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Best Strings for Tele....

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by jigman586, Feb 17, 2012.

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  1. jigman586

    jigman586 TDPRI Member

    Oct 29, 2010
    Just curious as to what strings you guys run on your Teles? Share your opinions please!:D
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  2. Bartholomew3

    Bartholomew3 Friend of Leo's

    Dec 8, 2010
    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.

  3. notdave

    notdave Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 9, 2009
    West Midlands. UK
    'Best'? There is no 'best'.

    It's all down to personal preference. Ernie Ball .10s on mine ATM.

  4. shivernshake

    shivernshake Tele-Meister

    Nov 12, 2010
    NRW, Germany
    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?

  5. drb1346

    drb1346 Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 18, 2006
    Maryville, MO
    D'Addario 9-42 here. . . .

  6. Deadcenter

    Deadcenter Tele-Meister

    Dec 7, 2011
    SW Oregon
    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.

  7. yellowbeard

    yellowbeard Tele-Holic

    Sep 22, 2010

  8. msfenderarg

    msfenderarg Friend of Leo's


    ETA: I apologize for the humongous pic!:eek::lol:


    DILLIGAF? Tele-Meister

    Mar 15, 2009
    Lake Grove, NY
    DR Tite-fits on all my electrics. They have a certain ring I don't get from hex core strings. 10-46.

  10. mellecaster

    mellecaster Former Member

    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......;)

  11. jigman586

    jigman586 TDPRI Member

    Oct 29, 2010



  12. Camplain

    Camplain Tele-Holic

    Aug 2, 2011
    Hamburg, Arkansas

  13. jigman586

    jigman586 TDPRI Member

    Oct 29, 2010
    I realize its a preference thing.Just curious as to what everyone uses.I dont have a lot of friends that play.


    SPUDCASTER Poster Extraordinaire Platinum Supporter

    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.

  15. joshigh

    joshigh Tele-Meister

    Jun 10, 2003
    Plant City, FL
    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.

  16. jmiles

    jmiles Friend of Leo's

    Nov 29, 2003
    Thomastik-Infeld Strings. 10s for Tele. Best strings ever! Last 4 times as long. Sound wonderful! Worth the price!

  17. gwjensen

    gwjensen Friend of Leo's

  18. tele-bastard

    tele-bastard Friend of Leo's

    Mar 27, 2011
    Lowell, Mass
    Fender Silver Bullet 09.s for me. If it has got to be 10's Ernie Ball Slinkys or GHS Boomers.

  19. Mur

    Mur Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 30, 2004
    I can't tell a difference, and just get what the store has ... D'Addario or Ernie Ball is usually it.

  20. scrumley

    scrumley Tele-Meister

    Jul 20, 2011
    Portland, OR
    The metal kind. They usually run about $4-$5 a pack, but they're worth every penny.

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