This is a review for the D’Addario EXL120 balanced tension light electric guitar strings. I contacted D’Addario and asked if they would let me test the guitar strings out and they agreed to send the strings over for me to review. The string gauge for the D’Addario EXL120 BT strings are as follows.
The overall sound and feel of the strings
First off, the D’Addario EXL120 BT guitar strings had really nice tone to be super light strings. For example some super light strings sound too squeaky or high pitched, others don’t have enough punch to them and sound a bit flat, but I thought that these guitar strings had pretty good tone and projected nicely across the room. When sliding across the EXL120 BT guitar strings they did make a lot of noise which made them sound a bit annoying- especially with overdrive turned on; it sounded like someone sharpening knives.
I’ve played on some strings (even super light strings) that made little to no noise when sliding my fingers across the strings. If you are playing a lot of barre chords and you find it easier to slide from one position to the next you will probably notice the shrieking sound the strings make and it will start to get to you. If you put on headphones and crank up the volume you will be in a world of pain as the sharp ear splitting noise cuts through your ear drums from sliding your fingers around the strings.
Okay, it’s not that bad, but I think you get the idea.The noise the EXL120 BT guitar strings makes when sliding is probably my biggest and only complaint I had with these strings. The D’Addario EXL120 BT guitar strings were very easy to slide and bend. They were extremely flexible and were also pretty soft on the fingers so they will be great for new players that are just starting out.
In fact, I had no problems with the guitar strings breaking or kinking on me. I made a guitar video demonstrating how to change your guitar strings and in order to get a clear view of where the strings went and how you should put them into the guitar I sometimes had to bend the strings in odd angles so that viewers could see the action clearly; but the strings never broke on me.
I even did a bit of odd tuning and tuned them up, stretched them out, and bent them like crazy and the strings still held up. I rocked out doing some power chords and heavy strikes with my guitar pick and they held strong. To be such a light gauge of strings the D’Addario EXL120 BT guitar strings are very durable.
My overall Thoughts
I would recommend that you give these guitar strings a try, especially if you are a beginner because they are so easy to bend, fret notes, and slide across and you won’t have as much pain in your fingers when starting out. If you are also practicing or learning how to play barre chords these strings are so much easier to play on since they are so light. The average list price for these guitar strings is around $11 USD and can be found anywhere guitar strings are sold.
Overall, I would give them a solid 8 out of 10. I still prefer the sound and feel of the slightly thicker medium guitar strings, but that is pure personal preference. If you buy these, you won’t regret it.
For more information about these guitar strings check out D’Addario’s official website.