#1
Ok, I play an Epiphone Les Paul rotating between playing generally fast ska in a band, blues and heavier rock if i'm in the mood. I have always used the thinner gauge Dean Markleys or Ernie Ball Super Slinky. But in the last month, where i've actually used m,y guitar less and transported it less i've managed to break top E thrice all of which were super slinkies. I doubt it's my playing style as it hasnt changed in an age although the constant upstrokes cannot help. Do I just need thicker strings or is there a particular brand to look up?
Any help appreciated.
#2
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#4
Thicker strings.

Super Slinkies are what? .09's? Plus what's the first string that you hit on those ska upbeats? High E?

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#5
Move up to Regular Slinkies.
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#8
Use heavier strings, Ernie ball regular or power slinky sets for example. I've never broken ernie ball strings, and i have a very upstrokey style.

I wouldn't imagine the les paul being ideal for ska in its stock form but it sounds like thats not what your problem is so i'll just say nothing
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#9
Quote by Blompcube
Use heavier strings, Ernie ball regular or power slinky sets for example. I've never broken ernie ball strings, and i have a very upstrokey style.

I wouldn't imagine the les paul being ideal for ska in its stock form but it sounds like thats not what your problem is so i'll just say nothing



les pauls are great ska guitars.

Just alittle heavy on the shoulder when you're trying to be high energy
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#10
Quote by l3p4rd
les pauls are great ska guitars.

Just alittle heavy on the shoulder when you're trying to be high energy


I worded my post a bit wrong because i wasn't really concentrating lol - what i meant was I can't see how it manages to work so well for ska, but i'm aware that it does.
I like analogue Solid State amps that make no effort to be "tube-like", and I'm proud of it...

...A little too proud, to be honest.
#11
heavier strings would make a cleaner, fuller sound, and stop you from breaking strings. I gotta agree with the others; D'Addario ftw.
#12
I love the warm tone I get out of it for ska, suits beautifully, does get a bit heavy after you've been bouncing round for a while, I'm going to go ahead and try a set of Power Slinkys, then if that's to no avail I'll crack out some d'addarios
#13
Elixers are good when your playing ska chords and you wanna slide, which happens to be alot
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