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dcvlehr
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What is a good brand of electric guitar strings that give the best sound?

For example, on my acoustic i use JP strings and sometimes elixers, but i am an electric guitar nooby so any help would be great.
dcvlehr
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oh and my electric guitar is an ibanez s520EX
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I love DRs... but I've only used Ernie Balls and DRs, so I can't really compare them to other brands. Ernies aren't that good imo.
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Elixer makes nice electric strings but they're not cheap. I use Ernie Ball because of the price and quality.
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How do daddario strings compare ??

That's all i use and maybe i should try new stuff ?
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hearin a lot about the Ernie Ball strings. They must be pretty decent. I'm suprised there are no other mentionings. I browsed through the acoustic string post and saw all sorts of brands.

Anyone else have any opinions on the best sounding electric guitar strings?
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Ernie Ball seem to respond to dynamic playing a little better. I've tried basically every other brand you can mention and I've always found the others to sound a little flat and often produce too much low frequency for my liking. Ernie Ball are much more balanced and clear-sounding.
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Ernie Balls or GHS boomers.
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just so i can get a better idea, what strings are the bands like, KSE using and herman li and any other big band you can think of, using?
P.S. i know herman li isn't a band :P
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Quote by dcvlehr
just so i can get a better idea, what strings are the bands like, KSE using and herman li and any other big band you can think of, using?
P.S. i know herman li isn't a band :P


Well..
Kirk Hammett, James Hetfeild, Story of the year, and a lot of other big name bands are using Ernie ball strings.
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any particular model of Ernie Ball good for a decent price?
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oh and apparently avenged sevenfold uses Ernie Ball
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Quote by dcvlehr
oh and apparently avenged sevenfold uses Ernie Ball


There's a huge list of bands/artists on the back of each pack of Ernie Ball's that states who uses them.
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so changing the topic to more specific...which type of ernie ball is the best for a more rock approach to guitar. And even some more alternative rock sound.
I see the following types listed:

Nickel Wound
Reinforced Plain Steel
Pure Nickel
Stainless Steel

And what guage would be fairly easy to play but not sacrifice sound. I like to use Medium and medium lights on my acoustic but any thicker would make it much more dificult to play.

What electric guage would be the equivilant to acoustic mediums i guess is what i'm saying
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depends
i use regular slinky(10's) on all my guitars, and they can do anything from E to drop B comfortably (after actions adjustments) but if you're going lower, i'd say get 11s


what type? like nickel or steel or what?
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I have GHS Strings on all of my guitars, try them out. Their cheap, strong, and the sound great.
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I have been doing some more research and those Ernie ball strings seem like the way to go
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I use d'addario's I think there 10 times better than ernie ball. they last way longer than those
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#26
Depends on how you like your strings for size. EB's are the way to go, the gauges are up to you. I personally use .10-.46., which is regular slinky.
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#27
The strings that sound the best to me are the cheapest ones in the store.
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^ahaha strings arnt really that expensive though.

Anyway, I used to use D'addario on my starter guitr, so I cant really tell you much about them. But I like many people swear by my Ernie Ball Super slinkys. Nice and light, SUPER bendy and sound nice and crisp.
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I don't hear a difference. I Play EB's most of the time cause they're cheap. Tried other brands, sound the same to me.
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acoustic mediums would be about 13 or 14 in electric srings, but not many people go that heavy on electrics, it'll give you a better sound though if that whats you want to play on.
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#32
Drop C seems to be my favorite tuning so far and i hear heavier gauges are best for the lower tunings.

I know a few people recommend .012-.052 for that. I'm no expert though. Just going off of what i've seen and heard.
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I like D'addarios, they are the only strings I use, because of habit. But in my opinion strings are all pretty much the same. Except if they are ridicuosly cheap.
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I use GHS Boomers and DR Tite-Fit's. They both last a long time and aren't prone to premature breaking. I prefer the GHS's for some reason though.
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GHS Boomers FTW!
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I still only really play Elixers. They're not that expensive and they have this awesome slippery feeling that lasts a pretty good amount of time. And the coating on the wound strings is totally awesome. My fingers always just seem to glide the best on 'lixers
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I still only really play Elixers. They're not that expensive and they have this awesome slippery feeling that lasts a pretty good amount of time. And the coating on the wound strings is totally awesome. My fingers always just seem to glide the best on 'lixers


Ya, i love elixers on my acoustics. I have tried others like JP's and i will never use anything but elixers on my acoustic guitars ever again. But i haven't found a really great string for electric yet.
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#38
I use D'Darrio on my guitars, I think they sound awesome and they stay in tune quite well with my random floyd rose whailing. my friend made me try blue steel strings before too. They're like 5$ but sound really nice for metal. They have a cool ring to it
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#40
I like Dimebag Darrel's signature DR Strings .10-.46 gauge. They tend to produce a tight low-end, and a nice bright high-end. Not to mention, DR hand-wounds their strings.

IMO, DR and Ernie Ball Slinkys are your best bet.