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D’Addario NYXL Are The Best Guitar Strings You Can Buy in 2024. This is why...

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Let’s first begin by outlining what D’Addario NYXL actually is… NYXL is D’Addario’s premium range of non-coated electric guitar and electric bass guitar strings. Decades of insatiable groundbreaking in strings technology has amalgamated this heady concoction of high-strength steel and the highest quality, premium wrap wire. D’Addario quotes: “NYXLs will bend farther, sing louder, and stay in tune better than any string you’ve played before.” So let’s get into that statement.

There are two fundamental parts to D’Addario NYXL strings:


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NY Steel

At the heart of every NYXL set (and now XS) is D’Addario NY Steel. NY Steel core wire is processed exclusively in D’Addario’s purpose-built, dedicated wire-drawing facility in Farmingdale, New York. Here, they use advanced machinery and processes to draw high-carbon steel wire which has unmatched strength, stability, and break resistance.

There is no other set of strings that can match the level of tuning stability and outright strength offered by D’Addario NY Steel in NYXL. D’Addario literally ‘torture tests’ their strings by relentlessly bending them from concert pitch up two whole steps (to G#) and back again while being played. And even then they’re only ever at 75% of their breaking point… all other brands’ strings have given up. Watch the D’Addario NY steel torture test below:


NYXL Wrap Wire

Premium NYXL wrap wire made from refined nickel-plated steel is the real tone of D’Addario NYXL guitar strings. Years of research and refinement has given D’Addario the tools to actually engineer the tone of their guitar strings. NYXL strings provide an accentuated midrange which gives thickness and definition to any guitar sound; you’ll find that your amp’s EQ and preamp reacts more responsively to your playing.


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D’Addario NYXL Strings stay in tune. Period.

As mentioned above, NY Steel is far stronger, and more refined than the core wire used by any other brands. This means that once they’re in tune, they stay in tune. The quoted figure is 131% more tuning stability than other strings; and what this really means in the real world is that for another using NYXL strings, tuning instability is now a thing of the past.


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I think you'll agree that everything above sounds impressive, but what does it actually mean, to rest of us, the guitar players?  In NYXL D'Addario has not so much reinvented, but refined and redefined the modern guitar string.  D'Addario NYXL strings genuinely make playing more enjoyable, more exciting, and more creative by providing a stable, reliable, and consistent base.

When putting on a set of D'Addario NYXL you can be sure that they're going to immediately settle into tune, intonate perfetcly, they're going to sound incredible, and they're going to withstand an absolute battering.  There's science and symmetry in guitar string making, and D'Addario has mastered it.


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How long do NYXL strings last?

NYXL strings are made from premium materials with advanced and consistent techniques. This means that yes, NYXL strings can last longer than a regular/normal set of strings. Good string hygiene can increase string life even more.

Are NYXL strings coated?

No, NYXL strings do not have any kind of coating. Their increased string life is due to the use of premium, high-quality materials and advanced manufacturing.

What is NY Steel?

NY Steel (aka New York Steel) is D'Addario's own unique high-carbon steel wire which has unmatched strength, stability, and break resistance.

What are NYXL strings made of?

D'Addario NYXL strings are made with high-carbon NY Steel hex core with premium nickel-plated steel wrap wire. They're machine made for superior consistency and accuracy.

Where are NYXL strings made?

NYXL strings are 100% made at their factory in Farmingdale, New York, USA.

Are NYXL strings worth it?

Yes. NYXL strings are superior in all respects including tone, tuning stability, and strength. The quoted figures are 131% more tuning stability (this refers to pitch retention after multiple tremolo cycles); up to 40% stronger than the next competitor; and provide boosted 1kHz - 3.15kHz frequency range - that's where the tone is on an electric guitar.

How good is NYXL tuning stability compared to other strings?

NYXL tuning stability is 131% better than the next competitor strings. This is tested over multiple tremolo cycles and recording the pitch change from concert pitch. In short, NYXL strings will stay in tune far longer than other strings.

Does the classy black packaging make them sound better?

Haha! If you hear with your eyes, then yes!

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