This review is for the new D’Addario EXL115BT electric guitar strings. These strings were designed to give a more balance sound from one string to the next to give your guitar a more even sounding tone. D’Addario was nice enough to send me a free beta sample pack to test the strings out, so I decided to write a review for them and tell my thoughts about the balanced tension guitar strings. Before I do, here are the new string gauges for the EXL115 balanced tension guitar strings:
The Sound of the EXL115BT Guitar Strings
I also reviewed D’Addario’s EXL110BT guitar strings and in my opinion I prefer the heavier gauge of the EXL115BT strings because they have amazing sustain, their sound quality is loud and clear, they respond beautifully, and they are soft and smooth to the touch.
I also found that my guitar was easier to tune with these strings on. I had to do a bit of work on my guitar and adjust the nut and a couple of high frets, when I was done I put the EXL115BT guitar strings on and found that it was so much easier to intonate the guitar and tune up to pitch. When new strings keep slipping out of tune it sometimes makes the process take longer because you have to wait for them to stretch and settle in place to make sure that the guitar is properly in tune. Once I tuned the guitar the EXL115BT strings held their tuning perfectly and stayed there. Although I had no problems with them, I recommend that you get your guitar properly setup before putting these guitar strings on so that you can get the best sound quality out of them.
The EXL115BT guitar strings are a bit stiffer than the EXL110s, but I still found them to be easy on the fingers and responsive enough to perform slides and bends without any problems, and I also noticed that I didn’t have to apply as much pressure to the strings when fretting notes to get a clear sound.
Overall, I would recommend that you give the EXL115BT guitar strings a try. I like their sound and feel and I also think they have pretty good sustain. You can find the EXL115BT guitar strings for around $5.00 from most online dealers and music stores, including the D’Addario official web page.
I still need to test out the EXL120BT guitar strings so I will eventually have to take these off to try out the super light strings, so check back for that review in the future.
If you want to read more about the new D’Addario balanced tension guitar strings, please click on the provided link up above.