D addario XL Bass Strings


Daddario XL

D addario XL

Machine wound nickel plated roundwounds with a clear, bright tone, the XLs are a bit more mellow than the Prosteel. These are the most popular strings Daddario offers due to their flexibility for use in a variety of styles, while always holding good intonation.



NameWindingMaterialCoreOther InfoModel #
XLRoundwoundNickelHexEXL

 

The DAddario XL bass strings are known by many jazz players for their high quality, and in general Daddario are very trustworthy. They make have many different types of strings for all types of players- The XL strings are for those players that want a more mellow tone, nothing with too much high end or string sound on their bass.

Being that these strings are nickel plated they will be easy on your fingers, but you should not experience much if any callus wearing down. If you are professional player then perhaps this is a good choice for you as your fingers will most likely be able to handle the constant playing with these strings, plus they are kind to your frets and have a good lifespan.

There have been many comments that these strings have good clarity but also not a lot of string noise.

The reviews that I could find were practically glowing to be honest. I could not find one review that was all that negative. Sure there were some that rated these strings less then 5 stars on review sites, but that is to be expected. Perfection is just a very high measure to obtain and sometimes people are just picky.

One of the most praised aspects of these XLs is that they seem to last longer than their competition in the nickel area (at least for non coated). I can say this with confidence because many of the other reviews I found stated exactly that. Many feel that DAddario is a much better value for the money.

The cheaper strings simply do not last as long and hence you will have to shell out more money in order to replace them. In the long run then you will spend less if you use these strings.

Many top players and studio musicians seem to love these XL strings. There must be a reason for that- they are becoming a standard of sorts. You generally cannot go wrong with this “players choice,” and a lot of the testimonials are very honest and not just a general purchased celebrity endorsement. Like the video below, for example. 

Justin Mehldau Johnson, bassist with Beck and Nine Inch Nails, uses Daddario XLs on many of his basses and sites that these strings have a fuller bottom end and clearer mid range than many other nickel roundwound strings he has used.


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Be sure to check out the Bass String guide if you are unsure about the material, gauge (the numbers you see like .105 .45 etc,) or scale length.**

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