D’Addario EXL117 Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings, Medium Top/Extra-Heavy Bottom, 11-56

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Your Strings Matter.

D’Addario’s XL Nickel Wound electric guitar strings are engineered to serve as the critical link between you and your guitar. XL’s are precision wound with highly magnetic nickel-plated steel to exacting specifications, resulting in strings with long lasting, distinctive bright tone, and excellent intonation. Ideal for the widest variety of guitars and musical styles, XL’s are the choice of countless professionals around the world.

Round Wound

The most popular and universal construction, Round Wound strings deliver the traditional textured feel most players are familiar and comfortable with.

Nickel-plated Steel

Renowned for their distinctive, bright tone, XL nickel-plated steel is the industry standard for many genres and playing styles.

Hex Core

D’Addario Nickel Wound strings are wound with nickelplated steel onto a carefully drawn, hexagonally shaped, high carbon steel core. A high carbon steel alloy that is six-sided in cross section. When usedas the core or “center” of a musical string, the 6 edge points firmly grip every turn of the wrapwire, ensuring a tight wrap and longer-lasting string.

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The D’Addario Difference

It all starts with our exclusively engineered and built string winding machines. There is literally nothing like a D’Addario string machine. The combination of the most advanced computer-controlled winding technology and stringent incoming wire inspection delivers unmatched consistency, string after string, set after set. Every D’Addario string is made in the USA, ensuring the highest quality and performance.

String alloys have a dramatic impact on your tone, feel and string life. D’Addario’s diverse selection of electric string alloys include:

Nickel Wound


Pure Nickel

Half Round

Pro Steel



Super Bright

Round Wound

Flat Round

Half Round

Product Features

  • Hybrid gauges optimized for “D” tuning, one whole step down
  • Round wound with nickelplated steel for distinctive bright tone
  • Corrosion resistant packaging for strings that are always fresh
  • String Gauges: Plain Steel .011, .014, .019, Nickel Wound .032, .044, .056
  • Made in the U.S.A. for the highest quality and performance

3 Responses

  1. 2Dogs1Bowl
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    Love D’Addario strings I go way back with this brand. I have a lot of guitars with different tunings and gauges, but the EXL117 set works best on my main LP-style guitar. It’s a half-step down and I occasionally drop the low string another full step.I also use this set on a 25.5″ scale guitar tuned a full-step down.Since I play a lot of heavy rock & some metal, I really need low strings with some thickness and tension to them, obviously more so tuning down, especially the low E. That…

  2. Anonymous
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    I’ve been using D’Addario Nickel Wound strings for many years now. I had been a pretty loyal Ernie Ball user before that but these strings swayed me! They have an incredible lifespan on them and a fresh set gives an amazing brightness and full tone. As far as tunings go, I typically play between Drop D and Drop B and the EXL117’s feel great for these types of drop tunings and maintain the tension needed to perform. Not too tight for Drop D and not too loose or floppy for Drop B – truly…

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