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. heffus

    heffus Tele-Holic

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    GHS pure nickel rollerwound, Fender pure nickel or D’addario nickel plated depending on the guitar. 11’s
     
  2. Shuster

    Shuster Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Got to be Flat wounds, I've slowly been installing them the guitars I play most. Really love them on my Tele's!!
     
  3. joe_cpwe

    joe_cpwe Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Funny, I'm the opposite. I used Slinky's forever and now am mostly switched to D'Addario. They seem to last a bit longer and are a couple bucks cheaper in 3 packs which is what I usually get. 9-46 for trem guitars, 10-46 on stop/block tailpiece.

    Went thru many many sets of the Slinky 2222, which is the 9-46 back in the day on my Floyd Rose equipped Kramers. I still use Slinky's on my remaining Kramer.
     
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  4. G.Rotten

    G.Rotten Tele-Holic

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    Back in the 90's I would change my strings every 2 or three weeks on every guitar because I liked the feel of new D'Addarios. Then I got married & had kids so disposable income became non existent. I find the slinky's bend like a new set of D'Addarios for their entire life. These days I change strings when I buy or sell a guitar or break a string.
     
  5. PCollen

    PCollen Friend of Leo's

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    D'Ad EXL110's
     
  6. joebloggs13

    joebloggs13 Tele-Holic

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    Gibson vintage reissue 9s.
     
  7. Flaneur

    Flaneur Friend of Leo's

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    11-52s, for preference. D'Addario EXL116 are easy to find. The popularity of lower tunings helps with choice and availability- but I usually buy in bulk, to be on the safe side. Nickel plated steel is bright enough and the D'Addarios are quite durable.

    For slide, I've been using Ernie Ball 'Not even slinky' 12-56s, which were a gift. There's a set of D'Addario NYXL 12-60s in the bag.
     
  8. fatcat

    fatcat Friend of Leo's

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  9. Skydog1010

    Skydog1010 Tele-Meister

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    Tele only..
    Well that's not that simple. But these are the top two.
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  10. Skydog1010

    Skydog1010 Tele-Meister

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    Now expanding a bit on that idea, note the plastic bag of singles I use to roll my own special sets. I'm really low on strings right now and have several guitars I need to "suit up".
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  11. kinkstah

    kinkstah Tele-Afflicted

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    Ernie Ball, Regular Slinky (10-46) on my Fenders.
     
  12. twangjeff

    twangjeff Tele-Afflicted

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    Daddario 11-49.
     
  13. rivalsociety

    rivalsociety TDPRI Member

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    Stringjoy Balanced 11-50, Nickel Wound, and with a wound 3rd.
     
  14. ricknbaker

    ricknbaker Tele-Holic

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    These. With a wound third. Because I'm a man.

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  15. gaddis

    gaddis Tele-Afflicted

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    But what is physically the difference? Aren’t pure nickel strings wound with pure nickel?
     
  16. bcorig

    bcorig Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Tele and LP D’Addario Nickle light wound .009 Blues, Rock Country
    H555, Strat Same but 0.10 Blues, Pop, Rock
    .009s are bright and easier to bend and require a lighter touch. .10’s deeper full sound more muted.
    https://www.stringsandbeyond.com/?u...utm_term=strings and beyond&utm_content=Brand The only place I found Adamas strings for my Ovations.
     
  17. bloomz

    bloomz Tele-Holic

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    Me too, except 7's.

    On all my guitars, and I'll never go back
     
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  18. strat a various

    strat a various Friend of Leo's

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    Most brands, if the set says "Nickel", they mean nickel plated steel. If they say "Pure Nickel", the windings are an alloy that's nearly pure nickel. The plain strings are the same for all sets, tin plated steel or occasionally copper alloy plated steel.
     
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  19. Obelisk

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    I like GHS Big Core Nickel Rockers (.0115 to .056), GHS Nickel Rockers(EJM .011-.052), and DR Pure Blues(.011-.050). I occasionally use D'Addario Chromes(flatwound), but generally loathe their other strings. I will use about any type of string, but generally stick with the aforementioned sets. I will use Ernie Ball strings in a pinch. Been curious about Curt Mangan, but haven't gotten around to try their strings. Thomastik Infeld and Pyramid both make great strings that are too damn expensive. I will keep strings on some guitars for months at a time.
     
  20. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I use D’Addario XL Heavy (12-54) on my Chet and Tele
    I use GHS EJ 11’s on my Cabronita and EJ Strat.
    My humbucker Les Pauls and Larrivee RS4 get D’Addarrio XL Medium (11-49).
    My gold top with P90s presently has a set of flatwounds on it.
    I have Kinman 480 pickups on order for it.
    When I put them in, it will XL Mediums.
    I like a bright, fairly heavy string.
     
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