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#1 TheRealZap

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 06:45 AM

I tend to stick with the 10-46 gauge here....

tried loads of brands etc haven't found any that stood out for me a whole lot....

probably like the durability of the elixirs, and the tone of the d'addarios

 anyway... getting my gretsch g5120 setup it appears that it comes factory with 11-49 low tension....

haven't seen any steel strings that say low tension....

just looking for opinions etc....

 

anyone heard of these?:

http://www.curtmangan.com/

 

they seem to be well reviewed


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#2 phil_m

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 06:59 AM

I've not heard of those. If you're actually looking for lower tension strings, I think the DR Pure Blues series would fit that bill. People either love or hate DRs, though. I like 'em.

 

I put flatwounds (D'Addario Chromes) on my Gretsch G6118t. They're definitely not low tension, but I like the way they feel on the guitar.


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 06:33 PM

i use dr's. they last. i can only remember breaking one hi e. (memory cells subject to loss). i've been using them for a while, can't remember the actual years. :(  i normally use eh-11 tite fit. the gauge sizes are 11, 14, 18, 28, 48, 50. i've also tried bulk strings from just strings.com. you can pick your own gauge and you get 12 each at about 40-50 bucks including shipping. they claim the strings are name brand name but because they're bulk they can't reveal the name. i had good luck with them. maybe i'll try them again


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Posted 07 May 2013 - 05:53 AM

I use D'Addario 10-46. I've also used Elixir but I keep coming back to the d'ads. I've also tried 9s and 11s - too light and heavy respectively for my taste.
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#5 TheRealZap

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 05:56 AM

I use D'Addario 10-46. I've also used Elixir but I keep coming back to the d'ads. I've also tried 9s and 11s - too light and heavy respectively for my taste.

 

I mostly agree with you, although i can get the same level of comfort from 11's on a shorter scale instrument.

I also have some instruments that their nature says 9's to me... my ibanez RG for instance...

of course the modern take is to put 16 gauge strings and drop it 4 octaves hahaha... i'm old school i guess.


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Posted 09 May 2013 - 05:10 PM

was a Ernie Ball user for years then switch over to G-Boomers.....


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Posted 10 May 2013 - 05:10 AM

I tend to use Rotosounds, but I have no real brand preference. I have never put a set on and thought that my guitar sounded magically different or felt any difference in playing from brand to brand. I don't like coated strings though.

 

I tend to use 11-50 - I don't think the 48 you get with 11s is heavy enough. I have even ventured to 12s on occasion - especially if I am going to detune to guitar, but I have baritones for that now so I can stick to standardish tunings for my regular guitars.

 

Generally the heavier the better.


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Posted 10 May 2013 - 01:54 PM

I like GHS Boomers - 10-46, especially on my Strat.  That said, I've stayed with the D'Addario 10-46 for my JT-59.


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Posted 15 May 2013 - 10:34 PM

Hello all.

I tend to favor pure nickel wound strings. I like Ernie Ball's "classic rock n' roll" strings, GHS "pure nickel" strings, GHS "pure nickel, slightly burnished' strings, Fender pure nickel bullets, and Gibson's "vintage reissue" pure nickel strings. I like the sound of pure nickel strings right out of the package.

 

I also like nickel plated steel wrap strings. My favorites are Ernie Ball, GHS, Fender bullets, and Gibson bright wires. To my ears, nickel plated steel have a very bright sound right out of the pack, but after a few hours of use they tend to mellow similar to pure nickel strings.

 

On my strats, I tend to use .009-.042, on my Les Paul I almost always use .10-.46.


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#10 moondancer

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 12:34 AM

On my hollow bodies I use .011-0.048 "The Rod Strings" made by Pyramid. I'm not sure if they are available in US.

Even I like Thomastik JS111, flatwound, .011-.047.

For my JTV-69 (bought in 12/2012) I have not yet found my favourite string. The OEM D'addario are to ordinary to me. I tried Thomastik Power Brights .010-.045 which I play on my other hollow body LP-style guitar, too soft, no bite. At the moment I play Dunlops Zakk Wylde .010-.046, sounds good, but problems with the justification of octave. Octave is much to low and you have to move the bridge pieces of  E, A and D string too extreme.


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Posted 18 June 2013 - 02:44 PM

I settled on D'Addario 10-52 for my Strat years ago, and continue with them today on my variax. I get 4 gigs out of them, tho in the summer months, thery're starting to rust by the 4th. I clean em with tea tree oil after every gig.

Recently tried a set of elixirs, but broke an E string on the second gig (which I replaced with an Ernie Ball) and took em off after another couple of gigs, as I figured I didn't want to risk more on-stage breakages. Definitely not value for money, tho I'd consider em on my acoustic which I don't pick up that much - they'd last for ages on there!!!

 

As an aside - does anyone notice tonal change on old vs new strings on a variax??? I bet there's negligible difference unlike using mag pups?!


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Posted 20 June 2013 - 12:42 AM

Old string means fatigue of material and dirt in the winding. Your string will lose sustain and harmonics. The dynamic and vibration of the string will surely affect your sound. The overtones will be provided by the model and rather not affected.


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