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Old February 17th, 2012, 12:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Best Strings for Tele....

Just curious as to what strings you guys run on your Teles? Share your opinions please!

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Old February 17th, 2012, 12:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I recently tried GHS Flat Brites .10 - not really flat-wound but very smooth.

Exceptional tuning stability...a bit thin sounding through some amps.

Usually use Ernie Ball .10 for a thicker sound but they don't stay in tune as well as the GHS and seem to have more stretch in the string.
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Old February 17th, 2012, 12:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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'Best'? There is no 'best'.

It's all down to personal preference. Ernie Ball .10s on mine ATM.
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Old February 17th, 2012, 12:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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top three are Ernie Ball, Dadarrio and GHS. Then there are some Flatwounds, some 012s or even 013s, some 009s...

i would say "try em all". or dont. i personally havent tried that much. 010, 011, 012, back to 010. GHS, Fender, Dadarrio, EB, Pyradmid, stayed with Dadarrio. Cheap and reliable. What you want more?
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Old February 17th, 2012, 12:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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D'Addario 9-42 here. . . .
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Old February 17th, 2012, 01:08 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I prefer Ernie Ball Slinkys, I like the way they feel and sound.

I use Super Slinkys 9-42 and Regular Slinky 10-46

They stay in tune fine if stretched properly.
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Old February 17th, 2012, 01:15 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Old February 17th, 2012, 01:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Old February 17th, 2012, 02:01 PM   #9 (permalink)
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DR Tite-fits on all my electrics. They have a certain ring I don't get from hex core strings. 10-46.
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Old February 17th, 2012, 02:02 PM   #10 (permalink)
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As one who goes thru upwards of 250 sets a year in my Shop...I value

consistency the most (accurate intonation)...GHS and Ernie Ball Slinkys

both do that for me.....D'Addario....not so much : ( Perhaps they've gotten

better though ?....I'm also kinda Impressed w/ The Treated Cleartones, for you

types w/ that "Acid Sweat" thang......
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Old February 17th, 2012, 02:07 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Old February 17th, 2012, 02:08 PM   #12 (permalink)
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[QUOTE=notdave;3939895]'Best'? There is no 'best'.QUOTE]

+1 on that... IMO A good set that will intonate properly is really all anyone needs, the fine tuning can be done at the amplifier.

I've tried lots of brands, and I can honestly say in a blind test I wouldn't know the difference if my life depended on it... I do think the type of string makes a difference.... steel strings are slightly brighter (and harder on the frets) than the average nickel plated set.... pure nickel wound sets might sound a lil' more "vintage" (whatever that is... ) and they should be easier on the frets as the nickel winding isn't really any harder than your typical nickel fret... so not quite as abrasive... just IMO.... oh yeah, then there are the flat wound stings... never played them, but you can hear them on early Johnny Cash records and Kenny Vaughan swears by them.

Personally I've been choosing pure nickel round wound sets lately in .010 .046 on all my guitars... I've had good luck with DR Pure Blues though some report intonation issues with those.... D'Addario makes a good set... actually Fender strings are made by D'Addario now..... like I said, I really can't tell one from another.... though I'm sure there are plenty out there who can hear the difference.... or think they can lol...
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Old February 17th, 2012, 02:09 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I realize its a preference thing.Just curious as to what everyone uses.I dont have a lot of friends that play.
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Old February 17th, 2012, 02:37 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Been using the D'Addario 120+ (9.5-46) lately on the Tele. D'Addario 10-46 on the Strat.

Over the years have used Dean Markleys, Ernie Balls and Fenders. All reasonably good strings. The nickelplated roundwounds are usually what I go for.

I don't generally break strings, but do change strings on a somewhat regular basis. My hands don't sweat alot and my acidic level must be fairly neutral. I also try to wash my hands before playing, it does seem to help.

I've worked with guys that their acidic levels must have been off the charts. They're needing to change strings at least once a week and a bridge plate will almost be trashed within 6 months. You pick up their instument and it's like they've been eating pancakes with their hands.

The best set is what YOU end up liking for whatever reasons. Good luck. Strings are a pretty cheap part of the picture, try a bunch of different ones.
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Old February 17th, 2012, 02:44 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I used D'Addario 10's on my Tele for years and recently decided to move to 9's just to see what happens. I never had an issue with D'Addario, they seemed to hold their tuning and last quite a while. I think my hands sweat a lot and turn strings real quick.

I just went to GC yesterday and picked up a variety of different sets. I got 5 packs of EB 9-46, a pack of GHS 9-46 and a D'Addario 9-46.

I'll rotate them out over the next few months and try to pay attention to how the respond.
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Old February 17th, 2012, 02:47 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Thomastik-Infeld Strings. 10s for Tele. Best strings ever! Last 4 times as long. Sound wonderful! Worth the price!
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Old February 17th, 2012, 03:08 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Old February 17th, 2012, 07:37 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Fender Silver Bullet 09.s for me. If it has got to be 10's Ernie Ball Slinkys or GHS Boomers.
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Old February 17th, 2012, 07:51 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I can't tell a difference, and just get what the store has ... D'Addario or Ernie Ball is usually it.
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Old February 17th, 2012, 08:04 PM   #20 (permalink)
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The metal kind. They usually run about $4-$5 a pack, but they're worth every penny.
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