#1
Okay i recently bought a set of Ernie Ball regular slinky electric guitar strings and it got me wondering. What are the Best guitar strings out there?

Please discuss and advise. All comments welcome event any ridiculous mumbo jumbo.
#3
I'm using D'Addario I think but I just buy whatever really. I don't think it matters what brand you use, the gauge is what will change your tone and whatnot. I've only been playing for four years though.
#5
Well, I guess the right answer would be; whatever feels best for you.
I myself, prefer Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinky (09-46) tuned at Eb standard.
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#11
Ernie Ball .11-.52

Keeping in mind there is no one 'best set of strings', but I'm personally not a huge fan of thin strings.
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#12
I have found:

Elixers: sound nice till they break, feel nice, don't rust, break easily, are expensive.

Ernie Ball: Sound nice, seem strong, cheap, start to rust after short time.

D'Addario: Sound nice, seem strong, cheap, don't rust as easily but do go dead after a while.
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#15
Quote by Diggs
I have found:

Elixers: sound nice till they break, feel nice, don't rust, break easily, are expensive.

Ernie Ball: Sound nice, seem strong, cheap, start to rust after short time.

D'Addario: Sound nice, seem strong, cheap, don't rust as easily but do go dead after a while.

I`ve had a set of ernie balls (slinky 10s) for 6 months and they didnt rust and did't break (and i play hard....really hard sometimes)
#16
For a long time i've been using D'Addario 11's but i find they seem to break to easily...As in i put a new set on about a month ago and was playing a gig with them last week and managed to break 2 (an A and a D) within the space of the gig!
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#18
there is no "best" its all preference, and i think most of them are the same just repackaged as a different brand anyway, but i'm not sure which ones are the same, let alone whether what i've just said is true.

I use ernie ball regular slinky or super slinky sets, and GHS boomers.
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#19
I've been using Super Slinky's on my guitars so far,I just got a Fender Strat and decided to try Hybrid Slinky's in both of my guitars this time to try em' out. I have noticed how quick the Supers rust though which I really don't like.
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#20
Quote by twisty571
I've been using Super Slinky's on my guitars so far,I just got a Fender Strat and decided to try Hybrid Slinky's in both of my guitars this time to try em' out. I have noticed how quick the Supers rust though which I really don't like.

maybe its a climate thing, but i've never had a problem with ernie ball strings rusting.
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#21
DR True Blues

Incredibly comfy for .11's.
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#22
yeah, it's just what you like.. just like everything else. I really like d'addario's
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#23
Quote by KidBARTLEY
What are rotosounds like? My bro said there are the best but im not sure.


I use roto 9s on my squier strat, it creates a very warm sound, they also feel very nice. An added bonus with rotos, well the ones I buy, is that they come with an extra high E string which is cool because High Es break rather easily and they're only £6.
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#24
i use d'addario 10's but i tried my friends guitar with ernie balls and they were much stronger feeling, faster..idk. i think he uses 10's also...but i wanna try ernie ball now
#25
D'addario, Elixir and Ernie Ball strings are typically common choices.

Elixir strings are coated, so they will feel a little weird, and probably sound at least slightly different, but I don't have confirmation on that. They usually last for a while without corroding as much as non-coated strings.

D'addario strings are.... "standard" strings? Easy to find, last well, come in environmentally friendly packages (!), and are an excellent choice.

Ernie Ball strings are pretty much the same as D'addario strings. I've heard things about them rusting more quickly/lasting for a shorter period of time than D'addarios, but I can't say exactly.
#26
Well, I use and love D'Addario 10s, but to be fair I haven't tried a ton of different brands.

I do know that 9s snap like that under my fingers though.

EDIT: Also, the D'Addarios last me FOREVER. I can definately go months without breaking any.
#27
Quote by Blompcube
maybe its a climate thing, but i've never had a problem with ernie ball strings rusting.

my high E after a month on my Ibanez it looks like crap and feels like crap. I do play it everyday off and on when I'm home.
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#28
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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#29
I received a free pack of Dunlop Zakk Wylde Signature strings and I have to say they're the best strings I've ever used.. they don't rust as fast as ernie balls and they keep their punch and clarity longer than D'addarios. I must say they are really expensive so I'll probably just buy the normal dunlops from now on
#30
Quote by brianthemayan
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

the difference can be soooooooo big through a nice clean amp, i'm surprised you don't notice any differences between brands. but hey, whatever floats your boat !
#31
Quote by The red Strat.
the difference can be soooooooo big through a nice clean amp, i'm surprised you don't notice any differences between brands. but hey, whatever floats your boat !


my main amps for years have been a Fender Twin and an AC30, don't know how you can get much more clean than that!
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Your crappy amp achieved a purposely crappy tone? I'll alert the presses.