D’Addario XS is now available for electric guitar. Debuted initially as an acoustic string in 2021, XS is a groundbreaking innovation that offers players maximum life, an unprecedented level of strength, and tuning stability—all without sacrificing the iconic D’Addario tone.
Led by Chief Innovation Officer Jim D’Addario, XS Electric still maintains the same benefits as XS Acoustic. Those benefits include maximum string life, thanks to the impossibly thin film coating (1/10 the thickness of a human hair) that completely protects the wound strings from corrosion, and D’Addario’s proprietary dispersion coating, used in our XT line, to protect the plain-steel strings. Combined, these attributes provide a smooth and fast playing experience without sacrificing precision and control.
In addition, D’Addario’s NY Steel high carbon core wire and plain string wire, along with our patented Fusion Twist technology provides unmatched tuning stability, high break strength, and hex-core construction for superior dimensional stability, enhanced durability, and precise intonation.
For electric guitarists, XS Electric strings include a reformulated nickel-plated steel wrap wire providing a bright tone with increased output, bite, and sustain.
“D’Addario has outdone themselves with their latest line of guitar strings,” says legendary guitarist Alex Skolnick. “XS Electric strings feel extra smooth without being slippery and deliver a ‘new string feel’ at a higher level. They also feel new for longer and seem to enhance the natural timbres of your instrument. Guitarists of all styles and sounds, including those who don’t pay much attention to string types, will notice a big difference.”
With the XS portfolio completed with an acoustic and electric offering, D’Addario now has a definitive extended life string offering: The X-Series. Players can choose between XT—for enhanced life and a natural feel—or XS—for maximum life and a smoother feel. The entire X-Series represents the pinnacle performance with unmatched tuning stability and rich D’Addario tone.