Trouble with D’Addario EXL120

Sometimes in March 2018, I started using D’Addario strings on my electric guitars per recommendations from two expert guitar technicians. Previously I have been exclusively using Ernie Ball Regular Slinky. It was the first brand of guitar strings that I used on my first electric guitar, a used Gibson SG that I purchased for $150 some years ago.

Personally I do not hear or feel major differences between D’Addario and Ernie Ball strings. All I care the most, the guitar is set-up properly to my likings.

For some reasons I have had three occasions when the EXL120 high E string keeps unravelling at the bridge.

I contacted my go-to guitar expert regarding the issue. He said this issue happened to 9-gauge string but not to 10-gauge ones. He recommend me to contact D’Addario.

Ernie Ball: The Hetfield + Hammett Experience

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This is something that I’ve been meaning to post for two weeks. Finally I get to pick up a few packs of Ernie Ball strings at a local Guitar Center. I am working on a few guitars this week.

From Metallica:

What do James and Kirk do when they’re not on tour?  Hang out at HQ!  And now you have the chance to hang with them!  In conjunction with our friends at Ernie Ball, makers of fine guitar strings and instrument accessories, three lucky winners will be coming to the San Francisco Bay Area to spend the day with James and Kirk at HQ AND get their choice of a Hetfield or Hammett Signature ESP Guitar.

Head to for more details.

Ernie Ball Music Man Majesty


I tried out Ernie Ball Music Man John Petrucci Signature Guitar Majesty some few months ago at a local guitar store and I really liked it. I have been a fan of Dream Theater and John Petrucci since my radio days in the 1990’s.

My first choice was the Polar Noir model (black). I always like guitars in neutral colors such as black. Then I saw the Iced Crimson model (red); I like it too. Why not add bold colors to my seemingly all-black gears.

Fast forwards a few months, I finally saw the Arctic Dream model (as pictured above) in person. The color-shifting paint-job is amazing. Under certain lighting and viewing angle it is radiating the color green, purple and sometimes black.

For a brief moment, I thought that I should get a 7-string model; as it would have been the first in my arsenal. I then decided to get the 6-string model.

Just a few days ago, an Arctic Dream Ernie Ball Music Man Majesty was delivered to my office. It will take me sone times to get familiar with this San Luis Obispo, USA-made instrument.




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