#1
...significantly different from eachother? Is there a reason to not by the cheapest strings, as opposed to the most expensive? The reason I ask, is that I"ve always bought the d'darrio ones (they are the cheapest) and they've always worked fine for me, so I never tried any other strings. Do strings make a significant difference?
#3
Yes, some do. You won't really know for yourself in what ways until you rip open a fresh set of each type on your guitar.
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D'addarios hold their tone the longest IMO, so that's why I buy them.
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#5
I just tried Ernie Balls for the first time coming from Elixir's.
I can definitely hear a loss of my highs and a general lack of clarity.

So for me yes, but they are also made from different metals so that is a big factor too.
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The cheaper string may break or rust quicker, so more expensive strings may be cheaper in the long run as they will last longer.

As for tone, many things effect that, like the actually material used, the gauge, how they are wound. Things like that. Different brands make strings differently.

On the packet of D'iadario strings it says they are more magnetic, and when I switched to using them instead of Ernie Ball I did notice a difference.


Different strings also can feel different.

When I got my Jackson it came with Fender strings and they felt rough and made me bleed underneath my callouses. I then got another Jackson, which also came with Fender strings, and the same thing happened, so it was not a one off.


Finally, decent strings can be a lot cheaper if you buy them in bulk off of the internet.
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#7
I think tone difference between most strings (unless you have those color coated ones) is very minimal. I'd worry more about the guitar wood and the playing. A bigger factor for me is the durability of the strings. Ernie ball used to break on me all the time. Using GHS boomers for years now, and not a single string break.
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#8
Well, it's very subjective when it comes to tone because of individual taste and material used. Thus, i definitely do NOT enjoy ernie ball slinkys, while i prefer d'addarios.
But i certainly wouldn't term d'addarios as the cheapest.
On the other hand, there are some brands with coated strings that make them longer lasting. Are those the more expensive ones you are referring to?
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I've tried D'Addarios and Ernie Balls, and can barely notice a difference in them, but Ernie Balls I found easier to get a gauge that suits me, so I'm sticking with them.
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It's mostly personal preference in terms of feel and whatnot.

Personally I use D'addario if I can, but sometimes I'll settle for EBs, it's difficult at times to get the gauge I want from d'addario.

I love elixirs, but again they dont have my gauge and are far too expensive.
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there is a difference but it's more in feel than tone IMO
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I use d'Addario even though I don't like them that much because I can get bulks and it's much cheaper (I have over 10 guitars to restring regularly, that's a plus).
I'm a big fan of Elixirs however, and I liked Ernie Ball but I kept breaking them. Once, I had the 6 strings of an EB pack break on me within the first week.
#13
Interesting comment ^^^^. I can't make a pack of D'addario strings last me more than a week or two without breaking at least one, whereas Ernie Ball strings NEVER break on me. That said, the latest batch of EB strings I have used have had issues with the high E unwinding at the ball end, nothing some electrical tape or solder can't fix though.
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I like EB Skinny Top Heavy Bottoms for my D-standard guitar, and Hybrid Slinkys for my E-standard guitar. I tried D'Addario's, and although they felt nice, the gauges available don't suit my playing as well as the EB's. I also find EB's to be a decent balance between price and quality. Haven't tried GHS boomers yet, but they're pretty cheap.
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I never new GHS boomers were so cheap. I'll have to try them out.
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#17
It's hard to say whether the tone is much different, because at least with me, when I change my strings, the old set is thoroughly worn out, and of course the new ones are going to sound different.

I've been using Daddario's (10-52's) forever, and a few months ago, I decided to give Ernie Balls a try (Skinny Top, heavy bottoms). I play in D standard, and the EB's were too loose on the upper strings. Also, they felt a lot slicker than my usual Daddarios. So slick, in fact, that I had to be careful not to slide past my notes on runs that go up and down the neck. I guess I like a little more roughness to my strings - it keeps me locked in on my accuracy, and helps preserve my callouses a little better.

So even though the tone of the strings might not be much different, the way the strings play might affect your tone, I don't know...

I'm back to my Daddarios now (12-54's this time), and they sound killer.
#18
Different people have different skin chemistries, and that makes a big difference as well. For example, a pack of EB slinkys last me at most two weeks of regular/heavy play, but D'addario's can last me as much as a month. The EB's just seem to rust on me a lot faster.

I personally feel like there is a difference in brightness as well. EB's seem really bright to my ear, whereas GHS Boomers seem dark and lifeless. D'addario's are a good middle ground for me. I think in the end, it's very subjective.
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i choose strings based on durability over tone because the difference they make is minimal. i've been using not even slinkys for a while now. i've never had one break since i started using them but thats probably just because of how big they are lol
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In my experience strings made of the same materials sound the same regardless of brand. Pure Nickle D'addarios sound exactly like Gibson Vintage Wires, Pro-Steels sound like Slinkys an so on. What changes with the metals is the tone though. Pure Nickles sound different than Pro-Steels. by A LOT. They also feel different as certain metals are more rigid than others and even if the gauges are the same some bend 'nicer' than others. What someone said before about skin chemistry also is a factor to take into consideration.
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I think tone difference between most strings (unless you have those color coated ones) is very minimal. I'd worry more about the guitar wood and the playing. A bigger factor for me is the durability of the strings. Ernie ball used to break on me all the time. Using GHS boomers for years now, and not a single string break.


thats interesting. i've broke every set of boomers i've had in 2 days. usually a string or two would go after a few hours. ernies last me up to a month
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#23
i can barely feel a difference between EBs and Elixers when using the same gaige on the same guitar, and i just prefer EBs becasue ive just been using them forever, recently tried daddarios again too, still hate them. but then again thats my opinion
#24
I've actually noticed a difference in tension between difference guitar string brands or the same gauge string set (a real difference, I even had to adjust the truss rod to compensate).

Other than that though, I just use Daddarios because they work for, and I have never broken a string from them yet.
#25
i play a lot of guitars simutaneously, so i need something decently priced and something that lasts.

i buy d'addario (nickel blues 11's because)

1. they are $35 a box (obviously that brings them down to $3.50 a set) compared to most other brands you pay $5-7 for one pack.

2. they are too bright at first for me (i know that its kind of weird) but after about a week or two they are just where i like them, and i do keep them in for 3-6+ months.

3. they have always been very consistant over the years for me, and consistancy is impoortant to me, meaning i rarely run into a bad set.

4. also for the fact that NO other string manufactures pack 11's or thicker in 10/25/whatever packs.


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I never new GHS boomers were so cheap. I'll have to try them out.


Please do. I haven't broken a single GHS string yet. I do play at least .11s though
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I use 11's as well.
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This thread just shows you how much its down to personal preference.

i use ghs boomers, daddarios kept breaking, i dislike the feel and tone of ernies, i always thought the GHS's are the brightest sounding strings ive ever tried.

Also, i havent broke a GHS string in years either. I use 10-52s, 9s and 10s all ghs, all perfect.

Ive been through miles worth of daddarios that kept breaking at the ball ends...
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This thread just shows you how much its down to personal preference.

i use ghs boomers, daddarios kept breaking, i dislike the feel and tone of ernies, i always thought the GHS's are the brightest sounding strings ive ever tried.

Also, i havent broke a GHS string in years either. I use 10-52s, 9s and 10s all ghs, all perfect.

Ive been through miles worth of daddarios that kept breaking at the ball ends...

Hmm.. That's strange because I've heard a lot of people say that ghs boomers are dull sounding and break easily.
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I'll have to try them out.
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#32
I've never really liked EB strings. I felt like they lost their tone in less than 3 weeks. I swear by Dean Markley Blue Steels. Been playing those for about 5 years. I've also only broke like 3 strings EVER in the 8 years I've been playing, which baffles me. I play REALLY hard and use a super stiff pick haha.

I also change my strings every month.

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