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

    162 vote(s)
    62.5%
  2. Stainless steel wrap roundwounds

    8 vote(s)
    3.1%
  3. Coated roundwounds

    19 vote(s)
    7.3%
  4. Titanium/Unobtainaium

    2 vote(s)
    0.8%
  5. Flatwounds

    12 vote(s)
    4.6%
  6. Half Rounds

    2 vote(s)
    0.8%
  7. Anything as long as it's heavy

    4 vote(s)
    1.5%
  8. Cat gut

    2 vote(s)
    0.8%
  9. Whatever's on sale

    8 vote(s)
    3.1%
  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

    6 vote(s)
    2.3%
  12. I'm supposed to change my strings?!

    9 vote(s)
    3.5%
  13. Pure nickel

    61 vote(s)
    23.6%
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  1. Nick Fanis

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    GHS Boomers 010-038.
     
  2. Dismalhead

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    I checked "whatever is on sale"; usually the D'Addarios or GHS Boomers. I go through a lot of strings and haven't found the expense of high end strings to be worth the cost.
     
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  3. G.Rotten

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    I was 100% a D'Addario guy for a couple decades. Now it's Ernie Ball super slinky all the way. Occasionally I'll try other strings but always come back to super slinky's now. In January I fell off a ladder and maybe did or didn't break stuff on my left hand. The X-ray didn't show anything for sure but it took months for my hand (especially my thumb) to stop hurting. I switched to the hybrid 9-46 slinky on all my Fenders. With the light strings I'm finding slide very difficult, but cannot seem to get back into the heavier strings for the majority of my playing.

    May have to dedicate a guitar for occasional slide playing now I guess. Seems like a waste of a guitar though.
     
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  4. Sotakoira Musti

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    For years, all of my Teles have had a hybrid flat set. As this moment, all 3 has flats, but with plain G. E-A-D (48-38-28) from D’Addario’s ECG23 or sometimes ECG24 (50-40-30) and G-B-e (16-11,5-9,5) from EXL120+.

    I really like them that way. Flats tames the harshness (especially with AC30) a bit, adds some bass but doesn’t lose twang. And they feel so smooth. 9,5s are just right for higher strings. They bend nicely and keep in tune better, as I tend to have a slight tehnique problem by bending strings unconsciously with my left hand when playing (monkey grip with thumb on the low E).

    If there is a downside, the ECGs cost about 20€/pack and EXLs about 8€. And I have cabinets full of extra strings, as 6 are left useless. But on the other hand, those flats last forever. I change them about 1-2 times a year in average.

    Roundwounds with other electric guitars.
     
  5. Tezuka27

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    D'addario Flat wounds usually .10s sometime .11s Thinking about trying out round wound .9s on my next string change.


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  6. ElJay370

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    Ernie Ball Regular Slinky 10-46.
    They suit me well for the typical boneheaded rock music I play most of the time. More durable than D’Addario XLs and stay fresh longer than Dean Markleys.
     
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  7. Frodebro

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    Pure nickel is slightly darker/less bright in tone.
     
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  8. jonobolton

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    I've always bought Ernie Balls as they're cheap and readily available. I've tried D'Addarios a few times because they're what i would usually have on my bass, although I'm not especially fussy when it comes to guitar strings, as long as they're not too light. My Classic Vibe Custom Tele came with with really light strings but the setup is nice on it so I'm not wanting to mess around with it just yet.
     
  9. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Friend of Leo's

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    Ernie Balls or D'Addarios, usually 11s. Nothing special or fancy, just normal EB or the like. And I change 'em about once every 5 years or so.
     
  10. Boblets

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    I use whatever Fender put on my 2012 American Standard, back in 2012.

    They still work fine.
     
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  11. kbold

    kbold Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Pyramids. Pyramids on my acoustic as well.

    Haven't tried Rotosounds, but have heard good things about them.
    I'll have to try them next time I need strings.
     
  12. perttime

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    My tele(ish) partscaster came to me with pure nickel 11-49 (I think). I like it - but intend to try it with something else too.
     
  13. soulman969

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    How are you liking those 9.5s my friend?

    I've gone to half sizes on all of my 25.5" scale and my LP using either nickel wound D'Addario XLs or Pure Nickel Curt Magnans depending on which guitar I'm using them on but none are coated. I've been doing it for about 4-5 years now and really like the feel of them vs 10-46s.

    I'm only using 10-46s on my Casino any longer.
     
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    Fender NPS 10 - 46, or similar. I'm not too fussy either way, just as long as the gauge is right.
     
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    DR BLUES NICKEL, 11'S FOR TELE 13'S FOR DUO SONIC
     
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  17. claes

    claes Tele-Holic

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    Always 10's...since the 70's. I'l try any brand any type but prefere polywebs nowdays (but still try something else from time to time). Those polywebs last a long time. "They are just not good - they are good enough!"
     
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  18. Telecastoff1

    Telecastoff1 Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Gibson Brite Wires 10's on all of my Teles. Been using these for years now.
     
  19. Clifton C

    Clifton C Tele-Holic

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    Regular Ernie Ball .10-.46
     
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  20. gaddis

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    What’s the difference between “nickel-wrap roundwounds” and “pure nickel”?
     
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