51 retnev 7 months ago retnev, what strings do you have on the EXL-1's and what color are your guitars? One black and one Blonde/spruce. Enormous guitars, but if you played gibson your entire life it might kill you. It has a Strat Scale length.I use GHS bright flats 11-52s as I can remember. The guitars are duller with those strings, but still responsive.But then, I am looking for a specific sound, these EXL's can be anything you want and responds well to about any string you throw at them.