What strings do you use/why?

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  1. That Cal Webway

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    Why?? the nickel round wounds sound fine on either gtr. D' Addario or Ernie Ball whichever is on sale

    9.5-44 set w a 15 G. on the high E, and A & low E get a little bit more oomph.
    I liked best Curt Mangans, but they're too much at $7+. (silly).


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    Same two brands but
    10, 12, 15, 24, 34 & 44.

    10 on top makes it not so thin and I can bend just as easy. 13 is a little too thick for the B, so 12 works perfect..
     
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    I used 10's due to a heavy right hand always breaking 9's.
    9 1/2's were my savior and allowed me to play the same until I learned to play softer while achieving the same tone. A big plus was none of my guitars required much of an adjustment.
     
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    +1 EB 10-46 Slinkys.
     
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    Probably cause you're smart. I've heard a lot of players say that finding the right strings for your guitar is a really big deal for tone. This is why I'm asking the question. New strings are about the cheapest guitar mod you can get, and they can make a noteworthy difference.
     
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    On my fenders David gilmour boomers 10-48. Not necessarily cause of his name it’s just that the size works out better than like a 10-52. I get the strong tension I want without getting floppy but they don’t feel like big strings.

    Also the g string is a 16 instead of a 17 and I think it helps tame the sound of the g string being too loud cause of the staggered pole pieces.


    Gibson’s need a 10-52 for me or they feel like a floppy mess
     
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    I have used the Pyramids before and I liked them. More recently, I’ve switched to DAddarios EXL 116s and, while they don’t last as long as the Pyramids, they’re almost half the price and I like em just fine.
     
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    All I know is Pure Nickel Ernie Ball 10’s.
    Why? My local pawn shop carries them ;)
     
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    D'Addario XL, 10 -46
     
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    Chrome 10s for my Jaguar and Sorrento . EB Slinky 10’s for everything else.
     
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    I spent several years going down string rabbit holes and found things to like about most all the brands out there.

    Currently I run GHS thick core 9-48 boomers on my 25.5" scale guitars and GHS thin core 10-52 boomers on my 24.75" scale guitars. The feel between the two scales is very similar; I can bend the plain strings easily, but i can downtune the lower strings (drop D and G6) without them getting too floppy.

    I get Stringjoy custom gauges for my 8-string guitar because the band I use that for does weird tunings.
     
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    I agree with all of the above. I would also add that a new set will very quickly settle in and stay in tune.
     
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    GHS Boomers 10-46.

    I like round-core strings, the price is good in bulk, and they last a good long time for me.
     
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    It’s a Telecaster ! I can’t believe we have to go over this again but - they sound better with dead strings ! You want more treble ? What - are ya kidding me ? :lol:
     
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    10 to 46 DR tite fit.
     
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    Pyramid Nickels On guitars and Labella flats for my basses.
    Last forever and great tone.
     
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    Ernie Ball, because I buy 10 packs and change often. DiAddarios's are OK too. Balls a bit better.
     
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    I use flatwounds on all my guitars because I love how they focus on the fundamental rather than on overtones.
    I buy Thomastik jazz swing because they are very reliable and last me 4 to 6 months. Here in France they are the same price as D’addario Chromes.

    I’ve tried Curt Mangan strings when still using rounds and liked them a lot. High quality, durable with a nice feel to them.
     
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    Monels and Elixirs because I'm lazy and fate changing strings
     
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    I like Elixirs on all of my guitars. They're great for acoustic and electric.
     
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    I generally use D'Addarios on all my acoustics and my Fenders, Rickenbackers on my 360/12 and Gibson Vintage on my LP.

    A good friend's son worked for D'Addario for a few years and although he no longer does he "took care of me" and I've still got plenty of sets left.

    D'Addario makes strings for a host of other companies including Fender, Martin, Gibson, Elixir (I like their Nanowebs but not the Polywebs), etc.
     
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