D'Addario EXL170-5 5-String Nickel Wound Bass Guitar Strings, Light, 45-130, Long Scale

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  • 5-string version of D'Addario's best selling bass guitar set
  • Guages 45 65 80 100 130

  • $24.99
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EXL170-5 is the 5-string version of the best-selling D’Addario bass set. With the addition of the .130 low B string, EXL170 offers the ideal combination of distinctive brightness and booming, tight lows. The most versatile and universally appealing set for all playing styles. Fits long scale basses with a string scale length of up to 36 1/4 inches.

D'Addario XL Nickel Wound Electric Bass strings are world-renowned as "The Player's Choice" amongst bass players of all genres and styles. All XL strings are precision wound on our exclusive digitally-controlled machines, ensuring each string has excellent intonation, clear fundamentals, and unparalleled consistency. Each string is wound with a nickelplated steel wrap wire known for distinctive bright tone with excellent magnetic output delivering a universally appealing and versatile tone for all playing styles.

Round wound with nickelplated steel for a distinctive bright tone with clear fundamentals

Fits long scale basses with a string scale length of up to 36 1/4 inches.

  • String Count
    5-String Set
  • Winding
    Round Wound
  • Scale
  • Gauge Description
  • String Gauges
    45 65 80 100 130
  • Wrap Material
    Nickel Plated Steel
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  • Brand
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Customer reviews
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4.40 (Votes: 10)
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  • Logic_11
    Aug 13, 2016, 13:09
    At the beginning they feel .. "new". Lol, I really like them after they have been played for a bit and have been broken in.

    I really like these strings and they're really good for the price. Make sure you price match at GC ;)

    I use the six string set and the high B string has put up well with all my slapping. I am actually surprised at how long its lasted.

    Will be getting another set in a few weeks :)
  • jacolyte
    Aug 13, 2016, 13:09
    to my ear, d'addario XLs sound like somebody banging pots and pans together, an unpleasant clanging. their windings feel particularly coarse and uncomfortable to me; they tear up my fingers like i was playing a round file (and i play a lot - i have pretty good callouses). i prefer a string with a smaller diameter outer wrap and a sound more like a "zhing" rather than a "DING". i'm sure lots of people love these strings, but they're not for me.
  • winegamd
    Aug 13, 2016, 13:08
    I have been using XL170-6's since the late 90's. They are available almost everywhere and I know exactly what to expect when I put them on an instrument.

    These strings have great growl, are fairly flexible, and have a nice tone when old.

    They definitely have their own flavor. The highs are a little zingy when new, but settle down nicely. The mids are clear with a definite favor of the low mids. The lows are tight and controlled with an almost flat wound envelope to the open notes in the low strings.

    If you are looking for strings and don't know what to try, I would say these are the perfect strings to start as they seem to be right in the middle of the tonal spectrum.
  • jjmuckluckjr
    Aug 13, 2016, 13:08
    I chose D'Addario flatwounds when I got my first 5 string. After years of using a well-known English brand (rhymes with photo hound) these strings were an eye opener. Some brands, the low B flopped around in the breeze. D'Addario utilizes various tensions to maintain playability throughout the finger board. I recently replaced a set after 3 years with some regret. They were just getting broken in.
  • AxisOfBacon
    Aug 13, 2016, 13:08
    These strings are killer. They have a cool contoured sound out of the box, but when they begin to die out, they develop an odd mid-range sound that some might find enjoyable. They are really good strings and are always a great fallback when your true favorite set just isn't available at the time (especially since these strings have been on the shelves of literally every music store I've walked into). The life isn't too bad either. They sounded great for a good month in my experiences which is longer than some of the stainless steel strings I've used COUGH COUGH Rotosound COUGH COUGH. Definitely give these a shot some time!
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