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Old 02-15-2013, 03:45 PM   #1
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Great strings for metal?

I currently used Ernie Ball Beefy (.11) on my guitar, and I'm going to be changing them soon; so I was wondering what other brands there are that are good/better than what I am using.

I tend to detune to C and B a lot, btw.
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:47 PM   #2
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I like Dean Markley Blue Steel LTHBs, but I don't think the strings are TOO important for playing metal. If you can't make do with the strings you have, I think you've got other issues.
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:51 PM   #3
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I like Dean Markley Blue Steel LTHBs, but I don't think the strings are TOO important for playing metal. If you can't make do with the strings you have, I think you've got other issues.

I'm pretty happy with the strings I currently use, but I was just wondering if any other types of strings will make a difference at all.
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:58 PM   #4
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Different strings can have different feels, but it's down to preference and it won't make too much of a difference.

EDIT: the main difference will be if they interfere with your pickups or not. For some reason, the Dean Markleys didn't work too well with my EMGs....
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:59 PM   #5
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Okay. Well, thanks for the help. lol
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:02 PM   #6
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Ernie Ball Cobalts are good. Google 'em.
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:12 PM   #7
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Ernie Ball Cobalts are good. Google 'em.

What's the difference between Cobalt Beefy and regular Beefy?
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:15 PM   #8
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Dunlop Heavy Core. Theyre made specifically for drop tuning, and they sound great for metal tones.
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:29 PM   #9
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Dunlop Heavy Core. Theyre made specifically for drop tuning, and they sound great for metal tones.


This. Basically what they do is take regular gauges (say, 10-46) and raise the lower strings 3 gauges up (so 10-46 would now be 10-49)

It works great to add some extra tension on the low strings while still retaining the same tension on the higher strings.
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:31 PM   #10
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Kerly strings, sound great for ages and I found they had more tension than other strings i use 10's and i can go down to drop B still pretty tight.
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:31 PM   #11
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What's the difference between Cobalt Beefy and regular Beefy?

Cobalt uses a special coating that make them last longer and have a little bit more grab to them then the regular beefy's. Found that EB's work very well with EMG's. For some reason they actually make sonic love with those pickups.
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This. Basically what they do is take regular gauges (say, 10-46) and raise the lower strings 3 gauges up (so 10-46 would now be 10-49)

It works great to add some extra tension on the low strings while still retaining the same tension on the higher strings.


They're called LTHBs (light top heavy bottom). Many brands do that.
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:36 PM   #13
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About pickups, I'm using a $250 Viper-50, and it still has the stock pickups in them. (ESP LH-150's)
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:48 PM   #14
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I've switched to EB cobalts and have been loving them. Seem to have extended life if kept clean using fast fret or some other string and neck cleaner.
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I didn't like the Cobalts personally. Don't really know why...I kept them on for about a month, and then switched back to regular Slinkys.
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The brootalest metal strings are made from the tendons of a recently slaughtered swine (preferably in a trve satanic pentagram).
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The brootalest metal strings are made from the tendons of a recently slaughtered swine (preferably in a trve satanic pentagram).


Are swine br00tal enough? Maybe something like a mammoth would be more appropriate.
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:12 PM   #18
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I currently used Ernie Ball Beefy (.11) on my guitar, and I'm going to be changing them soon; so I was wondering what other brands there are that are good/better than what I am using.

I tend to detune to C and B a lot, btw.

D'addario XL EXL140(10-52) is good for drop C and B.
If you want more tension Use D'addario XL EXL117(11-56). D'addario strings are brighter, and last a bit longer in my opinion.
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ive been going with dunlop strings for a while now. theyre pretty good.
when i variate, i switch to ghs's
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They're called LTHBs (light top heavy bottom). Many brands do that.


Dunlop does it a little differently. They have the LTHB strings too, but they also have the Heavy Core. The specific gauges of each string are a little different than usual.

http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/El...-Guitar-Strings

http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/he...-guitar-strings
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