#1
I play D'Addario 11 through 52 strings at the moment. As I've heard that some of my favourite guitarists (Jimmy Page, Slash) use Ernie Ball strings, I was thinking about using Ernie Ball strings from now on, same gauge.

What do you think? How much of a change will there be in sound, and will I have to adjust the intonation? And, in terms of quality, which brand is better and which string brand out of all of them is the best (or is there such a brand?)?

I know this is kind of a lame question, but I don't want to have to change to Ernie Ball and then find out I don't like them and waste money and time etc.

Thanks in advance

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#2
Changing brands = almost zero change in tone.

Honestly, I doubt even Eric Johnson would notice if you swapped D'Addarios for Ernie Balls (or whatever he uses).
#3
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Though seriously, different brands of strings do almost nothing different to your tone.
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#5
Changing brand won't change your tone from what I heard, but changing gauge might slightly chang it, when I switched gauge for the first time I thought i did something wrong cause it sounded a bit different but it was normal , I use super slinky strings ( i think, the ones in the blue pack ) their super strong I havn't broken one since I started using them ( knock on wood)
#6
there's a very slim change in sound just as people here above say... but I personally used Ernie Ball until about six months ago, now i play D'addario .11 to .52 and In my opinion thats better...
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#8
the ernie balls feel a bit softer in my opinion thats why i prefer them. not a life changing difference though
#9
Ernie balls used to break more often for me, although some people will probably say they never break for them.
The D'Addarios haven't broken in any pack I've bought, and I've been using them for a year now. I like the security.
But no tone changes.

Edit:
I'd also like to add that I've never had them break, and I retune (fast too) anywhere between standard and drop B almost every time I play. Those strings take a huge beating.
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#10
I use Elixer's Nanowabs. They feel as if I just put them on for friggen weeks after I did. And I like the feel of the coated strings.
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#11
basically you want strings that last the longest. Because, as everyone's said, it won't change your tone at all hardly. 11's are a great gauge though, so stick with that, don't go down to a smaller gauge.
I've got really acidic fingers and D'addarios still last a good while and i've never had anything but the high E break on me.
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#14
i play the DR black beauties and they black and u can get them in a higer gauge they are also coated making them last longer, ive also used the Ernie ball super slinkys but those arnt as high of a gauge as u want but they are great!
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#15
I'm not a fan of Ernie Ball strings. I use Floyd Rose trems and I'm pretty willy nilly with the trem and in my experience they do not hold up well. Maybe I just got several bad batches I dunno.
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#16
I just got my first set of Black Diamond coated 10s and they feel pretty decent, but they seem to be harder to bend than other sets of 10s to me.

To be honest I think strings do make a small difference in the tone, but only due to string gauge and material.

I do love the David Gilmour GHS set, he really has the string gauges down to a science, just right for those incredible bends he does.
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#17
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the ernie balls feel a bit softer in my opinion thats why i prefer them. not a life changing difference though

Me too

I love the softness of them
#19
I used to play 0.11 D'Addarios as well but have started using 0.11 Fender Super Bullets last year. Tonewise there hasn't changed much. The only significant differences are that I can't stand the sound of fresh D'Addarios, they have to be on the guitar for at least 3 to 4 days before they sound decent, while the Fender strings sound good the second you put them on. Fenders seem to hold longer as well.
Then again, D'Addarios are cheaper than other name brand strings, you get a lot of "bang for the buck".
Ernie Ball 0.11 are a little different than other strings, as they are thicker (except for the high e string, which is 0.11, of course), especially the g string is incredibly thick, making bendings a pain in the ass. In fact it is so thick that it was not possible for me to properly adjut the intonation on my Les Paul concerning that particular string (simply because the saddle couldn't be moved enough). That's the main reason why I didn't stick with Ernie Ball strings.

You will definitely have to adjust your intonation in case you buy these strings, but wait like a week before doing so, as fresh strings need other settings than used ones.

I'd say buy one package and see if you like them. It's not like you have to sell your car to be able to afford a pack of strings (and in case you didn't notice, I advise you to try out Fender 0.11 Super Bullets as well).
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#20
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I used to play 0.11 D'Addarios as well but have started using 0.11 Fender Super Bullets last year. Tonewise there hasn't changed much. The only significant differences are that I can't stand the sound of fresh D'Addarios, they have to be on the guitar for at least 3 to 4 days before they sound decent, while the Fender strings sound good the second you put them on. Fenders seem to hold longer as well.
Then again, D'Addarios are cheaper than other name brand strings, you get a lot of "bang for the buck".
Ernie Ball 0.11 are a little different than other strings, as they are thicker (except for the high e string, which is 0.11, of course), especially the g string is incredibly thick, making bendings a pain in the ass. In fact it is so thick that it was not possible for me to properly adjut the intonation on my Les Paul concerning that particular string (simply because the saddle couldn't be moved enough). That's the main reason why I didn't stick with Ernie Ball strings.

You will definitely have to adjust your intonation in case you buy these strings, but wait like a week before doing so, as fresh strings need other settings than used ones.

I'd say buy one package and see if you like them. It's not like you have to sell your car to be able to afford a pack of strings (and in case you didn't notice, I advise you to try out Fender 0.11 Super Bullets as well).

Yea i found out that when i first saddled on the DR strings. It kinda gave out a weird sound out on the beginning.
#21
Artist endorsement is totally irrelevant with strings.

Reason being, all these famous guitarists have their strings changed every day, for every single show. Unless you plan on changing strings each time you pick up your guitar you'll gain nothing from following the example of your favorite players.
I suggest the old 'trial and error' method - every time you change strings buy a different brand, until you've settled on a personal favourite.
#22
i use ernie ball super slinky (pink pack) and i love them. used to use hybrid slinky but the supers are so much easier. i think they're 8 through 42
#23
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i use ernie ball super slinky (pink pack) and i love them. used to use hybrid slinky but the supers are so much easier. i think they're 8 through 42

holy I used to have thoughs on my strat. They were fun to use because they were so bendy. But I later put 9's on them.
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