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Over to Matt McGinn for this one. (Jonny's guitar tech) "We've always used D'addario but only cos that was what on his guitar when I first met him! That said, they do have the advantage of having colour coded ends for each individual string - handy in a hurry. Original source [here](http://www.coldplay.com/oracletags.php?tag=guitar&page=2).more
"D'Addario strings sound and play great. I've been using them for most of my life. I've always liked the minimal packaging that cuts down on waste AND keeps the strings fresh longer. And you know all the other string companies are jealous of D'Addario's colored ball ends," says Chris Allen about the D'Addario EXL110 Nickel Light Electric Guitar Strings.more
"Josh uses D'Addario .010-.046s all across the board except on the Penguin, which we call 'Pingo'. It comes from a British animated TV series for kids. It has an animated penguin in it, he just spends his time hanging out in the ice and playing with his friends. He's called Pingo so the guitar is called Pingo. That one is .011-.049, again D'Addarios. Everything else is just as is, and then D'Addario's Standard 12-String sets. He's played them forever, he's happy with them," says Josh Klinghoffer's guitar tech.more
"I have been using D'Addario strings for longer than I can remember. I started out like anybody else thinking, 'How am I ever going to afford the strings that I want?' Muscisians go through, unfortunately, trying all sorts of strings. It's an expensive proposition to 'try' new strings for a while. It's devastating when you can only afford a few packs and then they break or they go bad after a couple of songs. So we're always on a quest for strings that not only sound well but also perform really well in the real world. Whether it be during intense rehearsals, intense practicing on a stage, in a tiny place or in a big place with weather changes, whatever, playing in the backyard, or playing the back of a truck in February in Manhattan. Whatever it is you got to do, those strings are your life line."more
"I recently began using a Jackson KE2 live, strung up with D’addario 10-52’s. Those thick low strings add some punch and definition to all the power chords we’re strummin’, and like Dave said, they feel great to tremolo pick on. Not only does this guitar look and sound killer, but I feel safe knowing that it’s pointy enough to use as a deadly weapon in case my life is threatened."more
"D’Addario on my electric and acoustics and my mandolin. I have EXL110 strings on the electric, 10-52, which is like a heavy bottom and light top mixture. The thicker lower strings give me a little bit more tension and bass response and thinner top strings are easier bending." - excerpt from Performing Musician interview.more
I stopped buying Dean Markley strings for these strings as they are a lot more reliable and give you that nice warm 'New-String sound' for a lot longer, in fact, i changed my strings about 3 and a half weeks ago and they still have that nice sound. These strings also feel super amazing and i would recommend these strings to every guitar player out there!
I've tried different brands, but always come running back to D'Addario. They give me just the right tension and feel. It is the perfect balance for playability versus tone.
I change strings on my guitar every couple of months. I am not a heavy picker by any means, but the 1st breaks sometimes. Goes to show it's not my fault, because it can survive until the next string change sometimes. It would be better if they included an additional 1st string.
I used to use these strings previously, but they are really nice strings that have a good range of sounds. Best paired for humbucking pickups I've noticed. Sounds good for pop, country, metal, and blues.
I tried these strings on a whim and now I pretty much only use these. They have a very rich and full tone. Most people who play my guitars are surprised by just how great they sound even unplugged.