready for this might be surprised by how much easier it is to play either guitar or bass with the improved control. You'll find playing a more balanced effort-either while fretting, bending, strumming and picking on guitar, or plucking, slapping and bending on bass.

There are three size sets for electric guitar and three for bass guitar that use mathematically optimized string gauge combinations. Each balanced tension set was extensively tested with players and experts in order to ensure not only that they were balanced, yet also retained all of the inherent properties and quality expected of a D'Addario XL nickel wound set.

Balanced Tension string sets for electric guitar are (listed lightest to heaviest gauge): EXL120BT (9-40 Gauge), EXL110BT (10-46 Gauge), and EXL115BT (11-50 Gauge), and three sets for electric bass including the EXL220BT (40-95 Gauge), EXL170BT (45-107 Gauge), and EXL160BT (50-120 Gauge). Retail price is $9.90 for any of the guitar sets, any of the guitar sets, and the bass sets will retail for $33.10. See http://daddario.com.

By Barry Rudolph

miniBio: Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer with over 30 gold and platinum RIAA awards to his credit. He has recorded and/or mixed: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and Robbie Nevil. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and also teaches recording engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. http://www.barryrudolph.com