D'Addario Launches XT Line of Strings

The strings combine high carbon steel cores and our the company's most popular alloys with an extended lifespan treatment on every string in the set.

Farmingdale, NY (July 17, 2019) -- First there was XL, then EXP, then NYXL. And now, launching this September is D’Addario X: our most technologically advanced series of strings created for electric, acoustic, classical, bass, and folk instruments.

Our Research & Development team has been working to combine all of D’Addario’s uncompromising innovations like extended lifespan treatments, NY Steel, and Fusion Twists into one string, putting an end to the tradeoff between corrosion resistant coatings and natural tone and playability.

D’Addario XT, the first portfolio in the series, combines high carbon steel cores and our most popular alloys with an extended lifespan treatment on every string in the set, giving players enhanced break resistance, pitch stability, and long-lasting performance – all while preserving the tone and feel of their favorite uncoated strings. These strings are made to stay, for performance that never fades away.

CEO Jim D’Addario says: “The XT Series is the first to pioneer an extended lifespan treatment that is both thin and light enough to allow for no perceptible difference in tone and feel between this extended-life string and a player’s favorite uncoated D’Addario set.”

“I’m very impressed,” says Grammy-winning jazz guitarist Pat Metheny. “I’m usually more focused on the notes rather than the strings. But with XT, there’s an evenness and clarity that really jumps out.”

XT will be widely available this September for Acoustic, Electric, Bass, and Classical Guitar, as well as Mandolin and Banjo.

As the industry’s leader in innovation, D’Addario engineers are driven to constantly challenge the status quo through continuous experimentation and development of new machinery, materials, and processes.

The XT portfolio will range in price starting at $9.99 MAP.

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