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  • D'Addario XL-Series Nickel Wound 50-105 Bass Guitar Strings, Short Scale [EXL160S]

D'Addario XL-Series Nickel Wound 50-105 Bass Guitar Strings, Short Scale [EXL160S]

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  • D’Addario’s best-selling electric bass strings.
  • Nickel-plated steel wrap wire provides a bright, tight bass sound, great for a variety of musical genres.
  • Hex core ensures perfect intonation, consistent feel, and powerful durability.
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Set gauges
50w, 70w, 85w, 105w
Wrap material
Nickel-Plated Steel
Round Wound
Core shape
Hex Core
Scale length
Short Scale
Ball to taper length
32” (810mm)
Total length
48” (1220mm)
Silk type
No silk at either end of the string
Number of strings
4 string

**PLEASE NOTE** These strings measure 32" / 81cm from the ball end to the start of the taper. These strings have no silk winding at either end of the string.
Unsure what scale length string you need? Click here!


D’Addario XL-Series nickel bass strings are the standard, uncompromising choice for the working professional bass player. These strings deliver a rich, full, and clear bass guitar tone with a soft, and silky feel making them outstandingly versatile. In any musical environment D’Addario XL bass strings can be relied on to deliver your performance.

This set uses D’Addario’s own high-carbon steel hex core for fundamental tuning stability and strength. Over this core are multiple wraps of nickel-plated steel wire of varying thicknesses consistently precision wound by machine at the perfect speed and tension to create the most reliable strings you’ll ever use.

D’Addario XL-Series bass strings will give you all the low-end definition and distinctly American bright tone and clarity you may ever need.


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We asked benhearnbass.co.uk to review these strings for us.  Here's what he had to say:

"Clear highs and tight lows: the D'Addario XL Nickel Wound bass guitar string sets produce a bright, but rounded sound that sits fantastically well in just about any situation! A brilliant all-round bass string.

Whether you play rock, metal, funk, pop, soul, disco (I could go on), you will find that the D'Addario nickels pack a huge punch and are great for fingerstyle, pick playing and slap. These strings boast impressive clarity across the entire range of the bass guitar.

The biggest advantage of these nickel-plated strings is that they last a long time without sounding dull. Not only that but the nickel coating protects your frets from premature wear.

D'Addario offer incredible consistency from set to set. Personally, I have been using them for years and never had a bad pack!

If you are looking for a great well-rounded bass string, with the best of everything that roundwound strings have to offer, look no further."


Are these strings the correct length for my bass?

We insist that players use the measurement of ball-end (anchor) to top nut of their current set of strings.  This measurement is more accurate than scale length as it takes into account through-body stringing, and more complex or alternative bridges.  In many cases the set of strings required will be longer than the bass’s stated scale length!  Use these references:

If ball-end-to-nut length is:

Up to 32” choose Short Scale

32”-34” choose Medium Scale

34”-36” choose Long Scale

36”-38” choose Extra/Super Long Scale

If you have a bass where you cannot see the ball-end i.e. a thru-body bass, you will have to measure your string once it has been removed. Before removing the string be sure to make a mark on the string with a permanent marker just behind the nut so you know where to measure to. Then once you’ve taken it off the bass, you can measure from the ball-end to the mark you made on the string.

Re: Delivery. All orders placed on weekdays before 3:45pm will be despatched that same day.  All of our delivery options can be found at checkout or on our delivery page.

Re: Returns. We have a 30-day return policy, which means you have 30 days after receiving your item to request a return. To be eligible for a return, your item must be in the same condition that you received it, unworn or unused, with tags, and in its original packaging. You’ll also need the receipt or proof of purchase.

To start a return, please contact us at info@stringsdirect.co.uk.

For further information visit our Returns & refunds page.

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