#1
I have a squier strat and was wondering what kind of strings I should get. I'm just a beginner and so this is the first time I'll be changing my strings and I don't want to mess anything up. I know there are different gauges. If I remember correctly, the standard is .9 or .12 gauge but I don't really know. And one last thing, which brand should I get? I obviously don't need high-end top of the line strings but I would like a good brand that won't snap or wear down easily. Thanks for any help.

Bonus question! I currently have a pick from guitar center when I bought my guitar and haven't bought any new ones as of late. I noticed that when I play sometimes my pick gets caught on the string and this is no doubt due to my awful technique, but I was wondering if I could reduce this with a certain size of pick.
#2
strings 9s would probably be best and as for picks just get a few different ones and see which works best for you
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#3
strings-Ernie Ball .10's
pick-jazz 3 picks

thats wat i use. the jazz 3 picks r very small so u mite like em
#4
Ernie Ball Super Slinky .9's (maybe 10)
Jim Dunlop Tortex picks are the best, they come in many different sizes but i'd suggest .60mm.
#6
ernie balls wear too quickly imo. i would go with d'addario .10's
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#9
If ur starting go with 9's and play with them until u decide to go lighter, thicker or stay the same. Stings are all pretty cheap so over time you will find what best suits you. Go with Ernie Ball .9 or .10's and a Fender Medium pick. sting it up and find what best suits you
#12
When I was a beginner, all strings sounded the same to me, so if I were you I'd probably just go for any cheap set of .9's. I personally like D'addarios though.
#13
Elixir Nanoweb ftw
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#15
Ugh...Super Slinky's are the worst strings I've ever had/played. They break easily, last like 2 weeks MAX, and got all rusty on me.

I then tried GHS Boomers...and was enlightened .


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#16
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Ugh...Super Slinky's are the worst strings I've ever had/played. They break easily, last like 2 weeks MAX, and got all rusty on me.

I then tried GHS Boomers...and was enlightened .


Boomers or GTFO

My 2 month old Super Slinkys felt and sounded newer and better than my friends week-old Boomers. It's all prefrence though.
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#17
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My 2 month old Super Slinkys felt and sounded newer and better than my friends week-old Boomers. It's all prefrence though.


It certainly wasn't just preference for me; I had bought like 10 packs of teh slinky's, and the same result every time: major tone suckage & **** "quality".
#18
^ Not sure what happened to you, but I love my slinkies
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#20
I use Ernie Ball super slinkys. I would recommend starting with those. Once you start really practicing your bends, you will find what kind of string suits your style. If those are hard to bend for you, go for size 8. Or if the 9's seem pretty easy to bend, get 10's or 11's. You'll kinda figure it out for yourself as you progress. Have fun playing!
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#21
I've been using Ernie Ball .10, since the 80's. Started with the .9's but they kept breaking.
Never had a breaking problem since.

For picks I prefer Dunlop picks, .88, either the green ones or the gray ones. I do prefer the gray ones though because they are easier to hold onto.
#22
Elixirs don't rust. I've had this set on for 4 months. No rust, dull tone, this is the best!
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#23
I strongly dislike elixers. They sound like **** even when you first put them on. It's like lathering mud on a set of ernie balls, and stringing your guitar with them. I got a couple sets of the D'addario strings a while back. My high E string snapped on both sets within a week.
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#24
you should typically start with .10 gauges and decide from there wether you want your strings to be lighter or thicker. as for the brand i suggest ernie ball, the last way longer than every other string brand ive used and they have a more well-rounded tone.
#25
My only advice is not to get Fender strings, I used a set and they wore down in like a week
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#26
Rotosound > Ernie ball

get a set of blues (.10) or reds (.11) (what i use)

i wouldn't go higher than reds for any rocky bluesy stuff, maybe go for yellows (.09) if you want thinner.

I'm gonna a ctually blend blues and reds, giving me 11-52 gauge, then do vice versa on my other guitar 10-48
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#27
I like DR strings much better than Ernie Ball slinkys go with them.
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#28
i love dean markley blue steel's. i mostly use 11's, nice balance of thickness while still being able to bend
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#29
DR strings worked miracles for me.
The .11 True Blues set is what my strat will be strung with for a long time. At least until i'm ready to move up to .12's.
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#31
having been doing the string dance for years.. (13 years at the end of this summer) my favorite string has been the SIT's

they're kind of uncommon, but when i find them, i buy them by the case.

if you find that you have a durability issue with any string, you need to look how your guitar is set up, your picking style, or perhaps aceept the fact you got a pack of factory rejects.. it happens sometimes!
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