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D'Addario NYXL1046 Light Electric Guitar Strings 

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Re-engineered to be stronger for enhanced output.

You've spent hours and hours researching, eventually purchasing a guitar that looks and feels right to you. Perfect weight, neck shape, body style, neck profile, and electronics. But what does all that time spent mean if you don't have the right strings? That combo of tonewoods and your preamp's special bells and whistles just won't reach their full potential. While you may enjoy your sound at first, you're really cheating your fingers and ears in the long run. And let's face it, most guitars come with average strings that just give it just enough to entice. They aren't meant to be long-term sound solutions. That's where D'Addario NYXL strings come in.

D™Addario NYXL guitar strings will bend farther, sing louder, and stay in tune better than almost any other strings. Envisioned, perfected, and manufactured by D™Addario in New York, this newly engineered, break-resistant high-carbon steel core and plain steel alloy delivers a whole new level of freedom, confidence, and power. NYXL' provide more strength and 131% more tuning stability by utilizing a completely reinvented wire drawing process and revolutionary corrosion-resistant tin coating application. The reformulated nickel-plated string windings have greater magnetic properties resulting in higher output and enhanced mid-range frequency response for more presence and crunch. The NYXL1046 set is designed with the most popular string gauges for its ideal combination of flexibility and tone.

The NYXL Light Electric Guitar Strings come in gauges .10 - .46.

FEATURES
  • Features D'Addario's exclusive revolutionary high carbon steel alloy
  • Offers more strength, break-resistance, and improved tuning stability compared to traditional nickel wound strings
  • Wound strings contain enhanced mid-range frequency response in the 1-3.5kHz range - boosting presence and crunch
  • Offers an ideal combination of flexibility and tone: Plain Steel .010, .013, .017, Nickel Wound .026, .036, .046
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D'AddarioNYXL1046 Light Electric Guitar Strings
 
4.1

(based on 47 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (41)
  • Well built / quality (34)
  • Consistent (29)
  • Long life (23)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (23)
  • Practicing (19)
  • Back-up (14)
  • Recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (25), Professional musician (20)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best Strings I've ever had on my guitar

I also have been a beta tester. Used to 9 gauge sets, with e switched to 10 and b to 12, D'addario sent a 10 gauge set. I used it, since I...Read complete review

I also have been a beta tester. Used to 9 gauge sets, with e switched to 10 and b to 12, D'addario sent a 10 gauge set. I used it, since I had upped my e and b sting anyway. This set of strings was the best thing that was ever on my guitar. The step from b to g string was not audible in the normal way - that the g string was much louder, the tone was perfectly balanced over the entire set (I play a Guild S300 with Seymour Duncan Stagmags and Jimmi Page's Les Paul switching). After four months of heavy giging I exchanged the strings for a regular D'addario EXL 110, just because I thought it was high time to do so (not because they sounded any worse than in the beginning). I should have left them on. After more than four month they still sounded MUCH better than a brand new set of EXL110s that I will use up now :-(. So I calculated: instead of changing strings every two months, I could change every 4-5 months. AND have a much better, perfectly balanced sound. It's just a no-brainer. Those are THE Strings. At least for me.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

short life

I too got these to beta test. I often run 10xls but replace the high e with an 11. This helps prevent volume loss of the e compared to the g and b. ...Read complete review

I too got these to beta test. I often run 10xls but replace the high e with an 11. This helps prevent volume loss of the e compared to the g and b. at 1st these 10's sound great, and the e was very even volume with the g and b. but alas they sound dull and dead just as fast as regular xls, so I can't justify 3x the price. Bummer I thought they had something at first.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Strings I've ever had on my guitar

By alexhast

from Los Angeles

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Balanced Tone
  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts

    Comments about D'Addario NYXL1046 Light Electric Guitar Strings:

    I also have been a beta tester. Used to 9 gauge sets, with e switched to 10 and b to 12, D'addario sent a 10 gauge set. I used it, since I had upped my e and b sting anyway. This set of strings was the best thing that was ever on my guitar. The step from b to g string was not audible in the normal way - that the g string was much louder, the tone was perfectly balanced over the entire set (I play a Guild S300 with Seymour Duncan Stagmags and Jimmi Page's Les Paul switching). After four months of heavy giging I exchanged the strings for a regular D'addario EXL 110, just because I thought it was high time to do so (not because they sounded any worse than in the beginning). I should have left them on. After more than four month they still sounded MUCH better than a brand new set of EXL110s that I will use up now :-(. So I calculated: instead of changing strings every two months, I could change every 4-5 months. AND have a much better, perfectly balanced sound. It's just a no-brainer. Those are THE Strings. At least for me.

    (6 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Strongest ??? also STIFFEST

    By James

    from undisclosed

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    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • Strong

    Cons

    • Too Strong

    Best Uses

    • Hanging Varmits

    Comments about D'Addario NYXL1046 Light Electric Guitar Strings:

    I got these as a D'addario Beta tester so I got them free (thanks !!) but I took them off my Tele same day I put them on. Some might like them but too stiff . I regularly use D'addario strings & equipment but these weren't for me. Just a warning.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    How long do they last?

    By Jim

    from Nashville, TN

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about D'Addario NYXL1046 Light Electric Guitar Strings:

        I have gone thru several sets of the NYXLs and I can say that they do last longer than the regular D'Addario XL. Now do they last three times as long (seeing that they are nearly three times more expensive) as the regular XLs? No, but what I do like about these is the tone and let's face it in the music business tone is everything. The tone I get from the NYXL is more of a biting midrange with more stable lows. It is like having a heavier set of strings without the stiffness. Sometimes I put upwards of 20 to 30 hours a week on my guitar and these string can take it without suffering a lot of tone loss. They tune up nicely, and after normal break in stretching, they stay in tune very well, and I have yet to break one.

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome!!!

        By DP

        from Atlanta, GA

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about D'Addario NYXL1046 Light Electric Guitar Strings:

            I've tried a ton of strings over the past two years. Right when I feel like I've landed on something solid, it somehow disappoints me. I saw the ad from NAMM on these strings and thought I'd give a try. I put them on my PRS SE Custom 24 and after tuning up and giving them a little break in time...they did not disappoint. These strings feel awesome. They also sound very good tonally. They bend easily and feel great to the touch. I've had problems in the past with different brands busting on me. And because I have a floating trem, the strings I was using got out of tune after one song sometimes. These took a beating after a few songs and stayed in tune. They seem to be tough as nails. So far so good. Hopefully they'll last as long as they boast. Glad I bought!

            (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            World's strongest strings?

            By Ron B.

            from Glendale KS

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            Pros

            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • Breaks Easy

            Best Uses

              Comments about D'Addario NYXL1046 Light Electric Guitar Strings:

              Beta tested these strings and I can say there not the worlds strongest. Had a great sound but 4th string broke after 6 hours or less. I will stick with GHS.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              short life

              By DSmiingSun

              from Earth

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Good Tone

              Cons

              • Dead To Fast

              Best Uses

                Comments about D'Addario NYXL1046 Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                I too got these to beta test. I often run 10xls but replace the high e with an 11. This helps prevent volume loss of the e compared to the g and b. at 1st these 10's sound great, and the e was very even volume with the g and b. but alas they sound dull and dead just as fast as regular xls, so I can't justify 3x the price. Bummer I thought they had something at first.

                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                WOW!!! Favorite Strings from now on!

                By MikePR

                from Nashville, TN

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Sessions

                  Comments about D'Addario NYXL1046 Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                  I've always been in the crosshairs between D'Addario and Ernie Ball. I think both of them deliver great products on their own and I constantly switch back and forth depending on the guitar I'm using. However, with this set, they just NAILED IT! The instant I strummed the first chord with these strings, I almost fainted! The punch is ACTUALLY there! They feel bigger, and enough mid-punch to make the guitar cut through the mix. Cleans sound sparkly and overdrives just roar! Because of the price, I don't think I'll be able to use them on a regular basis (like the XLs) but definitely for session work I will have a few around.

                  (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  My new go to strings

                  By Part-time Rocker

                  from Omaha, NE

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording

                    Comments about D'Addario NYXL1046 Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                    A few months back, I was asked to beta test these strings. When they finally arrived and I put them on, they were amazing.

                    There is an almost gritty feel to them where you can feel them grip your fingers back.

                    Unplugged, they were a bit louder than my regular strings (Fender Bullets, Gibson Vintage). Once I plugged in I was blown away with the tone; bright, loud, and vibrant.

                    In my hunt over the years for a quality set of strings, I had a fondness for the Ernie Ball Cobalt strings. The only problem was I would break strings more often. Great tone though.

                    The XL's remind me of the Cobalts a bit in tone, but they are more durable. The initial beta set stayed on my guitar for a couple of months.

                    I recently added a Line 6 JTV-59P to my collection and these strings work well on it. They are the recommended size 10-46, and they work well with all of the guitar models.

                    I think I've found my new strings.

                    (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Really different

                    By Dan

                    from SE Nebraska

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                    Pros

                    • Good Tone
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about D'Addario NYXL1046 Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                      I got a set of these to beta test a couple of months ago. These strings are really a different animal altogether. They are firmer than the usual strings I play (Fender 250L, GHS Boomers)which was different for me but they don't "accidentally bend" either so the notes are right on. But the biggest thing is the sound! Tonally, there is much, much more there. It's like going from a scratchy transistor radio to a high end stereo. After a couple of months of light playing (they're on my Tele), the sound is still there. I plan to get more.

                      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Highly recommended!

                      By Rolandonio

                      from PE, Canada

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tone
                      • Long Life
                      • Strong

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup
                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about D'Addario NYXL1046 Light Electric Guitar Strings:

                        I was involved in a theater show that ran about 60 shows in just over two months. The house paid for string changes so the price didn't really matter to me much, and my local retailer/guitar builder friend highly recommended I try these. I immediately loved the way they felt. They seemed to have a nice elasticity to them and broke in quickly. I was also amazed at how tight they stayed in tune. At first I was reluctantly changing strings every 2-3 shows - since they seemed like they didn't really need to be changed. And eventually I got to a point that I was so surprised about their performance - I wanted to see just how long I could go without changing them at all. After about 20 consecutive shows I finally changed them just because I felt bad, not because they stopped doing what they needed to do! They stayed in tune, the tone was still bright and when I finally removed the set after all those shows I even noticed the string 'dents' on the fret side were not nearly as pronounced as previous strings that I would normally change after maybe two shows. I even had an old set in my case to prove it! I am completely sold on these strings, totally worth the money. Fantastic product and ITS ABOUT TIME!! :)

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