#1
my epiphone les paul plus top from 5 years ago, had some excellent strings that came stock. They were super easy to fret and to bend. They simply felt compared to any other string i have tried . More "elastic" and less stiff. You could even hit strings that were not fully fretted and you would get this cool muted tone clearly chiming. I have never determined what they were, i only knew that they came stock (epiphone strings, perhaps brite wires or gibson les paul strings ?).

Over the years i have tried D'addario , and Ernie ball slinky in 9. and 10. They are nothing like those strings i once had.

So i am due for some new strings and want to try something different. I am not on a quest for a tone. More on playability. Looking for strings that you can really shred on, that feel bouncy and flexible.

I don't think super low guage is the answer either. I once played 8 d'addario ultra lights and they felt no more playable than the 10's.

If anyone knows of some that Really stand out from others let me know.
#2
Maybe the strings that were on there were just old?
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#4
Most gibbys come stock with 9's or 10's, your strings were probably just really broken in, considering that you said you left them on for five years? O.O!! Strings should be changed every 6 months at least...

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Quote by changeling93305
You could even hit strings that were not fully fretted and you would get this cool muted tone clearly chiming.


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#5
^Yeah Super Slinky's probably it, maybe not Ernie Balls' but the gauge is probably the same.
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#6
you know it's a real mystery to me. Usually stock strings are crap. And the reason i have'nt tried every brand out there. Is generally Ernie and D'addario have the best value. I mean why pay 15$ for niche brand of strings. At this point though i would like to know more about the playability difference from brand to brand.
#7
no i did not have them on for 5 years, i had them on for 1 year. I just have never seen their like since.

I am wondering if maybe they were gibson brand Les Paul strings. i read somewhere that those are unusual strings because they are mismatched sizes, rather than a scale of conforming gauges.
#8
Quote by changeling93305
you know it's a real mystery to me. Usually stock strings are crap. And the reason i have'nt tried every brand out there. Is generally Ernie and D'addario have the best value. I mean why pay 15$ for niche brand of strings. At this point though i would like to know more about the playability difference from brand to brand.


when I was playing for a living, I used Blue Steele's, they were expensive ($9.00 a set in the 90's) but they lasted 2 weeks if I kept them clean...(thats playing the guitar 8 hours a day, at least 5 days a week) Now, I play on "Some" Weekends, but still practice often, so it's Ernie Balls, at $5.00 a pack, or less if I buy them in bulk.. I like the feel of the Hybrid Slinkies...
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#9
I use the David Gilmour 10.5s by GHS and I quite like them.
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#10
try using elastic bands
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try using elastic bands

Do they sound good?
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#14
Quote by darkwolf291
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No string is easier to fret or bend. They are also PERFECT for metal.


those could get a little slimy though.. ewwwwwe
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#17
Quote by flyfshr
Sounds like they may have been pure nickel.


Was just going to suggest this. D'Adario Pure Nickels and Gibson Vintage Wound and pretty much any string made of just nickel is probably what you're looking for. I use them all the time and they are significantly less rigid than even nickel plated strings much less all steel and IMO their warmer sound is much better. Anyways at $5-6 a pack, couldn't hurt to try some.
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#18
All Nickel, that very well could be it. All my strings since i beleive are nickel coated steel. I'll look into it.
#19
I use DR pure blues 10 - 46 on my semi hollow, very easy to bend and really warm tone
#20
thanks flyfisher, i researched pure nickel strings and those came up frequently. Do you all feel a a significant different between the pure nickels round core and the nickel plated steel hexagonal cores?
#21
Definitely, easier on your fingers and frets too they also have less tension than plated strings of the same gauge. Also don't need to be stretched in when you put them on. I originally got them to tame the hot bridge pickup on my as93 ibanez and get a mor jazzy tone out of the neck pickup for blues.