#1
Ok, I'm playing Eruption at my school's talent show next Friday, and I want to replace my strings this weekend so I sound as good as possible. Right now I have .10's, and I've been meaning to try .11's for awhile, but I don't know if it's a good idea to switch to a higher guage this close to a biggish performance on a song that's already somewhat technically challenging for me. How long does it take to get your fingers to a point where you can play as well as you could with a lower guage? I'm planning on playing around three hours a day in the coming week. Oh, and I have replaced my strings since I got my Mustang . Any advice on type?
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#2
the playing it's not a problem, in a week you can get used to it, the problem is the guitar setup. you need to adjust trus rod and intonation
#3
Do not, I repeat, DO NOT change your string gauge if you're not ready for it...especially when you have a show coming up. Just use your 10's cause if you buy 11's and you're not used to it--you're just going to look stupid trying to get a grip on your new strings.
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#4
I wouldn't switch to the .11's, just because you might not adjust as quickly as others would, so it might end up being a disaster for you. Also, don't try it and switch back if it doesn't work, because then you won't be used to .10's.
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#5
No one in the audience is going to be like "Wow! Those 11's sound really good compared to 10's!" so I'd just stick with what you're used to until after the talent show.
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#6
Ok, thats what I was thinking, thanks guys. Now any advice on brand/type? As much as I hate to say it I'm a total string noob...
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Do not, I repeat, DO NOT change your string gauge if you're not ready for it...especially when you have a show coming up. Just use your 10's cause if you buy 11's and you're not used to it--you're just going to look stupid trying to get a grip on your new strings.


+1 i wouldnt take any chances.


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#8
It's really your own preference on strings man.

Personally, I love the tone and feel of ernie ball strings, but they rust WAAAY too fast. It's not even funny. But I do like to use D'darrios, they last quite long and they are pretty nice. You could try to use GHS strings if you wish...I hear they're quite decent.
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#9
I'm a D'addarrio fan all the way.
They say the D'addarrio .11's are noticeably better than their .10's [idk why] so hopefully you get to .11's some day. Though there is a difference, like the poster said above, nobody is going to sit in the audience and assume your .10 string gauge is to small, if anything it will be the current brand of strings your using. You should definitely make sure you have relatively new string on before your performance, but don't do it like the day before because they need to settle.

Though you may not be able to play as good in this time, I took me about two weeks to stop noticing I had .12's instead of .11's.

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#10
Ernie Balls sound and feel great when they're new but yeah they do die pretty quickly. I only use them though for some reason. I don't mind regular string changes.

Yeah i suggest puttingon a new set of strings befre you perform/whatever to get thesound as good as possible. I wouldn't say 2 weeks before though.. 1 at the most. As long as you stretch them in properly they'll stay in tune and sound a lot better than older strings. I'd go change like 2 days before.
#11
Yeah, you'll need to break em' in and get used to the strings. BE SURE TO STRETCH THEM, you don't want to go out of tune while playing...just watch a couple of live performances of dragon force, you'll know what I mean.
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Ernie Balls sound and feel great when they're new but yeah they do die pretty quickly. I only use them though for some reason. I don't mind regular string changes.

Yeah i suggest puttingon a new set of strings befre you perform/whatever to get thesound as good as possible. I wouldn't say 2 weeks before though.. 1 at the most. As long as you stretch them in properly they'll stay in tune and sound a lot better than older strings. I'd go change like 2 days before.

Yea proper stretch in, and 2 weeks is a bit long, just dont be usin 2 month old strings.

Here is a UGer's review for D'addarrio
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Brand: D'addario
Type: XL Nickelplated steel, .011 - .049
Cost: 6-7 bucks, tops.
Description: Well, I've used other gauges of D'addario, and these certainly take the cake. I use them on whole step down tuning (what else?) and they're amazing for chord work, acoustic playing, and even fast soloing. I mainly stick to pull ons and hammer offs, and it works great all around. Compared to the old fender bullets, and even d'addario 10's, these just sound great. And you can't beat the price of these strings. It almost has an "alive" sort of feel. Meaning that the sound isn't flat at all... it almost shimmers. Say, I play a low powerchord on the typical distortion settings, these things really pull out some great crunch. Wonderful fast action, and I don't seem to have a lot of hiss when I run my fingers along them. The high strings have great high end clarity, while the bottom strings are booming with power. Great for any type of rock to jazz. You can also get this gauge with a wound third string. Make sure you read the package carefully, as I once accidentally bought the wrong set and had to go back to the music store to exchange it.

I also use D'addario because of the environmentally friendly packaging. And the players points. One more string package till I get my Vandoren coffee mug.


[Not sayin the E-Balls are a bad choice, but for the money I go D'addario
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#13
I like EB alot more than Daddario.

For instance, I always used to snap my daddario strings. Every week I'd lose at least one. Switched to the same gauge of EB, never had a problem.

Also, I don't have a problem with my strings deteriorating or rusting or anything because I simply keep my fretboard and hands clean. The less you put on them, the better off they will be.

If your strings are literally RUSTING you have more pressing concerns than rusty strings, mainly that you need to find a way to keep the room which you place your guitars dry. because all that moisture will pretty much rape your instrument.

To me daddarios don't have the pop or punch that EB do, they seem rather dull in comparison whenever I try them out (I still use them occasionally)