Piano Tone for Short Scale: D'Addario EXL220S

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by FerruleCat, Dec 20, 2014.

  1. FerruleCat


    Mar 29, 2014
    Tulsa, OK
    I play short scale and recently installed a set of D'Addario EXL220S roundwounds on my Mustang-ized Bronco. I'm quite impressed with the piano-like overtones of these strings; at times it almost sounds like a chorus effect. They are a very light .040-.095 set but have decent tension. If you're looking for a bright, zingy string with lots of harmonic character, I recommend this one.
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  2. Qlanq


    Jul 9, 2007
    I got a set of the XL190's to try. After a piano type tone. With a bit of delay and reverb now got it sorted. Also can get a pretty convincing double bass sound too. Great strings, although they do feel a bit "sticky" at first.
  3. FerruleCat


    Mar 29, 2014
    Tulsa, OK
    I wasn't expecting the 220s to be so distinctive, but it just goes to show that strings really are a cheap way to make a meaningful difference in your sound.
  4. Pier_


    Dec 22, 2013
    Roma, Italia
    You should try the stainless steel.
  5. For a short scale, Do light gauge Pro Steels sound better than heavy Gauge? I like heavy string but dont want to choke up the little bronco....
  6. rockscott


    Aug 28, 2010
    I put the EXL170's on my sg. They sound amazing, open strings ring out like a piano. This is my rock bass, you just cant beat this set up for rock n roll tones!