It’s always worth experimenting with new strings, because you never know what you might miss. After debuting for acoustic guitar, electric players can now find out if D’Addario XS coated guitar strings live up to the company’s claims.
The promise of an “unusual” smooth feel and the “highest level of protection for maximum lifespan” makes us want to try them, because anything that could offer less smooth string changing without tonal compromise is good news in our world.
“Every guitarist loves that joy of having a new set of strings on the guitar and the concept of the XS string is to be able to provide that to the musician for longer,” said the chairman of the board and chief innovation officer. , Jim D’Addario. “It’s that tone of a fresh string that stays with you longer that has been our goal.”
To achieve this, the company has focused on manufacturing an extremely thin coating to have minimal damping on the acoustic performance of the string – a coating that is only 1/10 of the thickness of a human hair. “It wasn’t easy to do, but I think we pulled it off,” says Jim.
As you’ll see in the video above, Alex Skolnick is a pro who was won over by the results. And we can hear some of his jazzy wonders playing with them too, but we invite you to check out the extensive testing process that D’Addario put those strings in the video too – suggesting that he’s again putting the R&D work into full confidence. substantiate his claims.
D’Addario XS electric guitar strings are available in 9-42, 9-46, 10-46, 10-52, and 11-49 gauges. More info on daddario.com (opens in a new tab)