#1
Hey guys! I've been playing my guitar for about 6 months... it's a 3 year old guitar, but I've only just picked it up and started playing again. All my strings sound fine.. and I've never snapped them.

Do I need new strings? If I did... I'd go for Ernie Ball 'Skinny Top Heavy Bottom' cause I've heard these are the ones my favourite guitarist, Matt Bellamy, uses. Is this a good idea?

My guitar's a Yamaha Pacifica... does that affect things at all?

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#2
old strings sound ****ty. you should probably replace them monthly in good conscience, and if nothing else they're going to start sounding really awful after a few months. what brand of string you buy doesn't really make a difference. the size of the strings (measured in gauges) does though.
#4
yes gore, unfortunately, ernie ball stopped making strings that work on any yamaha guitars, there was a huge business argument and now yamaha refuses to carry there strings. you need to get some yamaha strings
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#5
Good rule of thumb...if you have to ask, you probably need to change them.

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#6
Aaaah.. the gauges that I've seen off Stringbusters.com are 10 13 17 30 42 52, yet Matthew Bellamy seems to have his sixth string a 60 gauge... so where would I get this string from? And what difference would it make? ( Do I really need it? )

Thanks for the quick reply
#7
it doesent really matter what kind of strings you put on, unless your extremely picky (which i doubt you are because your playing a yamaha gutiar) the only thing you need to worry about is gagues, id suggest .10 or .09. also, guitar strings are mostly universal, the only kind of stings i can think of that are specialized are for a FLoyd Speedloader, but i doubt youd even pick them up accidentally
#8
Quote by KURT4EVER
yes gore, unfortunately, ernie ball stopped making strings that work on any yamaha guitars, there was a huge business argument and now yamaha refuses to carry there strings. you need to get some yamaha strings



I used ernie balls on my yahama since i bought it over a year and 1/2 ago. no problems. are you sure you're not an idiot?
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#9
Is it true the Ernie Ball strings won't work on my Yamaha then? If they worked on the above posters guitar...
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I used ernie balls on my yahama since i bought it over a year and 1/2 ago. no problems. are you sure you're not an idiot?

wow you people are stupid, ever heard of a thing called sarcasm?
#12
Aaaah, sorry dude. Bit hard to tell if you're being sarcastic or not on an internet forum... didn't think this was a very sarcastic post anyways.
#13
Yeah ive had my guitar stored away for a few years myself, i just started learning it yesterday and one of my strings snapped tonight Now i gotta go pick some more up tomorrow.
#15
yes and yes. i use ernie ball strings, i love them.
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#16
It all depends on how much you play, but I run through a pair of GHS David Gilmore 10.5 guages in a little less that a couple days.
#17
I use Elixir Polywebs for both my electric and acoustic. They definitely last longer than the other brands of strings, however they are a bit more expensive.
#18
Ernie balls are good. I play quite a bit and I don't usually have to replace them a lot and they still sound and look great. It really depends on how much you use it. If you play like 5 hours a day, then definitely every month. But if your like me that plays a couple hours every day or every other day, then you can get away with replacing them every few months.
#19
Yeah, you need to change them! I change ine every two months or so. Ernie Ball Super Slinkies are good, and you can get 3 sets for about £10 off ebay!
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#20
Right... got the strings ordered off Ebay. I'm going from 9-42 gauge to 10-52... What difference will that make?
#22
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yes gore, unfortunately, ernie ball stopped making strings that work on any yamaha guitars, there was a huge business argument and now yamaha refuses to carry there strings. you need to get some yamaha strings

That wasn't sarcastic, just retarded.

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#23
Grrr!!!! I've just put my new strings on with the help of my step-dad... and the high E string just snapped as I was tuning it! It doesn't seem that I had it too tight... yet I don't know if I've got enough string left to go through the machinehead!

Is there a way of like... stretching the string so it will fit back? Or have I got to buy the same pack again just for the high E-string?
Last edited by The Gore Child at Jun 2, 2008,