After all these years - string suggestions

ddewerd

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Heck, I feel like a noob posting this!

I am looking for suggestions on trying out new strings. I have been playing GHS Boomers for probably 20+ years. I use GBM - 11, 15, 18, 26, 36, 50. I play in a trio (classic/southern, country, blues, etc) and I've always liked the fuller sound that the heavier gauge provided with only one guitar in the band. I haven't used any other strings over all these years... (and no, I don't mean I haven't changed my strings for 2 decades!)

As I get older, my hand strength isn't what it used it used to be, so I am looking to try something like a 10 - 46 set. I haven't tried any other brands in forever, so I'm just curious if the collective TDPRI brethren might have some kind of consensus. I see lots of D'addario and Ernie Ball fans, but I know there's lots more.

FWIW, this is for my mostly stock '63 Tele. It's my one and only Tele, so I can't do a fair comparison with my other guitars (LP style, different scale length, different pups, etc.)

I'm just trying to narrow it down a bit without having to buy a bunch.

Thanks for your opinions and advice!

Cheers,
Doug
 

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If you're coming down from 11-50s, try a set of D'Addario EXL 110+ (10.5 -48), and see how they work out for you. If still uncomfortable, then move down to 10-46s -- I'm perfectly happy with EXL 110s for that gauge.
Good luck in the search for the perfect string/gauge!
 

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Elxir 9s sound fat for size. Nano not poly. Comfy too. Billy Gibbons uses 7s. Good on old fingers.
 

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RetiredUnit1

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These will knock your SOCKS off. The heavy bottom just gives you the thump of a bass guitar, the cobalt lasts a very long time....
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On my previous tele I've always liked 9.5 on the high e..... to 42. I take it easy on my fingers. Can you make up for any real or perceived loss of tone by tweaking your amp(s)?
 

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EB hybrid 9-46 is a good starting place. I just bought 9 packs of them for our guitarist who is having some trouble with his hands. He went through several different gauges before settling on these
 

Alex_C

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Elixers sound really nice. I also use EB. Currently trying out 9's on my guitars but my latest build is a Tele type top loader and 10's feel pretty loose on it.
 

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I really enjoy Elixir strings, as they sound fresh longer. If you don't mind changing strings more often, I would go with Ernie Ball strings. However, Elixir nanoweb 10s are my favorite electric string. I can relate to the weakened hand strength. I went from 11s to 10s a few years back for that reason.
 

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I think you'll find tuning down makes a bigger difference and won't affect your tone as much. Like, try tuning down a step and capoing below the second fret.

I'd stick with GHS and try the rollerwound pure nickel Rockers. The oval winding adds stiffness without adding tension.
 

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I’ve been a DR guy for decades, I can literally play them until the winding comes off the D string before I actually break a string. Pure Blues or Veritas. They seem to feel somewhat lighter than their actual gauge to me.
 

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You don't have to declare for life, just keep trying new ones until you find a set you love (and check that assumption with new sets). I keep the old packs for strings I've tried and it's fairly ridiculous, the variety of stuff I've gone through.

I was an Ernie guy forever in 9s, played 11s for a year or so on my Tele, 10s another six months or so, and am back to 9s, where I've tried every one of their variants (Paradigm, M-Steel, etc). I've tried 8s, they just don't feel chonky enough for what I like to play and practice. Tried D'Addarios 9-42s for a while, very nice and slightly preferable to the Ernies. But! I just put on some D'Addario half-rounds in the same gauge yesterday; I like them too, but rarely leave strings on much longer than 6-8 weeks and usually far less time than that.

My Gretsch (3161) wears Thomastik-Infelds flat 10s the last few weeks (changed from D'Add flats) owing to the many recommendations I saw here. Phew, that's as lovely a string as I've ever played. I'll try them in 11 at some point. $30+ a set, I probably will not experiment quite so much, but that's still pretty cheap. Like tires on a car, it pays to get it right.
 

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I just put on a set of D’Addario 10-46 balanced tension strings. I’m kind of liking them.

That's what I use on most my electrics as well. I also buy bulk individual strings from Just Strings for quick replacements and for testing builds and such.
 

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I like Ernie Ball Elixer and/or Fender Bullets

D'addarios don't last for me. Something in my sweat kills them in a day.
 




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