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18-45

Regular Light Long Scale 12-String Bass Strings EXL170-12

XL Nickel are the industry standard in electric bass strings. With their clear fundamentals, booming tight lows, and reliable D’Addario construction, they’re trusted by players everywhere to handle any performance. XL Nickel bass strings are made with a high carbon steel core and wound with nickel-plated steel wrap wire, for consistently bright tone and smooth playability, great for a wide variety of bass styles. This 18-45 Regular Light set is a 12-string version of our most popular bass gauge, adding two octave strings for each of the standard four — E,A,D, and G.
 
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18-45

XL Nickel are the industry standard in electric bass strings. With their clear fundamentals, booming tight lows, and reliable D’Addario construction, they’re trusted by players everywhere to handle any performance. XL Nickel bass strings are made with a high carbon steel core and wound with nickel-plated steel wrap wire, for consistently bright tone and smooth playability, great for a wide variety of bass styles. This 18-45 Regular Light set is a 12-string version of our most popular bass gauge, adding two octave strings for each of the standard four — E,A,D, and G.

String Tension Chart
Item # Note Diameter Tension
XLB045 G 0.045 in 42.52 lbs
XLB018P G 0.018 33.04
XLB018P G 0.018 33.04
XLB065 D 0.065 48.35
XLB025W D 0.025 30.60
XLB025W D 0.025 30.60
XLB080 A 0.080 40.05
XLB035 A 0.035 32.64
XLB035 A 0.035 32.64
XLB100 E 0.100 34.72
XLB045 E 0.045 30.07
XLB045 E 0.045 30.07

Product Features

  • Coating: Uncoated
  • Number Of Strings: 12
  • Scale Length: Long
  • Set Type: Sets
  • Wrap Material: Nickel-Plated Steel

  • Our best-selling electric bass strings, revered by players for their reliable performance and versatile tone.
  • Nickel-plated steel wrap wire provides a bright, tight bass sound, great for a variety of musical genres.
  • Like all D’Addario bass strings, XL Nickel are made with our proprietary Hex-Core, ensuring perfect intonation, consistent feel, and powerful durability.
  • XL Nickel bass sets have a code on the recyclable VCI bag, which you can register to earn Players Circle points.
  • XL Nickel bass guitar strings are made in the USA—drawn to our exacting specifications at our New York production facility.

Why does the ball end side of the low B string for my bass have a taper?

Many 5-string bass players prefer a tapered end for the low B string. This allows the heavier gauge low B string to be positioned on the bridge more evenly with the other 4 strings. The taper can also improve the clarity of the fundamental tone, which improves intonation.


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How can I extend the life of my strings?

There are many factors that can affect the lifespan of your strings. Here are some tips to help extend the life of your strings:

1. Wipe down your strings after each use.

2. Try D'Addario X-Series strings! Our two X Series options each use a distinct method to extend lifespan, while preserving the tone and feel of uncoated strings.

3. Try these maintenance and care products to prolong string life and performance. 

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