#1
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I must be crazy, but heres the story. I change strings every 3-6 weeks and was overdue for one, so I went to my local store. I usually get GHS .010 Boomers, but apparently they can no longer order GHS products, so I bought a pack of D'Addario. Well, after stringing the guitar (In the same fasion I did when I had GHS), got it all in tune... it sounds WAY different. I don't know what it is.. but the low E is the most noticable. It sounds less "low" and more bright...

I don't know if it sounds better or worse... but do strings really make a big difference in tone?

Thanks,

Mr. Crazy?
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#2
Yeah they do.
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#3
yeah different strings sound different
theu make a big difference since thats the moving part that makes the sound
#5
Damn, it's pretty noticeable then.
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#6
Every company has a slightly different way of making their strings...from the different mixes for their alloys to the windings. Are the strings you bought mostly nickel, nickel wrapped stainless steel, or strictly stainless steel? You can usually check their respective sites to get an idea of what their strings are comprised of...even though they may be really general in the description.
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#7
Some string manufacturers have scales from "warm" to "bright" for their string tones. Or "bright" to "mellow" in this case. So you can use that as a reference to try and find the right ones for your desired tone!
#8
Quote by Rokeman
Some string manufacturers have scales from "warm" to "bright" for their string tones. Or "bright" to "mellow" in this case. So you can use that as a reference to try and find the right ones for your desired tone!

Yeah, I bought the EXL110. I just never thought strings would be so significant... need to try other kinds now! :O I just bought GHS because it's a pack I was given for free when I bought my PRS and I liked them, haha.
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Line 6 Spider Valve 212
Toneport Studio KB37


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#9
Lots of things can change string tone. String material (nickel, nickel-plated steel, copper, steel, titanium...), coated vs non-coated, string gauge, and generally different manufacturing processes can have different effects on the string's tone.

I remember when I switched from Fenders to Super-Slinkys I got quite a bit more treble. Got used to it, though.
#10
Yeah, I just got a new guitar and had to call the guy to find out what strings they were because I liked the tone and feel of them so much. Turns out they're Not Even Slinky's. I play almost exclusively in standard by the way, to hell with that whole "designed for drop tunings" shit.
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#12
If it was overdue for a string change, then maybe you just don't recall how bright a fresh set of strings sounds, just a thought.
#13
Quote by Harmonicer
If it was overdue for a string change, then maybe you just don't recall how bright a fresh set of strings sounds, just a thought.


This?


I can't tell a difference in string type... They all sound the same unless they're something like flatwounds. I buy my strings from the toys section at Wal-Mart, and I can't tell a difference between them and a bunch of other brands.
#14
to my super sensitive ears (heh that sounds funny) they make a big, BIG difference not plugged in but make minimal difference amped.
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#15
I almost always notice a slight change. I'll bet that most of it is in my head, but its all part of finding that sonic wave that you like the most. maybe its just me, but I never fell in love with D'addarios. I bounced around Ernie Ball and GHS for years, and finally settled on the Ernie ball Super Slinkys.

I'll agree that tonal changes will, and do happen with re-strings. But I'll also agree with EVHbrianmay and say that I rarely notice a HUGE difference in my amp. When I went to Heavy Bottoms for a while I noticed a huge grit and thump that I didnt have with Slinkys, but I lost a ton of feel and flexibility in my low E.

Its a give and take.
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