#1
Ok i've had my electric for a while but the strings on it have always annoyed me so i was thinkign of getting new strings becuase the ones i have now cut my fingers if i play for a while and are starting to go kinda rusty so i was wondering what do you guys reckon are the best stings for an electric guitar and a price? I can save up so money isn't too much of a concern. Thanks for any help its much appreciated
#2
What gauge are they? I recommend GHS .10 Nickel Rockers. They are what I use and are great.
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#4
You should probably consider cahnging string about twice a month depending on how much you play.

Elixir's cost a bit more, but they tend to stay bright for a long time.
D'addario is what i buy when i dont have enough for elixirs.
#6
As has been said by someone else you should change your strings regularly. How regularly depends on how much you play and what kind of enviroment you play in, for example a hot somkey enviroment will corrode strings quickly. I change stings every two weeks on my guitars, but i have a pretty heavy technique and i batter strings to bits quickly.

The guage you should use depends on what you like, but if you switch guages then you may need to set your guitar up differents (truss rod, intonation, bridge). Personally i use D'addario 9's on my Ibanez and D'addario 10's on my Les Paul, but you can use any guage your comfertable with. Its sort of a personal choice.
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but yeah, maybe some 9's if your just starting out. . . and don't worry; strings don't cost too much . . .
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lol yeah another bozo who thinks that only beginners and girls use 9's and real men use 16's. I used to use heaver guages and top heavy sets on some of my guitars but then switched back to 9's and 10's, because that was my own preferance.

As i say string guage is a personal choice, its what suits you as an idividual that counts but i would recomend experimenting to find out whats right for you. Not what a chump on the internet tell ya.
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lol yeah another bozo who thinks that only beginners and girls use 9's and real men use 16's. I used to use heaver guages and top heavy sets on some of my guitars but then switched back to 9's and 10's, because that was my own preferance.

As i say string guage is a personal choice, its what suits you as an idividual that counts but i would recomend experimenting to find out whats right for you. Not what a chump on the internet tell ya.



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When I was starting out I found it much easier and less painful to bend and play for a long time on 9's, so sue me. . .

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#10
ya the D'addarios are the way to go. If youve never changed string before (likely cause you havent played for very long) go with the .009s. They are the best for begginers. And you dont have to change strings twice a month. Thats crazy talk. Every two or three months is good for a begginer.
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#11
Go with DR strings. they are by far the best. i usggest either 9s or 10s, and no you dont have to change your strings twice a month. just change them when they start to sound bad or feel bad.
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Ernie ball hybrid's, some people seem to think they break easy, but i play a good few hours a day and change em every 2-3 weeks.
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First of all, you DO NOT need to change your strings every two weeks. That's idiotic and a waste of money. Every 6-8 weeks is normal, but a good set of strings can last 3 months as long as you maintain them (wipe them down after playing, don't use a hacksaw for a pick).

I suggest D'addario's. They're what I use and they usually last me 2-3 months before they get dull. I play for hours EVERY DAY and they last. Try out a pack of 9's or 10's and see if you like them.
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sorry to sound "idiotic", think that's a lil over the top. I play 2-3 hours a day and often more if i have band practice, i gig alot too, i find i need to change em around every 3 weeks usualy, sorry!
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i used to play on strings that had the high E, the B and G string a metal feel to them. Now I got D'Addario .10's and the same 3 high strings feel plasticy. What kind of string should I get to have that metallish feel in the high strings? I do not know what I had before so im wondering
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ERNIE BALL SUPER SLINKIES, wow, am i the only one?????
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#17
I usually stick to slinkies too. Affordable solid strings...

But rko im guessing ur still a beginner...its ok i am too...and if your not well im just assuming...

I would not go with 9 gauges. Stick with 10's. They will last longer, and they are tougher to bend, which is great for building up finger strength. Or i guess u could heavier if u wanted...but my personal recommendation is to stay away from 9's. They are cool and they play really light and smooth...but building finger strength should be more important.
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dude, i gotta hook you up with the holy grail of string life: STRING CLEANERS. ghs fastfret is awsome stuff, it takes the rust off the strings, smooths them out, brightens them, keeps them clean. use it every time you play if you want. best $5 you'll ever spend, you'll easily double string life. (do change the ones you have now though).
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^^ I agree with that guy. It's magical stuff.

I use Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinkies, the stainless steel ones because they last longer and in my experience don't break as easily as the nickel ones. I've never had one break on me yet.

Don't get scammed by the cloths they sell to preserve string life...it doesn't do much at all. Just use any old piece of cloth as long as it doesn't have chemicals on it.
#20
Ernie Ball Slinkies are a good brand. They are about $6 to $7 a pack. Find what you feel comfortable with. If you use what you like then you will have a better time playing the guitar.
#21
yeah ive used quite a few different brands of stings at different guages

Gibson Bright wires - 9's
Famus pure nickel - 9's
D'addario's - 9's and 10's
some random stings called Lion - 9's and 10's

atm though im using ernie ball super slinkies - 11's. out of all of them i prefer the ernie ball strings after about 3 weeks of playing about 4-6 hours a day the high e string just went yesterday so ive found them to be quite reliable. also with the 11's having the extra metal under my fingers has helped.
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#22
I have found the best quality and consistency with Ernie Ballz. I prefer the 09-42 super slinkys. GHS are made 20 minutes from here and I found them to be an inferior product. Stick with the Daddiro or Ernies, they have been overall reliable last 15 years.
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Fast fret is also great for your fretboard when it's dry. . .
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First of all, you DO NOT need to change your strings every two weeks. That's idiotic and a waste of money. Every 6-8 weeks is normal, but a good set of strings can last 3 months as long as you maintain them (wipe them down after playing, don't use a hacksaw for a pick).

I suggest D'addario's. They're what I use and they usually last me 2-3 months before they get dull. I play for hours EVERY DAY and they last. Try out a pack of 9's or 10's and see if you like them.


For me its not excessive to change the strings every two weeks. As i said before i have a very heavy technique and i rip the strings to bits, combine that with playing in a smokey enviroment which corrodes strings quickly then they have to be changed every two weeks or i get a lot of flat spots on the strings that dull the tone.