D'Addario EXL160BT Balanced Tension Nickel Wound Medium Bass Strings

.050-.120 Medium Gauge Electric Bass Guitar Strings, Nickel Wound
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D'Addario Balanced Bass Strings

D'Addario's Balanced Tension Nickel Electric Bass Strings use optimized string gauges for more control and playing comfort. Combine this with the bright sound of nickel and you get a strings with great dynamic control and a consistent feel from string to string for balanced picking, plucking, slapping, and strumming. Sweetwater knows that choosing the perfect string is vital to a musician's sound. Each Balanced Tension Nickel Electric Bass string plays with clear fundamentals and unparalleled consistency. The nickel-plated steel wrap wire is known for it's excellent intonation and distinctive bright tone, which complements most playing styles.

D'Addario - Making strings for over 300 years

Behind every set of D'Addario strings are over three centuries of fine craftsmanship. The D'Addario family tradition began in the tiny town of Salle, Italy in 1680 where they made assorted instrument strings for over two hundred years before relocating to New York in 1905. As the modern string making industry began to develop, the D'Addario family emerged as innovators by designing the winding machine most string makers still use today. And while their techniques have modernized, the pride that goes into each set of strings dates back to the D'Addario family's earliest roots.

D'Addario EXL160BT Balanced Tension Nickel Electric 4-String Bass Strings Features at a Glance:
  • Balanced Tension Medium Gauge
  • Balanced tension strings have a more even feel between strings
  • .050, .067, .090, .120
  • Bright tone
  • Round wound nickel
D'Addario's Balanced Tension Nickel Wound bass strings give your guitar a beautiful, bright tone!

Tech Specs

Guitar Type 4-string Long-scale Bass
Number of Sets 1
Coated No
Gauges .050, .067, .090, .120
Winding Type Round Wound
Core Material Steel
Winding Material Nickel-plated Steel
Manufacturer Part Number EXL160BT

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Great for dropped tuning

FINALLY a set that tunes down to DGCF without too floppy a bottom or too tight a top! Tone is great as well and evenly balanced between strings. Hope they keep making these!

Bright, loud and punchy

I wanted to try out these XL bass strings after seeing a bunch of ads for D'Addarios NYXL guitar strings. I thought perhaps the bass XL would have something to offer us lowenders. This is after I have used one specific brand and gauge of bass strings for over 2 decades. I was not disappointed. It didn't take long for these strings to settle into tune and they STAYED there. I put these XLs on my bass Friday at lunch and I was ready by early Saturday afternoon at sound check for a gig that night. I typically change my strings every 8-10 weeks before they get dull so I'm accustomed to my strings sounding punchy and feeling tight. Even before plugging into my rig, these strings were loud and resonant. My bass almost could double as an acoustic, it was that clear. These strings blend very well to my style of playing. I typically play very percussive tight riffs with finger or plectrum. I've never gotten into the slap and pop technique. The XLs are perfect for me and I didn't have to adjust my playing style and flavor to accommodate the strings. It was good not to have to fight them to get a feel for them. These are great strings. My 4.5 stars are mainly because these are the first time I've used something different than my go to brand that I've been loyal to for 27 years and I simply have to use these more before I determine that they are of a consistent quality. Thus far I've only played one set of these but I would like to see if they are just as good on my other basses. But something tells me they'll do just fine. So now my only dilemma is that I may have TWO favorite go to brands of strings. I'm glad that I was willing to try something different. See? Us old dogs can learn new tricks.
Music background: Bass player for 27 years
See also: Bass Strings, D'Addario, D'Addario Bass Guitar Strings