#1
I love these strings, but I've heard that they suck, however, nobody has told me why?
Do any of you know anything bad about EB strings?

I've had similar situations with Kurt Mangan Strings, too...
#2
I loooooooove EB everything.
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#3
maybe the people who tell you they suck don't know anything, or they're just cynical about everything. Since my local shop sells nothing but ernie ball, i can't exactly compare, but they sound just fine to my ears.
#4
i think they have a certain feel, idk, i cant describe it, it just irritates my fingers
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#5
theyre pretty good. i think people just flame anything wellknown and mainstream just to be different. I used to use them, and never had any problem with them, but the shop i use doesnt carry the hyrbids to i buy curt mangans, which seem to keep that "new string ring" for a lil longer than EBs...theyre also cheaper, and a little more corrosion resistant IMO. according to the shop owner curt mangan acually designed for EB but left and started a solo company.
#6
I've heard that they break easily and lose their "new" sound quickly (I've read this on reviews on musiciansfriend). I've never tried Ernie Ball strings, I mainly use d'addario
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#7
I you like them, then who cares? I don't like them because they feel funny, and lose their new sound quickly.
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#8
I love Ernie Ball Strings, they're great.
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#9
i like my EB 10 gauges a lot. i bought 10 packs at the GC labor day sale @ $1.50 each. im down to like... 6 packs now..
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#10
Everybody has different chemistry in their body oils, so some people's hands don't react well with the alloy used in EB srings.

I personally get better mileage out of D'addario strings, but not everyone will have the same experience.
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#11
Maybe because Ernie Ball strings are expensive in many places.

I use D'Addario and haven't played Ernie Balls yet...not really motivated to, either.
#12
They don't have a good "snap" on them. Even when they're new, they just feel too floppy to me. And yeah, they feel weird and lose their tone quickly. The lack of tone that they started with, that is.

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#13
If I were to switch to D-Addario 11's, which are nickel-plated steel, would there be a huge difference in playability?

I know they'd definitely be brighter, but I'm okay with that
#14
I use them on my LP, I think they're pretty good.
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#15
I like em they last longer than the fenders I was buying. One guy called em "floppy" I think thats why they call em slinkys. They do seem to bend easier than other brands. They are the same price as other strings at the store near me. I know some say they dont last long Im not sure how long that is. I rarely keep a set of strings on a guitar for 2 weeks. Im gonna go with daddarios as I can get em in packs of 10 and 25 for pretty cheap.
#16
i find they lose their 'new string ring' pretty quick but thats precisely why i buy them. i record a lot of metal and need some mellow sounding strings that dont' have that piercing shriek to them when i slam on the overdrive.

edit: some ppl will say they suck, but thats strictly their own personal preference. i find that most of the strings are pretty much the same. unless you're buying different types of strings such as nickel plated steel, stainless steel, pure nickel, half rounds etc... then there's some large differences, but differences between brands are few. (exception for elixirs and their funny coatings)
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#17
They lose their newness in about an hour, feel really odd and rust after a few days. I prefer GHS, I've had a set on my Strat for 2 weeks now and they're about half as rusted as EBs would be, and they still sound quite new and bright. GHS are really my favourites, dead cheap too!
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#18
Quote by Kutanmoogle
Everybody has different chemistry in their body oils, so some people's hands don't react well with the alloy used in EB srings.

I personally get better mileage out of D'addario strings, but not everyone will have the same experience.


+1, I find Ernie Ball Strings just become uncomfortable a lot quicker and break more often. Never had any problems with D'addario
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#19
^^ +1

EB's are superb for the first day or two, but then they get all rusty. I had a pack of Curt Mangans on my strat, tone was nice and they felt great. So, a busy week at work and I didn't play 'till next weekend. All the strings were covered in rust from the bridge all the way to the tuners. I don't know what the hell happened. I prefer GHS, because they last long and they're the cheapest.
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#20
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They lose their newness in about an hour, feel really odd and rust after a few days. I prefer GHS, I've had a set on my Strat for 2 weeks now and they're about half as rusted as EBs would be, and they still sound quite new and bright. GHS are really my favourites, dead cheap too!


I dont know what planet your on but mine have been on my Strat for around 2 months and their isnt a hint of rust yet, the main reason is probably that i wipe my strings down after every time i have played
#21
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I dont know what planet your on but mine have been on my Strat for around 2 months and their isnt a hint of rust yet, the main reason is probably that i wipe my strings down after every time i have played

If you say so. I know for sure that EBs go rusty on every guitar I've ever had them on in about an hour or two for me. Then they lose tone and start collecting dirt like mad. GHS last over 12 hours before they do that with me.
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#22
Quote by MrCarrot
If you say so. I know for sure that EBs go rusty on every guitar I've ever had them on in about an hour or two for me. Then they lose tone and start collecting dirt like mad. GHS last over 12 hours before they do that with me.

Never happened to me maybe you just have lots of moisture on your hands..
#23
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Never happened to me maybe you just have lots of moisture on your hands..
My hands are actually very unsweaty. And like I said, GHS last considerably longer under the same conditions. I mean, I put new GHS on my Strat two weeks ago. Had a two hour performance, and an hour practice each day. They still sound relatively new, are pretty slick and staying in tune. D'addarios and Ernies under the same conditions, for me, just don't work well and wear out quick, losing tone and feel.
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#24
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My hands are actually very unsweaty. And like I said, GHS last considerably longer under the same conditions. I mean, I put new GHS on my Strat two weeks ago. Had a two hour performance, and an hour practice each day. They still sound relatively new, are pretty slick and staying in tune. D'addarios and Ernies under the same conditions, for me, just don't work well and wear out quick, losing tone and feel.


I don't now but I can get pretty sweaty hands and most of my strings (DR, EB, Martin, D'addario and Fender) tend to last for a while.
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#25
you should just play the strings you feel most comfortable with, everyone has their own preferences, and you shouldnt listen to flamers, theyre just annoyed cos they cant get a decent sound out of anything

personally EB is the only way for me
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#26
rotosound yellows are nice
when my guitar got repaired the guy put ernie balls on it so i just kept them on, theyre fine to me
#27
I have ernie ball super slinkys on my guitar (been on for about 2 months) and the bass strings are still silver like they were when i put them on, however the higher strings have gone black. Still sounds fine thougn. I like how easy it is to bend them. I'm a beginner (the slinkys have been my first set) and as my fingers aren't particularly strong yet it is really nice to be able to do really extreme bends so easily. They also don't go out of tune often.
#28
I use Rotosound pinks or yellows....UK made so they are cheap here, plus you get a n extra e string too. Got nothjing against EB's just prefer Roto's...
#29
In my opinion, strings are strings. Just use them, there's not much difference. I just buy D'Addario because my guitar is set up to have a very specific gauge that I've only seen D'Addario make (9.5s).
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#30
The EB's that I just bought were cheaper than D'addarios,
strings are strings to me, Aslong as their 10's and don't rust easily (all th strings I'v tried haven't rusted one bit.)
They'll do for me
#31
My Skinny Top Heavy Bottom's have been playing awesomely for... like. 6 months now? I know I should have changed them a long time ago. I have a whole other pack, but they don't sound any worse than they did when I first put them on, or at least not enough for me to want to change them.
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#32
I tend to AB between EB and D'addario, but I find Ernie Ball strings tend to not be as crispy for as long as D'addarios.
#33
They sound good, are pretty elastic compared to other strings, and are cheap... but they rust pretty easily too. For that reason I prefer D'Addario, which cost the same, sound a bit brighter, and last a lot longer and never break. The only EB I've really liked were the RPS, but since they're more expensive, I'll stick with my D'Addario's
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#34
I hate EB, I switched from them to D'Addario, then I tried DR pure nickel and those do it for me. I'll never go back. DR Pure Nickel 11's are the way to go. They cost a little more but last WAY longer, on one guitar I've had the same set on for around 6 months and they're still great.
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#35
Had EBs on my acoustic and HATED them. Sounded horrible. Elixir or Daddario for me.
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#36
Is there a big difference in feel between pure nickel strings and and nickel-plated steel strings?
#37
i use hybrid ernie balls...thats it...they are fine...no problems yet...
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#38
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I hate EB, I switched from them to D'Addario, then I tried DR pure nickel and those do it for me. I'll never go back. DR Pure Nickel 11's are the way to go. They cost a little more but last WAY longer, on one guitar I've had the same set on for around 6 months and they're still great.

thats the problem over here.
The only shops that I have seen sell them have charged over £10
which is over $20 per set