Best strings for Les Paul

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  1. slowhand0461

    slowhand0461 Senior Member

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    Regular Slinky's(10-46)
     
  2. Marshall Arts

    Marshall Arts Senior Member

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    I'm an elixir fan. I love those strings.

    On the new Gibson I currently use the original Gibson strings it was shipped with.

    But as soon as they go dull, I'll buy a set of .012 elixirs.

    The thing I like about these strings is the incredible lifetime. They sound brand new even after months of playing. One brilliant example is my Cort bass. It has been using the same elixir strings for two years now with about once-a-week playing basis.

    What is your opinions about elixir? Do you think the nanoweb film affects the sound in a negative way?
     
  3. Raku10

    Raku10 Senior Member

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  4. Raffie..

    Raffie.. Member

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    what about d'addario 0,9-0,45?
     
  5. backline

    backline Senior Member

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    I like GHS Nickel Rockers in 11's.
     
  6. VastHorizon

    VastHorizon Senior Member

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    I switch between Elixir and Dean Markley Blue.
     
  7. Sky

    Sky Senior Member

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    D'Addario 10's!
     
  8. zontar

    zontar Senior Member

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    I mostly use Boomers, and have for years.

    I've tried other brands--but keep coming back to the Boomers--although D'Adarrios are pretty good as well.

    I've used 9-42 on my solidbodies for years--but am considering 10-46 on my Les Paul as I'm starting to pay more slide--and the low E seems a bit slack. Thicker strings tend to work better for slide, but I don't want to go too much thicker. I do use 10-52's on my archtop though--so I can handle the bigger gauges--I just like lighter on my solidbodies.
     
  9. klohiq

    klohiq Senior Member

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    right now i have .11 - .48 ernie ball titaniums. need new strings though, mine try boomers or dr red devils. a change might be nice.
     
  10. moff40

    moff40 Senior Member

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    I just discovered Elixirs (nanoweb) recently, and love them. I use 9-46 on my Gibby-scale guitars, 9-42 on the Fender-scale guitars. I have not tried the polywebs, but I've been told the Polyweb coating just shreds off - go with the nanoweb.

    My sweat\finger oil is extremely acidic. Before switching to Elixirs, I could remove the plating off the plain strings after one 50-minute set playing live. I'd get through the whole night, but the next day, they'd be like barbed wire. And the wrapped strings were completely dead - like a flat-wound, only deader. That meant I had to replace the strings on my main guitar every night, maybe two nights, if I was really lucky. Didn't matter what brand I used, though for me, D'addario XLs were the best of the "regular" brands.

    I only play two or three nights a week now, but that meant $15.00-$20.00 in strings a week. The first set of $13.00 Elixirs I tried were on for 4 weeks. They were still nice and bright when I changed them, but I changed them anyway as a preventive measure - I hate breaking strings during a show. Maybe in the future, I'll keep 'em on till they go dead or break, just to see how long that takes.

    I only wish they had been around when I played full time. I would've saved a fortune.
     
  11. Super_Coo

    Super_Coo Junior Member

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    Anybody ever try the Ernie Ball RPS strings? Re-enforced plain strings.
     
  12. mojofilter

    mojofilter Senior Member

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    Any kind as long as there new!
     
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    tintin Senior Member

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    There? Where?
     
  14. jonesy

    jonesy GLOBAL WIRING GURU MLP Vendor

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    Same for me for me on my Strat and LP, I always keep a fresh set on and they sound and feel great IMO :)
     
  15. The_Sentry

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    .010 to .046 for standard E tuning.

    Hahahahaha....
     
  16. Jollie

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    well just got my first gibson yesterday. A 2008 les paul custom silverburst!! I had it set up for GHS TNT's 10-52 and I dont think a guitar gets any heavier than that!! WOW ..i traded an Ibanez rgt6exfx with EMG 81 85's and paid 3,000 though hahaha i would've sold a kidney if I had to.
     
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    thomastik jazz
     
  18. The_Sentry

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    I dunno if it really matters...it's all a question of feel, ain't it?

    I just figure if you're playing in a standard E tuning, and it's still somewhat set up to factory specs, .010 to .046 seems pretty natural on these beasts...
     
  19. Torren61

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    Ernie Ball regular Slinkies 10-46 nickel wound here, too. Buy 'em in bulk on eBay.
     
  20. jonesy

    jonesy GLOBAL WIRING GURU MLP Vendor

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    A+ That's whats on my LP and you can get the pure nickel ones as well :thumb:
     

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