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Empirism  
12 Oct 2008 11:32 | Quote
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here's couple questions.

Do you have favorite strings and how thick you like the best.

do strings have difference that guitar stay on tune?
JazzMaverick  
12 Oct 2008 12:13 | Quote
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Depends on what guitar I'm using, if I'm usuing my Epiphone SG, I use Ernie Ball Super Slinky. If I'm using the Ibanez AF75, I'm using D'Addario super light, or regular light.

Just a note to anyone who finds their strings getting a little rough or dirty, use "Fast Fret". Slide it on you strings and it'll make it nice and smooth.
foogered  
12 Oct 2008 12:38 | Quote
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Well it's been a while since I restrung my electric, so I'm not sure what strings are on there, but on my acoustic I use .13-guage D'Addario phosphor bronze strings.

I've heard that you can put flat-wound strings on ES-335's, so I might try that.

I tend to like thicker strings better. I used to play lights, but as soon as I started moving up I fell in love with thicker strings. To me the tone sounds much more full, and they seem to have slightly better sustain (more mass on the guitar).
TheAmericanBrit  
12 Oct 2008 12:54 | Quote
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Depends on the guitar, I guess. However, I'm quite fond of Ernie Ball Custom Guages.
telecrater  
12 Oct 2008 13:55 | Quote
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I use elxars they cost more up front but last lots longer. I got lots of guitars. you get that funky new string sound longer
RelaxedDude  
12 Oct 2008 14:32 | Quote
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telecrater says:
you get that funky new string sound longer


Dude, I love that new string sound, its so full and whatnot

And Im not sure what Im using, my strings are pretty darn old
jcb3000  
12 Oct 2008 15:06 | Quote
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i use Roto 9s on my ibanez, theyre good and last ages, plus free top e string :P
JazzMaverick  
12 Oct 2008 15:43 | Quote
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How much are they JCB?
Nightmare  
12 Oct 2008 15:49 | Quote
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I use Elixir anti-rust my #1 choice, that when it comes to my bc rich. My other copy Fender crappy guitar, last time I tried fender strings and they suc.k ... my other favorites are Dean Markley, Ernie Ball, and D'addario. Sizes .010-.48 or .011-.49
I don't like new strings sound
Heather  
12 Oct 2008 16:13 | Quote
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I love the G string...ermm, on guiar that is! I guess it's my favourate, if not maybe B. Just as in plain string plaucking.
telecrater  
12 Oct 2008 16:17 | Quote
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my last set of fenders only lasted a few weeks then they turned groddy real fast.

I used flat wounds once but they were too tight and i did not really like the tones.

I herd B.B. king talking about having a wound G string rather than the straigt steel like the B but I've not seen any sets that have that.
Phip  
12 Oct 2008 16:21 | Quote
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Heather says:
Just as in plain string plaucking.

is that a chicken joke? lol
Plauck, plauck, plauck

I've been using Elixir lights on my acoustic
i like em so far
Phip
jcb3000  
12 Oct 2008 16:37 | Quote
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JazzMaverick says:
How much are they JCB?


i get mine for 4.50 on the internet mostly
league  
12 Oct 2008 22:13 | Quote
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I like GHS because they last a very long time and boomers have a sharp sound that I cant find on any other strings. I use 9-42.
telecrater  
12 Oct 2008 22:49 | Quote
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Good point on the gauge of strings. and also Empirism original questin was if effect the ability for the guitar to stay in tune.

If you drasticly change the gauge of the strings it can effect the abliity for a guitar to stay in tune. If i tweak my guitar and set it up for .008 strings and throw some 012 it will not play or stay in tune well I would need to have it re setup up. if you move up or donw 2 gages you should be fine.

I personalty like .010 and .011 but usualy settle for .009. the heaver the gauge of string the more flexable it is as far as tone. I can play a clean channel and play soft and have a nice clean tone then pound it and get some drive out of the string with out hitting the over drive channel.

Every guitar player should know how to setup their own guitar so you can experiment some and finding the string gauge that fits you.

there are several soruces on the internet and books also that can help.
Empirism  
13 Oct 2008 08:56 | Quote
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Aye, thanks all for replies. Couple nice tips there, I think I try a little thickier next time.
GRX40  
13 Oct 2008 12:54 | Quote
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I use GHS Boomers, 9 gauge.

I don't really like how thin they are though. I'm gonna move up to 10s soon.

And thank you to whoever said Fast Fret! That stuff is really good, and it makes it a lot easier to play.
macandkanga  
13 Oct 2008 19:09 | Quote
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I use DR extra life colored strings. Not cause they look cool and they do but because they are the best coated strings I've ever used. I use 10s and 11s. I used to use GHS 8s and 9s but they go out of tune fast especially on a tremolo guitar and I play tighter on 10s or 11s.
marsdemartini  
13 Oct 2008 22:52 | Quote
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i use ernie ball regular which is 10-46 but i could go higher in guage. ive also thought about using a package of 7 strings and putting them on a 6 string guitar and leaving off the high e string. as far as the best strings i have played, DR is the best but they are a little more pricey
guitarmastergod  
14 Oct 2008 07:50 | Quote
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i use ernie ball purple powers, they last for a while for me even though im always playing my guitar with lots of tremolo picking and with my sweaty hands
BodomBeachTerror  
14 Oct 2008 11:03 | Quote
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i use earnie ball slinkie, idk wut weight they are


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