Poll: What type of Ernie Ball strings do you use?
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View poll results: What type of Ernie Ball strings do you use?
Regular Sliknky
18 28%
Super Slinky
15 23%
Power Slinky
9 14%
Beefy Slinky
2 3%
Hybrid Slinky
3 5%
Skinny Top heavy bottom
10 16%
Not even slinky
5 8%
Rps 9
0 0%
Other
2 3%
Voters: 64.
#1
What type Of Ernie Ball strings do you use and why do you like them?
Guitars: Fender FSR Standard Strat, Squire Affinity Strat, Epiphone Nighthawk
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#3
Quote by al112987
which ever ones are 10 to 46.

10-46 are Regular Slinky.
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#4
I use the 8's, used to use the 9's and or 10's, eh,
I find the 8's soft and give you a great sound when you bend... helps with the Jimmy Page style solo's
#5
Before I switched to exclusively D'addario, I used not even slinky sets. I really didn't like em that much, it was just all the Daddy's Junky carried. I started buying everything online from musiciansfriend for half the price..

That said, their single gauge packs I still buy from time to time either to get a wound .18 g string or a heavy .62 or something.
#6
I have a box next to my feet with 12 packs of regular slinkys and 4 packs of slinky top heavy bottoms. I usually use the heavy bottoms, but what I really like is using the regulars with a .60 on the low E. I tried it out when I saw that Bellamy does it and my band were recording some Muse covers for kicks. Really liked it (tonally, not so much for feel, but you get used to it), but you cant usually get .60 singles that easily.
#7
What do you guys suggest for rock?
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#9
Power Slinky 11-48

I like the thicker high E, but not so thick Low E....
#10
Quote by kutless999
What do you guys suggest for rock?
Um which ever ones are comfortable to play for you? Strings are probably the most subjective and one of the least important aspects of guitar.
#11
10-46 for country on the tele because it allows me to do awkward double stop bends.
Not even slinky for jazz,rock and blues on the ES-335 and Fender ASS because of the .024 plain G. Thickest plain string they make last time I checked.
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#12
What is good about skinny top heavy bottom?

I'm planning on picking up some power slinkys today and I'll see how those are.
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Last edited by kutless999 at Jun 6, 2011,
#13
Quote by ChucklesMginty
That's subjective in itself, they're one of the most important aspects for me.


Well, I pick really hard and having the extra tension keeps them in tune and they also don't get too bright/harsh. But to have that tension on a regular balanced set you'd have to buy 12's.. So basically you can really dig in for riffs and stuff, but still play solos with a lot of bending easily.

They're also great if you want to play in Drop D and keep a normal tension.

Yea I play in drop d a lot. Will power slinkys work well for drop d?
Guitars: Fender FSR Standard Strat, Squire Affinity Strat, Epiphone Nighthawk
Amps: Vox AC15C1, Roland Cube 15x, Peavey KB-1
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#14
Quote by ChucklesMginty
I would switch to regular slinkies first. The tension of 11s will really hurt your fingers if you're used to 9's. Trust me.

I went from 9s to 11s when I was just starting and nearly gave myself a tendon injury because I was trying to do all these crazy Jimmy Page bends.

You'd also need to set up your guitar, but just going to 10s it won't really matter.

Oh, I thought regular slinkys were thinner than super slinkys. Anyways, Im still going with the power slinkys.
Guitars: Fender FSR Standard Strat, Squire Affinity Strat, Epiphone Nighthawk
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#15
Has anyone else made the jump from super slinkys to power slinkys?
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#17
I just put my power slinkys on a couple hours ago and I like the tone from them. Next time I'll try Regular slinkys.
Guitars: Fender FSR Standard Strat, Squire Affinity Strat, Epiphone Nighthawk
Amps: Vox AC15C1, Roland Cube 15x, Peavey KB-1
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Last edited by kutless999 at Jun 7, 2011,
#18
I've got a set of the slinky acoustics on my acoustic.

11-52 I think.

Not bad.

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#19
I love my power slinkys for general use. Heavy enough to chug, yet light enough to bend.

However, for guitars I keep in drop C or lower, i like Not Even Slinkeys.
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#20
umm wow.

for D standard i use their set of 11s (not power slinkies)

for E standard i either use the 10-46 set or the 10-56 set depending on the scale length of the guitar
#21
The dark orange ones. They're like a heavy bottom/normal top set or something. (10-52 or 56?) Been thinking about different brands though, but the set I have on right now has lasted about 5 months now and seem to be going good, so I'm not going to change yet.
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#23
i use regular slinkys right now but im going to switch to power slinkys i think
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#26
Regular Slinky for my LP in standard, and Power Slinky for my Tele half a step down. That is, when I'm not using D'addarios. Marfle boots.
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#29
After I put my strings on, I noticed that my bridge was floating. Can anyone help?
http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSgvhGp2lac4tjD4ZNV4ejfG4pW6qSKBSapMCNsvYsNc76DtJSpVg

That is not my guitar, just a pic I got on the Internet. That is what my bridge looks like.

Now my high E string just broke so I am not going to touch the bridge. The bridge is not as bad as it was, so I'll just leave it alone.
Guitars: Fender FSR Standard Strat, Squire Affinity Strat, Epiphone Nighthawk
Amps: Vox AC15C1, Roland Cube 15x, Peavey KB-1
Pedals: Digitech RP355, HD500, Joyo AC-Tone, EHX Soul Food
Last edited by kutless999 at Jun 7, 2011,
#30
I loooove the skinny top heavy bottoms. Decided to try them out for kicks, and fell in love with them.
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#31
I like Beefy Slinkys. I use them for everything from standard to 1 1/2 steps down.
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#32
Quote by kutless999
After I put my strings on, I noticed that my bridge was floating. Can anyone help?
http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSgvhGp2lac4tjD4ZNV4ejfG4pW6qSKBSapMCNsvYsNc76DtJSpVg

That is not my guitar, just a pic I got on the Internet. That is what my bridge looks like.

Now my high E string just broke so I am not going to touch the bridge. The bridge is not as bad as it was, so I'll just leave it alone.


You've changed your gauge of strings, right? If you have the same bridge as the one in the photo you will need to setup the guitar to accommodate. Take it down to your local guitar shop and they should be be able to sort it out for you.
#33
Quote by kutless999
After I put my strings on, I noticed that my bridge was floating. Can anyone help?
http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSgvhGp2lac4tjD4ZNV4ejfG4pW6qSKBSapMCNsvYsNc76DtJSpVg

That is not my guitar, just a pic I got on the Internet. That is what my bridge looks like.

Now my high E string just broke so I am not going to touch the bridge. The bridge is not as bad as it was, so I'll just leave it alone.


If it's floating like that and you don't want it to, all you have to do is increase the tension of the springs in the back cavity of your guitar. Either add another spring or tighten the screws that hold the tremolo claw that holds the springs. Loosen your strings before you increase the spring tension, just in case.

And for god's sake, don't take it to a shop. Learn how to work on your own instrument.
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#34
Quote by JonnyMonster91
If it's floating like that and you don't want it to, all you have to do is increase the tension of the springs in the back cavity of your guitar. Either add another spring or tighten the screws that hold the tremolo claw that holds the springs. Loosen your strings before you increase the spring tension, just in case.

And for god's sake, don't take it to a shop. Learn how to work on your own instrument.

Yea, but thats how I broke one of my strings by tightening the springs. I know someone who can fix it. Thanks for the help.
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#35
10-52- Skinny top heavy bottoms for chunky riffs and easy bends.
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