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Zephan
post May 15 2007, 03:25 PM
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Heya together. I gotta go buy new strings so yea. Which strings should a beginner buy ?
Got curious cos when I changed my strings, two times the thin E string ripped apart lol
But those strings were pretty old.
So which strings can you suggest for a beginner ?

Thanks in advance biggrin.gif


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post May 15 2007, 07:35 PM
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I personally havn't seen too much variance in prices and quality, or no like certain strings for an expert or a beginner, basically use what feels good, buy different strings and try em depending on what gauge u want. personally any strings in the 20$ canadian range work great for me. maybe others know differently?
what feels good to you and sounds good and is the right guage for what your playing


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post May 15 2007, 07:49 PM
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Yea that is an interesting question.
Personally I'm mostly interested into playing solos or songs like JerryC played too like: I'm alright, Canon Rock and Wedding in the Dream. But I would love to play stuff like Mr. Crowley from Ozzy too.


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post May 15 2007, 09:30 PM
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Strings are something that doesn't change from beginner to pro. I play D'Addario "EXL120" strings - 9-42 - best for me so far!


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post May 15 2007, 09:34 PM
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Well i think if youre currently practicing Legato style stuff, you can use what i use on my Ibanez, Which are Dean Markley Extra Lights, 8-38...they require a very light touch and sound beautiful, just dont use them if you want to detune, they dont sounds to good below D, And i dont go farther down than Eb with them.
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post May 16 2007, 07:39 AM
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I use D'Addario EXL110


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post May 16 2007, 09:18 AM
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Ernie Ball's are good strings smile.gif

i use the super slinkeys (9-42)
those are about the thinnest you can get.


there are so many different string gauges to suit your needs.
for example, if you play heavy metal or something that requires drop tuning, using thicker strings will 1. give you a better sound and 2. the strings wont be loose as they are thicker.

but since you like to play jerryC sorta stuff i reckon super slinkeys (9-42) will be good. + with thinner string gauges you can bend easier.

Ernie Ball Extra Slinky 8-38
Ernie Ball Super Slinky 9-42
Ernie Ball Regular Slinky 10-46
Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinky 9-46
Ernie Ball Power Slinky 11-48
Ernie Ball Beefy Slinky 11-54
Ernie Ball Not Even Slinky 12-56

the hybrid string gauges are great. you have a low string gauge for the solos and a decent string gauge for riffing so that your guitar sounds heavy tongue.gif

but the choice is up to you. hope me helped =]
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post May 16 2007, 09:36 AM
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QUOTE (Zephan @ May 15 2007, 01:49 PM) *
Yea that is an interesting question.
Personally I'm mostly interested into playing solos or songs like JerryC played too like: I'm alright, Canon Rock and Wedding in the Dream. But I would love to play stuff like Mr. Crowley from Ozzy too.


10-46. Absolute minimum for many reasons.
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post May 16 2007, 10:49 AM
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QUOTE (The Uncreator @ May 15 2007, 10:34 PM) *
Well i think if youre currently practicing Legato style stuff, you can use what i use on my Ibanez, Which are Dean Markley Extra Lights, 8-38...they require a very light touch and sound beautiful, just dont use them if you want to detune, they dont sounds to good below D, And i dont go farther down than Eb with them.


QUOTE (moles @ May 16 2007, 10:18 AM) *
Ernie Ball's are good strings smile.gif

i use the super slinkeys (9-42)
those are about the thinnest you can get.
there are so many different string gauges to suit your needs.
for example, if you play heavy metal or something that requires drop tuning, using thicker strings will 1. give you a better sound and 2. the strings wont be loose as they are thicker.

but since you like to play jerryC sorta stuff i reckon super slinkeys (9-42) will be good. + with thinner string gauges you can bend easier.

Ernie Ball Extra Slinky 8-38
Ernie Ball Super Slinky 9-42
Ernie Ball Regular Slinky 10-46
Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinky 9-46
Ernie Ball Power Slinky 11-48
Ernie Ball Beefy Slinky 11-54
Ernie Ball Not Even Slinky 12-56

the hybrid string gauges are great. you have a low string gauge for the solos and a decent string gauge for riffing so that your guitar sounds heavy tongue.gif

but the choice is up to you. hope me helped =]


Yep that helped pretty much much. The Super Slinky and Hybrid Slinky interest me and the Extra Light ones from Dean Markley. By that thin ones I would be afraid tho that they can rip apart lol

Got any tips by changing strings so they don't rip ? And how often should I change my strings by the way ? Let's say when I practice everyday like three hours.

Oh I found something else were I wanted to know if it is really helpfull. It's this little thing here -> Planet Waves Grip Master <-

What do you all think about the Aria Pro2 Magna Series E-Guitar by the way ?

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10-46. Absolute minimum for many reasons.


What kind of reasons ? lol


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post May 16 2007, 12:46 PM
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QUOTE (Zephan @ May 16 2007, 11:49 AM) *
Oh I found something else were I wanted to know if it is really helpfull. It's this little thing here -> Planet Waves Grip Master <-


What the ... heck IS that?


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post May 16 2007, 12:47 PM
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i have that gripmaster thing in medium tension and it helps a bit but i use it alot so if u dont have time for it, it might not be that great but that shouldnt be a problem since its small u can bring it any where. as for strings i use ghs 10-46. my freinds dont change there strings until one breaks but i change them every 2 or 3 weeks but some people change them more often

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post May 16 2007, 01:25 PM
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Yea I would use that Grip Master pretty often. During the times where I can't practice like nights or early mornings as example.

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post May 16 2007, 01:51 PM
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QUOTE (fkalich @ May 16 2007, 10:36 AM) *
10-46. Absolute minimum for many reasons.


It's funny - you say it's absolute minimum but Rusty, Vai, Satch, Mark Knofler, Michael Angelo use 9-42 biggrin.gif


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post May 16 2007, 02:08 PM
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QUOTE (Zephan @ May 16 2007, 08:25 AM) *
Yea I would use that Grip Master pretty often. During the times where I can't practice like nights or early mornings as example.


I have one too - my advice is use it but don't overdo it as its a pretty intensive workout. I used it on a business trip and ended up with a sore pinkie for a few days and had to lay off the guitar playing for a little while.


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post May 16 2007, 02:40 PM
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Yea I wouldn't overdo it.

Hey Andrew which strings would you suggest ?

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QUOTE (Zephan @ May 16 2007, 09:40 AM) *
Yea I wouldn't overdo it.

Hey Andrew which strings would you suggest ?


Well I've used EB's for years, they always tune up really quickly and stay in tune well - used to use hybrids but I'm back on regular now - I find that the heavier strings give a better sound, and I actually like the greater resistance for bending, gives me better control (or at least it feels that way).

Last time I put my guitar in for a tune-up at the tech, he put some Elixir strings on it - so far I love them, and think I might make a permanent switch - I get through a set of strings probably every month or two so its no big deal that they cost more.

Also, there's no such thing as beginner strings - just strings you like or dislike smile.gif I don't think any strings are bad - people just get attached to whatever brand they are using then try and defend them smile.gif

The answer is to try a different set every time you change them, eventually you will settle on a gauge and brand that you really like.

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Yea i just got through with a set of elixirs and id have to say..there really nice..and i like the tone.and the feel they have........but i had to swtich them cus im poor...and so yea i bought like a cheap 10 dollar pack..for 3..so yea...can you see where this is going.....SNIFF SNIFF


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post May 16 2007, 03:22 PM
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Yea I think I go with the GHS 10-46 ones for now. They're pretty cheap here and I can test around with the 9-42 and 9-46 ones later too when I can play better. biggrin.gif

I hope in the shop where I go buy them they can take a look at my Tremolo system too. Were wondering if everything is alright with it.

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QUOTE (Pavel @ May 16 2007, 02:51 PM) *
It's funny - you say it's absolute minimum but Rusty, Vai, Satch, Mark Knofler, Michael Angelo use 9-42 biggrin.gif


Don't know about the others, but Knopfler has been using 10's since 1997 and in an interview Vai stated he started tours with 9's and switched to 10's when his fingers gets in shape. SRV is said to been using 12 and even 13's.

Personally I think the 9's are to thin, they feel like spagetti when bending but my son who is more of a shredder prefers 9's, which brings me to my conclusion / question:

Do shredders prefer thin strings and benders (if you know what I mean) prefer thicker ones? If so that sounds a bit backwards at first looks.


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Concerning the String strength depends on your personal preference. Most people I know play 9-42. I play 10-46 since I also like to downtune a bit and also with a Floyd Rose Tremolo playing 0.010 is softer than playing 0.009 on a fixed bridge guitar (e.g. Les Paul).

The only really important thing is to play quality strings. It doesn't matter if it is Earnie Ball, Elixier, D'Addario, Dean Markley etc....

For a time I went with budget strings and it is true they can sound bad and most important of all they corrode (and thus break) much faster (even using Fast Fret ;-)) which doesn't make them a cheap alternative at all.
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