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. Jackroadkill

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    Yes, there's a very good luthier who lives near me (https://robwilliamsguitars.co.uk/) who's going to re-cut the slots for me.
     
  2. Mur

    Mur Tele-Afflicted

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    Tele and other electrics I use whatever sold as singles at local music store ..I think d'addario.

    As for bass and acoustical instrumets, I'm particular about string choice on them.
     
  3. BuddyDog

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    I have been using d'Addario 10's on my Strat and H535, Curt Mangan nickel 10's on a Ric 6, Thomastik-Infeld flatwounds on a Ric 12 and John Pearse Phosphor Bronze 12's on my acoustic. The Mangan and Pearse strings have really lasted a long time. The flatwounds have only been changed once in 10 years

    Tele I ordered is coming with 9's.
     
  4. ben smith

    ben smith Tele-Meister

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    rotosound 10's on everything because they feel slinkier.
     
  5. ben smith

    ben smith Tele-Meister

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    brian jonestown massacre fan?
     
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  6. Fendereedo

    Fendereedo Friend of Leo's

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    Yes, since the early 2000s. ;)
     
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  7. ben smith

    ben smith Tele-Meister

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    sweet! i saw them play i few years ago with Joel Gion in the band at that time, they were very well behaved that night.
     
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  8. RoCkstAr256

    RoCkstAr256 Tele-Afflicted

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    Ok other question, which Fender strings do you recommend?
     
  9. Fendereedo

    Fendereedo Friend of Leo's

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    No fighting then lol
     
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  10. ben smith

    ben smith Tele-Meister

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    no sitar got broken! no blood from peoples faces! lol
     
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  11. tombob

    tombob Tele-Holic

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    I used 12-54 Ernie Balls (I ordered 6 packs of 12 strings) when I was younger. I’ve dropped back now and my favorite strings are Beefy Slinkys. They’re a hybrid 11-54, I will use heavy top-light bottom Slinkys (10-52) on a couple of guitars. If I can’t find EB Slinkys I really like D’Addario strings too.
     
  12. mmannaxx

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    Curt Mangan Pure Nickel (plain 3rd): 10.5-48 on my Teles and 11-48 on my Strat
     
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    I'm in the D'Adario EXL110 camp! Like a lot of previous posts here, I too have been using them for years; more like decades! I just bought another couple boxes of 10....and these will go quickly as I do a lot of refurbs on used guitars...then flip 'em. But, on all my personal guits.......it's exclusively the EXL110s. They sound great, feel great, hold up well, don't go flat on me like some others do (and that's a 'tone' reference, not a 'key note' reference)......and the don't go flat on me like some others do (that's the key reference....lol). They're also reasonably priced, especially if you hunt for vendors selling small lots or boxes. They've gone up some over the years....but what hasn't?!! Still, they're wort it IMHO!
     
  14. Budmartin

    Budmartin NEW MEMBER!

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    My own set. 10/12/15/26/36/52. Ordered from Just Strings. Less than $50.00 for 10 sets.
     
  15. Jay Jernigan

    Jay Jernigan Tele-Meister

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    On my Telecasters, I use 10 - 46. Sounds more like a Tele to me. 11's are great on a Strat or a Les Paul, but Telecasters are greasiest with lighter strings.
     
  16. Tevilspek

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    12-60 D'Addarios for me (but soon to try the new EB 12-60s!), but then my Tele is tuned to an alternate drop C! The longer scale length is so, so good for tension at lower tunings.
     
  17. DeanoSonic

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    I used to use Gibson Brite Wire 10’s on my Gibson’s and Fender Super Bullet 11’s on my Fenders until I bought a Taylor Solid Body that came with Elixir’s. The guitar had been sitting in the store for ages but the strings weren’t cruddy or corroded. Could there be something to this coated string concept? So I bought a few bulk packs of Elixir NanoWeb’s and restrung all my short scales with 11’s and my long scales with 10’s. They’re brilliant! They last for ages, sound great and always feel good. There’s also a consistency of slink between scales and I don’t have to stress about what string to use anymore. Having the same brand on all guitars means I have a reference, and differences in tone and feel can be attributed to things other than strings. Guitars that rarely get played always come out of the case ready to rock no matter how long they’ve been idle. Highly recommended. (no affiliation).
     
  18. Greg9564

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    DR Blues
     
  19. chris2455

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    I use Ernie Ball Custom Gauge, 10, 14, 20 (wound), 28, 36 & 46. I buy them ten sets at a time from Strings Direct in Essex.
     
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    Have played the d’Addario 10s and 11s for years upon years.
     
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