#1
Ok, after spending almost $100 on D'addario strings in the last couple months, ive decided to get a different brand of strings. Everyone has suggested Ernie Ball, and i chose that. But when i looked, there are like 20 different kinds of Ernie Ball strings. So which kind do I buy (that are .010-.046)? I play mostly heavy metal and some bluesy stuff.
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#2
regular slinky 10 gauge work well for blues and heavier rock, they're what i use all of the time. but you may want 11's for heavey metal as they will give you that fatter sound.

but from what i've heard from a lot of people i know, d'addario's are one of the best strings you can get and are much better than ernie balls. i was even considering swapping to them soon.
#3
regular slinky
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#4
if you are busting strings thats often, then its 1 of 2 things

1. your guitar is junk/set up incorrectly
2. you have terrible technique and probably cant even shave yourself

if you want metal/bluesy for for 11-52's, good all round string - however you must first address 1 or both of the issues I mentioned, switching strings wont fix your problem from the sound of it. I havent broken a string in over 5 years, and I play a lot...the most important part is guitar set up, and it sounds like yours needs some work.

Check the saddles for rough edges and such, thats usually the main break point

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#5
oh and by the way - I used EB's for about 3-4 years, just recently switched to D'addario's and I like them better to be honest.

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#6
with the d'addarios, the high e string comes unraveled from the ball end.
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#7
The op may just be changing them for tone reasons....
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#8
If you find yourself breaking strings a lot try out Elixer Nanoweb strings. I don't think i've broken more than like 1 or 2 strings in the last 2 or 3 years of using them. And I mostly play rock, metal, punk, stuff with a lot of heavy riffing. They are a bit on the pricey side, but will last longer than most other brands imo.
#9
There's something wrong with your guitar.
What do you mean by High E coming unraveled? The high E is a plain string so are you actually referring to the low E? If it's unraveling there's a burr or something cutting into the wraps.
Moving on.....
#10
Quote by MidniteHaze
with the d'addarios, the high e string comes unraveled from the ball end.

that sounds like an issue with the saddle or another part of the bridge, not with the strings. or maybe youve just gotten a lot of bad strings

i now always use DR strings. they arent expensive, i like the sound, and they last a good ammount of time.
#11
If you are having string breakage problems, I'd suggest to bring your guitar to a tech instead of changing string brands. They're all basically made of steel and I don't think a brand will be much harder to break than the other.
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