What strings do you use/why?

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  1. esseff

    esseff Tele-Afflicted

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    I've used Rotosounds on my acoustics and electrics for as long as I can remember. I can't imagine any other brand being better for me because they sound good, they're not as expensive as some and I've never snapped one. True! Plus there are often discounted packs of three online or free straps.
    I've got a packet of Newtones .013s for my resonator that I haven't tried yet because I'm still using Roto .011s on it and they refuse to wear out. :)
     
  2. jazztele

    jazztele Poster Extraordinaire

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    On my teles, currently digging Power Slinkys, .011's.

    On my jazzbox, I use D'Addairo Chromes, .012s, and replace the top two strings with those from a set of .013s.
     
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    i spent years bouncing between d'addario and ernie ball

    then someone on another forum recommended - wait for it... Harley Benton

    they do 10s or 11s for electric, 12s for acoustic, and are dirt cheap. the other guy used them as he was gigging and changing strings every night

    i have a few (too many) guitars, so they don't get hammered too much. but still, an expensive hobby

    the HBs are not perfect. they are not straight when you take them out of the pack - they naturally curl, so can be a pain poking past a bent string saddle with through body stringing

    bar that, though - no complaints. work fine, stay bright, not had any more breakage than before

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    dirt cheap. esp if you buy in bulk. 12 sets get you the best price

    last time i bought 12 sets each of the acoustic and both the 10s and 11s for electric. 36 sets of strings, £39.60 in total w/ £8 shipping

    £1.32 a set

    i appear to be moving my fenders up to 11s, so next time i but i might not get the 10s
     
  4. Henley

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    So many strings...over the years I among others have probably used just about everything made. My advise is buy many and check them all out...stick with what you like and what sounds best. Boomers usually sound great but after a week I change 'em out. Can't go wrong with D'Addario either.

    To date the only sets that were consistent in performance and never broke on me while performing were 9.5-44 Thomas Vinci Strings.

    Made in the USA and not produced anymore...so no help to you there...but they stayed fresh sounding forever and as said I could not break them..they were not bridge cables either.

    Even today...seeing the neck on my Tele is dirty,. but it's against my nature to cut those Vinci strings that still sound so good and are so old,. over a year. :p

    The guitar is played daily...if you can find these strings...give 'em a twang.
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    Squier by Squier Tele-Meister

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    D'Addario NYXL 9-42. Next set is probably going to be 9.5-44.

    I hope NYXLs have longer life span. Felt that some earlier but cheaper sets died pretty quickly. That would even up the price difference.

    So far so good.
     
  6. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Forgot to mention - my Martin gets Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze, light gauge.

    I switched to those after noticing that most of those cats on Candyrat Records use them, and their tone is always so bright and crisp. And they don't go dead in a hurry like regular bronze strings do.

    - D
     
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    D'addario (9's to 10.5) for the electrics, and Elixers for the acoustic electrics and a few semi-hollow Gretsches/Epiphones.
     
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    2 Headed Goat Friend of Leo's

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    DR's...

     
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    Elixirs. I annihilate strings.
     
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    I use D'Addario 8-38s because I like them and I can actually play my guitars.
     
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    NYXL 12

    The most pleasing to my ears and long lasting, very stable, very balanced in tension, why 12's ? always had a quite hard left hand it's just my comfort place, I'm not bending like crazy I got around it after a while the transition from 11's. Like them a lot

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    I've been using Fender 150 nickel strings, 10-46, for many years. Tele, Esquire, Strat, and Les Paul. I'll put a set of 11s on something one in a while because I like the right hand feel, but I always go back to 10s.

    The nickel winding makes them mellow. Steel wound strings like Boomers seem too harsh for me.
     
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    Ernie Ball Regular Slinkies (occasionally DR Blues 10s) because I've tried many many other brands and EB beats them all IMHO.
    I also use EB Earthwoods on my acoustic. Same reason.
     
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    Dean Markley Jazz 12-54. They sound great, feel great, and last forever.
     
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    Mostly, I use D’Addario.
    XL Heavy on my “workhorse” electiric guitars.
    XL Medium on my “recreational” electric guitars.
    Phosphor Bronze Medium on my steel string.
    Pro Arte (D’Addario) high tension on my nylon string.
    Only my main squeeze bass gets Thomastik/Infeld flat wounds.
    I like/love D’Addario’s consistently high quality, reasonable price, and ready availability.
    I never get a kinked unwound string, and I like the color coded ball ends,
    Great stuff!
     
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    When I use to still play out I tried several brands and custom gauges but I'd most always use DR Pure Blues on my electrics, now it don't much matter, I got two or three different brands here for my tele, gibson, archtop, acoustic and mandolin, been using https://straightupstrings.com/ for acoustic and mandolin lately cause I like them ok
     
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    When using the heaver string gauge's like 12-54's and the like, do any of you have to adjust the truss rod or action? Aren't most electrics factory set-up for 9's?
     
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    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I indeed use that set.
    I definitely adjusted the truss rod, as well as reset the string height and intonation.
    The 12-54 set stay in tune best for me.
     
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    upload_2020-8-1_15-14-31.jpeg These are on my Tele
    Everything else has these
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    I liked .011s for a few years, but last year I decided to switch to .009s and work on playing with a lighter touch. I use Ernie Ball or Webstrings usually.
     
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