#1
i just got an Epiphone Les Paul Special 2. i know its not the greatest guitar ever, but its my first guitar.
i play my friends Jackson alot and i love the sound. he has a better amp than me but still.
i play hardcore/death metal/grindcore ect.
the stings on my friends jackson are alot thicker than mine and i like the sound they make. so what kind/size strings should i get to get a deeper/more brutal tone?
thanks in advance
Last edited by jrhgolf23 at Dec 28, 2009,
#4
It *kind* of matters what you tune to, as well...

But regardless, Exlirs are always a good bet; I tune to C-Standard, and I LOVE their baritone set. Before that I used GHS' Zakk Wylde sig set. Maybe give them a go? I used the Zakk Wylde back when I used to tune to D-standard, but I really couldn't recommend that to anyone...

But, there's only so much difference strings will make; they're the icing, not the cake. Getting a guitar tech to give you a good setup will always do wonders for your tone, regardless what strings you like.
#5
Quote by sasquatch.drums
Fagiphone? Is that what you play? ******?

*reported*


TS, do you downtune?
thicker strings'll give you more tension whether you do or not, but I'm asking to know just how heavy to recomend..

anyway, without a better amp, you're really not going to get the tone your friend does, but changing the strings will affect the tone a little bit.
more than the tone, the feeling of the guitar will change, though..
go to a guitar store and check out the different string gauges they've got.

try some thing like a set of 12's or 13's, with a heavy bottom
#6
Quote by sasquatch.drums
Fagiphone? Is that what you play? ******?

Wow, you are a tool.
*reported*

TS, strings don't matter to tone as much as your amp does. Thicker strings are usually used to tune lower, not for different tone.
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The post was already reported. Everyone can ignore it, now.
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#8
thanks. not to sound like a total tard, but i dont really know what its tuned in. its either in drop a or drop c. im not really sure. i just tuned it to what his was.
and thanks for reporting that dude up there. what an asshole.
but thankyou for the help
#9
From my personal experience, heavier gauge strings can noticeably affect the tone. I used to use 9-42 gauge strings a lot on my Jackson and one day I finally decided on placing some heavier strings, gauge 10-52, and it had a fairly substantial impact on my sound. It gave the last three strings a lot more bottom and a slight bit more tightness that it definitely needed and, for the record, I'm playing in standard tuning. The characteristics I mentioned before become only more notable when detuning.