[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMhxEb_GloA]D'Addario XL Formula 3.0 Beta String Test - YouTube[/VIDEO]
Ok, it took me longer than I'd hoped to get a chance to do this, but this morning I sat down with a set of the D'Addario XL EXL110's and the pack of the new D'Addario XL Formula 3.0's that the rep who posts here sent me to check out.
I've only logged a couple of hours of play time on these so far - to my ears they don't sound radically different (which is a good thing, the regular D'Addarios are great strings), but their harmonic overtones are stronger and a bit different, I think - in the clean sections, when I stop the chordal stuff and start soloing with just my neck pickup, I think the difference is the most pronounced, though you can hear it when I'm digging in on the bends at the end of the lead section. The guitar just sounds a little more solid and punchy. If there is a bit more going on in the 1-2khz range, as D'Addario claims, that makes sense - I always find myself running a decibel or two of a boost in there on my lead tracks to make them poke through and sit in the mix a little better, and that's kind of what I'm hearing while soloing here.
So, initial impressions are good - they still sound like guitar strings, but maybe a little more "solid" sounding, and this is augmented as you dig in and start really generating harmonic overtones with your pick attack. For guys like me playing stuff that's at least rooted in the blues, with a fairly heavy pick attack, that's very good news. Now, if only they'd tae whatever they're doing here, give them the EXP treatment, and start selling heavier single strings so I could use these on my sevens, I'd be a very happy camper.
Too early to say for sure how they do on longevity, but I logged a couple hours of playtime today and they still sound pretty fresh to me. I'll give them a week or two and see what happens.
I was going to include the solo'd guitar tracks for these performances at the end of the video, but ultimately decided not to, as I'm already just shy of 9 minutes and I don't think anyone wants to sit through 15 minutes of A/B comparisons of a set of strings.
Also, shameless plug - there's a few brief clips of actual, honest to god, recorded, mixed, and mastered bits of my album at the very beginning and end of this. It really exists, I swear!
I got a set of these strings in the mail a couple weeks ago after signing up when they advertised the free beta set on their Facebook page.
I've been wanting to slap 'em on and check them out, but I'm waiting on a set of locking tuners to get here. Thanks for the review!