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Posted 09 May 2016 - 10:11 AM

Just put a set of these on my Jazz yesterday (45-105 set), and am so far very impressed. Will be testing them out with a couple of different bands this week, so looking forward to seeing how they get on.
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Posted 11 May 2016 - 09:21 PM

I was lucky enough to win a set of the 45-100 gauge at the midlands bass bash raffle last weekend.

They did sound and feel very good on Andy from D'Addario's five string jazz, so I'm looking forward to trying them once my current set of nickel wounds finally need changing.

Will report back when the time comes!

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Posted 15 May 2016 - 12:30 PM

Just this week with a reggae coming up I decided to swap the strings onto my Alembic Europa 5 with all maple body, maple and purple heart neck and ebony fretboard. The strings finally found their resting place. This bass has a huge punchy sound anyway with my regular D'addario ProSteel strings and a really tight focussed sound. But being reggae I don't need as much in the upper end other than a bit for note clarity. As I use this bass mainly for reggae because of it's bottom end and punch I have the Low pass filters closed on the neck pickup and only add a little of the bridge pickup when I need to get a different feel for a track. The settings on my Mesa boogie walkabout head was the same as usual and the bass just came over much warmer and the punch seemed lower down the frequency than I recall it usually being which really I think gave the band a different feel from usual. I resisted the temptation to eq it from the bass but left it for the whole gig. At the end of the night our sound guy came over and was raving more about the bass than usual and I said to him the only thing I've changed is the strings. He does all our sound and hears extremely well. So I think I will be sticking with these on my reggae bass for the foreseeable future.
One thing though, I'm not sure I understand is how the string allergy I've read about works because I always end up having painful finger tips after playing nickel strings even on smith strings like these and also on guitar and now use coated ones for that. I'm not sure if this is an allergy or the fact I'm playing harder to get a brighter tone or merely psychological. But I'm gonna run with these strings for a while and see how that works out. If you want to send me some more or any others that would be great. :-)
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Posted 16 May 2016 - 09:18 AM

I was very kindly given a set of these to try by Elaine at the North East Bass Bash a couple of months back. I've just got around to installing them on my PJ, ready for a run of gigs where I'll be able to spend a bit of time with them.

First impressions from a bit of low-volume noodling: rich and detailed in the right bit of the spectrum - not harsh or clanky. Very balanced across the set. Focused lows. I'll post a bit more after a few gigs.

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Posted 14 June 2016 - 11:05 AM

Having given the set of NYXL's, kindly supplied by Andrew, about 3 months of use it's time for my verdict. I received a 5 String set of 45-130 guage. First impressions are that I love the "stealth" packaging which is a bit of a departure for D'Addario. I am already quite a fan of their strings and use light guage XL's on 2 of my basses so I was able to make some direct comparisons.
I tried them on 3 basses, (about a month each), and all through the same backline of MarkBass SA450 and 2x Zoot 112 Cabs.
First up was a Squire VM P-Bass that normally has light guage Elites on. The NYXL's made quite a difference to this bass. They have a really nice softish feel about them and I noticed there was very little string noise when you get busy. They feel as though they have a higher tension than the Elites but are more balanced across the strings. They are quite bright when fresh, (as most strings are), but soon took on a nice defined tone and the note definition was excellent across all the strings. The low B in particular was a revelation and actually made it more useable, whilst the mids, (the important bit), had a very authoratitive sound about them. Even after some pretty long rehearsal sessions I wasn't left with sore fingers and they are very kind to your fingertips.
Next up was "Marvin", the Carvin with a Marleaux neck. This bass has had Marleaux strings on ever since I have owned it. The NYXL's obviously feel the same as on the Squire so any review would have to be down to sound and again there was quite some difference. The bass is fitted with a Glock 3-band preamp and I tried it in both passive and active mode. In passive mode I found characteristics similar to the Squire. Nice definition across all the strings, even tension and loads of bottom end but still with nicely defined mids. Switching to Active and it was more of the same but when boosting the lows I got some huge sounds out of the bass. Trying the same with highs and mids, same result, great definition and lots of grunt.
Finally the strings went on an ACG Recurve. This my "bells and whistles" bass. Filter based pre-amp, piezo bridge that is switchable with the bridge pickup and coil tapped humbucker. I was really interested to see how they would sound on the ACG as the pre-amp is obviously not your standard cut and boost jobbie. First impressions were that there is much more of everything available with the NYXL's. I hardly ever used the piezo setting as I found it to lack definition and any form of authority. With the NYXL's it sounded fantastic. You could get an almost double bass sound by playing with the filter stack, but with a ton of definition to it. Even though the strings had seen about 10 weeks heavy use, they still had the feel and sound from when they originally bedded in. Switching to the other 2 pickups and a similar story. Nice warm defined bottom end and clear bright top end. I will be leaving the strings on this bass as there is so much available with a filter based pre-amp that I want to continue exploring.
So will I use thse strings in the future, Yes definately. There has been a noticable and welcome difference to all the basses I tried them on and a difference in previous D'Addario strings. They still sound great after a good degree of punishment and they feel nice under the fingers.
Thanks to Andrew and D'Addario for giving me this opportunity to test them.

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Posted 14 June 2016 - 12:13 PM

I'm impressed with these strings, been on my P bass for a couple of months now and still sound and feel great.

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Posted 29 June 2016 - 09:49 AM

Hi D'AddarioUK, I don't suppose there are any plans to release a balanced tension set of these? I like your EXL BT's and noticed guitars do already have couple of NYXL balanced tension sets available.

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Posted 29 June 2016 - 10:02 AM

View PostTimCook, on 29 June 2016 - 09:49 AM, said:

Hi D'AddarioUK, don't suppose there are any plans to release a balanced tension set of these? I've really got used to your EXL BT's and noticed guitars do already have couple of NYXL balanced tension sets available.

I'm afraid to say I don't know. I'll certainly ask the question of our product managers and get back if I hear anything.

NYXL Bass have a different feel to XLs due to their construction, as a result the lower strings feel a bit firmer and the higher strings a bit more flexible, I highly recommend you try some!
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Posted 29 June 2016 - 10:15 AM

Thanks for the speedy response, I am seriously considering it - they're a fair bit more than the EXLs but given the positive reviews here probably are worth the try (once I can figure out which gauges I'd be more suited to!)
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Posted 29 June 2016 - 01:28 PM

No problem Tim, the response from the US is that they're thinking about it but it'll be a while if it happens.

If you want to build custom sets you can use our www.stringtensionpro.com tool. NYXL Bass singles will be available from late July onwards.
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Posted 17 July 2016 - 08:50 PM

I have still got these on my bass since the beginning of the year and have recently done 4 more gigs with them and they seem to have maintained their tone better than I expect regular strings to last. I did a jam session last week with them as the house band and it was a 3 hour set and they were great, still very clean sound crisp but not harsh at the too end and the smooth feel is still there so I'm able to make the fast passages really cleanly. The set involved many different styles from 50's rock n roll, through beat bands of the 60's and Eric Clapton stuff, Baker Street, blues and some soul and funk tracks requiring some slap sound. The the bass sound with those strings was great on everything. I have a couple of festival gigs this coming weekend so they will get another chance to shine. Totally impressed!!
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Posted 19 July 2016 - 08:55 PM

Really amazing new product from D'Addario. It's gonna be a real competitor to stainless steel strings, IMHO. They sound great, bright and clear. You get what you really need to play jazz. It will definitely be a bestseller, considering a very fair price (as low as only £19).
For someone, who hesitates to try them. Give it a go, you won't be disappointed.
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Posted 22 August 2016 - 01:24 PM

Just to say I got a set of these at a recent GuitarGuitar promo and was kindly given a 5 string set by Andrew as they didn't have any available on the day. Cheers for that Andy!

I'm primarily a flats/P bass guy but these strings have been perfect for a Choir covers thing I do (contemporary cover tunes) The stings sounded great, not too zingy and hold their tuning really really well. Still have some bite with the tone knob rolled back a little and not too harsh on the precious finger tips.

Should I be in the market for another 5'er set I'll certainly give these another go.

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Posted 25 November 2016 - 02:46 PM

Strings still on my bass and sounding great. Still got a good tone and the top end is still nice and crisp.
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Posted 25 November 2016 - 02:51 PM

I really liked these strings. They definitely last well, and the tuning stability is brilliant. They were very close, but the Dunlop Super Brights only just won over for me in terms of tone and feel.
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Posted 30 November 2016 - 06:54 PM

Oh man i hate that i missed this thread,would have loved to try a set of these, really good of Daddario to give the chance to try these even if i did miss out by finding this thread months too late

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Posted 30 November 2016 - 08:12 PM

I'm still really getting on with these - lovely strings. Rich and smooth.


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Posted 06 February 2017 - 10:16 AM

These strings are still on my bass and I've been gigging every week with them since summertime in the house band on a 3 hour open mic session also had a number of reggae gigs with them up to last weekend and they are still sounding great. They have a permanent home now on my all maple bass which is a really punchy sounding bass. The good thing is that the strings seem to have been extremely consistent over the time they have been on the bass and the crispness and clarity on the top end is still there as is the warm punchy bottom end. I think they are at home on that bass and will stay there until they break or if the tone changes to something I don't care for. So far they are showing to be a great asset.

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Posted 06 February 2017 - 10:31 AM

This has reminded me to update my experiences. I've just bought another set of NYXLs to replace the XLs on my new (kinda) build Shukerbird - the difference in quality of string is very apparent: even though the XLs were new, the NYXLs were a big improvement immediately: a more consistent tone, warm in the mids, but still with a nice zing, and a solid bottom end.

I had an E go flat very very quickly on another set of NXYLs on another bass, something I was surprised about, but I've replaced it with the E from the XLs. It'll be interesting to see how fast it loses brightness compared to the other three NYXLs, which are several months old but still have a smooth zing to them: at the moment it's understandably a bit brighter, but we'll see how it ages.

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Posted 13 February 2017 - 11:10 AM

Do the new NYXL's last longer than normal strings? I have been a long term Elixir user and huge advocate of their bass strings, but D'Addario as a company really interest me, they seem really innovative and these new NYXL strings sound really interesting. The only issue is I am slightly reluctant to spend £37 on a set if they go dead in a couple of weeks like 'normal' strings. I love Ernie Ball but gave up using them as I can kill a set in 3 weeks.
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Posted 14 February 2017 - 10:57 AM

I've had mine for the best part of a year now and they show no signs of going dead yet and still have a good range of sound and crispness.

Edited by jazzyvee, 14 February 2017 - 11:00 AM.

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Posted 20 February 2017 - 09:43 AM

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Do the new NYXL's last longer than normal strings? I have been a long term Elixir user and huge advocate of their bass strings, but D'Addario as a company really interest me, they seem really innovative and these new NYXL strings sound really interesting. The only issue is I am slightly reluctant to spend £37 on a set if they go dead in a couple of weeks like 'normal' strings. I love Ernie Ball but gave up using them as I can kill a set in 3 weeks.

NYXL Bass are an un-coated string. We don't expect players to get the same length of use as with coated strings (such as Elixir or our own EXP strings), however we would expect most users to get significantly longer use from a set of NYXL Bass. This is achieved by using our proprietary high carbon NY Steel which is stronger and more break resistant, couple this with a different construction method and you have a string that sounds better and sustains longer than most any other string.
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Posted 20 February 2017 - 09:20 PM

I'm still loving mine after having them on ages and ages. They've still got the growl I need from rounds, and it doesn't seem to be disappearing any time soon.

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 11:17 PM

Tried a medium set out at last nights gig and I'm very impressed. Nice throaty, almost woody sound when played with a pick, which worked great for the punk tunes but then finger-style for the reggae produced a nice big fat sound with plenty of definition.

But I can't seem to find anywhere that stocks the heavy gauge. Anyone help?
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Posted 13 March 2017 - 09:14 AM

There are a couple of hits on Google for the NYXL55110 heavy gauge. We've only very recently released them in the UK, it takes a little while for them to filter out.

If there are ever any products we make that you struggle to find in the market please ask your local retailer to stock them. We do our very best to make it very easy for retailers to place special orders with us.

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 11:01 AM

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There are a couple of hits on Google for the NYXL55110 heavy gauge. We've only very recently released them in the UK, it takes a little while for them to filter out.

If there are ever any products we make that you struggle to find in the market please ask your local retailer to stock them. We do our very best to make it very easy for retailers to place special orders with us.

Cheers for that, I've actually just checked Stringbusters and they are listed on there now. :)
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Posted 13 March 2017 - 11:27 AM

View PostRaggy, on 13 March 2017 - 11:01 AM, said:

Cheers for that, I've actually just checked Stringbusters and they are listed on there now. :)

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 08:12 PM

Just put a set of NYXL's on my Lodestone and I love them!

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Posted 04 October 2017 - 03:55 PM

I thought I would post my rambling thoughts on these strings.

I was fortunate to have my players circle points made up enough to get a set of NYXL strings back in July, and rather than post first impressions, I thought a long term assessment might be a little more useful.

Straight out of the packet (which is pretty amazing in itself) they were very bright and were maybe a tiny higher in tension than my normal Elixirs. the tension was marginal though and they were really nice to play. They are nice smooth strings, quite close to Ernie Ball slinky strings, which was a nice surprise as I have found some of D'Addario's strings a little rough for my liking.

The strings went on my Stingray at the end of July and have been through 8 -10 practices and I think 5 hot and sweaty gigs as well as home practice. I have very corrosive sweat and normally deaden strings after a couple of practices and maybe 2 gigs at most. This is the main reason I switched to coated strings.

Although the NYXL strings don't claim to be long lasting strings, these have done remarkably well. I have lost a little of the top end off them but easily counteracted that with the EQ on my stingray. In fact I found them overly bright when they went on and I really had to dial the treble down. Great for slap etc but not my kind of every day tone. They have outlasted Ernie Ball's which I love and I would say that they had a little more 'fullness' to them than EB's, I didn't just get lots of top end and low end out of them, there was a lot of midrange presence which was great.

All in all these are really great strings, and to be brutally honest that is coming from someone who never really got on well with D'Addario in the past. They are still on the bass and will be doing at least another 2 gigs before I even think about taking them off. They have completely blown me away, I have never known un-coated strings last so long and maintain such a good core tone throughout.

They aren't the cheapest of strings, but in this case I would definately say you get what you pay for.
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