#1
Okay, I just broke my E string after doing alot of Harmonic squeals, the strings were about 3 weeks old (My average is about 5 weeks for a pack of decent strings), and I want to know if there's some strings out there that will take what I deal, but still give the tone I like from my current strings.
I'm using Ernie Ball 10's, and I love the tone. My guitar came with D'addarios, and I didn't like them, so they're out...

I haven't really done much experimenting with different strings because I'm flat broke all the time, and I can't afford to chuck $15 on a set of strings that last like a week and sound like ****.

Would Dimebag DR's last longer (I do harmonic squeals alot like he did, so it seems they might be made to handle what I give them), or are they just the same as my ernie balls basically.

Or would Ernie Ball titaniums be better, because they'd last longer (Would they?).

Basically to sum it up - I need strings that have good, rich harmonics, and take alot of stress (From the stretching and loosening from the whammy), and that take a beating (I play very hard), in 10 - 46. And don't cost a ****load.

Sorry for the ****ty wording/grammaringness and such, but it's like 3am and I'm pretty tired.

Any help appriciated


Note::: I can't really get anything too fancy/rare to find, because my local guitar store is pretty small.
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Last edited by Jesstaa at Dec 20, 2008,
#3
Quote by Beebaboo
D'addario man...

As I said, I hated the sound I got from them, and I only got 4 weeks out of them. That was before I really used my whammy.
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#4
Elixers! kinda expensive but they last, so either your gunna get less expensive strings and have them break quicker or get expensive strings and have them last a little longer. Another thing is, alot of people change strings every month or so anyways becasue they feel the strings have gone dead.
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#6
Look, if you play hard and abuse your strings with a trem then they're not going to last long in general. You're just going to have to live with strings breaking if you keep playing that hard no matter what brand you buy.
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As I said, I hated the sound I got from them, and I only got 4 weeks out of them. That was before I really used my whammy.


Well if they came with the guitar, chances are they are not going to perform nowhere near as well as a fresh pack, same with any string. However, this is your decision, not mine.
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Elixers! kinda expensive but they last, so either your gunna get less expensive strings and have them break quicker or get expensive strings and have them last a little longer. Another thing is, alot of people change strings every month or so anyways becasue they feel the strings have gone dead.


I was thinking about getting a pack. I had some on my old strat copy, they sounded alright, and lasted. But I don't know if it was wort the $27 price tag
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I was thinking about getting a pack. I had some on my old strat copy, they sounded alright, and lasted. But I don't know if it was wort the $27 price tag


You pay $27 for a pack of Elixirs? Ouch, you guys really do get screwed down there.
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You pay $27 for a pack of Elixirs? Ouch, you guys really do get screwed down there.

I know
I think the cheapest I had was a pack of DRs for like $10.

Next time I go to buy strings I'll probs get some really heavy ones so I can play some Machine Head, what gauge should I use for the Drop B tuning? (I have a floyd, so take that into account... And yes, I know it'll be a bitch to set up, but yeah.)
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#11
$10 strings are the cheapest?? geez, and I thought $8 for ernie balls was expensive.
I didnt realize elixers were that expensive, Ive only ever broke one string and my guitar teacher just slapped on a elixer and said i owed him a coffee lol. But ive never had to buy them.
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#12
Yeah you're going to have to set it up and everything. I'm not sure if it's true for floyds or not but larger gauges can screw up your nut, hopefully somebody can clarify that.
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Yeah you're going to have to set it up and everything. I'm not sure if it's true for floyds or not but larger gauges can screw up your nut, hopefully somebody can clarify that.

I don't think they'd be able to, don't see a reason why they would, but it sounds like a possibility... Although it'd probably be more so for nuts made out of like plastic/bone/whatever than metal ones.
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#14
I just use plain Ernie Ball, the hybrid orange pack or the STHB set

They last as long as I want them to.

I don't understand how people break strings so easily. Some guitars just are badly set up...I haven't broken a string on my electric since like, March. I've changed strings two or three times because they're dull, but I use different tunings every other day, do two or three step bends on a regular basis, and generally abuse the **** out of my strings.

So I guess I like Ernie Ball, yes. I've used D'Addario too, and in my opinion, they stayed good for a longer time. I may get their STHB next time.

Elixirs aren't worth it. Flaky coating. No real improvement in tone. imo it's mostly a placebo effect.
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I just use plain Ernie Ball, the hybrid orange pack or the STHB set

They last as long as I want them to.

I don't understand how people break strings so easily. Some guitars just are badly set up...I haven't broken a string on my electric since like, March. I've changed strings two or three times because they're dull, but I use different tunings every other day, do two or three step bends on a regular basis, and generally abuse the **** out of my strings.

So I guess I like Ernie Ball, yes. I've used D'Addario too, and in my opinion, they stayed good for a longer time. I may get their STHB next time.

Elixirs aren't worth it. Flaky coating. No real improvement in tone. imo it's mostly a placebo effect.


The time the strings last really just depends on how you play, I play fairly hard, so yeah
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#16
I use the skinny top heavy bottom ernie ball 10s (orange pack) and they're fantastic, i use a lot of vibrato and bending and they seem to take it like b*tches! So yeh, maybe try them out although you said you already use 10s and the only difference with these is that the lower three strings are from a pack of 11s, but if its them strings that are your problem give them a shot!
#17
get some dimebags

they are great for bends and pinch harmonics
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#19
I go with d-addarios becouse they are $10 and they aren't bad in my opinion.
Generally I replace my strings every 3 months due to either breakage or just dead strings.
I find that the elixers by the end of 3 months don't sound as dead as d'addarios,but $25?
I'll stick with my $10 strings.
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