Originally Posted by southside
I use D'Addario strings on my Taylor. I used to be an Elixir guy but after getting a few dud packs (new string pop) I started going with the cheaper strings that I could just change often enough for it not to matter. Quite honestly, I like the sound that the D'Addario strings bring out in the Taylor. Made it sound a little more authentic which I liked.
Plus you can get a 3 pack for 10$. I first started using them when I played an open mic competition in Boston and someone left them behind so I brought them home and tried them out. I use the D'Addario XLs 11s on my electric. They are great. Even though they are cheap (I buy the 10 pack) I wouldn't use anything else. They are perfectly balanced weight wise from top to bottom and have great tone. If I were to use a different pack of strings for my electric they'd have to be pretty special because I don't have a problem at all with the XLs. Can't remember the last time I broke a string unless they were really really old and ready to go anyway.
Thanks also, southside. As you and others have said, I agree that D'Addario is very consistent with their strings.
I also really liked Rotosound's acoustic and electric strings. Problem was early wear and expense.