Does Anybody REALLY consider their strings?

What's Hot
2

Comments

  • tone1tone1 Frets: 1680
    D’Addario 10-46 on all Electrics for me.... Got  a great deal on 12 sets last Christmas. They seem to tune up really quickly from new, without lots of stretching and faffing for ages. Never break and last ages  :)
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 1reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • King85King85 Frets: 46
    edited October 8
    I've only ever used Regular Slinkys s

    Never tried anything else.

    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • tekbowtekbow Frets: 123

    Good point, some strings do stretch out faster than others.

    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • TTBZTTBZ Frets: 659
    D'addario 10-46s on everything for me if in standard. Maybe thicker on the bottom (10-52) if I'm tuning down, or down to 11s for drop C.
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 16291
    Try bass... one set, forever. Job done. 
    You have much to learn young Padawan. Bass string choice is far more controversial and argument causing than guitar strings. 

    For a start off you have to pin your colours to the flats rounds or tape camp, and then once there there’s the whole brand, gauge and tension debate.

    In the bass world we can’t even agree on the right number to buy
    3reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • Picato 10’s On all electrics and 12 phosphor bronze on all acoustics been like that for the last 
    12 years or so, I was given a set of elixirs once they lasted 20 minutes befor changing back to Picato’s
    www.maltingsaudio.co.uk
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • skunkwerxskunkwerx Frets: 1778
    I tried a bunch of different materials, brands etc. 

    Cobalts, liked the way they felt, Elixirs, liked the way they felt, but a bit pricey both of them. 

    Usually stick with Ernie Ball hybrids. 

    They all sound the same to me lol!
    The only easy day, was yesterday...
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • pintspillerpintspiller Frets: 576
    10 D'Ads on Gibson's. 10 Ernies on Fenders. 40 Swing on bass. 
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • SNAKEBITESNAKEBITE Frets: 678

    Ernie Ball Super Slinkies.

    I've never really tried anything else, never really felt the need to, not sure it would make much difference with my playing anyway!

    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • KitsuneKitsune Frets: 227
    I put 10s on standard tuned guitars and 13s on my lower tuned ones.
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • kt66kt66 Frets: 199
    Rickenbackers only sound like Rickenbackers with Compressed Round Wound strings. That's my only rule. I like changing makes to explore. Newtone seem to be my favourite at the moment. Also don't buy really cheap strings, false economy 
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • PolarityManPolarityMan Frets: 4339
    I down tune so string guage is def a big factor. I do get more use out of coated strings but not enough to make it worthwhile so I'm in Ernie Ball heavy top skinny bottoms.

    Btw does anyone know if heavier guage electric 12 string sets are a thing?
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • crunchmancrunchman Frets: 4058
    I am a long-time Ernie Ball Regular Slinky user.

    I've just switched to the Curt Mangan Matt Schofield signature sets, and I really like them. They're nominally 11s, but with lighter middle strings. The gauges are:

    11-14-18-28-38-54 - Curt Mangan Matt Schofield Signature
    11-15-22-30-42-54 - Ernie Ball Beefy Slinky
    10-13-17-26-36-46 - Ernie Ball Regular Slinky

    As you can see, the middle four strings of the CM set are roughly halfway between the EB Regular & Beefy.

    As I said, I really like how they feel. Time will tell how long they last.

    R.


    I might try those Curt Mangan ones on my White Falcon.  It doesn't sound as good with 10s, but 11s on a 25.5" scale are quite hard work.  They might be a good compromise.

    Alternatively, I might try some Newtones.  I think they have a set that are meant to be lower tension.

    Apart from the Falcon, I just use D'Addario 10s on my electrics.  I've experimented more on my acoustics, but keep coming back to D'Addario Phosphor Bronze.

    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • VibetronicVibetronic Frets: 288
    D'addario NYXLs these days after 20+ years using EB Slinkys. Feel loads better, keep brightness longer and last longer. 
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 1reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • ESBlondeESBlonde Frets: 2493
    Yes I always consider strings. When I buy a new guitar I co through string gauges and brands until I find what works for Me on That guitar. Once I find something I like I can stock up in bulk and change strings as often as I like/need. But now I've got half a dozen guitars my string stock needs managing so it doesn't get huge, luckily the same strings suit more than one guitar.
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 1reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • DavidReesDavidRees Frets: 88
    I play Thomastik Infield flat wounds with a wound third but then again I'm just weird :) ...

    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • sweepysweepy Frets: 1942
    After more years than I care to remember I have settled on 9.5’s for Strats and 10.5’s for Les Pauls, all D’addarIo
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • FarleyUKFarleyUK Frets: 468
    I've tried EB regulars, Paradigms (waste of money IMO) and Rotosounds, but I've used NYXL's for a while now and love them. Just moved from the 11s to the 10 - 52 set, and they're brilliant.
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • GagarynGagaryn Frets: 1468
    DavidRees said:
    I play Thomastik Infield flat wounds with a wound third but then again I'm just weird :) ...


    No, you are sensible - so do I!
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 1reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • kennedydream1980kennedydream1980 Frets: 233
    edited October 11

    I prefer the tension and feel of D'addario 10-46 EXL strings on my guitars, they are just far easier to bend. A set can last up to about 2 months for me which is great. I've tried Elixirs (Feel too stiff and slippy), EB Slinkys (Only last about a week for me).

    I buy my sets in batches of 10 which will more or less last me for a year. I bought my last batch from Bax Shop. £40 for 10 sets is a bit of a bargain.

    0reaction image LOL 1reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • axisusaxisus Frets: 11433
    I'm not that bothered. I get any relatively cheap set. I don't go for the dirt cheap ones as they don't last. Strings can stay for years on my guitars, I change them one at a time when they break. I hate putting zingy new strings on!
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • DLMDLM Frets: 1846
    tekbow said:
    Blind test, perhaps if played on the same guitar with the sane amp settings. Best way to do it would be to record, which I may just do at some point like I did with tubes.

    Your mileage may vary, but Line 6 amps would not be my first choice when tone-testing anything...

    https://cdn.instructables.com/FP7/F1QB/FXETS7TV/FP7F1QBFXETS7TV.RECTANGLE1.jpg

    3reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 1reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • tekbowtekbow Frets: 123
    DLM said:
    tekbow said:
    Blind test, perhaps if played on the same guitar with the sane amp settings. Best way to do it would be to record, which I may just do at some point like I did with tubes.

    Your mileage may vary, but Line 6 amps would not be my first choice when tone-testing anything...

    https://cdn.instructables.com/FP7/F1QB/FXETS7TV/FP7F1QBFXETS7TV.RECTANGLE1.jpg


    Auto-correct shafts me again...

    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • I’m one of those odd characters for who pre packaged sets are not quite right. I like a set comprising of 9, 11, 15, 26, 36 and 46 gauges. I usually buy a 10-46 set of D’Addario strings and replace the first and third with custom gauge D’Addrio or E Balls. It’s a real pain but I just prefer things that way.
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • longjawlongjaw Frets: 175
    I use D'Addario or Rotosound 10s. I can't hear or feel any difference between the 2.
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • ChuckManualChuckManual Frets: 460
    I never really cared before I first tried Curt Mangan strings. Now I don't use anything-else. They just stay livelier for longer.
    Not much of the gear, even less idea.
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 1reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • GabrielGabriel Frets: 25
    I was endorsed by Newtone for a while but have just been using D'addario 10s as I can get them anywhere in the world and know exactly what to expect. 
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • bingefellerbingefeller Frets: 5497
    Over the years I've tried every gauge from 8s up to 11s - all in standard tuning.  

    I've settled on D'Addario NYXL 8 - 38.  They stay in tune better than any of the Ernie Ball 8s and they last longer too.  
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • ReverendReverend Frets: 1734
    Most of my guitars are tuned down 4 steps so use 54s. In was using eb beefy that are 11-54 but recently got so dunlop 12s. At home I can leave strings on for years sometimes as it doesnt really matter. Live, I'd never do more than 2 gigs on a set of strings so either we how long strings last is not much of an issue for me. 
    0reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
  • GrunfeldGrunfeld Frets: 2728
    For 100 years I was happy to use one make of guitar pick and then I had the daft idea of trying something different.
    Now I have gone through dozens of types of picks and I'm not as happy as I was and the original picks don't feel as nice.
    I ain't about to do the same thing with my happy strings!

    1reaction image LOL 0reaction image Wow! 0reaction image Wisdom · Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
Sign In or Register to comment.