Praise to D'Addario XL's

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Richard Sabines, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. Richard Sabines

    Richard Sabines

    Sep 25, 2007
    I bought a set of D'Addario XL's (45-105) for my P bass about four monts ago. For me those are the best roundwound strings in terms of sound, feel, right amount of tension, consistency and life time. I don't like new zingy strings and that lasted only about 2 or 3 weeks, after that the've been just the string I need with a consistant tone, and it seems it will last forever!. A 2 pack for $21? that's a steal, and maybe I will never use the other one, well just for a backup.

    Waiting for my GHS's pressurewounds for my jazz and my GHS's precision flats for my other P. The chromes are off my P bass for now.
  2. audioglenn

    audioglenn Supporting Member

    Jul 14, 2012
    I know exactly what you mean. I've been really happy with the XL170 (45-100) and have them on about four of my basses. ...and the two pack is a great deal!
  3. I use EXL-165s on every bass I own, I love the sound and the price
  4. LHbassist


    Apr 4, 2003
    Reno, Nevada
    I've been using roundwounds since I first bought a set of Rotosounds in 1969. I'm also a bass repairman. I've used, and seen every string that has been produced since then. I think that the metal, and methods used in the making of D'Addario strings is better than any strings I have used prior, except for the Ernie Ball stainless rounds. NO strings last as long, or have the feel of them. Combined with the low price, they are the best on the market, in my opinion.
    The 'Chromes' flats are also about as good as it gets.
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  6. Lee Bruton

    Lee Bruton Guest

    May 11, 2012
    XL160's for over 35 years! only broke 2 in all that time, and it was my bad, (tuned to high, in my younger days, Sharp spot on bridge was the other)
    Rotosounds seemed to wear down the frets to fast
    I replace strings at the 1st hint of being dead, 1 week at the very most if I'm working fulltime
  7. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    Daddario would be my alternate string if rotosound swing66 arent available at store and not wanting to wait for internet order of some to arrive.
  8. Yeah - they're great strings for the money ... went through many sets of XL165.
  9. wmheilma


    Jan 5, 2010
    I get great results from D'Addario XL's on three out of four basses. The price is good, so i keep them new and bright. The other bass gets DR's about twice a year, so the strings are a bit more worn in and have more 'thud'.