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Posted 12 January 2016 - 06:26 PM

I'm a bit late to this party, but both my P basses are strung with XL 50-105 round wound the sound and feel is just what I'm after.
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Posted 12 January 2016 - 07:13 PM

Lately I have been using D'addario EXL170 45-105 as I managed to buy them for a good price. I would say the quality can compare to Ernie Ball which I used before. Certainly, we all have different instruments and different ears :)
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Posted 13 January 2016 - 09:36 AM

Just a heads up, we have limited beta test samples available.

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Posted 13 January 2016 - 09:38 AM

View PostD'AddarioUK, on 13 January 2016 - 09:36 AM, said:

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Posted 13 January 2016 - 09:39 AM

View PostCamdenRob, on 13 January 2016 - 09:38 AM, said:

No six strings sets :(

I'm afraid not, the initial release will be 4 & 5 string sets only. My SR1206 will be keeping its EXL170-6 set for the time being!
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Posted 13 January 2016 - 09:49 AM

View PostD'AddarioUK, on 13 January 2016 - 09:39 AM, said:

I'm afraid not, the initial release will be 4 & 5 string sets only. My SR1206 will be keeping its EXL170-6 set for the time being!

No worries :) I always use prosteels at the moment anyway.
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Posted 07 February 2016 - 12:47 PM

I use them on nealry all of my basses. Favs are the 170BT nickels, and either Chromes or Tapewounds for the fretless basses.
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Posted 10 March 2016 - 03:45 AM

I think I use EXL from 2003, I've tried many other brands, I liked some, hated some... the ones I liked were just different, not better but costed twice as much. I tried Chromes too, super powerfull strings, I turned back to EXL only for the feeling and tension on my fretless, it's an 8 string so 8 string + flats was like asking a little much to my hands! :D
Anyway, if I have to recommend EXL against other nickel plated strings it's becouse they have something in the mids/high mids that other strings don't have.
Another thing to consider, from 2003 I encountered only a bad E string, so, + or - 10 sets a year, that is a bad string over 130 sets of strings, Amazing! B)

D'Addario, I beg you to not change the EXL formula, please. :happy:

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Posted 10 March 2016 - 09:23 AM

View Postdavideuck, on 10 March 2016 - 03:45 AM, said:

I think I use EXL from 2003, I've tried many other brands, I liked some, hated some... the ones I liked were just different, not better but costed twice as much. I tried Chromes too, super powerfull strings, I turned back to EXL only for the feeling and tension on my fretless, it's an 8 string so 8 string + flats was like asking a little much to my hands! :D
Anyway, if I have to recommend EXL against other nickel plated strings it's becouse they have something in the mids/high mids that other strings don't have.
Another thing to consider, from 2003 I encountered only a bad E string, so, + or - 10 sets a year, that is a bad string over 130 sets of strings, Amazing! B)

D'Addario, I beg you to not change the EXL formula, please. :happy:

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Posted 10 March 2016 - 09:47 AM

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Posted 10 March 2016 - 11:34 AM

I love their nickel strings. Very comfortable, great tone and have quite a acceptable lifespan compared to some others I tried.
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Posted 12 March 2016 - 02:41 AM

I use D'Addario ETB92 Nylon Tapewounds on the USA Geddy Lee Jazz. They sound, and play great.

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Posted 18 March 2016 - 03:02 PM

If nothing else they are certainly interesting and good of course.
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Posted 18 March 2016 - 08:18 PM

The only reason I don't use D'Addario Prosteels is that I use Elixir strings! I know there's a rumour that they're D'Addarios in a condom and the sound is so close there may be some truth to it.

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Posted 22 March 2016 - 05:03 PM

View Postchrismuzz, on 18 March 2016 - 08:18 PM, said:

The only reason I don't use D'Addario Prosteels is that I use Elixir strings! I know there's a rumour that they're D'Addarios in a condom and the sound is so close there may be some truth to it.

Not my view, i've used a few Elixir coated sets in the past and the sound just wasn't there for me... too artificial is the best way i can describe it, too harsh in the highs and lows but not very harmonic sounding. Replaced it for EXL until The ProSteels were released and now i'm trying my first FlexSteel sets, The Pro and Flex last at least as much as Elixir, cost about a third of the price and the tone is much richer, IMO they are miles appart from each other.

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Posted 22 March 2016 - 05:10 PM

What do you find are the differences in sound are between the Pro & Flex?
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Posted 22 March 2016 - 06:19 PM

View PostLozz196, on 22 March 2016 - 05:10 PM, said:

What do you find are the differences in sound are between the Pro & Flex?

I really don't hear much difference, both get me my tone easily, even all around and with all the clarity and punch in the world without being too bright. The Flex sound a little bit brighter but at the same time less "piano-like", probably a good word would be smoother but with more "air" when comparing with the Pro. The Flex aren't as harsh to the touch when new as the Pro but they still need some time to feel right.

I wish D'Addario would find a way to take care of this harshness, either using lubrication in the strings before packaging or sending a bit of lubricant with each set of Pro/Flex. I never used fast fret or other products but since changing to Pro/Flex i've been aplying a layer of Dunlop String Conditioner everytime i put a new set in my basses just to help with those first couple of days.

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Posted 22 March 2016 - 06:34 PM

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Not my view, i've used a few Elixir coated sets in the past and the sound just wasn't there for me... too artificial is the best way i can describe it, too harsh in the highs and lows but not very harmonic sounding. Replaced it for EXL until The ProSteels were released and now i'm trying my first FlexSteel sets, The Pro and Flex last at least as much as Elixir, cost about a third of the price and the tone is much richer, IMO they are miles appart from each other.

That's interesting! I quite like that artificial sort of tone, but then that goes with the style of music I tend to play and listen to. The way I play the two types of string sound really close! But then I do scoop the mids a bit as well :P

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Posted 22 March 2016 - 09:55 PM

View Postchrismuzz, on 22 March 2016 - 06:34 PM, said:

That's interesting! I quite like that artificial sort of tone, but then that goes with the style of music I tend to play and listen to. The way I play the two types of string sound really close! But then I do scoop the mids a bit as well :P

aha! there you go! question answered. ;)

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Posted 23 March 2016 - 04:51 PM

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I really don't hear much difference, both get me my tone easily, even all around and with all the clarity and punch in the world without being too bright. The Flex sound a little bit brighter but at the same time less "piano-like", probably a good word would be smoother but with more "air" when comparing with the Pro. The Flex aren't as harsh to the touch when new as the Pro but they still need some time to feel right.

I wish D'Addario would find a way to take care of this harshness, either using lubrication in the strings before packaging or sending a bit of lubricant with each set of Pro/Flex. I never used fast fret or other products but since changing to Pro/Flex i've been aplying a layer of Dunlop String Conditioner everytime i put a new set in my basses just to help with those first couple of days.

That`s very interesting. I found that the Prosteels were just about the most comfortable strings I`d ever played, so if the Flexes are even smoother. Plus I did find that the Pros didn`t quite have enough top-end for me, probably upper mids than anything, so maybe again Flexes are the way forwards. I do love my Rotosound steel rounds but am having to change sets at least once a month, bit of a pain, the sound though, well that`s why I buy them.
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Posted 02 April 2016 - 11:02 PM

I've been using them recently and I gotta say, I'm very happy with them! Great strings without being the most expensive of the pack.
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Posted 03 April 2016 - 05:34 PM

I'm using Pro-Steels (medium scales), NYXLs & Chromes currently. Would like NYXLs on my Shuker, but have to wait for the high C singles to be released. I think Andrew said around July-August?!

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Posted 18 April 2016 - 06:53 PM

Strung my vintage musicman with some pro steels 135 set, had them on for about 2 weeks now and have been put through their paces at band practise, sweaty pub gig and daily practise. Still got that "fresh out the bag" sound and have really helped me punch through the mix live.

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Posted 08 May 2016 - 11:26 AM

Was a given a set of 45-105 NYXL's by Andy at the Midlands Bash. These strings are superb and an improvement on my current set of stainless round wounds of similar value. I'll certainly be sticking with the D'Addarios. Highly recommended.
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Posted 08 May 2016 - 11:33 AM

D'addario are all that I am using at the moment. Nickel wound XLs on the Roscoe, Stingray and Jazz with Chromes on the Pbass
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Posted 16 May 2016 - 09:26 PM

I've got EXL165 nickels on my jazz bass and they're great. I've always used Rotosounds but really like these too - more so in terms of the feel, and they seem to have lasted well too.

I've also wound up with a set of new NYXLs which I've yet to put on the bass - the D'Addario rep brought some along as a raffle prize at the Midlands Bass Bash.


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Posted 19 May 2016 - 04:57 PM

I've just picked up an AVRI 63 P bass that was wearing a well worn set of Ernie Ball flats, it has a lovely warm sound almost like an upright.

I succumbed to the you tube videos of Garth Fielding waxing lyrical about the virtues of chromes and the wide range of tones available from them ( found out later that he has a stellertone tone styler on it and this prob helps shape his various tones)

I decides to pick a set up. I couldn't see 45-105s so had to get 50-105 medium

The tension needed to get them up to tune was so much I genuinely thought I was gonna rip my bridge off!

I played them last night and have to sat I was disappointed as they were so bright and twangy.
I had the tone fully off and it was still too bright. In fact they were so bright the tone control made little difference either way.

My Question is they have many fans so are they worth sticking with?
Do they mellow down quickly and are they capable of an old school thump?

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