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What kind of strings do You use?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Stefan, Aug 12, 2006.

  1. Stefan

    Stefan Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 16, 2005
    I posted a thread a while back, asking you about what kind of guitar pick you use. Now, lets talk about your strings! What brand do you use, gauge, and WHY?!
    I use Dean Markley Blue Steel 009-042 on my Capri Orange Tele. I think they sound very pure and clean. I play mostly Country music and I TRY to play some jazz as well. I like to bend the strings a lot so I need the soft gauge. I used Ernie Ball slinkies before but I find them a bit TOO easy to bend. :p

    On my acoustic (Garrison AG-600) I use GHS Vintage Bronze at the moment. I work in a musicstore and those are the strings we stock. I prefer Bronze instead of phosfor bronze. They sound a bit warmer I think...
    I haven´t tried Dean Markley´s Alchemy strings. I´ve heard they are like Elexir´s... Anyone tried them? Any good?

  2. j_frusciante

    j_frusciante TDPRI Member

    Mar 14, 2006
    Newquay, England!
    I use Elixir 11-49's on my strat, tele and nathan sheppard (all 25.5" scale) and some slightly heavier 11-56's on my LP. Im normally in E standard tuning (cept the tele which is in open C for slide) but lately ive been shifting down to Eb and sometimes dropping the E to a B :)

  3. PK

    PK Banned

    Feb 27, 2006
    Ventura California
    I just went back to Blue Steel 10/49 after about a 1 year affair with Elixir, and I'm very happy with the Blue Steel.... Don't know why I ever swithced away. For my acoustic I use Martin Bronze Phosphor 13/56.


  4. Pete Galati

    Pete Galati R.I.P.

    Mar 25, 2006
    I use the Dean Markley F150 set. .010 thru .038

    They're the same gages as the Fender 150 set, but the quality seem to be a lot better.

  5. j_frusciante

    j_frusciante TDPRI Member

    Mar 14, 2006
    Newquay, England!
    forgot about acoustic guage! Im on elixir 12 guage, thought they were too bright when i first tried them but then realised id ordered 10's!!!!!!!

  6. Rich Rice

    Rich Rice Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 15, 2005
    Chicago 'Burbs
    I like Fender Original 150's, .010"-.046", nickel. They sound great, feel good in my hands, and last a while.

    Those Blue Steel strings scare me, as they are harder than the frets, and can cause excessive fret wear, unless you have stainless steel frets... those I'm not sure about. Definitely harder than German silver frets.

  7. Dave W

    Dave W Friend of Leo's

    May 15, 2003
    Usually D'addario XL Nickel Wounds, 10-46 or 9-42 depending on which guitar.

  8. SteveY

    SteveY Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 26, 2004
    Santa Cruz, CA
    Bargain barrel.
    Currently stainless Fenders 10-46 on my Tele; Blue Steel 11-52 on my Musicmaster.

    Whatever I can get for $3/set.
    I like the variation. Good education.

  9. woodman

    woodman Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free + Supporter

    Nov 28, 2004
    Mint Hill, NC
    if 9's seem too light but 10's are hard to bend, D'Addario makes a .095-.44 set that works well for me -- i've got degenerative arthritis in my left thumb joint, makes 10's kinda rough going these days.

  10. Mark Davis

    Mark Davis Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 2, 2003
    Bakersfield Ca.
    When I hung around guitar shops here in Bakersfielkd every person that brought in their guitar that was only a few years old that needed fret work was using stainless steel strings.

    Stainless Steel strings can easily ruin your frets.

    I would NEVER use those from all ther worn frets I have seen from them.

  11. Rich Rice

    Rich Rice Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 15, 2005
    Chicago 'Burbs
    I agree that stainless steel strings are hard on frets, thus I avoid those. But I think the Blue Steel ones (if memory serves me correctly) are hardened- cryogenically treated steel. It stands to reason that if you run hard steel strings on modern frets, which are relatively soft alloy, you will cause premature fret wear. I tried a few sets of the Blue Steels when they first came out, and the repairman at the music store told me to keep using them, as he needed the money. I haven't looked at them since.

  12. Rich Rice

    Rich Rice Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 15, 2005
    Chicago 'Burbs
    It's like going to the dentist office to buy Jujubes, Starburst, and Slo Pokes...

  13. KokoTele

    KokoTele Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    albany, ny [not chicago]
    I love the DR Pure Blues 10s that I've been using for years now. They have a warm, full sound, feel easier to bend than other strings, and last me a good long time.

    Before that I was using Fender 150s and liked them too, but in the summer months they'd get rusty in a week, even though I hardly pick up my guitar every day.

  14. Fatmanstratman

    Fatmanstratman Poster Extraordinaire

    D'Addarios all the way for me. Sometimes 10s, sometimes 11's. On my Gibson 335 and my Ricky 360 I use only 11s.

    I've tried all the various strings out there, but I eventually settled on D'Addarios for their sound and durability. Never found anything to beat them.

    On my acoustics I used to use Martins, but again switched to D'Addarios. Doesn't seem to make much difference on the acoustic.

  15. Maestro

    Maestro Tele-Holic

    D'addario 9's for me but I'm thinking about going to 10's. Less bend but the 9's are getting a bit to thin for me. Perhaps I'll think diffrently after I've tried the 10's. I love the 12's on the framus (d'arrio light jazz gauge flatwound) but you couldn't bent them if your life dependend on it (well I can't)

    A mate of mine won't play anything under 13. I can hardly get them down to the fretboard. But then he is an amazing player (straight up jazz only, if you ask him to do something else he'll look at you funny)

  16. trandy16

    trandy16 Tele-Meister

    Jun 17, 2006
    Pyramid 10's for certain guitars and Snake Oil Brand 9-1/2's for other guitars.

  17. Telemarkman

    Telemarkman Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Dec 6, 2005
    Ernie Ball "Hybrid Slinky"s are perfect for my technique.(Or lack thereoff !)

    9 - 11 - 16 - 26 - 36 - 46 gauge says the unwound ones are light enough for big bends, while the lower three are heavy enough for some great twang !

    I change them when they sound dead accoustically, because I play my Teles a lot unplugged at home. If I play too loud on my amp(s), my wife and my 3 siamese cats will lock themselves up in the room farthest from where I'm playing ! :confused:

    Not everyone appreciates good music, I guess......:( :lol:

  18. Johnny Caster

    Johnny Caster Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 19, 2005
    San Antonio, TX
    Right now I'm using Fender Stainless Steel Flatwound in an 11. I really like them, but they are a little hard to bend on 1st and 2nd fret. I wan't to try the 13's next.

  19. frogger

    frogger Tele-Holic

    May 10, 2003
    Lincoln Nebraska
    D'Addario 10-48 for me. Love 10's on the Tele and 9's on the PRS's. D'Addario's are very consistant from set to set and last longer than some other brands mainly Fender strings.

  20. RomanS

    RomanS Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 21, 2006
    Vienna, Austria
    GHS Boomers 10-52.

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