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sammetal92
post Jul 5 2013, 01:11 PM
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So which strings do you like the best and why?

When I was a noob at guitars tongue.gif I always went for those cheap Alice 9s laugh.gif then I was introduced to D'addario and have been playing D'addario since. I always keep a spare pack of D'addario nickel wound in my gig bag smile.gif

I just got my ordered strings, and this time I ordered GHS Boomers (9-42) and I haven't opened them up yet but I did read reviews and those reviews were pretty much all in favor of those strings. Even though they're cheaper than Ernie Ball strings, they were being compared to Ernie Ball.

Have you tried GHS Boomers or would you like to try them out?

Next time, on recommendation from Mertay smile.gif I am going to order a pack of Ernie Ball Stainless Steel Strings (9-42) smile.gif If you've tried those, do tell how you found them biggrin.gif

Also, what do you think of elixir strings? I personally think that they're overpriced and overrated. They might last long and their "new strings tone" probably lasts way longer than other strings, but still its very expensive here (a whopping $16), but just IMHO. If you've tried elixir, how did you find them? smile.gif

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post Jul 5 2013, 01:17 PM
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I have used mostly DR strings but now I have changed to Elixir. I have tried EB's but from 2 sets I broke the high 6 string twice. So no more of those.

Elixir are pricey - about 13 euros but they're good smile.gif

I heard a rumour that Ben Higgins uses a barbwire in his guitars ph34r.gif

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post Jul 5 2013, 01:27 PM
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QUOTE (WeePee @ Jul 5 2013, 12:17 PM) *
I have used mostly DR strings but now I have changed to Elixir. I have tried EB's but from 2 sets I broke the high 6 string twice. So no more of those.

Elixir are pricey - about 13 euros but they're good smile.gif

I heard a rumour that Ben Higgins uses a barbwire in his guitars ph34r.gif


I love your tone in the vid collabs you took part in tongue.gif you think your strings played a notice-able part in making your tone crisp? Elixir ones?

Hahahahahah he probably does, nice catch ph34r.gif


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post Jul 5 2013, 01:46 PM
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On Diego Strat i use Ernie Ball 9 to 42 sound for me typical Strat like huh.gif

and on Duesenberg -- Duesenberg DSA10 10 to 50 full heavy sound for me cool.gif

on Ovation i use Adamas 1717 10 to 47 for me a more full tone then others i did try out smile.gif


Bens barbwire String's i did not try yet but actually they sound good on his guitar`s biggrin.gif

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post Jul 5 2013, 01:55 PM
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QUOTE (Dieterle @ Jul 5 2013, 12:46 PM) *
On Diego Strat i use Ernie Ball 9 to 42 sound for me typical Strat like huh.gif

and on Duesenberg -- Duesenberg DSA10 10 to 50 full heavy sound for me cool.gif

on Ovation i use Adamas 1717 10 to 47 for me a more full tone then others i did try out smile.gif


Bens barbwire String's i did not try yet but actually they sound good on his guitar`s biggrin.gif


Adamas 1717 strings seem to be pretty good smile.gif if I find them here, I will definitely try them out smile.gif

laugh.gif Ben's secret ninja weapon ph34r.gif


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post Jul 5 2013, 03:58 PM
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QUOTE (sammetal92 @ Jul 5 2013, 04:27 PM) *
I love your tone in the vid collabs you took part in tongue.gif you think your strings played a notice-able part in making your tone crisp? Elixir ones?

Thanks man, but I haven't analysed my tone so much. So maybe wink.gif

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post Jul 5 2013, 04:37 PM
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D'addario 11-49 Nickel wound..I buy them in packets of three sets on ebay as its cheaper that way. I also like the fact that you can check the serial numbers on the packets on the D'addario website to check their authenticity.


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post Jul 5 2013, 04:54 PM
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QUOTE (WeePee @ Jul 5 2013, 02:58 PM) *
Thanks man, but I haven't analysed my tone so much. So maybe wink.gif


Fair enough tongue.gif

QUOTE (Headbanger @ Jul 5 2013, 03:37 PM) *
D'addario 11-49 Nickel wound..I buy them in packets of three sets on ebay as its cheaper that way. I also like the fact that you can check the serial numbers on the packets on the D'addario website to check their authenticity.


Exactly! The authenticity check is a big plus IMO, and its simple too smile.gif


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post Jul 5 2013, 05:48 PM
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I have used D'addario 010 for many years, however I'm now starting to experiment with hybrid gauges that start like with 010 but ends with 052. Ernie ball will be my next choice.


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post Jul 6 2013, 08:45 AM
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All I have used for many years are Ernie Ball Super Slinkys. They do the trick for me just fine. I break them every now and then but that's usually after they have been on the guitar for a while and I have been too lazy to change them. I have tried GHS Boomers but that was back in the 90's so I am afraid I wouldn't be of much help there. I know I didn't use them long. I have tried a few other brands but always go back to the old faithful pink pack of Ernie Balls.
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post Jul 6 2013, 08:50 AM
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Since 2009 - 2010 I only use Elixir strings

09 - 46 for standard tuning
10-52 for standard D/ drop C
12-68 for standard B/ drop A

At a first glance, they might seem pricey, but if you look on the long run, they are cheap smile.gif The maths is simple: A pack of Elixir 10-52 costs as much as to Ernie Ball normal strings packs but it outlasts them so, it is actually cheaper smile.gif


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post Jul 6 2013, 09:06 AM
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QUOTE (AK Rich @ Jul 6 2013, 07:45 AM) *
All I have used for many years are Ernie Ball Super Slinkys. They do the trick for me just fine. I break them every now and then but that's usually after they have been on the guitar for a while and I have been too lazy to change them. I have tried GHS Boomers but that was back in the 90's so I am afraid I wouldn't be of much help there. I know I didn't use them long. I have tried a few other brands but always go back to the old faithful pink pack of Ernie Balls.


I'll be trying Ernie Ball for the first time next time I need to buy strings smile.gif hoping they'll do good for me cool.gif

QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Jul 6 2013, 07:50 AM) *
Since 2009 - 2010 I only use Elixir strings

09 - 46 for standard tuning
10-52 for standard D/ drop C
12-68 for standard B/ drop A

At a first glance, they might seem pricey, but if you look on the long run, they are cheap smile.gif The maths is simple: A pack of Elixir 10-52 costs as much as to Ernie Ball normal strings packs but it outlasts them so, it is actually cheaper smile.gif


I have one of my three guitars in standard C and 9-42 strings seem very slack, so I think the next time I need to put on new strings on that guitar, I'll give Elixir a go smile.gif


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post Jul 6 2013, 09:27 AM
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QUOTE (sammetal92 @ Jul 6 2013, 12:06 AM) *
I'll be trying Ernie Ball for the first time next time I need to buy strings smile.gif hoping they'll do good for me cool.gif



I have one of my three guitars in standard C and 9-42 strings seem very slack, so I think the next time I need to put on new strings on that guitar, I'll give Elixir a go smile.gif

Whoa! 9-42 for a C standard tuning? That has gotta be close to playing with rubber bands for strings! tongue.gif Yeah, whatever brand you choose you should definitely go with a bigger gauge. smile.gif
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post Jul 6 2013, 09:36 AM
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QUOTE (AK Rich @ Jul 6 2013, 08:27 AM) *
Whoa! 9-42 for a C standard tuning? That has gotta be close to playing with rubber bands for strings! tongue.gif Yeah, whatever brand you choose you should definitely go with a bigger gauge. smile.gif


hahahah yeah, I wanted low action and less tension, so I fixed the guitar and neck for micro action (you can just touch a string to get a note and its even across tongue.gif) and got it in C standard , adjusted the truss rod a bit tongue.gif

EDIT: I just did that though, I mostly keep it in Drop C, I just tuned down to C Standard to play a few songs from Edge of Sanity tongue.gif going back to Drop C

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post Jul 6 2013, 09:47 AM
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D'Addario 9-42 for E standard (which is what I do).

I used to play Elixir, but tried D'Addario by coincidence and I liked them, a little softer than Elixir but keeps tuning as well.
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post Jul 6 2013, 10:19 AM
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D'Addario 10's

9's are too light for my heavyhandedness


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post Jul 6 2013, 10:45 AM
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I'm a bit strange, since I use my fingers but play electric guitar, I use D'Addario Chromes .11, Flat Wounds. These are mostly used by jazzers on big Archtop guitars, but since they are wound so tight they don't shred my nails like normal strings do. So I've found they work great, even on my Tele, for fingerstyle electric guitar playing.


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post Jul 6 2013, 11:33 AM
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I use Ernie Balls 10-46 Regular Slinky or a custom packs like 13-72 or 12-54 for some drop tuning. My expierience with strings is different and exactly opposite to what was mentioned before - I did break strings like D'addario more often that Ernie Balls. Also...they seems to last longer. At least the ones that can be bought in Poland. I did some tests on the guitars that I use rarely and after 3 months of hanging on the wall,Ernie balls were still enough usable - just cleand the dirt but the weren't rusty and cutting finger like a chainsaw.


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post Jul 6 2013, 12:14 PM
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Ernie Ball nickel wound 10-52 skinny top, heavy bottom for E standard, Eb, drop D on the LTD EC-1000.

Ernie Ball nickel wound 10-46 for E standard on the Ibanez RG.

Used EB strings for 8+ years and am happy with them, they last me a while.


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post Jul 6 2013, 02:03 PM
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For my Fender guitar I use Fender Bullets 9-42. Keeps tune better with the tremelo cause of the bullet heads. I notice a big difference when I'm not using bullet strings and always re-tuning when using the tremelo... very annoying.

I'm not to fussy I'll use Ernie Ball, D'Addario, or cheaper Fender strings on other guitars. I usually play in just E standard tuning last couple years and stick with 9-42 or 9-46. I sometimes play in drop tunings and use Ernie Ball slinky's 11- 52 gauge on my Les paul for that.

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