D'addario v Ernie Ball 10-46

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  1. twangytonezz

    twangytonezz Tele-Meister

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    Was wondering if anyone had any advice between the two? I normally buy in bulk and I've done D'addario all my life but wanting to switch it up and try out other string sets (so long as they are 10-46).

    What do you guys think of Ernie Ball? Pros/cons compared to D'addario?

    Or any other brands I should know about?

    Playing blues on my strat and venturing into country on my tele if that impacts anything.
     
  2. mellecaster

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    One of my Favorite and most consistent in the Shop are GHS Boomers.
     
  3. BucksStudent

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    Ernie Ball... Just look at one of their packs and you'll find a guitarist you like who uses them. I hated them when I was a beginner and still hate them now; too slick feeling to me, and they don't last as long.

    For a long time, I used GHS Boomers like Mellecaster above, and they were good.

    Then I discovered Elixer Polywebs. Best ten bucks I have ever spent.
     
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    I've always used EB, never saw a reason to change until I started buying bulk single strings to make my own gauge sets for less. I haven't been able to tell any difference in feel or sound. Probably not a bit of difference, tho some will claim otherwise.
     
  5. BucksStudent

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    Sure there is. Even within Elixer, you have Poly and Nanowebs. Both sound different, but are coated and made by the same company. Elixer sounds bright to me, but didn't feel right. When I switched to GHS, I liked the mellower sound and feel better.
     
  6. Bartholomew3

    Bartholomew3 Friend of Leo's

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    I find D'addario too bright and twangy - don't play twang music, sometimes use Elixir - depends on which guitar.
     
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    You play a Tele and don't Twang?:eek:
     
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    I use d'addario's. I've tried EB's and they are ok. I could use them in a pinch with no problems. I like the feel of the d'addario's. They are also a bit brighter as someone mentioned. This may be due to the fact that, at least to my fingers, they feel just slightly snappier or tighter. It's a subtle difference. I'd say you wouldn't be throwing strings away if you bought a bulk set of EB's to try them out. Even if you didn't like them as well as your d'addarios, you would most likely still be able to use them all up and then switch back.
     
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    By the godz, I love my Ernie Balls! Plus, I can treat them real bad and they don't break! Just like my telecaster. They are obviously a pair made in heaven.
     
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    I use Fender 250's like what came on my Tele and they be fine for me. D'Addario's are my second choice and what I use on my basses.
     
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    Hows the life assuming I'm playing the same style with D'addarios and EB? I'm a student so saving $$$ is a priority, especially after having treated some recent GAS attacks....

    Thanks for all the responses guys.
     
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    I'm in college as well, and I buy Elixers - I save a little, and it saves money for me because they last a long time. :)
     
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    Been a D'Addario guy for almost 30 years, I like the feel of them a LOT better than EBs, which feel very rough to my fingers. Used to use GHS Boomers, but I'd get occasional duds, something I've never had happen with D'Addarios. The old Fender Super Bullets were nice, as are the 150s, but they don't last half as long... and I don't care for coated strings, even the nanowebs feel weird to me...

    Franc Robert
     
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    After using D'Addario 10-46 for years, I experimented and tried a 10-46 set of Ernie Ball strings. The EB strings sounded great for a day or two because they were not as bright. After a few days, however, they sounded completely dead, IMO. In fairness, the EBs were easier to bend and 'slinkier' (if that's a word) than the D'Addarios.

    If I were a professional musician on tour who bended my strings a lot and could afford to hire a guitar tech that would change the strings every two or three days, I might use EB strings.

    Therefore, I use D'Addarios. :)

    I now use .011-.049 D'Addario strings thanks to my Bigsby. :!:
     
  15. Martin R

    Martin R Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    The regular old lime green pack of Slinky's for me. The Tele sounds like a Tele.

    I had the opposite experience from most of the above, to me the D'Addarios sounded rounder and less bright than the EB's. I put the D'Addarios on the 335.
     
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    Ernie Ball Power Slinky....11-48.
    Works for me.
     
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    Is there any truth to the rumor that there's only one string factory in America?
     
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    D'addario 11's all the way! they are slightly harder to bend but i play acoustic more than electric so the extra stiffness feels closer to home for me. and for some reason i always found myself breaking EB's
     
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    Did GHS Boomers for ages on my Strats but for some reason only like D'ads on my Tele the past several years. Seem more tuning stable to me but likely just a mental thing.
     
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    There's only one chocolate factory too. There was a documentary made on it in the seventies... I believe Gene Wilder was involved.
     
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