John Frusciante’s D’Addario EXL110 Electric Guitar Strings

John uses D’Addario EXL110 strings (.010-.046) exclusively on all of his Stratocasters. One guitar worth mentioning where he uses a different set is John’s 1955 Gretsch White Falcon, on which he prefers a heavier set – which is likely the D’Addario EXL145 (starting with a .012 string on the high E)

Also, on occasion, John would use a .11 string on his high E. The specifics behind when and why he did this are at this time unknown.

Dave Lee – YouTube

The EXL110 strings are among the popular electric guitar strings out there. They have a nickel-plated steel string wound around a carbon steel core. They are also very versatile, and for example – next to John, someone like Joe Satriani is also known for using them.

The back of the EXL110 packaging shows all the gauges.

How to string your guitar like John Frusciante

Dave Lee, John’s longtime guitar tech, posted a video on his youtube channel explaining exactly how he strung all of John’s Stratocasters. According to Dave, this approach allows for ‘safer’ bending, meaning the guitar is less likely to go out of tune while stretching the strings.


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