#1
Since I haven't seen a thread dedicated to just strings I figure should start one. It would be helpful to me and others to know the feel and sound that we can get out of the different kinds of strings.

I suggest that everyone just makes a post about their favorite strings and tell why they like them, the sound they get from them and the feel of them and how often they break/need to be replaced and after a little time has gone by i'll edit this post and put all the info together so we can then have a cool ass string thread.


*edit*

For ease of me combining all this info better could everyone organize it something like this:

Name of Strings:
Gauge of Strings:
Reason They Are Your Fav:
How often they need to be replaced:
Sound when you put them on and after some time has gone by:
Any other comments:

That would be extremely helpful guys thanks!
Last edited by Guitarfreak777 at Jul 14, 2008,
#2
Try different brands and gauges and see what you like. Strings are 100% preference if you ask me.
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#4
it's all about fishing string. they really reel in the big bass.
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#5
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Ernie Ball, usually regular slinky, they were out, so I bought hybrid slinkys (09-46). Trustworthy brand, the strings rarely ever break on me.



I use these strings too. I think I've been using them for about six months. And I changed them once for wear. I haven't broken one yet. And I play the hell out of my guitar. The hybrids are crazy awesome. And not only that. They feel good from the get go. I didn't really need to break them in. The ring nice from the first strum.
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#6
Hmm well for me it boils down to two kinds.
Elixir .10's. They sound new for weeks and I like the new sound but they're a bit too bright and jangly. But after a couple of weeks they lose a bit of it and start to sound warmer and that's where I like it.
Ernie Ball .10's. Sound perfect from the start. Love the sound of them new and once they age a bit they sound plenty warm and feel great and smooth.
#7
I used EB and D'addario's before i made my decision that D'addario's last longer for me. I like the way they feel too. The players points are always a plus as well.

EDIT: 9-42 all the way
#9
DR True Blues .11's

*drools*
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#10
I started with D'addario, seemed ok, put on a set of dimes on a friends guitar, then mine, all 9's, tried GHS, cut emm off a week later, went back to d'addario, they lasted a month and I cut them off. now I have Dimes on my DK2M 9's 10-54 on my RR1. So much smoother and sounds better. I also clean my strings and spray them with silicone spray, doesnt change the tone and keeps them playing like butter.

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#11
If this does end up being an "only" type thread, can you add a disclaimer to not expect a significant difference from different brands of strings? Honestly, things like temperature and different cables have more effect on the tone IMHO.
#12
For ease of me combining all this info better could everyone organize it something like this:

Name of Strings:
Gauge of Strings:
Reason They Are Your Fav:
How often they need to be replaced:
Sound when you put them on and after some time has gone by:
Any other comments:

That would be extremely helpful guys thanks!

(I'll put this in my first post as well)
#14
Quote by Kevin Saale
Try different brands and gauges and see what you like. Strings are 100% preference if you ask me.

QFT

But MY preference is:
Name of Strings: Elixirs
Gauge of Strings: 10, thinking about 9's
Reason They Are Your Fav: Ridiculously long-lasting, and preserves tone.
How often they need to be replaced:
e - 3 months (excessive playing)
b - 6 months
G - 6 months
D - almost never
A - almost never
E - almost never
Sound when you put them on and after some time has gone by: really no difference
Any other comments: Thinking about changing to Cleartones. Treated strings IMO are the best. They are worth the extra money.
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#15
Name of Strings: Roto pinks
Gauge of Strings: 9s, might try 10s.
Reason They Are Your Fav: Feel comfortable straight from packet and give a nice sound.
How often they need to be replaced: I've just started using them, but I've had these strings about a month...
Sound when you put them on and after some time has gone by: They always make a nice sound.
Any other comments:
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#16
Although this could be a helpful thread, I think an Ultimate Cable or Ultimate Pickup thread would be more helpful.
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#18
To be honest I don't think string type is a significant enough factor to be considered a sticky. Unless something really cool comes out of it.
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#19
^Agreed. They're strings. You put them on, you replace them when they're old.
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#20
Name of Strings: GHS Progressives
Gauge of Strings: .009 .011 .016 .026 .036 .046
Reason They Are Your Fav: Last ages longer than others like erny ball even with my acid fingers and sound so bright
How often they need to be replaced: i replace all of mine about once a month or after every couple of shows, depending on what comes first and how they ae feeling
Sound when you put them on and after some time has gone by:not that much different but if i left it a couple of months there would be a mared difference in clarity and feel
Any other comments: these and the boomers sound so much better than erny ball IMO
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#21
Name of Strings: Ernie Ball Regular Slinkys
Gauge of Strings: 10-46
Reason They Are Your Fav: I've never had any problems with them ever. I used to use Fender, but the bullet ends kept getting stuck in the tailpiece and they snapped a lot. I've never broken a string since i've been using EBs.
How often they need to be replaced: Normally i'd say it depends on how often i use them. they seem to last about 2 months for me.
Sound when you put them on and after some time has gone by: They are really bright and sparkly, with a lot of clarity when you put them on first. Once they are worn out, they lose a bit of that sparkling tone, but still keep the clarity. I've never had any issues with the intonation going off on worn out EB's either.
Any other comments: I also use 9-42 gauge Ernie Balls on my Fender Strat, because of the way the trem is set up. But its all a matter of preference with strings, really. OH and an additional comment: It's stereo G-string, and I don't think it's for guitar. However, for a stereo G-string, it is very good. Don't put on guitar; just use it as underwear if it works.
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#22
Yeah, if the ultimate speaker thread (and the wah thread?) aren't stickied, there's not a chance that this one will be.
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#23
Quote by darkarbiter7
Yeah, if the ultimate speaker thread (and the wah thread?) aren't stickied, there's not a chance that this one will be.



Good point, but I can still make a cool thread with this one.
#24
Name of Strings: Ernie Ball Beefy Slinky
Gauge of Strings: 11-54
Reason They Are Your Fav: they aren't, the store didn't have any other 11's though. I guess they don't break often.
How often they need to be replaced: a month, more or less
Sound when you put them on and after some time has gone by: good tone when I first put them on, rusts quickly though
Any other comments: I want to try optimized sets, the B, G and E strings feel kinda floppy compared to the others...
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#25
Elixir coated strings all the way!!!!

twice the price, but instead of snapping every 2weeks or changing every month - they stay for about 4-6months

incredible!
#27
Name of Strings: Ernie Ball Beefy Slinky
Gauge of Strings: 0.11-0.56
Reason They Are Your Fav: I play in Drop-C, but like to do big bends and play acoustic songs, and these strings are thick enough to ensure that I don't accidentally bend 'em, but they're not too thick to prevent me from doing bends
How often they need to be replaced: I replace them every 6 months
Sound when you put them on and after some time has gone by: The first few days - jangly, but then they acquire the nice warm tone=)
Any other comments: Seems they're popular here in Russia)
#28
If anyone's intrested I've started selling strings. If I don't have them listed then ask and I can probably get them for less than the shops.
And to people who find their strings get dirty quite fast - try using a bit of the ol' lemon oil on the fret borad every time you change the strings, makes a world of difference.
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#29
Quote by guitar is yummy
If anyone's intrested I've started selling strings. If I don't have them listed then ask and I can probably get them for less than the shops.
And to people who find their strings get dirty quite fast - try using a bit of the ol' lemon oil on the fret borad every time you change the strings, makes a world of difference.


+1
#30
Name of Strings: Ernie Ball's POWER Slinkys

Gauge of Strings: 11-48

Reason They Are Your Fav: There are my fav set to use for E, Eb, and dropped D Tuning. They are my perfect setup for a great crunch in E and Eb and can still have good tension when I want to drop that low string to D.

How often they need to be replaced: I replace every couple months.

Sound when you put them on and after some time has gone by: A fresh set, they are bright as hell acoustically, but after a month, that "brightness" may not be there, but I get a consistent great tone from them.

Any other comments: No.
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#31
Anybody tried the Titanium Slinkys? (I use regular slinkys now)
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