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Well I'm on a quest to find the perfect string mostly every weekend and my mom is really mad at me for it. But, I have been playing through many strings lately and I just wanted to give you a review of the strings I've been playing. Also, I thought this might help anyone that can look at this review as a reference guide to buying strings in the near future.

DR Strings- Well I gotta say this is a really great string. Also, I like how it is said to be handmade which I really thought was cool. It is nice to have a new company come out especially a small business like DR. Because, they actually care about customer satisfaction and with a big business there total opposites. Really smooth and nice. I like sliding up and down the fret board with this brand. I recommend this to people who go up and down the neck a lot. 9/10


GHS Boomers ZW- Used by the man himself Zakk Wylde from black label society. This string is really heavy I bought like 3 sets of this already because of the string gauge. When I slipped a 10 gauge on my ibanez it was really tight in standard tuning. So I had tune it all the way down to drop C. Just to get a freaking nice tension on the string. This is probably only good for people who like really drop tunings and heavy strings. 6/10 rating


Elixir Nanoweb Strings- A really high priced guitar string with coated nanoweb on it. I slipped this on my guitar and it was pretty badass I liked it. Really really smooth. One of the smoothest strings I ever played a riff on. . Nice and bright tone. This is really good for people who play technical stuff and want a string smooth enough for them to solo upon. I give this an eight because of the coating. I have notice that around the middle pickup or wherever you pick, the coating begins to kind fade away after playing like 3 or 2 weeks. Also, the difference between nanoweb and polyweb is that nano web is suppose to be a thinner coat of thespecial coating then of the polyweb and also there not really different. Probably different tone of warmness or brightness but to me still the same. . 8/10 rating


Ernie Balls- Well today I went to the pawn shop and picked up some ernie balls reinforced steel strings gauge 10 and wow they were nice. Sounded really good it had a nice tone with a little bit of a dazzle of brightness and warmness to the soul of the guitar I had put it on. I have also ernie ball slinky 9's on my strat and man It can really do any tuning I want on it. So perfect. 9.5/10 rating


Fender Strings- Oh my god. I got these strings when I was a noob at guitar and didn't know anything. Man they were oh so uncomfortable to the touch. I thought I was working a saw mill while I was playing eww yuck. I rather play with fishing wire than this string. 5/10 rating

Well I still gotta explore new strings just to see and hear what different strings sound like. Still gotta go out for the dean markleys and d'darrios and others.

P.S- Submit your string review also if you wish to help others in there quest of the perfect string. I hope this gets stickied.

-Thanks for reading.
Last edited by life_777 at Mar 16, 2008,
#3
Rotosounds are also good, though Ernie Balls have a bright quality that I like.
#4
Try the normal gauge Boomers, not the dumbass ZW ones.

My favourites are generally any Pure Nickel 9-42 or 9-46 set.
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#5
Try Rotosounds.

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#7
ernie ball power slinkys

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#8
elixirs ftw!
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#9
Roto sounds I never heard of them. But yea I have never gave a chance for the normal Ghs boomers. but still the ZW set don't get them blaaah.
#11
The Zakk Wylde's are too thick on the E, A, and D.

Regular gauge boomers are awesome though!

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#12
d'ardio ftw
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#13
I really like the sound of Slinkys, but the sound fades away really fast. They start sounding dead pretty quickly compared to other strings I think, but I have yet to break one. And believe me, I go crazy with my whammy bar.
#14
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D'Addario ftw

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#15
this is so stupid - you can make your own branded gauges if you choose

artists only use certain strings because they are endorsed and get them for free

you cant mark a set of strings down for being the wrong gauge for you

some people have sweat that rusts certain brands and not others

it is entirely subjective and a waste of time to dwell on it - it really is
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I really like the sound of Slinkys, but the sound fades away really fast. They start sounding dead pretty quickly compared to other strings I think, but I have yet to break one. And believe me, I go crazy with my whammy bar.

Thats true. But, I think strings don't really matter just the feel only. All Im worried about is how will it bend and how smooth it is. Doesn't matter on sound because im be playing through distortion.
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Quote by life_777
Doesn't matter on sound because im be playing through distortion.


I'm really not even sure how to respond to that. It doesn't matter.... because you're playing through distortion? *Facepalm*

That being said, I'm an elixir man myself, though I also enjoy DR from time to time on my electric. I like the elixirs on my acoustic for the hours and hours and hours of playing. It's just good economy, really.
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#19
regular gauge boomers are great.
Actually, I really like the Eric Johnson sig set.
Real smooth feel, and a nice tone clarity.
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I'm really not even sure how to respond to that. It doesn't matter.... because you're playing through distortion? *Facepalm*

I also facepalmed. Different formulas used in different types and brands of strings produce a little more or less harmonic distortion for reasons I forgot.
#21
I find most signature stuff with famous names on them fail miserably and some get good recommendations.
#22
^The EJ set is rather different than the ZW set.
It's a regular gauge set (maybe with slightly different gauges on certain strings, but nothing extreme), but it has a very smooth feel to it. Great for sliding. They're also quite flexible and are comfy to play.
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#23
Funny, I love Fenders.

I used to use D'addarios, but they don't withstand my tunings. I don't know...I mostly stay in standard, but I go to Eb, drop D, and whole step down...sometime some slide tunings, open tunings...but whenver I moed my D'addarios, the high E always snapped.

I have another set that I'll use when I'm through with these Fenders to see if it still happens, but it has happened twice.

Fender Super Bullets .10's have been great. I really like these Flatwounds on my Casino too. Golden Pyramid I believe they are called.

I might take an adventure after my next set and if the D'addarios don't work out, get some ideas from this thread.
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#24
GHS low tunes 11's are the best strings ive ever played blues on.
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#25
I've only tried D'addario and Ernie Balls but I love D'addarios.

Might pick up some Electro-Harmonix strings, I hear they're sweet
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#26
Ernie Ball Hybrids ftw!
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#27
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I also facepalmed. Different formulas used in different types and brands of strings produce a little more or less harmonic distortion for reasons I forgot.

Since two people already facepalmed I didn't have to.

All I know is that whenever I put new strings on, the distortion on my amp comes alive like never before.
#28
I thought Rotosound was ok. My personal favourite is D'Addario, they have such good clarity and attack. IMO Boomers are too muddy for me.
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#29
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this is so stupid - you can make your own branded gauges if you choose

artists only use certain strings because they are endorsed and get them for free

you cant mark a set of strings down for being the wrong gauge for you

some people have sweat that rusts certain brands and not others

it is entirely subjective and a waste of time to dwell on it - it really is

+1.
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#31
I need to plan on getting thoughs to maybe.
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Might pick up some Electro-Harmonix strings, I hear they're sweet
#32
I like GHS Nickel Rockers (the set with .11s) for my strat and Ernie Ball Power Slinkies on my Gibson. I want to get the GHS set for my strat with a wound G string, but i can't find a music store that sells them, and sweetwater doesnt carry them.
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#33
^Oh yeah, nickel rockers rock.
refresh my memory, but didn't SRV usually use those?
I may be wrong though...
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#34
Anyone heard of guitar research strings? they're allright. I always get them for free at samash (probably b/c they're so crappy ) but they allright
#35
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^Oh yeah, nickel rockers rock.
refresh my memory, but didn't SRV usually use those?
I may be wrong though...


Well, i was interested in pure nickel strings, and those looked like a good option, so i started reading up on them and i read that SRV did indeed use them. So that sealed the deal for me to at least try them, haha.
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#37
I like the GHS Zakk Wylde boomers in low tuning such as dropped c and A standard but i perfer the DR Hi-Beams for standard .
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#38
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d'ardio ftw


+1

Why?

Because D'Addario manufactures most string brands as is, yep, thats right, just about 60% of the strings on the market have come from D'Addario.
Elixers are Coated D'addarios, Gibson strings are D'Addarios, Ernie Ball's wound strings are D'Addarios...

some of you guys are funny actually noticing a difference in strings. The only brand I can tell when they have been on a guitar are plain Ernie Ball strings, they always feel cruddy.
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#39
Are you for real? I didn't know that. Nice info. but the ernie balls are still good.
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+1

Why?

Because D'Addario manufactures most string brands as is, yep, thats right, just about 60% of the strings on the market have come from D'Addario.
Elixers are Coated D'addarios, Gibson strings are D'Addarios, Ernie Ball's wound strings are D'Addarios...

some of you guys are funny actually noticing a difference in strings. The only brand I can tell when they have been on a guitar are plain Ernie Ball strings, they always feel cruddy.
#40
Dean Markley Blue Steels ANY GAUGE
or
Ernie Ball Slinkys ANY GAUGE

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