D'Addario EXL170BT Nickel Wound Bass Guitar Strings, Balanced Tension Light, 45-107

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  • Balanced Tension sets allow for evenly balanced bending, fretting, plucking and slapping.
  • Guages 45 60 80 107

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D'Addario EXL170BT Balanced Tension electric guitar sets are comprised of mathematically optimized string gauge combinations, resulting in greater control and playing comfort. Combined with the distinctive bright, booming tones of XL nickel wound strings, each set offers greater dynamic control and a more consistent feel between strings for evenly balanced bending, fretting, plucking and slapping.

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.

  • Balanced Tension sets allow for evenly balanced bending, fretting, plucking and slapping.
  • Round wound with nickelplated steel for distinctive bright tone
  • Environmentally friendly, corrosion resistant packaging for strings that are always fresh
  • Made in the U.S.A. for the highest quality and performance
  • String Gauges: Wound .045, .060, .080, .107

  • String Count
    4-String Set
  • Winding
    Round Wound
  • Scale
  • Gauge Description
  • String Gauges
    45 60 80 107
  • Wrap Material
    Nickel Plated Steel
  • Coated?
  • Brand
  • MFR Product Number
Customer reviews
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4.67 (Votes: 3)
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  • Scottie Slane
    Apr 15, 2017, 14:38
    For 20 years, I would purchase single strings (Daddario XL nickels) and assemble my own custom sets, based on the idea of achieving even string tension. (Most "off the shelf" bass string sets are HORRIBLY uneven!) Then, Daddario introduced balanced tension sets, and I jumped for joy! Finally, someone got it right! The bottom line is this: Regardless of what brand or type of strings you like, if you haven't played on strings that have even tension, you don't know what you're missing! Feels better, sounds better! End rant.
  • carlis
    Sep 19, 2016, 14:30
    Pros - Easy on fingers and frets
    Even bend resistance
    Even tone across low and high registers

    Cons - Tone deterioration after 3 months

    I've been using the light-gauge balanced set EXL220BT (40, 55, 70, 95) for several years but decided to change to the medium gauge EXL170BT (45, 60, 80, 107). I also made a very casual video to compare the two sets.


    The lighter set is very fast to play and easy on your fingers, even ready for a full step bend. The strings respond very quickly, and the tone is crisper, brighter, thinner with less overtone, more articulate and sweeter on the higher register. A no-brainer for solo player. (Con: The A string is so thin that it rattles in the nut slot without padding.)

    The medium set feels stiffer and harder to press right away, entailing a half round adjustment of the truss rod to compensate for the increased tension, a worthwhile hurt for power—the strings sound fuller and deeper, with stronger bites when slapped. A preferred choice for "sideman" players, yet balanced enough to be useful in soloing. (Con: The E string is slightly thicker at .107 vs. more common gauge .105, making it hard to fit in the nut slot.)

    Audio is direct input via Apogee Duet into Logic Pro X without any processing.
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