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  • D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Wound 9-42 Electric Guitar Strings, Super Light
  • D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Wound 9-42 Electric Guitar Strings, Super Light

D'Addario EXL120 Nickel Wound 9-42 Electric Guitar Strings, Super Light

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  • D’Addario’s best-selling electric guitar strings, since 1974.
  • Nickel-plated steel wrap wire provides a bright, versatile electric guitar tone, great for a variety of musical genres.
  • Hex core ensures perfect intonation, consistent feel, and reliable durability.
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Set gauges
9, 11, 16, 24w, 32w, 42w
Wrap material
Nickel-Plated Steel
Round Wound
Core shape
Hex Core
High Carbon Steel
Number of strings
6 string
Optimal tuning
Plain wound 3rd
Plain 3rd
Part number

This is a set of D'Addario nickel wound electric guitar strings, 9-42

D'Addario XL-series strings are the industry standard electric guitar strings. Using a high-carbon steel hex core and nickel-plated steel wrap wire they provide a bright, powerful tone which works for almost every style of playing. These are durable, reliable, stable, and most importantly consistent.


A brief history of the D'Addario XL series:

D'Addario pioneered the modern guitar string with the XL range. These were the strings that really put the D'Addario brand at the forefront of guitar strings where they’ve led ever since.

XLs were a result of necessity and some significant innovation in string making. The first was the utilising of a hexagonally-shaped steel core. A first in guitar strings, this core benefits from six points of contact which dig into the wrap wire allowing it to grip far better where it could otherwise slip on a round core. The additional benefit of the hex core is superior intonation and stability.

D'Addario’s second great innovation was the production and incorporation of machine-winding which alleviates all of the issues and inconsistencies of hand-winding - D'Addario is still the most consistent string making brand in the world.

And finally, the effects of war forced manufactures to look for alternatives to the skyrocketing price of nickel which was required for bullets, etc… . This led to D'Addario creating and utilising nickel-plated steel which has now become the industry standard.

Once combined with their own in-house wire-drawing and sourcing of raw materials D'Addario strings quickly became the leader in electric guitar strings!


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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