I have read that Gibson is having supply chain problems between reorganization and Covid.I used to use the Vintage Reissue strings too. I agree they lasted longer and did sound great. I sold Gibson at a store for years and they were readily available. Cant find them around Harrisburg Pa area anymore
Either Gibson vintage reissues, the new ones are slightly different than the previous ones but still seem to be the goods.
Or for modern stuff DiAddario NYXL's. They are the best string I've ever had on a floyd rose. Bright sounding, smooth feeling, get to stable fast and stay there for a LONG time.
I use D’addario XL series. I love them, they are long lasting and above all, very consistent. and they’re so good new that I’ve often had people ask me “what strings are on this guitar” because they want to buy more when its due for a string change. I’d never had that question prior to using D’Addario. For what it’s worth, I had the same kind of experience which led me to start using them in the first place.
full disclosure, yes I’m a D’Addario dealer. And the above explains why.
The NYXLs are my favorite. They live up to the marketing promises.I use D'Addario XL Nickel or Ernie Ball Slinky - just depends on what my local shop has in stock. I tried D'Addario NYXLs for a while, but my ear is not refined enough to tell the difference between those an the regular XLs, and therefore I can't justify paying twice as much for the NYXLs.
Also I never buy strings from Amazon based on seeing reviews and Youtube videos of counterfeit strings.
If you want to PM me your address, I’ll send you three sets of XL9s for free.I see many great suggestions here! Due to a nasty table saw accident, I prefer to stick to lighter strings. I cut off the ends of three fingers on my fretting hand. Luckily, they were able to reattach them, but I lost most of the feeling and range of motion. I use the D'Addario XL 9's on my LP's and Strats and the EXL 150 super lites on the 12 string of my EDS1275. Upon occasion, I use Dunlop Rev. Willy's 7's on my Tele's. My seven string gets the D'Addario XL 8-string set, 9,11,24 and 42,54 and 65. The heavier gauge strings are great for the low end, while the lighter gauge on the e,b,and g are great for bends. I just hang on to the 32. NEVER , EVER GIVE UP!!!
Interesting info.Gibson made their own strings all the way up to about 2005-2006 when they started having D'Arrario make them, prior to Corporate moving all of the factory machinery and stock (of everything from stringwinders, raw material, Gibson & Trace Elliott amps and "Tourwear" from Elgin, IL (where it had been since 1973) to Nashville, where it was all lost in the floods due to Henry's decision to leave it all in semi trailers in the loading docks. All were denied insurance coverage by the insurer.
Gibson was the 2nd oldest string make in America and came up with the phosphor bronze string, 1st to use a "hex" core wire and created the "double lock twist".
In the very beginning of Ernie Ball strings, Gibson made them (the only non-Gibson label they made with the exception of private label strings).