What type of strings do you have on your telecaster?

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  1. gimmeatele

    gimmeatele Tele-Holic

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    Thoman 10's, €1.10 a packet and I can tell no difference from the D'adds I used to use, and can change them at will at that price, but they last about a month.
     
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    I use the Fender Voodoo Child strings on both my tele and strat now; best sounds and playability Ive ever had....been playing 50+ years.
     
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    I use stock 10 ~ 46 gauge, which I think is just called 'light' gauge? I love that range, and had my Tele set up for those specifically. I like the overall balance of tone, playability, etc.

    I'd been using D'Addario NYXL strings almost exclusively for a few years. Then a friend turned me on to Stringjoy, a small indy string maker out of Nashville. I've tried a few sets of theirs, and so far I'm completely convinced. Not as 'smooth' in tone as the NYXL (some might even say 'flat'), they have a distinctly chunky, snappier tone in the unwound high strings. They are pure nickel wound and steel, so a distinct character. Great for the Tele! They also last easily as long as the long-lived NYXLs, with no loss of intonation, etc.

    Here's their homepage. I'm not affiliated, just a fan... https://www.stringjoy.com

    If you like a cleaner blues tone, where your grit comes from driving the pickup coils rather than overdriving your preamp or adding FX, then these are probably perfect. They really accommodate that kind of tone. Especially with my hotter, overwound Twisted Tele and Broadcaster pickups.

    I adjusted my pickups so the high posts were lowered a tad, to balance out the heat from the higher strings. However, there are some styles of playing where those hotter high strings vs the thumping low strings would be a benefit. I went with balancing them, and love the result.

    Here's a link to a brief, guitar-forward clip of a riff I played on those strings (from a demo mix, for context). Clean, no FX, just driving the pickups hot through a basic preamp. I'm using my thumbnail as my pick, so could maybe get a bit more bite or twang using a plectrum.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/ymv5qyomflp8nf6/GUD - Guitar 01 + MIX (Clean).mp3?dl=0

    Here's an image of the specific set I'm using from Stringjoy. They have a few different options. They call these "Broadways".

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    Worth a look! :)
     
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    I've seemed to settle in D'Addario strings for all my guitars and bass. Specifially, for my tele, the NYXL's. Couldn't tell you the numbers, but they're in the med. category.

    Mike
     
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    Ernie Ball Regular Slinky 10-46.
     
  6. cosmiccowboy

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    C9EAD5EA-CC14-4663-B017-CED208B75A43.jpeg I’ve literally tried about everything out there at least twice :confused: However, I’ve found that these work the best for me. To each his own, you just gotta find what suits you. If everyone liked vanilla, there wouldn’t be chocolate :)
     
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    D'addarios 10-52.
     
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    I like these a lot, I’ve been using them almost exclusively. I’ll do the NYXL’s occasionally
     
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    No going back for me since started using NYXL 11-52 on my Tele. Sounds bigger, brighter and strings stay in tune and last longer.
     
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    D’Addario 9-42

    For most guitars I use 10's, but the Tele came with 9's and I thought I'd try those awhile. I like 'em, something different for me, and I think I get a bit more Tele 'snap' from the thinner strings.

    Hearing more about the NYXL strings, I might have to try those.
     
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    Slinkys 10s I tried 9s on my Squier but the top 3 strings sound dead so next time around I'm gonna try 9.5s just for the helluvit.
     
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    I use D'Addario 10's on my Strats because I bend the lighter gauge out of tune when chording. On my Telecasters for years I have use D'Adario Nickle Plated 9's because of the sound and they last. I especially like them for bends and pedal steel sounds. If working on a project where I like to use more twang I use Ernie Ball super Slinky's on the Tele. The fresh sound only lasts a couple of days but its good.

    TF
     
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    D'Addario Jazz Light Flatwound, great response on the low end.
     
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    EB Super Slinkys (9s)
     
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    D'Addario EXL110's 10-46 on all the Tele's. I buy these in the bulk 25 set box, which brings the cost down to about $2.50 a set. Great strings. Very consistent. Great sound and feel.

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    They sound fine but to my ears they make the overall EQ difficult to manage.
     
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    Ernie Ball Super Slinky 9-42 with wound third (w018)
     
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    I use Ernie Ball Ultra Slinky 10-48 on both my tele's.
     
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    GHS Boomers 10-46 on my Teles and Strats.

    GHS Boomer TNT 10-52 on my Gibson scale (24.75) guitars.

    Been using Boomers for years. Love 'em.
     
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    D'addario 10-46 on everything
     
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