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What are the best strings for a tele?

Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by pgrace245, Aug 30, 2006.

  1. pgrace245

    pgrace245 Tele-Meister

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    I'm sure this come up alot. What does everybody prefer for guitar strings on their tele. I'm looking for twangy country - wade hayes style. Brand and size?
     
  2. Eivindpicker

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    I`ve tryed lots of cinds, like most guitar players I guess, and I landed on GHS-Boomers,- 9 1/2 sets. These are soft enough for the countrybendings but they are heavier on the bass strings so you get punch. They allso keep their brightness relatively long. -Of course if u`re not doing lots of "steel-guitar-bends,"- the heavier -the better. (can u say that in English??)
     
  3. Geo

    Geo Poster Extraordinaire

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    I use .010 - .046" sets mostly as those seem to be a happy medium
    but use .011" set on a Strat and P90 Les Paul.
     
  4. CountryShawn

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    It's really personal preference.

    There's really no "best" strings - I've tried a bunch of different strings, and more or less, they do pretty much the same thing for me.

    The exception to the rule would be Elixir strings - they seem to be brighter sounding to my ears.

    Other than that, string guage usually plays a bigger role than brand at the end of the day.
    I prefer the custom gauge sets consisting of - 9,11,16,24,32,42.
    But again, that's just my personal preference and more to the point, what I'm used to.

    Try a bunch and see which ones float your boat.

    Shawn
     
  5. Robert H.

    Robert H. Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    I recommend you try Snake Oil strings (check on line for contact info). they are expensive but last months longer and feel and sound better than anything I've ever tried. I have no connection to Snake Oil.
     
  6. bobthecanadian

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    i like ones that are a couple of days old and in tune.
     
  7. "S.P.U.N."

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    I grew up on D'addario 120s, 0.009 - 0.042. My Tele came with 0.10's and embarrassingly, they were too much for my gurley hands. I tried to stick with it for a couple of weeks but eventually switched to 9's.

    I will say that the 10's noticably strengthened my left hand, and I'm considering going back to them.
     
  8. RomanS

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    GHS Boomers 10-52 - skinny on top for easy bending (9s feel like soggy spaghetti to me...), fat bass strings for punchy bass runs.
    GHS Boomers are cheaper than other brands, but in my expereince they last longer (esp. compared to Ernie Ball strings).
     
  9. brendan780

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    i play d addario 11's all the time. i tried 9's and wow..way to thin fer me.
    since your a country picker i would say go with any brand of 9 or 9 1/2 to 10s. D addario or ghs
     
  10. Brian blaut

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    I use D'addario 10's. Not that I've tried them all though. I'm happy with them, so I stopped trying out different ones. 11's where too stiff. 9's too thin. I tried and liked flatwounds, but thats a different animal.
     
  11. jazztele

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    flats are where it's at.
     
  12. moo55

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    my 2cents Ihave been using the cheapest brand name strings i could find.
    I used 10's until i couldn't push them any more now i use 9's. i got a real good deal on D'Addarrios a while back and found them not only cheap, but also twangy as hell. I tried ghs boomers because of the endorsements I saw on line, but I went back to the d'addarios for the clarity and twang. i haven't changed brands for years.If there was d'addario van included in the rewards catalogue I'm sure i have enough players points stashed to get on e free.
    I would change strings between sets if i could afford it!! :)
    moo
     
  13. Telewringer

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    My favorites are in this order;

    1. Ernie Ball (They seem to stay fresh longer, and great warm tone)
    2. D'Addario (Great warm twang and hold up well re. about two weeks)
    3. GHS Boomers (Again great tone but seem to only last me about a week?)

    I use 0.800 gauge. At first it feels weird but you can pull off amazing bends
    and develop very fast speed with light gauges. 0.900 is also good so it is a matter of taste. Yes indeed the lighter gauge takes away tone compared to
    heavier strings, however if you are playing country with a Tele into a tube amp lets saw a Fender Twin with maybe something to boost the signal like an Overdrive/Bluesdriver/Compressor Pedal etc. you will compensate the tone loss and fatten it up no problem.
     
  14. Nick Fanis

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    NEW strings are the best!
    I don't think that there is big difference between brands & anyway I change them every 10 hours of playing so I buy the cheapest ones I can find on Ebay (usually Vinci,GHS Boomers or D Addarios)
     
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    D'addario 10 - 46 (EXL 110) for me, best of all worlds :cool:
     
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    Thats what use too. I usually buy the 10 pack since they are cheaper.
     
  17. fractal

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    Ernie Ball 11's for me (Power Slinkys - I just wish they went to a 50 on the bottom). I keep trying different types for fun, but keep coming back to the EB's. I grew up on 9's, and have been upping the gauge over the years because they start to feel too small.
     
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    ernie ball 11-48..i use to play the ghs 11-50's on the tele, but ive really grown to like the lighter wound strings in the ernie ball set..plus the tone is nice and bright in EB's! not to mention affordable:lol:
     
  19. Five Fingers

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    I used D'addario 11' since '98. I had a fleeting love affair with
    10-52's but now i'm back to using 11's again. The geetar's are
    all set up perfectly with a medium action and even though they
    are strung with 11's, they are still easy to play on.

    Most of my friends use 9's, yet when they play around with my
    guitars they are always amazed by the big sound 11's produce.
    I wouldn't go back to anything else now.
     
  20. ShortBuSX

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    I mostly use EB Slinky's and Dean Markleys...but picked up a set of Dean Markley Blue Steel 10s yesterday and my guitar has come alive! Im really diggin these...havent tried em in years, glad I gave them another chance:D
     
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