#1
I'm in a little of a string crisis.
I've been using some cheap strings for a while, but lately I had my guitar at a repair (adjust frets, and stuff) and when I got it back, the strings were changed.
They felt much nicer, and were Ernie Ball...BUT

There might be something nicer.

I'm considering

DR Tite Fit (010)

and

Dean Markley Blue Steel (010)

can anyone give me some info on these?
Have anyone tried them?
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#3
ernie ball ftw
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#5
Elixir strings are the worst strings I've ever tried.

They're coated in something to stop them rusting which makes it harder to slide around and after a few months, they still rust.

Stick to Ernie Ball strings, IMO.
#6
Personally my favorite is DR's. They last for ****ing ever, never seem rust, and I've never broken one.
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#8
I dunno how many times I've responded to this kind of question. I've been playing for 16 years. I've used almost every brand string on the planet. I change my strings any where from 1-4 times a month (with times of heavy gigging, and times of just home/studio play)

When you compare "like" strings from different brands there is NO difference in response or tone. When someone pays a lot of money for something they want to believe it is a better product (sort of like when Gibson wants to sell more guitars they raise their prices kind of marketing).

When I buy strings now I buy by the box and whatever brand is the cheapest.

Some folks will disagree with me and thats ok.... it all goes back to the "opinions are like assholes, everybody has one"..... but I would challenge those folks to the Pepsi challenge! Take 4 similar guitars..... put their "preferred brand" on one, and three similar style strings of different brands on the other 3 and see if they (or anyone) could really tell the difference if they were not privy to what string was on which guitar... I think it would be an interesting experiment.
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#9
To be fair, I can see what bryan is saying, but I think I could tell the difference between D'Addarios and Balls. Not sure which I prefer, 'Balls to me have a higher attack, but D'Addarios are mid-y and rounded.
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#10
Yeah D'Addarios are the only strings I can actually "feel" the difference in

To me they feel much harder and they do tear my fingers up faster then any other string.
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but I would challenge those folks to the Pepsi challenge! Take 4 similar guitars..... put their "preferred brand" on one, and three similar style strings of different brands on the other 3 and see if they (or anyone) could really tell the difference if they were not privy to what string was on which guitar... I think it would be an interesting experiment.


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#12
Thats an easy challenge haha

I never liked pepsi out of the can but out of the fountain its not to bad
#13
Strings are like women. There's no "one" for you, and everyone has their own tastes in them.

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#14
I like the Ernie Ball .11s.
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#15
Man I hate Ernie balls they are so ****ing bad

but DR's are amazing, and in close second D'addrio's
#16
It's personal preference really...as someone else already pointed out.

But just to chip in my €0.05 I prefer Ernie Ball, they sound more "open" to me and they have a better attack imho.

And in that same humble opinion, I believe there are bad strings too. Recently I had to emergency restring a guitar with a cheap brand (can't remember the name, Vipers or something) and I was mortified by the difference.
The strings seemed to work against me instead of with me, sort of how rusted strings tend to slow you down. Besides that, I killed the low E in 3 hours time, it just plain snapped.

I'll happily spend €6 euro's on a set of Ernie Ball strings knowing that they tend to last me for months of daily playing.
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#17
I'm personally very pleased with DR, i would try them if i were you.

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