Bright sounding guitar strings for a Gibson Les Paul?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by tah1962, Apr 4, 2020.

Best bright sounding 10-46 guitar strings for a Les Paul?

Poll closed Apr 11, 2020.
  1. DR Hi Beams

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. Gibson Brite Wires

    6.3%
  3. Rotosound Yellow

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. D’Addario EXL110

    31.3%
  5. Ernie Ball Reg Slinky 2221

    37.5%
  6. Stainless Steel

    15.6%
  7. Other

    21.9%
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  1. tah1962

    tah1962 Friend of Leo's

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    Please vote (2 maximum) for which strings you’ve used to brighten the tone of your Les Paul. I’m looking to experiment with some new strings and need some feedback before I purchase any. Please also comment on why you voted on the brand(s) you selected in the poll. Thanks.
     
  2. Fretting out

    Fretting out Friend of Leo's

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    Daddario always sound good to me and you didn’t list them but I like elixir strings when budget allows

    I’ve found daddario to make the most consistent strings although I rarely experiment with strings as it’s hard to find 12-52 with a wound G
     
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  3. tah1962

    tah1962 Friend of Leo's

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    Thanks. Yes, I had D’Addario on the poll. 4th one down.
     
  4. fenderchamp

    fenderchamp Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    bright strings? Boomers!
     
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  5. Frodebro

    Frodebro Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I use the same brand of strings on all of my guitars. If I need one to be brighter, I adjust the tone controls on the amp. If I need one to be darker, I adjust the tone controls on the amp.
     
  6. brookdalebill

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    D’Addarrio XLs and Ernie Ball Slinkys both sound equally bright, IMO.
    I think the XLs last a little longer.
     
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    I use stainless steel (Rotosound British Steel) on all my guitars these days as I like the added bite and brightness.
     
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  8. rze99

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    Elixir make a particularly bright one plus they’ll stay bright for ages.
     
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    Just put some Ddarios 9s on my tele and they sound very bright.

    I'd advise against EBs as they go out of tune fast.
     
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    Used to be a shop in Fargo ND called Davey Bees, I probably spelled it wrong. Dave had a bargain barrel with strings for like three bucks a set in the 90s and I asked him what the difference was between the cheap ones and the expensive ones hanging on the wall. He said, "the packaging".
    To this day I really can't tell much difference from one brand to the next on an electric guitar. Besides by the time I get round to restringing the old ones are pretty dead anyway. Looks like I've bought Ernie Balls last time, probably had D'Addarios before that. No bargain barrel at the Music Shop in Park Rapids so I buy the name brand strings now, they're all under ten bucks anyway.
     
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    I have found the Ernie Ball Slinky Cobalts accomplish that for me.
     
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    D’Addario EXL110s sound really nice on my LP & SG as well as my Tele & Washburn acoustic. Nice and chimey to my ear without being too bright.
     
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    Unless you're getting Elixrs or something special like that, strings are strings.

    I dare anyone to tell me they can hear or feel a difference between the same gauge Slinkys, GHS Boomers, Dean Markleys, or D'Addario XLs.

    Usually strings will be brighter when they're new and not all stretched and worn out. Unless you want to go on a quest exploring expensive strings like the Elixrs, I'd just buy what's cheapest.
     
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    A new set?
     
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    I buy bulk from just strings.....i get a sleeve of 10 each for each guage 10-46. No complaints.
     
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    I find the D’Addarios seem to last a bit longer than most strings I’ve used so I probably change less often
    I hate coated strings and would give up guitar if that’s all I had to choose from
     
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    I don't have a Les Paul but other various electrics and have ( over a very long time) had equal/great results with Ernie Ball, D'Addario, and Fender 250's ( all 10-46 Nickel Roundwounds)

    They are bright, comfy on fingers, stay in tune and never any issue with string breaks - I change all strings after 3 gigs max ( I'm not a wild string bender so strings are still in good shape)
     
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  18. Matthias

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    I like Slinkys because of their long life but I find them a bit too bright when they're brand new... Might be a choice!
     
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    I use D'Addario exl110's on my les paul, teles and strat for no particular reason. Didn't know they were aupposed to be bright.
     
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    I don't have a Les Paul, but these are by far the brightest strings I've ever used.

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