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Looking for String suggestion, taking the edge off...for blues...

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by bluesholyman, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. bluesholyman

    bluesholyman Tele-Holic

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    I currently am running GHS nickel rockers on my tele and I want to warm it up a tad. I love the nickel rockers but they have this bite to them, that while I love it, I am wanting to tone that down a bit with my current amp.

    I don't mind tension, I'd rather have that than rubber bands...and I normally play 10s on a fender scale, 11's on a gibby.

    I tried fender bullets (not super) just...because....but not really digging them...I don't think they sustain as well as the GHS, but they sound ok, not bad, but not exciting me either...they did make the tele (with 5-way) sound a little more Strat-like on 2 and 4. Kinda cool but not cool enough perhaps....

    Suggestions for a good "blues" string on a Tele?
     
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  2. adamgdog

    adamgdog Tele-Meister

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    DR Pure Blues? I use those on my tele. .10 is my guage
     
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  3. Manual Slim

    Manual Slim Tele-Meister

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    I'll vouch for those as well. I used them on a Squier MIJ Tele that I frikkin loved and they were dreamy.
     
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  4. bluesholyman

    bluesholyman Tele-Holic

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    How do you think these sound compared to D'addario 10's?
     
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  5. adamgdog

    adamgdog Tele-Meister

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    Honestly, no idea. Never tried them. After I tried the Pure Blues, I just loved them and have never looked to try anything else. They suit all my needs.
     

  6. Tony Done

    Tony Done Friend of Leo's

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    Anything with pure nickel windings, like the two already suggested.
     

  7. Manual Slim

    Manual Slim Tele-Meister

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    My DR strings always seem to have more tension than others. They aren't as bright as the D'Addarios.
     
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  8. soulman969

    soulman969 Telefied Ad Free Member

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    The GHS Burnished Nickels are also a little mellower version of their Nickel Rockers.
     

  9. Edsel Presley

    Edsel Presley Tele-Meister

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    I second this
     
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  10. 10thoufirst

    10thoufirst Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    Do those Monels that the acoustic guys use work with pickups? I think they do, in which case try those as they should deaden your tone. They did on my acoustic...
    Monel is the name of the metalic compound by the way, not a maker's name.
     

  11. Erwin

    Erwin Tele-Meister

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    Ernie Ball Regular Slinky?
     
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  12. bluesholyman

    bluesholyman Tele-Holic

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    Strung up a pair of DR Blues. Interesting, a tad more sparkle than I expected, but not ice-picky like others....there could be something to this suggestion...
     
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  13. ScribbleSomething

    ScribbleSomething Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

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    Flat wounds will mellow/warm your tone. I like the GHS flats.

    If you want to go a little cheaper than flats, GHS bright flats are kind of half way between wound and flats. They're ground-wound, smooth feeling and sounding.

    Back in the day, I always used boomers. Then I bought a fretless bass and wanted those smooth strings everywhere.
     
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  14. bluesholyman

    bluesholyman Tele-Holic

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    I tried flats when I had a Jimmy Vaughn strat and it just didn't do it for me - loved them on Jazz bass, not on my guitar though...
     

  15. Tomm Williams

    Tomm Williams Tele-Meister

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    You might also try changing picks. It can have more effect than you might think.
     
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  16. Frodebro

    Frodebro Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I keep the tone knob on my Teles rolled back a little bit specifically to tame the high end.
     
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  17. bluesholyman

    bluesholyman Tele-Holic

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    Yes, I have been playing with various types. Big Stubby / Jazz Stubby seem to have the nicest/warmest(?) attack so far. Been a jazz III fan for a while, mostly due to Bonamassa influence.
     

  18. bluesholyman

    bluesholyman Tele-Holic

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    Learned this from a rig-rundown for Vince Gill - made a nice difference.
     
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  19. fjrabon

    fjrabon Tele-Holic

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    I was once selling a Princeton Reverb to a guy. He was not 100% sold, saying "it's too bright by a smidge, I'd probably have to change tubes." I said "hold on a sec, go grab a beer real quick on me" (we were at a bar for the sale) and I rolled the tone knob back a touch on his guitar. He was blown away now. He thought I changed tubes. He was a bit sheepish when I told him I just used the tone knob to... adjust the tone.
     
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  20. Nick Fanis

    Nick Fanis Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    You do realize that your guitar and amp have tone controls don't you?

    Also you do realize that HALF of your strings ,the unwound ones,will be exactly the same no matter what brand or type of roundwound strings you use?
     

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