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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by jigman586, Feb 17, 2012.
Just curious as to what strings you guys run on your Teles? Share your opinions please!
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.
'Best'? There is no 'best'.
It's all down to personal preference. Ernie Ball .10s on mine ATM.
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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?
D'Addario 9-42 here. . . .
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.
ETA: I apologize for the humongous pic!
DR Tite-fits on all my electrics. They have a certain ring I don't get from hex core strings. 10-46.
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......
I realize its a preference thing.Just curious as to what everyone uses.I dont have a lot of friends that play.
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.
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.
Thomastik-Infeld Strings. 10s for Tele. Best strings ever! Last 4 times as long. Sound wonderful! Worth the price!
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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.
I can't tell a difference, and just get what the store has ... D'Addario or Ernie Ball is usually it.
The metal kind. They usually run about $4-$5 a pack, but they're worth every penny.