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#1
I was looking at some D'Addario EXL110 Electric Strings.

What are some good brands?

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#2
Elixirs they are a bit pricey but worth it.
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#3
elixirs are the sh!t definitely
they last a lot longer than any strings i've ever used and i don't think i've ever broken one either
#4
I always stick with Ernie Ball. Maybe you like 'em, maybe you don't. I love 'em. I prefer Ernie Ball Super Slinkies. Just sayin'.
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Quote by SaiNt adEL #13
I always stick with Ernie Ball. Maybe you like 'em, maybe you don't. I love 'em. I prefer Ernie Ball Super Slinkies. Just sayin'.

Me too,I like the way they play, but I do think elixir's last longer.
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#7
I've never liked elixirs.I used them on two guitars once and immediately when back to D'addario lights the next time I changed my strings.


My advice would be to try different brands and find the brand and gauge that YOU like TS,not what other people like.Some people like EB,some like DR,others like elixirs,and some players prefer D'addario.Just experiment until you find the ones you like the most.

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Quote by Pr0gNut
I've never liked elixirs.I used them on two guitars once and immediately when back to D'addario lights the next time I changed my strings.


My advice would be to try different brands and find the brand and gauge that YOU like TS,not what other people like.Some people like EB,some like DR,others like elixirs,and some players prefer D'addario.Just experiment until you find the ones you like the most.

Same.

I like D'addario. I use EXL115's on my LP and the set in between 9's and 10's for my custom built.
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#9
it depends for me since i like DR Hi Beams in 11 for my RR5FR and for DKMG/DXMG I like Dunlop Strings in 10.

It'll will better if experiment with strings brands and gauges to find what you want in your tone.
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#10
ooh its tied pretty much Ernie Ball? Elixer? DA?
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#12
Elixir's are the only strings that have actually lasted long enough to have me replace them for having flat tone from wear rather than snapping.

Their feel is horridly preferential though, to some like me, it's smooth and slick. To others it's sticky and tacky.
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#13
Quote by Pr0gNut
I've never liked elixirs.I used them on two guitars once and immediately when back to D'addario lights the next time I changed my strings.

Indeed. Elixirs last forever compared to others, but they've always been hideously uncomfortable to me.

Really, string brand/size is pretty much entirely preference. The only definite thing is that heavier gauges means louder. Just grab a new brand/size every time you get new strings until you get one you like. I did this, I eventually ended up on EBs.
#14
Quote by Flying Couch
Indeed. Elixirs last forever compared to others, but they've always been hideously uncomfortable to me.

Really, string brand/size is pretty much entirely preference. The only definite thing is that heavier gauges means louder. Just grab a new brand/size every time you get new strings until you get one you like. I did this, I eventually ended up on EBs.


Yeah,the coating just feels odd,especially when it starts to wear off in spots.The tone also never sounded right to my ears.

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#15
Sounds like I'll try EBs first Thank you! UG is always so much help
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#16
What about for pick slides... They all the same?
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Quote by Zamorak
Uhm, that's a technique

yeah I know I meant are all strings good enough for those? I know the ones that came on my squier weren't...
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#19
i like DRs, they last a really long time and feel so silky and smooth. theyre def. my favorite
#20
I like the feel of the Ernie Ball regular Slinkies, they were what I used on my Bullet. I use em on my Les Paul too, just sayin'.
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#21
My guitar came with Slinkys, I just put a set of GHS Boomers on and I love the sound & feel of them.
#22
I use DR .11 strings and they are very comfortable and last long

Ernie Balls have the best feel but they dont last as long
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#23
I heard DR strings last the longest (more than Elixars) and that Ernie Balls sound good with EMG's.

Personally, I find Dean Markely Blue Steels to rust extremely slowly and they stay very responsive for long periods of time.
#24
I like Ernie Ball I use super slinky(pink) for my two 7 strings, and i use Ernie ball Skinny top/ Heavy bottom's for my 6's. They seem to last me for a very long time and never have had a rust problem.
#25
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What about for pick slides... They all the same?

Actually, no, I don't think so. I found that I absolutely could not do them on DRs. Maybe it was just me, but I tried DRs 7 or 8 times, never could do it.
#26
my most trusted and favored brand is Ernie Ball. preferably Slinky (green package) (0.09 guage)
to me they just have the best feel, the best sound, produce the best tone, and have the longest life.

no matter what brand you play, stay away from coated strings.
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#28
Quote by KAS1981
My guitar came with Slinkys, I just put a set of GHS Boomers on and I love the sound & feel of them.


This.

I use GHS strings, I've tried a lot of different strings and always go back to GHS. More preferably the EJ set has custom gauges in it that are different from the normal .10s.

Though, GHS strings seem to rust and wear out kinda fast, maybe every 2-3 weeks I change my strings.
#29
Quote by Lt. Shinysides
my most trusted and favored brand is Ernie Ball. preferably Slinky (green package) (0.09 guage)
to me they just have the best feel, the best sound, produce the best tone, and have the longest life.
no matter what brand you play, stay away from coated strings.

I doubt that, but you're probably just more used to them. I use elixirs and they have lasted longer than ANY other brands of string I've previously. I think the tone is slightly worse than uncoated strings, but with a decent amp you'll never notice anyway. My advice would be to find what suits you and your playing style and your budget (elixirs cost more than normal strings, durr).
#30
Quote by Lt. Shinysides
no matter what brand you play, stay away from coated strings.


The rest of this post is solid, but as someone who's tried... *Gets old packages kept in gigbag due to packratism* Elixir, EB, GHS, Dunlop, D'Addario, Cleartone, DR, Dean Markley, Fender, Gibson, Rotosound and others, branding all coated strings as bad is like branding all guitars above $350 with Floyd Roses as bad.
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#31
I like Rotosound.

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#32
I used to be an elixir man. Till they jacked the price up.
So now I use super slinkys.

You should be changing your strings regularly anyway. And they're cheap strings.

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#33
Quote by FallsDownStairs
This.

I use GHS strings, I've tried a lot of different strings and always go back to GHS. More preferably the EJ set has custom gauges in it that are different from the normal .10s.

Though, GHS strings seem to rust and wear out kinda fast, maybe every 2-3 weeks I change my strings.


Ye. But their price surely make it justice. For the price of a Elixir set I can easily get 3 GHS set. 3 set of GHS will surely last longer than one set Elixirs.

I ussually change my strings every 3~4 weeks anyway. Just cannot play with even slightly dirty strings.
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#34
I've tried dozens of brands. For me, D'addario 10-46's on my electrics and Martin SP 11's on my acoustic's.
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#35
I like D'ADDARIO EXL140 and GHS Boomers, unlike cheap strings (don't know how you call it "no name/off brand strings" ?) they last much longer.
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#36
I use D'addario 9's (gonna try 10's next time) and I don't think i'll ever buy another brand again. The strings that's on my guitar now has been there for about 3 months (yeah, i'm a bad boy... will change ASAP). I've only broken one little e-string only once in like 3-4 packages. They've all been on there atleast 1-2 months at the time.

I really like them, but this is just my opinion... Try them out though!
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#37
Like a few people have said, it really is personal preferance. Rather than asking what strings we like, just try out loads of different brands and gauges to figure out what you like. I did this a while back, each time I changed strings I used a different brand. You'll probably find several that you like.

At the moment I'm using Rotosounds, but the current batch that I've been using haven't been quite as good as the first set which I used during my string brand experiments. They were pretty cheap though, so I'm not complaining. I think next time I'll go with GHS Boomers, they're probably the strings I like best out of all the ones I've tried.
#38
Oh about the pick slide thing, it just doesn't work on flat wound strings. XD
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#39
Wow lots of different opinions here! I just wanted to know if there is anything to steer clear of. I'll probably end up just trying out all different kinds, I just wanted to know what to start with! haha I don't want to end up with piece of junk strings. And I wanna do pick slides! So thanks for the help I'm actually heading to the guitar store today to pick some up...

About the elixir kind... What is the point in paying more if the EBs sound better and you can get three EBs for the price of one (which lasts longer I would guess)

Also my last strings would stick to my fingers? Which made everything I play sound messy because I would pull my finger off, it would stick, pull it up and it was like strumming again
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About the elixir kind... What is the point in paying more if the EBs sound better and you can get three EBs for the price of one (which lasts longer I would guess)/QUOTE]

Well, first off, I like the sound of Elixirs more than I do the sound of Ernie Balls, so that's an opinion you'll need to decide yourself.

As for the higher price, Ernie Balls last me two weeks tops. Elixirs last me months on a bad set. Good sets even longer. They're more because they last longer.
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