#1
Hey, I bought my 60s reissue a while ago and the strings had the **** beat out of them then and now its even worse. I've been using GHS and Ernie Ball strings since I started playing 3 years ago. I wanna try something new. What does the pit suggest for my 60s reissue strat. Think super clean Yellow Ledbetter or Littlewing sort of tone. Thanks
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#2
dr.....always dr
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#3
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#4
dr ftmfw

i bought them, i'm not chaning brands for a loooooooooooooong time now.
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#5
Elixir; last as long as hell, and sound good. I've played DR, Dunlop, EB, D'Addario, Dean Markley, Fender and generic brand strings, and I'm planning to try a set of EMP's if/when the set of Elixir's starts breaking. Elixir's have just always worked the best for me.
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#6
i always liked elixir till i tried DR. The elixirs sound more sterile, they are very trebley sounding if thats even a word. Ive tried ernie ball, ghs, elixirs, and once I tried DR i never changed
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#7
i'm stayin with EB, I tried MANY other brands including: D'addario, DR, and Elixer. and all of those strings broke on me. now let me first tell you, I play in Drop D most of the time and i don't do crazy bends or strum too hard. I also checked my guitar for sharp edges and there are none. EB have never broke on me. EVER. so imo, EB are the best, but you should just try for yourself.
#8
D'addario lights have been my go to strings for years now,they're worth a shot.

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#11
i used to use d'adario's and i liked them but then i switched to elixers for the increased life.

then i tried ernie balls and the tone is just so much better than the diadarios or elixers IMO and it also felt like i had this crazy grip on the strings that really made it feel like bending and vibrato were so much easier. reading this thread though i'm tempted to try DR's
#12
If you're looking for that pure blues tone, here's a couple pointers.

1. Never use coated strings. Sorry guys. Yes, they last longer, but they don't deliver the same tone as plain old Nickel wound.

2. Use heavier Strings. Sure, the light ones are easier to play, but they don't growl like .012's or .013's. It take some getting used to, but worth it in the long run IMO. Also they stay in tune better even when you're doing huge bends, and using your whammy.

3. Make sure when you re-string your guitar, you give them 3 full wraps or as close to it as possible. It's subtle, but I can hear a difference.

4. SRV tuned his down half a step, and I have to say, I like it. They are easier to play, and the fat that comes off of big strings tuned down is substantial. Too bad my bandmates prefer to play in standard tuning.

I made a quick recording of Little Wing the other night for a couple people that didn't believe me about something. I used a crappy little computer mic, and kept my 3rd take so it isn't great, but you can hear everything I just mentioned (except for tuning down half a step) in action on my profile.

Good to see someone else interested in the blues here btw. Cheers!
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#13
Quote by strat2finish
If you're looking for that pure blues tone, here's a couple pointers.

1. Never use coated strings. Sorry guys. Yes, they last longer, but they don't deliver the same tone as plain old Nickel wound.

2. Use heavier Strings. Sure, the light ones are easier to play, but they don't growl like .012's or .013's. It take some getting used to, but worth it in the long run IMO. Also they stay in tune better even when you're doing huge bends, and using your whammy.

3. Make sure when you re-string your guitar, you give them 3 full wraps or as close to it as possible. It's subtle, but I can hear a difference.

4. SRV tuned his down half a step, and I have to say, I like it. They are easier to play, and the fat that comes off of big strings tuned down is substantial. Too bad my bandmates prefer to play in standard tuning.

I made a quick recording of Little Wing the other night for a couple people that didn't believe me about something. I used a crappy little computer mic, and kept my 3rd take so it isn't great, but you can hear everything I just mentioned (except for tuning down half a step) in action on my profile.

Good to see someone else interested in the blues here btw. Cheers!


1. That's BS. I use coated strings preferentially, though I use whatever is on-hand ans as such use both coated and non-coated, and one does not sound more or less bluesy than the other.

2. Not disputing it.

3. Not disputing it, though personally I don't nitpick that much about tone.

4. Yes.
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#14
dean markley blue steel are my favourite strings. i've never tried DR's but ive tried elixers , ernie ball d'adario and always go back to dean markley blue steel i use 9-46 gauge and am very comfortabe with them.
#15
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#16
eh no ernie balls are the best hands down the best in tone and quality . even without an amp i play on the bus sometimes and can still hear my les paul over the roar of the engine. but if you must go with d'addario strings.
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#17
I say this every time I see a string thread, but:

Strings are like women, man. They're a million different kinds out there, and the only way to find the one you like is to try them out to see if you're compatible.

I started with Ernie Ball, switched to D'Adarrio, and am now firmly in the DR camp. But in 5 years, who knows, I may get a recommendation from a player I trust and might try a new brand that I instantly take a liking to.

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