What Brand and Gauge Strings Do You Use?

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  1. Have FUN

    Have FUN Senior Member

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    My favorite are Elixir 10 - 46 :)


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    10-46 regular D’Addario’s
     
  4. C_Becker

    C_Becker Dat Gibson smell Premium Member

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    Just strung up my Flying V with a 7-string set (minus the thinnest string), I have too many guitars in E standard and wanted to try something else.
    So its now 13-56 tuned to DGCFAD. It sounds really dark and thick now and I like the wound G-string.
     
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    D'Addario EXL110BT Nickel Wound Balanced Tension (.010s).

    D'Addario Phosphor Bronze on the Martins EJ17, EJ38.

    The D'Addario NB1356 Nickel Bronze are great acoustic strings as well. I'll try them again.
     
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    rockstar232007 Senior Member

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    Been a D'addario guy for 25 years, but lately I've been using Gibson RIs. Funnily enough, the Gibsons last twice as long.

    10-46, since day-1.
     
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  7. NewDayHappy

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    Well, I got to own up on something, the DR strings are much better than I expected. After they broke in, they sound so much better than I initially expected and my guitars are staying in perfect tune after 45-60 minutes of playing, they stay in tune better than any string I've ever used in my life. They don't sound as good as Ernie Ball but there isn't a huge disparity, I'd give EB 5/5 and DR 4.5/5 but the DR stays in tune 10x better. Going to try them on my acoustics next.
     
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    Leña_Costoso Senior Member

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    DR. Pure Blues 011-.050
     
  9. Mockbel

    Mockbel Senior Member

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    10's on the Les Paul (Gibson reissue strings)
    9's on the rest of guitars (D'addario or Ernie Ball strings)
     
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    Elixir phosphor bronze nanoweb on acoustic. D'addario wound third 11's on Sheraton. Or D'addario 10's on all else.
     
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    I've also just got some Gibson brite wires to try out as they were cheap from my local music shop.
     
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  12. ehb

    ehb Chief Discombobulator Premium Member

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    Used D'Ads for decades...until I found Brite Wires. Use em on all my guitars....
     
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  13. Gem23

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    I've yet to try them. They may be the new thing.. what do you like about them?
     
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    DR. Pure Blues 9s on the all the electrics
    DR Phosphor Bronze Sunbeams 12s on the Taylor Mini
    D'Addario Phosphor Bronze 11s on the Kay
     
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    NYXLs here. 10-46 on Les Pauls. 9s on Fenders. 11s on my Taylor. They ring clear, sound played-in without sounding dull, and last longest for me.

    If I had a 2nd PRS 594, I'd have Optima Golds on that. I love the rhythm tone I get out of those - soft without being dull. They just don't have quite enough attack (for me) for lead work. I'm very curious to find out what they're like on something with a maple neck and board.

    I've been trying other brands on and off this year, just to see if any of them suit a particular guitar more than the NYXLs do. I didn't get on with the Elixr strings at all. I've got a set of EBs on my Strat atm. It isn't ringing how I wish it was, but until I swap the strings again, I can't say whether that's the EBs or the instrument.
     
  16. C.J.

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    D'addario 11-49 EXL115
    Last forever, keep their tone a good couple of months (unlike EB which sound better but last literally a couple of days in my experience).
    <$5 a pack if bought in 3 or more pack orders. No complaints.
    Love EB slinkies but they're only useful for gigging and nothing else imho.
     
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  17. Gem23

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    Is that the wound third set?
    I've had these on my sheraton for months now, played every day. Still going strong sounding good.
     
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    No these have a plain steel third. Round wound.
    I do definitely agree that D'addario strings have legs though. They're on all my guitars presently. I never wanted to use 11's either. They felt hella heavy to begin with. Tore my callouses off. But now I bend the octave on them no problem at all. A well set up guitar with low-ish action and 9-46 strings is still something I appreciate though. I definitely find them easier to play. But as you know some guitars have their own ideas about what strings and action they're going to make you accept. :(
     
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    It's kind of funny you say that because I found a pack of D'Addario phosphor bronze 13 gauge acoustic strings in my toolbox and I am most pleased so far. It's been 3 years since I've played them and I like them better than Ernie Ball. Come to think of it, I like DR, EB and D'Addario strings, I've got absolutely nothing bad to say about any of those companies. DR stay in tune the best, D'Addario I know for sure I like more on my acoustics but as far as electric is concerned I'm going to have a shoot out between D'Addario, DR and Ernie Ball. As it stands now, I like the sound of EB on my electrics the most but DR stays in tune better, I'll probably order up some D'Addarios to slap on there when I get around to it.
     
  20. ehb

    ehb Chief Discombobulator Premium Member

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    Feel, tone, balance across strings, tone lifetime....about everything....

    To me, the best string I've played... Subjective, true....but I am responsible for satisfying me...

    I also keep my strings clean. I use FastFret regularly and periodically use my foldover sammich skrang cleaner. ;)

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    When my FastFret ain't quite FastFretting, I take my bottle of food grade mineral oil and pour a few drops in the bottom of the FastFret can and put the stick back in to sit for a while let the fabric soak up the mineral oil.

    Lemon Oil ain't lemon oil. It's mineral oil with a scent and coloring...
    Fretboard Cleaner with Lemon Oil is not Lemon Oil. It's mineral oil with a scent and coloring...
    Mineral Oil. Period.

    WalMart constipation section near pharmacy. Equate Mineral Oil (food grade pure)

    $1.98 for more than you'll ever use on strings or fretboards in a lifetime....

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