D'Addario EXL220M XL Bass Super Soft/Medium Scale Bass Strings
.040 Gauge Electric Bass Guitar Strings
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Easier on the fingers but still full sounding.
Gauges 40-60-75-95. Round-wound. Nickel-plated steel wrap wire. Bright, true sound. Medium scale.
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Comments about D'Addario EXL220M XL Bass Super Soft/Medium Scale Bass Strings:
D'Addario EXL's have always been my favorite round-wound strings. I'm using these on a fretless Landing L30P, which requires medium-scale strings because of the string-through-body design. Strings for fretless bass are a very personal thing. To me it's usually a tradeoff between looser feel but a bit higher action (round-wounds), and lower action but a more more taught feel (flat wounds). Round-wounds "sing" a little more, but flat-wounds offer that nice "thud". However the EXL220M seems to get most of the best of both worlds. I have the action of the Landing set so low with these that I'm probably doing something illegal! They produce that wonderful "mwaaahh" that we fretless players love. The Landings EMG P-style active pickup draws a nice bottom end out of them. Because they're a tad thinner, they're super loose feeling and they sustain very well. I do various types of jazz and strive for a more expressive playing style, and therefore prefer a lighter touch with less "drive" than rock or other bassists who hit the strings more aggressively. I haven't tried this gauge of strings on a fretted bass yet, but my guess is that they would be preferred by players seeking a less taught string at a given string height. I would think that players into a more heavy attack might prefer either to set the action a tad higher with these, or to get the EXL 170M.