Strings - what do you use and why?

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  1. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Well-Known Member

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    I've decided on Gibson BriteWires on the SGs and Gibson Vintage Reissue on my Peavey JF-1 because I like the sound.

    The Gibson 80/20 or J200 on my Epiphone acoustic, though Ernie Ball's acoustics sound good so far.

    Just a beginner, so going for sound at this point.

    Tom
     
  2. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Well-Known Member

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    The punch line to most drummer jokes is... "So, what kind of sticks do you use?"

    If drummers were smarter they could really have a field day with guitarists....
     
  3. Raiyn

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    Just think of the Bass player jokes we could be making if we weren't such classy folks.
     
  4. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Well-Known Member

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    But Bass players never change their strings, and they aren't very funny...
     
  5. ChrisM84

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    I’ve kept the 9-46 on a few of my Gibsons, and tried 9-42 for a bit as well. I went back to 10-46. That little bit of added resistance makes me feel more in control of bends and vibrato if that makes sense.

    I use EB regular slinkys BUT have recently tried the Gibson vintage reissue strings and thought they felt great.
     
  6. Bad Penguin

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    I've used 10's all of my guitar life. I have tried different gauges, but go right back to my D'addario EXL110 on my solid body electrics, The Half Rounds on my semi hollows, and the 11-52 Chrome flats on my arch top.
     
  7. plankton

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    Many years ago when I was a headbanging teen I recall using GHS Boomers, probably because someone I admired did, and I think they were 9's.

    After a twenty year hiatus from guitar the first pack of strings I bought were Ernie Ball Slinkys, 10-46, because they're what I saw hanging on the wall at my local and I knew they were a respected brand. They also seemed "classic rock" appropriate, which is probably the best label for what I play now.

    At some point the shop had a good special on 10 set boxes of D'Addarios so I bought some. I felt that they produced a good tone for longer than the Slinkys, which sounded great new but it seemed to fade quickly. So that's what I'm still using now, 10-46 because it feels right, on all my electrics.
     
  8. Thumpalumpacus

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    Electric guitars with Gibson scales get GHS Boomer .011 -- .050. I went with 'em 30 years ago due to their durability, because I was breaking strings like a sumbitch.

    Fender scales get Nickel Rockers in .010 -- .048.

    Flattop acoustics get .012 or .013 strings, usually D'Addario, but I usually let acoustics tell me what they want to wear, seems like they're more finicky about strings.

    I definitely prefer heavy strings on acoustics, in order to drive the top. I keep 'em a little on the heavy side with electrics in order to help keep the feel close and minimize adjustment going from acoustic to electric.
     
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  9. Bob Womack

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    Fender Rock n Roll 150s (.009). They used to be called extra lights but now are, I think, called ultra lights. I use both pure nickel and nickel plated. Why? Some of my guitars came with pure and some with plated. I just use what came on 'em. And here is the real oddball part of it all: I don't claim my brand to be the best or anything silly like that. I've just used them for forty-nine years and they happen to work. Whenever I go to Guitar Center for my strings of the month and they don't have 'em in stock I do with something like Ernie Balls.

    And size? Macho men use huge strings. I use .009s. So sue me. They allow me to articulate my bends well. [​IMG]

    Bob
     
  10. Thumpalumpacus

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    There are good reasons to use bigger strings, as I noted above. That doesn't mean anyone's going to slag you for your choice, bud.
     
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  11. flognoth

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    I used to use Gibson's Vintage Reissues, but they stopped making them the same way when they closed the Elgin, Illinois plant. I believe Gibson just rebrands someone else's strings now, I'm not sure whose. The rebranded ones aren't the same and I don't like them as much.

    I've moved on to Throbak's Pure Nickel / Hex Core. They're the closest I've been able to find, so far, to what the Vintage Reissues were. I play 9's too.
     
  12. Bob Womack

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    I wasn't referring to you and hadn't read your post, in fact but thanks for the reassurance. I use .012 for most acoustics but .013s for dreads.

    Bob
     
  13. Thumpalumpacus

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    That's okay, it needed saying anyway, apparently.
     
  14. Ray

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    I just discovered these. D'addario NYXL 0.11 to .56 is one the best sets I've ever played on.

    Plain Steel: 011, .014, .019, Nickel Wound .032, .044, .056.

    daddario.jpeg
     

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