What Type of Strings Do You Use on Your Tele?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by El Tele Lobo, Jul 9, 2019.

What type of strings do you use on your tele?

  1. Nickel wrap roundwounds

    97 vote(s)
    66.4%
  2. Stainless steel wrap roundwounds

    3 vote(s)
    2.1%
  3. Coated roundwounds

    9 vote(s)
    6.2%
  4. Titanium/Unobtainaium

    1 vote(s)
    0.7%
  5. Flatwounds

    7 vote(s)
    4.8%
  6. Half Rounds

    1 vote(s)
    0.7%
  7. Anything as long as it's heavy

    3 vote(s)
    2.1%
  8. Cat gut

    2 vote(s)
    1.4%
  9. Whatever's on sale

    6 vote(s)
    4.1%
  10. Whatever's most expensive (Dentists in a PRS 12-step program, check here)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  11. I'm constantly changing string types

    2 vote(s)
    1.4%
  12. I'm supposed to change my strings?!

    7 vote(s)
    4.8%
  13. Pure nickel

    29 vote(s)
    19.9%
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  1. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Friend of Leo's

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    Mainly curious about tele players. I may make a separate inquiry in the acoustic forum later. I've always stuck with basic D'Addario or Ernie Ball nickel wrap. Wondering what you all play and why.

    1. What type of strings do you play?
    2. What gauge of strings do you play?
    3. What style(s) of music do you play with your various string types?
    4. What do you like about them versus other strings?
    5. If an unusual or off brand or set, where do you buy them?
    Be sure to cast your vote in the poll too!
     
  2. 3-Chord-Genius

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    I'm using the Billy Gibbons set on everything I own, 8's.
     
  3. Papa Joe

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    I use pure nickel strings..
     
  4. Chunkocaster

    Chunkocaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    I've been buying these for years, I see no reason to change.
    They feel good and do what I want strings to do, last a decent amount of time and don't cost a fortune.


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  5. OttoCorrect

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    Standard Ernie Ball 11’s. I pick a gauge and that’s about it. I go by the idea that type of strings don’t matter as much as whether or not they’re fresh strings.
     
  6. Jonnyb73

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    Pure nickels.
     
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  7. Blues63

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    Pure Nickel Ernie Balls in 10-46.
     
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    DR Pure Blues or Tite-Fit. 11 to 50. I Like the way they feel. Started using them 20 years ago and just stuck with 'em. I play classic rock and old school country on three different Telecasters.
    I run 13's on my electric that I use for slide (a strat) and 10's on my open G telecaster custom.
     
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  9. TheDams

    TheDams Tele-Meister

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    Curt Mangan pure nickel, 9-42... will never look back since I’ve tried them 4 years ago.
     
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  10. soulman969

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    Yep, you left out pure nickel which many use.

    I use both pure nickel and nickel wrapped. Depends on the guitar.
     
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  11. Obsessed

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    D'Addario coated 9.5s.
     
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  12. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Friend of Leo's

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    I added that to my poll. Thanks!
     
  13. stnmtthw

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    Regular old Ernie Ball 10s. That's not just on my Teles, but my Strat and Les Paul as well.

    I like GHS and D'Addario as well, but nothing feels as bouncy under my fingers as the Ernie Balls.
     
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    Ernie ball skinny top heavy bottom. Singer in my band insists on tuning down a half step and the normal 10s are too floppy. Used d'addario forever but decided to try these because they don't overcharge for the special guage. When I saw they still used individual envelopes I was sold. I noticed no difference in tone or lifespan.
     
  15. yyr123

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    What’s the difference? These are what I use love em [​IMG]
     
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  16. Ripradiant

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    Ernie ball or DAddario 10-46.
     
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  17. El Tele Lobo

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    What's the difference between nickel wound and pure nickel?
     
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    I prefer Rotosound roto-orange 9-46.
    Nickel on steel.

    But, recently I can get a 3 pack of EB Hybrid Slinky 9-46 (also in an orange package) on Ebay for like $12.
    Nickel on steel wrapped around tin on steel, I think.

    That's just on the tele and Toronado though. Feel a bit too noodly on the 24" duosonic and mustang, so I'm running 10-48 EB ultra slinky on them. Unfortunately, rotosound doesn't make that gage. I can only find it from Daddario (NYXL) and EB (Ultra Slinky) so choices are limited there. Again, EBs are roughly $13 for 3 pack on Ebay.

    Play rock of various kinds, and blues.
    Use what gage feels right, and whatever substance sounds it.
     
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  19. CalebAaron666

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  20. Chunkocaster

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    The price?

    I think the pure nickels are wound around a nickel wire core, the nickel wounds might have a different core wire with a different mix ratio of nickel and something else?
     
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