XL Nickel Wound, D'Addario's most popular guitar strings, are precision wound with nickel plated steel onto a carefully drawn, hexagonally shaped, high carbon steel core. The result—strings with long lasting, distinctive, bright tone and excellent intonation—is ideal for the widest variety of guitars and musical styles.
The precision drawn hexagonal string core was pioneered by D'addario. This innovation allows the wrap wire to grip the core for superior dimensional stability, enhanced durability and precision intonation.
Behind every set of D'Addario strings are over three centuries of fine craftsmanship. The D'Addario family tradition began in the tiny town of Salle, Italy in 1680 where they made assorted instrument strings for over two hundred years before relocating to New York in 1905. As the modern string making industry began to develop, the D'Addario family emerged as innovators by designing the winding machine most string makers still use today. And while their techniques have modernized, the pride that goes into each set of strings dates back to the D'Addario family's earliest roots.
EXL170-5 is D'Addario's best-selling bass guitar set in a 5-string configuration. XL Nickel Wound electric bass strings, long recognized as the industry standard, are ideal for a wide range of musical styles.