NAMM 2013 - D'Addario XL Nickel Wound Balanced Tension

D'Addario enters the NAMM 2013 season with the XL Nickel Wound Balanced Tension, featuring comparable string tension across all strings.

D'Addario XL Nickel Wound Balanced Tension

This new string sets from D'Addario are designed to give you improved consistency and playability when employing various techniques on your electric guitar or bass.

To achieve optimal balance, they used mathematically optimized string gauge combinations, with each set extensively tested by players and experts to ensure that they are balanced and at the same time retain the characteristic sound and durability expected from D'Addario strings.

The new Balanced Tension String sets are available in six sizes to accommodate various tension preferences of guitarists and even bassists. The electric guitar sets include EXL120BT (9-40 Gauge), EXL110BT (10-46 Gauge), and EXL115BT (11-50 Gauge). Bassists can also enjoy the benefits of a balanced string set with three gauges including the EXL220BT (40-95 Gauge), EXL170BT (45-107 Gauge), and EXL160BT (50-120 Gauge).

Brian Vance, Director of Product Management at D’Addario, commented: "For years, D’Addario’s been dedicated to helping players find the best set for them. As far back as 10 years ago, we published a String Tension Guide to educate players on the many factors that determine the actual and perceived string tension on your instrument. This guide has led to hundreds of inquiries through email and social media each year from players who have questions or problems to solve related to string gauges or tensions. Our new Balanced Tension sets address the needs of those players and reaffirm consumers that we are listening".

D'Addario XL Nickel Wound Balanced Tension

Looks like D'Addario is still looking for ways to improve the way guitar strings are designed. Because of the seamless and consistent tension between strings, the new balanced tension sets are meant to give you more freedom, inspire creativity and improve technique.

The D'Addario XL Nickel Wound Balanced Tension sets for guitar are now retailing for around $6, Get the latest price & reviews at The balanced tension sets for bass are also now available, priced at around $18. Go to for the latest reviews and price.

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