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. Frodebro

    Frodebro Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    It's been years since I've messed with pure nickel strings, but it's a relatively soft metal so that makes sense.
     
  2. strat a various

    strat a various Friend of Leo's

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    The plain strings ... E, B, G ... are tin plated steel. There is no nickel in the unwound strings.
     
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  3. Johnnyjbj

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    DR Pure Blues 10’s
     
  4. Andy B

    Andy B Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    D’Addarios
     
  5. va3dg

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    Elixir 9-42 Nanoweb. I like the classic country twang I get with them and they seem to last forever.
     
  6. RoyBGood

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    Makes you wonder why they bother, really - IMHO, it's the plain strings that need the softer tonality of nickel, not the wound ones. :confused:

    Or am I missing something?
     
  7. RoCkstAr256

    RoCkstAr256 Tele-Afflicted

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    Same, nyxl are long lasting. Love 9 to 40 bt set. Atm. I use regular nickel XL daddarios
     
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    NPS Superbullets 9-42
     
  9. Pechorin

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    Fender Original 150's in 11 to 49. But I'm not too fussy.
     
  10. bransonb

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    If this survey is a true indication, the market share for D'Addario is amazing. Certainly dominant!

    And the lack of love for Fender strings is surprising to me, as I use them exclusively on my Fenders.
     
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  11. Minggo

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    Anybody ever research how many Brands buy from the same string manufacturer and repackage under the applicable Brand name?
     
  12. Fenderbendr

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    D’addario 11-52 EXL116
     
  13. billgwx

    billgwx Tele-Meister

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    I use D'Addario Nickel Wound Balanced Tension EXL's. For performing the Super Lights (09-40) go on all my guitars, Tele, Strat, even the Les Paul. I admit those super lights can be a pain to keep in tune! Reliable and available at just about any music store I visit, plus D'Addario XL's were John Frusciante's go-to's when I was really getting into learning electric guitar and being an RHCP-head at the same time.

    When recording I step up a notch to the Regular Lights (10-46) for better tuning stability and a more solid, less slinky feel and sound for my playing style. Play all kinds of music at home and a mix of alt rock, pop punk, and power pop with the band, both rhythm and lead.

    I did use D'Addario NYXL's for a short while when they first came out. Same feel, too mid-rangey, no balanced tension option.

    Am much more adventurous when it comes to bass strings. Use all kinds of different gauges, rounds, flats, tapewounds, you name it, on a J and a P.
     
  14. Gary in Boston

    Gary in Boston Friend of Leo's

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    Nickel wraps or solid nickel

    Gary
     
  15. Mase

    Mase Tele-Meister

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    D'Addario 10-46, I have no idea what they are made of.

    Someone mentioned 8's, must have a very light touch.
     
  16. jazzalta

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    I use D'addario nickels, but mix and match...I use 42, 32, 24, 16, 13, 10.
     
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