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#1
i'm wondering what kind of electric guitar strings are best that should do the following very well:

*Stay in tune

*Stay in tune

*Stay in tune

* AND TO STAY IN TUNE

did i mention to stay in tune? and in tune i mean for at least 24 hours
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#2
Most non-shitty strings will stay in tune. Ernie Ball, D'addario, pretty much anything on the wall at GC above $4. But tuning stability relies more on hardware than the strings, unless the strings are old.
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i personally like the D-Addario 9-46. Out of all strings i have tried, the corrode the least. Ernie Balls suck corrosion wise.

And to stay in tune, depends on a lot more than just the strings themselves. temperature changes and how much u whammy and bend changes. i would just recommend trying a new brand every time you have to change

otherwise, im not that much help
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#4
if you have a floyd rose ... then your going to have to conjure some Voodoo magic to keep that damn thing in Tune .... lol

EDIT: oh and i use Ernie ball Heavy bottoms slinky tops or something like that ... may be reversed lol
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#6
I used to use D'addario, but now I'm really starting to like Ernie Ball slinkies.
#8
I use D'addarios and they have been great over the years but so were Rotosounds.If you are getting tuning problems look to your machine heads.

Also when fitting new strings take the,"Stretch" out of them.Pull them upwards away from the fret board as if you were pulling a Bow string several times gently and keep re-tuning until they don't go flat when pulled away.
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#10
I prefer D'Addario XL Nickle wound. They are a little bright but I never seem to have issues with them. Since I have been using them I have never broken a string and I do some crazy ass bends. I tried a lot of the gimmicky strings and have used a lot of different brands over the years and the D'Addario's IMO are the best.

As far as staying in tune it's all going to depend on other issues not just the strings.

I really stretch my strings when I restring they still go out of tune easily until they get broken in. I always used to restring my guitars I used on gigs the day before I would stretch them and then over tighten them a few steps high and detune them down before I set up for the gig that seemed to work well for me and they would stay in tune thru most of the gig. Your tuners could be the problem how many wraps do you do when stringing and like some one stated if it has a Floyd that can be another ball of wax you need to deal with. You might want to also put a little graphite on the nut in the string slots that will keep it from catching. Other things that can make your guitar go out of tune are changes in temperature. When strings are warm they will tighten when they get cold they will loosen so that can put your guitar out of tune. The old heat expands cold contracts deal. I had a friend who used to warm his strings before he put them on his guitar! He swore buy it. I never tried it myself.


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#11
Anyone trashes EB they will have to talk to me! EB's FTW IMO
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#12
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D'Addario > Ernie balls

Ontopic:

As most people have said it depends on hardware and your playing, any major brand should be fine.
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#13
[quote="'[VictorinoX"]']Dean Markley Blue Steel.


good strings. used them for several years. i use only d' addario strings now. i have some dunlops on my dot which arent bad at all. nice tone to them and they where like 4 bucks i think. d'addario are top notch though. cant go wrong with those.
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#14
I have to admit I do not care for EB strings I got a set of regular slinkys for my Schecter 7 string because that is all they had at the time and they failed miserably. I actually got a couple sets and they are in my parts box. I doubt I'll ever use them but I am sure I'll get a 7 string to work on I'll toss them on for free.

I am sure everyone has their favorites for one reason or another it just the way things are.

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#15
I have a set of 7's on my Hamer right now. Didnt even know Ernie Ball made 7's but my GC had them so figured I would try them. They are great as long as you dont want to tune lower than Eb
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#16
I just use .010 GHS Boomers...
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DR. Their quality control is a bit lame though, so you'll find yourself having to re-intonate every time you change them, but they last longer than any other brand and imo sound better.
#18
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i personally like the D-Addario 9-46. Out of all strings i have tried, the corrode the least. Ernie Balls suck corrosion wise.

And to stay in tune, depends on a lot more than just the strings themselves. temperature changes and how much u whammy and bend changes. i would just recommend trying a new brand every time you have to change

otherwise, im not that much help


Not of much help? I'd say you are. D'addario makes fantastic strings and they have more than one variety. And you can get all sorts of gauges. And you also mentioned that ther'es more to staying in tune than just the strings. Anyway, OP here's my contribution.

D'addario .10-.46s or heavier. When putting the strings on, Don't overlap the string over itself but have a lot of winds on it (2 or 3 for the Low E depending on thickness, 6 or 7 on the High E and whatever is in between for the others) And make sure it's tight when you're wrapping it around the post, Before you're remotely in pitch. And you'll want to have the nut looked at when you're getting new strings, You can't put a .13 in a slot made for .10s nor can you put a .48 in a slot really made for .46s. So yeah, You should:

Get good strings
Get the nut worked on
Play!!!
Always tin your strings.

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#19
For run of the mill strings, I like Daddario. Higher end, I also like Elixer Nanoweb 10s really well. My sweat is pretty corrosive, and after about an hour of playing any regular string brand, they have crusty black crap all over the unwound strings and they sound dull. With the Elixers, I can go weeks without noticing any change. So it actually saves me money to use $11 strings. Go figure.
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#20
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if you have a floyd rose ... then your going to have to conjure some Voodoo magic to keep that damn thing in Tune .... lol

EDIT: oh and i use Ernie ball Heavy bottoms slinky tops or something like that ... may be reversed lol

I challenge you to get my Original Floyd Rose out of tune.

I vote for D'Addarios.
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#22
With strings......

Good strings will mostly stay in tune if your guitar hardware is up to standard, however going out of tune 80% of the time is the guitar not strings.

Recommending strings is completely pointless, as with strings it is actually the chemical balance in your body a lot of the time that determines which strings are best for you and before i get flamed i will explain.

We can take the D'addario and Ernie Ball debate, a friend of mine who has been playing longer than i have, absolutely hates ernie balls and swears by D'addario, the reason? He says Ernie balls go rusty on him after a few months of playing. I however have had Ernie Ball 10-52s on my Ibanez S series for over 6 months and they still stay in tune for months at a time whilst i abuse my trem..... and of course no signs of rust.

This is all because of the composition of your sweat (No Joke) I do not know the exact science behind it but some strings corrode and are generally unsuitable for some whilst are great for others due to the chemical balance in the body.

So essentially, you just have to try a load of em out
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#23
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I just use .010 GHS Boomers...

This, but still as many have said, hardware is where it matters.
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#24
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With strings......

Good strings will mostly stay in tune if your guitar hardware is up to standard, however going out of tune 80% of the time is the guitar not strings.

Recommending strings is completely pointless, as with strings it is actually the chemical balance in your body a lot of the time that determines which strings are best for you and before i get flamed i will explain.

We can take the D'addario and Ernie Ball debate, a friend of mine who has been playing longer than i have, absolutely hates ernie balls and swears by D'addario, the reason? He says Ernie balls go rusty on him after a few months of playing. I however have had Ernie Ball 10-52s on my Ibanez S series for over 6 months and they still stay in tune for months at a time whilst i abuse my trem..... and of course no signs of rust.

This is all because of the composition of your sweat (No Joke) I do not know the exact science behind it but some strings corrode and are generally unsuitable for some whilst are great for others due to the chemical balance in the body.

So essentially, you just have to try a load of em out


+1. I've used D'Addario for years, but since last year I've been using Ernie Ball and I like them even better. They're not as bright sounding, they're more elastic, the feel is "softer" IMO, and they last me just as long without rusting.
I always try a set of a different brand from time to time (I've got a set of Rotosound waiting here), and I keep with what I like the best, and for the moment that's EB for me.
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#25
really it depends on what you're used to, strings-wise. there's no "best set". just find a brand and gauge that works for you and stick with them.
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#26
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I just use .010 GHS Boomers...


hey, I use them too. mine guitar stays in tune for like one week but I think that has something to do with my guitar rather than with the strings....I guess
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#27
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i'm wondering what kind of electric guitar strings are best that should do the following very well:

*Stay in tune

*Stay in tune

*Stay in tune

* AND TO STAY IN TUNE

did i mention to stay in tune? and in tune i mean for at least 24 hours



you need to look at your setup and stringing technique.
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#28
The guy ranting about the chemical composition of sweat is right. I tried D'arddios and they went rusty after about 2 months, and all the while making some horrible rustic smell, but my friend can use them forever. Its also why guitars age differently depending on what the finish is and who uses them (Take a look at Eric Clapton's old guitars)
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#29
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you need to look at your setup and stringing technique.


Ah yes that too actually and the best stringing technique has to be....

http://www.simonlees.co.uk/restring.htm

This is the reason my guitars, no matter what stay in tune for stupid amounts of time, my fender strat has a slipstone nut which helps too, but i can play for 2 hours of intensive rehearsal at a time with either my ibby or my strat and they stay in tune thanks to that link there
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#30
I don't want to go to far off track here but do any of you wipe down your strings after you play? I always do and I use some stuff called fret ease that seems to help keep my strings fresh as well as easier on my fingers. Some of my guitars never seem to go too far out of tune. The funniest thing is my old Hondo Sting, the least expensive guitar I own if is a headless guitar with a tunable bridge that never goes out of tune no matter how long it sits.


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#31
For me string life is the most important thing. Elixirs has the best life but they are also more expensive.
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#32
I like Dean Markley blue steel strings, nice tight tone and a good lifetime.

tuning problems are rarely the fault of the string though.
#33
I don't know about anyone else, but the brand of strings has never really mattered to me. I've tried Ernie Ball, D'Addario, and Elixirs. I will admit the Elixirs were a tad better. But between Ernie Ball and D'addario, I can't really tell much of a difference. I kind of swap brands everytime I need a string change.
#34
Storing your guitar when not in use has a lot to do with staying in tune. The lighter the strings, the more susseptible they are to temperature - including fingers warming them flat. I don't particularly care for the Floyd Rose vibrato, but when adjusted properly it does a fine job.
#36
TS, check your tuners. A good test I've found is the "wobble test". Basically, you take a tuner off, and try to wobble the post around. If it doesn't wobble it's not the tuners, if it does then you need some new ones.
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#37
Love my Earnie Ball 10-52's.

Compared them to some handmade DR's and the DR's just wouldnt stay in tune.
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#38
I have found my perfect strings with the Elixir coated strings. I usually only tune my guitar when I've carried it around and the bag has turned a bit on the tuners, otherwise it's in tune whenever I pick it up and start playing. I have a fixed bridge though, so I don't know how they are on trems.
And these strings just don't corrode at all. I've had the same set on this guitar since August and it's still fresh. I used to have EBs earlier, but they had corroded after two days and would start to cut the fingers of my left hand.
#39
Personally I like EB's but I do find they rust a bit faster than D'addarios. I have not tried GHS but I may do so next. I don't mind really because I change my strings quite often, probably once a month or so (about 30 - 50 hours of playing roughly).
#40
Quote by Talentless
With strings......

Good strings will mostly stay in tune if your guitar hardware is up to standard, however going out of tune 80% of the time is the guitar not strings.

Recommending strings is completely pointless, as with strings it is actually the chemical balance in your body a lot of the time that determines which strings are best for you and before i get flamed i will explain.

We can take the D'addario and Ernie Ball debate, a friend of mine who has been playing longer than i have, absolutely hates ernie balls and swears by D'addario, the reason? He says Ernie balls go rusty on him after a few months of playing. I however have had Ernie Ball 10-52s on my Ibanez S series for over 6 months and they still stay in tune for months at a time whilst i abuse my trem..... and of course no signs of rust.

This is all because of the composition of your sweat (No Joke) I do not know the exact science behind it but some strings corrode and are generally unsuitable for some whilst are great for others due to the chemical balance in the body.

So essentially, you just have to try a load of em out


This. I used to use Ernie Balls, but then I decided to try several different brands to find out what was best for me. I was quite disappointed by D'Addarios. I quite liked Rotosounds. I discovered that I love GHS Boomers. So the Boomers are what I use; I find that they sound good, and they last forever for me. But, like Talentless said, it all depends on the person as to which string brands suits them best.
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