#1
And obviously from when I first did I have more knowledge of them now. So I like my strings, I think they were like Ernie Ball Slinkys and 10 gauge or something.

I've decided since I am beginning to drop tune, I MAY want to change to 11's, but I'm not sure yet.

Now with that out of the way, I play a lot of Metal, Thrashy tones, Prog Metal, Traditional Metal, Doom Metal, whatever. I like strings that are easy to play, but I want a balance, like a crunchy Metal kind of tone. So I can take a little bit of harshness, but I don't want them too harsh on the hands.

If I missed any details let me know.

So what would you recommend?
#2
Get some elixirs. Best strings ever!*

If you're going to drop tune look into getting light-top heavy-bottom string sets (like 10 - 52 instead of 10 - 48 for example) so that the lower strings will be a bit tighter for riffing while the top ones are looser for bending and soloing and stuff. Of course it's all a matter of preference but that's what I would recommend.


*DISCLAIMER: Obviously just my opinion, please no one get too upset over this.
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#4
I use 12's in D. 13's may require some more changes to the setup of my guitar, but I can definitely recommend anyone to try thicker strings.
I don't like Elixir strings at all. Feels like playing with a condom over your strings, and the effect is the same as a condom imo. You trade protection for the feeling you get from playing.
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#5
Quote by McGryphon
I use 12's in D. 13's may require some more changes to the setup of my guitar, but I can definitely recommend anyone to try thicker strings.
I don't like Elixir strings at all. Feels like playing with a condom over your strings, and the effect is the same as a condom imo. You trade protection for the feeling you get from playing.



#6
The thing I (again I stress, me personally) find about elixirs as opposed to other strings I've played is that other strings feel great for the first few days (or even day if you play a LOT) and then after that they start to feel lifeless - which is fine if you're a famous guitarist who has a tech that re-strings your guitars for you everyday, but I gather most of us are not. xD Where as elixirs tend to be fairly bad for the first few days and then once you've worn them in they sound/play fantastic for months.

To be fair, I was about to argue that the guitar I'm holding at the moment plays great with elixirs, and then I remembered that it doesn't have them on it at all.
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#7
Try dean markley misfits thay are nice
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#8
Thanks guys. I'm not sure how I feel about Elixers, it feels like paying too much for a type of string. I'll look into them though.

I forgot to mention I actually think I was using D'Adarrio Heavy top medium bottom strings I think on another guitar. I like those too, but they get a little bit more of a brighter tone, which is kinda why I have them in a Squier Stratocaster that I don't use often.

so you guys got me set on looking into some thicker strings, I don't drop tune THAT much, but I'll do some Nevermore riffage (when I get a 7 string ) and I also do some Doom/Sludge Metal ala Black Sabbath, The Melvins, Sleep, High on Fire, etc. So I'm thinking either 11's or 12's
#9
Quote by McGryphon
I use 12's in D. 13's may require some more changes to the setup of my guitar, but I can definitely recommend anyone to try thicker strings.
I don't like Elixir strings at all. Feels like playing with a condom over your strings, and the effect is the same as a condom imo. You trade protection for the feeling you get from playing.
That's what I was worried about (in a less metaphorical sense). I'm afraid they will sound more sterile.
#10
Elixirs are more expensive, but they last more than twice as long as regular strings.
#11
Quote by Ironic Maiden
That's what I was worried about (in a less metaphorical sense). I'm afraid they will sound more sterile.


That's kind of what I was getting at when I was saying you have to wear them in. Once you play for a while they start to feel more natural and they sound fantastic. And as the guy above me said they last WAY longer. Some of my elixir-strung guitars I haven't changed in about a year and they still play the same. As opposed to other strings I've tried which felt dull after a couple of weeks.
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#13
I use DR Tite-fit 10-52s. They work quite well until you start going into the B standard range. They're great for drop D, D standard, etc. while still feeling great in E standard.
#15
I vote for light top heavy bottom strings, 10-52. D'Addario and Ernie Ball both make good sets.
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#16
Quote by Arkinazz
I vote for light top heavy bottom strings, 10-52. D'Addario and Ernie Ball both make good sets.
Does anyone know if Dimebag's signature strings have Heavy bottom light/medium top?
#17
Elixers on acoustics are good, but I hate them on electrics. No tone, bad sustain, weak harmonics and expensive as hell.


edit to belows post... Anyone who would leave strings on their guitar for a year is not worth listening to their advice about strings really.
Last edited by Tempoe at Mar 30, 2011,
#18
Quote by Ironic Maiden
And obviously from when I first did I have more knowledge of them now. So I like my strings, I think they were like Ernie Ball Slinkys and 10 gauge or something.

I've decided since I am beginning to drop tune, I MAY want to change to 11's, but I'm not sure yet.

Now with that out of the way, I play a lot of Metal, Thrashy tones, Prog Metal, Traditional Metal, Doom Metal, whatever. I like strings that are easy to play, but I want a balance, like a crunchy Metal kind of tone. So I can take a little bit of harshness, but I don't want them too harsh on the hands.

If I missed any details let me know.

So what would you recommend?


Currently my newest guitar is tuned in B standard and does pretty well with Ernie Ball 10-52 though I'd say it could possibly benefit from higher gauge strings I can't be bothered with the setup and these feel comfortable.


Quote by Tempoe
Elixers on acoustics are good, but I hate them on electrics. No tone, bad sustain, weak harmonics and expensive as hell.


Speaking of I just picked up a new set of Elixir 12-53s yesterday for my Maton, which is what it was originally strung with. They are amazing! the first set lasted a very long time (nearly a year) and were still fairly comfortable to play but I could hear the tone dying. I couldn't recommend anything over them!
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Last edited by nitestick at Mar 25, 2011,
#19
Right now my Ibanez is rocking some Ernie Ball Beefy Slinkys. And they're great. I love them, they feel great, and they've been on my guitar for a few months now, feeling the same as they did the day I put them on.

That said, I also love Dean Marley Blue Steel LTHB's. I put them on my Viper and loved their feel, but they interfered with the EMGs. But if you don't have actives, I'd HIGHLY recommend them.
#20
Quote by trueamerican
Right now my Ibanez is rocking some Ernie Ball Beefy Slinkys. And they're great. I love them, they feel great, and they've been on my guitar for a few months now, feeling the same as they did the day I put them on.

That said, I also love Dean Marley Blue Steel LTHB's. I put them on my Viper and loved their feel, but they interfered with the EMGs. But if you don't have actives, I'd HIGHLY recommend them.


I used to be a devout user of Dean Markley Blue Steels on my LP Junior and warlock, I'm giving some 9-46 Slinkys a shot on the LP Jr though to see if I want to change over, I have a lot of trouble finding 9-46 Blue Steels .
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#22
I know I could get them online but I like the convenience of "I need new strings, I'll drop in at X store". I guess the solution is buy a few packs online at a time...which is amazing I couldn't think of that lol.
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#23
Quote by nitestick
I know I could get them online but I like the convenience of "I need new strings, I'll drop in at X store". I guess the solution is buy a few packs online at a time...which is amazing I couldn't think of that lol.


And they're cheaper online usually

I buy 4-5 packs at a time if I know I like them, and 2 if I don't know yet.
#24
So I think I've narrowed it down to either

Ernie Ball Beefy Slinkys*, Ernie Ball Skinny top heavy Bottoms, or DR's Dimebag signature strings.

*I can also get the titanium reinforce/coated ones too, so which would you guys recommend?
#25
I havent tried the coated ones, the normal slinkys seem to last a while though.
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#26
Don't even start with the drop tunings, not worth it. At first you'll be like "oh my god d sounds sick but i want to try c"...and you will need new heavier strings and then you will want to be more brootal and go to b and then a and then yeah...you go gay like me with drop z haha