#1
I read somewhere that certain strings sound crappy with EMGs in the guitar.
Would I be fine with Ernie Ball regular slinkys?
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#2
I thought all strings sounded crappy with EMGs in the guitar... so no, different strings wont effect your tone.
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#3
I would say yes, Hammett and Hetfield both have used EMG/Ernie Ball combo for years and years, along with I am sure many other musicians.
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I would say yes, Hammett and Hetfield both have used EMG/Ernie Ball combo for years and years, along with I am sure many other musicians.

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#6
yes strings do sound different through different pickups, the only way you find out is to try, one of the problems with emg's is their magnets are weak, and depending on how the strings are wound that will affect your tone aswell
#7
active or passive?
judging purely by the sheer volume of artists who use Ernie balls and also EMG's i would say there is nothing 'wrong' with the sound, but you have to find what you like, every set of strings will sound different, try as many as you can be bothered with.
#8
I read somewhere that some strings are better than others. Weirder still, I head that sometimes things sound different to people's ears.

I wonder if this is related to the EMG/Ernie Ball rumour?

(side note: I never really liked Ernie Balls in general. Which is a shame, because I get free EB stickers like mad everytime I buy anything from anybody)
#9
Ernie Ball and D'Addario strings work great with EMG's.

Some others, not so well.
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#10
well different strings will sound different with emgs just like different strings will sound different is non emgs?

and isnt sound mor or less subjective (well...in terms of strings?). go with what you think sounds good.
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I read somewhere that certain strings sound crappy with EMGs in the guitar.
Would I be fine with Ernie Ball regular slinkys?
Thank you.

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#12
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Ernie Ball and D'Addario strings work great with EMG's.

Some others, not so well.

This. After much experimentation, Ernie Ball and D'Addario are all I use. I use Ernie Ball on my guitars with passive pickups, and D'Addario on my guitars with EMGs, as I find that D'Addario strings have a brighter top end on clean, and they really bring out the mids, compared to Ernie Ball strings, which sound much darker by comparison, at least in my guitars.
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#15
The hell? The strings will affect your tone, but nowhere near an audible level, unless your retarded over your tone it doesn't matter which strings you use. The gauge of the strings affect your tone slightly. Other then that it's pretty much all about feel with strings..
#16
Strings are more about the feel, IMO. That feel will affect your fingers' performance, thus altering your tone. That's the only connection I can see.
#17
Yeah, I put some ernie balls on, and they sound great to me.
Yeah, it probably was BS, I read it on wikipedia. Just wanted to make sure.
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#18
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The hell? The strings will affect your tone, but nowhere near an audible level, unless your retarded over your tone it doesn't matter which strings you use. The gauge of the strings affect your tone slightly. Other then that it's pretty much all about feel with strings..

That's not really true. On the clean channel, string brands can be noticeably different, especially with EMGs. On my BC Rich ST-III using the clean channel, I used to use Ernie Ball gauge .10 strings. I now use D'Addario gauge .10, and they sound much brighter than the Ernie Ball strings. String brand DOES make a difference.
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#19
If you watch the video I posted you'll see how much string brand will make a difference. I've used EB's for a while now, in all my guitars I just prefer them. Its a personal opinion. With EMG's cause they are pretty sensitive everything is magnified, and a sh*tty rig will sound even sh*ttier. Maybe thats why they get bashed so much, I dunno. I think the other reason is people turn everything to 11, especially the gain then wonder why their tone sucks.
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#20
i doubt theres any major difference. i use D'Addarios on my hellraiser. and i believe they're .10's. sounds good to me. i mean if you use cheap brand strings then you might notice a slight difference. and maybe a diff depending on the gauge of string.
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That's not really true. On the clean channel, string brands can be noticeably different, especially with EMGs. On my BC Rich ST-III using the clean channel, I used to use Ernie Ball gauge .10 strings. I now use D'Addario gauge .10, and they sound much brighter than the Ernie Ball strings. String brand DOES make a difference.

I never said they don't do anything, but they don't do much to warrant me to stop buying the strings I find most comfortable to get some that have an extremely slight more brightness. When it comes to strings, feel outweighs anything else.