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« Thread started on: Jul 29th, 2004, 6:51pm »

Strings do not get talked about enough on forums, always high end gear talk. But strings are a vital part of one's sound. Different brands do have different tones to them. String gauges matter also. I have found GHS and Ernie Ball strings to be brighter. Dean Markley and Fender and Gibson strings are darker. Vinci and Peavey strings are middle of the road, neither too bright or heavy toned. These are the only brands that I have used since the late 1970's. I first started in the early 70's and used Black Diamond finger killer strings. I play very hard so I use .011-.049 strings. For the last 5 years I have used Fender Original 150's. Just wondering what are experiences y'all have had with strings?

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« Reply #1 on: Jul 29th, 2004, 10:35pm »

I exclusively use D'Addario strings,

10-46 - Kramer Pacer
9-42 - Kramer Striker & Gibson '67 V
9-54 - Custom 7 string guitar.

I simply like the way they play. Ernie Ball would be my second choice. The GHS seem to break too easily, and the Black Diamond just did nothing special for me tonewise.
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« Reply #2 on: Jul 30th, 2004, 01:04am »

I've used D'Addario strings for quite some time. They're nice, but now that I've tried Ernie Ball I'm not going back, they last much longer. Hard to compare tone since I definitively don't change strings every day but the Ernie Ball has this twang that the D'Addario doesn't have when new. I usually don't like the tone of brand new strings, though.
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« Reply #3 on: Jul 30th, 2004, 01:04am »

I use regular 010 sets BTW.
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« Reply #4 on: Dec 18th, 2005, 08:54am »

I agree that the EB strings have more of a "twang" but I've found that the D'Addario, for me, stay newer for longer. I use both regularly just to keep things interesting. ghs Boomers as well. Find the ghs really 'mettalic' (bright) sounding. I remember reading an interview with Randy Rhoads where he mentions using them and liking that 'mettalic' sound. cool

One thing I have noticed is that the 'pure nickel' strings as oppossed to the usual 'nickel plated' (most of us use) give a much warmer tone. The nickel plated are quite 'bright'; as intended.

Interesting bit of music trivia/fact... EVH used 'pure nickel' strings on the first 4 VH albums. He mentioned this in numerous early interviews. Fender 150XL Pure Nickel Wound, .009 - .04 -Not entirely sure about the other albums though.

I use .009 and .010 gauge on my guitars.
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« Reply #5 on: Dec 18th, 2005, 12:41pm »

on Dec 18th, 2005, 08:54am, loudgtr wrote:
I've found that the D'Addario, for me, stay newer for longer.


Same here.

I use EXL120 on my guitars.

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« Reply #6 on: Dec 18th, 2005, 5:46pm »

I use only Ernie Ball anymore. I have tried so many different strings over the years, but always go back to EBs. I like the feel and the tone. I use primarily Super Slinkys but I like to use Regular Slinkys on my Heritage 535.
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« Reply #7 on: May 1st, 2006, 05:23am »

I use DR Pure Blues Extra Heavies (12-52) on a 1978 Travis Bean Artist tuned down a full step. I like GHS Boomers for my basses, but they do break a lot when I use their guitar strings. I break D'Addarios if I look at the guitr wrong... those strings NEVER hold up for me. Never been a fan of Ernie Ball strings either.
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« Reply #8 on: Oct 4th, 2006, 09:43am »

I've used a 10 - 46 gauge string for as long as I can remember. For the past 2 years I've used Snake Oil Brand Strings exclusively. For the last 2 weeks I've been using the DR "Pure Blues" Strings and if early indications hold true, I just might have found MY string of choice. The Snake Oil Strings are GREAT sounding strings, and they seem to last forever, but they are a tad "darK" sounding (to my ears anyway) on the Bass strings. I have tried their "Rock Formula" Strings as well, and (again, to my ears) they are too bright on the unwound strings. The DR "Pure Blues" seem to retain the tone I like on the unwound strings, while adding a little "snap" and "bite" to the wound strings. They are also a bit "tighter" sounding than the Snake Oil Strings, which with my ES-335 through my Fuchs amp is a good thing. The kicker will be the longevity of the DR Strings in comparison to the Snake Oil Strings. I can get 2 to 3 months with the SOS Strings no matter how hard I play them. If I can get close to that with the DR's, then I've found an all around winner.

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« Reply #9 on: Oct 6th, 2006, 04:09am »

Which brand is it that has the colored ball ends? I like those. The Ernie Ball Slinky strings are always good.
Whatever you do, don't waste your money on those crappy "Webstrings". They're pure sh*t lipsrsealed
They have lots of defects in the wire, every other pack is missing a string, and they turn your fingers black! angry
Yeah, they only cost a buck and a half a set, but they're not even worth half that. You could probably use them to hang pictures, or as a clothes line for your White Trash Barbie Playsetwink , but keep them away from your guitars!!!

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« Reply #10 on: Oct 6th, 2006, 09:31am »

on Oct 6th, 2006, 04:09am, Antlerjam wrote:
Which brand is it that has the colored ball ends? I like those. The Ernie Ball Slinky strings are always good.
Whatever you do, don't waste your money on those crappy "Webstrings". They're pure sh*t lipsrsealed
They have lots of defects in the wire, every other pack is missing a string, and they turn your fingers black! angry
Yeah, they only cost a buck and a half a set, but they're not even worth half that. You could probably use them to hang pictures, or as a clothes line for your White Trash Barbie Playsetwink , but keep them away from your guitars!!!



The ones with the colored ends are D'Addario Strings.

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« Reply #11 on: Oct 7th, 2006, 5:08pm »

I used Ernie Ball Super Slinky for the first 34 years I've been playing. Last year I switched to D'Addario 10's it could have been just time for a change but I think the D'Addario's seem to last a little longer.
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« Reply #12 on: Oct 14th, 2006, 01:40am »

Over 2 years from my original post, I am still using the Fender Original 150's. I guess I am set in my ways. laugh
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« Reply #13 on: Jan 3rd, 2007, 6:59pm »

I just switched from 10s to 11s and what a difference... it's not even a subtle one. Was using Ernie Ball 10-46 and decided to try some D'Addario 11-49 and my tone through my Avenger now has the exact "chunk" as the SLO recordings on a particular album that inspired me to get a Soldano in the first place. I had thought it was the DeYoung transformers in the SLO that were craeting that chunk but it was the strings... wish I had thought of going to 11s years ago. I play mostly modern rock, modern punk, alternative at medium gain (5) and with the entite guitar tuned down a semi tone (like all the stuff I listen to).
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« Reply #14 on: Nov 13th, 2007, 9:48pm »

For many many years I used Ernie Balls. I remember thinking D'Addario were realy cheap strings then I got a guitar with a set on them. I love em I use them now, and Gibson Les Paul signatures. All 10-46 but when I use 9's I like the GHS and some Fernades brands I got on a Japanese guitar I just had to know what kind of strings they were when I got it. I think they rang sweet more because of the guitar rather than the string itself time will tell when it's time to change them. I wait forever to change strings.

By the way I'm new to the forum I hope to buy a Soldano soon so I figured I better join the forum and get the best advice ( from Soldano owners) and maybe be able to get some good advice on used models. I'm not rich so I may have to buy used.
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