#1
Just bought my first electric guitar- Epiphone G-400. Looking for a sound that is sounds equally good as clean or distorted. What kind of strings should I buy and which brands are good, for future reference?
#2
most people will tell you ernie ball, but i personally prefer rotosound, there strings are just so much more flexible in my opinion, ernie balls feel like steel cable even at lower gauges.

but hey thats just me 10 pence worth
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#3
i'd go for elixir, they seem expensive but last for ages and i really like the slipery feel
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#4
strings all personal preference. the sound clean and distorted really comes down to the amp you have, how its eq'd, your pickups, pedals, etc. strings mae minimal difference except for how they feel on your fingers. lectures aside, I personally always use Ernie Ball strings because in my experiance, they dont break on me. and they continue to sound good for about 3-4 months. brands are all personal preference though, so i suggest buy a pack of 3 different brand strings and see for yourself. recomended gauge= 10
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#5
I always use Daddario , the 10-46 gauge steel wound , last long , sound great , and cheap
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#6
I like GHS boomers myself, custom lights to be specific, theyre inexpensive and durable and sound good. thats just me anyway
#7
personally I love Ernie Ball Super Slinkys (9-42) they feel great and have a crisp tone,
they dont last as long as Elixirs but are quite a bit cheaper
#8
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personally I love Ernie Ball Super Slinkys (9-42) they feel great and have a crisp tone,
they dont last as long as Elixirs but are quite a bit cheaper


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i'd go for elixir, they seem expensive but last for ages and i really like the slipery feel


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#10
i hate daddarios they are rough and mediocre sounding. Ernie Ball super slinkies feel great and I havent broken one but, in my experience, they rust up pretty quickly but then again I play daily...I just started using Dean Markley 10s and they feel as good as teh EB Slinkies but sound a bit "metallic" unplugged. I put a set of the Ernie Ball Classic Rock Slinkies on my CV strat and Im really diggin the tone from them.

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#11
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I second this wholeheartedly in every respect.


thirded. although they tend to keep that new string sound for longer compared to other brands i've tried and this may or may not be a good thing depending on how you like your strings to sound
#12
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i'd go for elixir, they seem expensive but last for ages and i really like the slipery feel


i play with elixirs, but if your at a stage in your playing where your snapping a lot of strings, i'd stick to cheaper strings for a while- and move on to elixirs when your comfortable that your not gonna tear through them.

as for what gauge, depends what tuning your using, i use 10s in standard tuning on my schecter, but thats just personal preference!
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#13
Well do you mainly play lead or rhythm?? that will really affect what strings to buy...
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Well do you mainly play lead or rhythm?? that will really affect what strings to buy...


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#15
I use D'adarrio, they're great. They last a long time, almost as long as most coated strings (if you clean your strings occasionally with a bit of string cleaner/lubricator) and the player's point system is a nice bonus as well. I'm using nickelwound .10's.
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#16
I'm going to say Dean Markley, just because no one else has :P

Which empathises the point: You'll just have to go on personal preference, as every string manufacteur will claim to make "the best sounding" and "the longest lasting"
#18
After using D'Arddios, Ernie Balls, the factory strings, and some other company (don't remember the name, I remember I hated it though), I think Ernie Balls are the best. I haven't had one break on me yet (I replace strings every 2-3 months), and they feel great.
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#19
for my electric guitars i mostly just use ernieball slinkies they r really some of the best u can get for the price. i use elixers on my taylor acoustic tho just cause elixer and taylor go together very very well.
#20
Wow I didnt expect this many replies. Thanks everyone. I think imma go with elixirs cuz that means in the long run I'd spend less money on strings.
#21
ive found a few sets of strings i like, first the DR JH-10 or AL-10 are great for metal, 10-56 is guages, i also like the ernie all skinny top heavy bottoms, 10-52, good for solos as well as power chords found in most metal songs,
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I always use Daddario , the 10-46 gauge steel wound , last long , sound great , and cheap


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#25
ghs 9 1/2 guage santana signature strings...just because their 9 1/2's lolz
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#26
I know that I'll catch some slack for this, but I love elixirs, super smooth, last longer than others. They are so smooth compared to my ernie balls.
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#27
Someone i know uses 8-40 (i think) ernie balls , imagin' how bad their tone is ! :L:L
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