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ThePusher  
28 Mar 2008 02:15 | Quote
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I for the most part use .73mm Yellow Tortex picks paired with 11-48 gauge Ernie Ball Power Slinky strings, however for my drop tuning guitar I use 11-52 DR's with .88mm Green Tortex. How 'bout you guys?
deefa  
28 Mar 2008 07:49 | Quote
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Whatever does the job without slipping through these gherkins that I loosely refer to as fingers!
Guitarslinger124  
28 Mar 2008 14:46 | Quote
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1.0mm Fender rubberized heavies. sometimes i use .88mm. and i use 10-46 custom gauge nickel Ernie Ball Slinky's.
Skold  
28 Mar 2008 17:54 | Quote
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I like Dunlop & Ernie Ball. Seems like a good combo to me.
lance  
28 Mar 2008 17:56 | Quote
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still being a new player i use paper thin pics to help me strum easier .38
as i develope my technique better i'll graduate to light/medium...lol

haven't restrung the LP yet,but the mini strat has ernie ball slinky reg's
league  
28 Mar 2008 21:02 | Quote
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I use Tortex .73 picks and GHS Progressives 9-42 strings.
WickedBeast  
29 Mar 2008 03:09 | Quote
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I use Tortex .88 is the lightest, and 1.14 is the heaviest in that... then I also use Lil stubbies for when i'm playing blues. 2mm.
Strings that i use are GHS Boomers, .11-.70 "yes bass strings for my EAD"
ThePusher  
29 Mar 2008 05:28 | Quote
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I tried the Zakk Wylde strings before but they completely screwed my intonation so I haven't retried them yet.
WickedBeast  
29 Mar 2008 08:41 | Quote
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Yah i had to readjust everything for them... but i do like them very much
ThePusher  
29 Mar 2008 08:45 | Quote
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When I tried them I actually had to unwind the end of the string because it wouldn't fit in my tuning peg
lance  
29 Mar 2008 08:56 | Quote
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my cousin has the Zakk strings on his Zakk bullseye epi lp. he raves
about them all the time. they do sound really good on his lp,though
i don't think i'll ever string my lp with them.
mudnreo  
29 Mar 2008 09:18 | Quote
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I use .73 mm Dunlop Ultex rounded triangle pics and 9-42 gauge strings for electric guitars. On my Martin I use fender thin pics when jus stumming cause the thin pics give a nice clean melow tone to the chords, but if I'm gonna do some picking its the Ultex
GRX40  
29 Mar 2008 23:12 | Quote
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I use GHS "Boomer" 9-46 gauge strings. I'm not sure what kind of picks I use, since I've had them so long that the name wore them. They are Medium thickness. I also have some thin Ibanez picks that I absolutely hate, since they feel like paper.
WickedBeast  
30 Mar 2008 02:24 | Quote
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Lol... well, the strings are made for drop/detuning, but I use them in standard tuning. Which actually keeps all my buds form playing my guitar due to all the tension. They actually can't bend on it, but after i've had them for so long. If I play a medium string strung guitar.... It feels like the strings don't even exist and like i'm pushing air.
Cata34  
30 Mar 2008 14:16 | Quote
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I use 1.00 mm dunlop picks and 9-42 gauge elixirs on my Ibanez, then 10 heavy bottom elixirs on my ESP. No one else uses elixirs here?
Doz  
30 Mar 2008 14:48 | Quote
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Jim Dunlop .60mm picks. The text and texture on them gives nice grip, and they're sturdy when picking, but still flexable enough to feel comofrtable with.

As for strings, D'addario 9-42 on my Ibanez. I might get that guitar set up properly to handle 10s though. I prefer the tone of thicker strings... it's just they're harder to sweep pick on.
ThePusher  
30 Mar 2008 16:30 | Quote
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nobody uses Elixers cause they're too damn expensive
Doz  
30 Mar 2008 18:22 | Quote
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Agreed. I would, because I hear they last... but I'm skint these days.
ThePusher  
30 Mar 2008 18:37 | Quote
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Yeah, I know that my former guitar teacher used them, but then my uncle used to use GHS Boomers and now uses Fender strings and he plays professonally, but I guess everyone has a preference.
Doz  
30 Mar 2008 20:04 | Quote
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Yeah, I also hear peoples sweat works differently with different strings... so strings that may last a while for one person may not last much with another.
ThePusher  
3 Apr 2008 04:04 | Quote
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I just switched to Skinny Top Heavy Bottom 10 - 52 Ernie Ball.
Notim  
3 Apr 2008 15:37 | Quote
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tortex .73 but they wear out fast,Big stubby 1.0 but I think there for bass dont know but they dont last either...like 15 min.
Cata34  
3 Apr 2008 16:17 | Quote
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Ya the elixirs are a bit more but they do last longer. I usually find them worth the few extra $.
KicknGuitar  
3 Apr 2008 19:09 | Quote
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I use Martin Acoustic SP 12s. They've got the perfect sound for acoustic guitars.
As for electric, I use anything I can get my hands on. Although lately its been 10s.
I've really enjoyed Dunlop's Jazz III Picks, seem to last forever, at least longer than any other picks I've used.
lance  
22 Apr 2008 15:44 | Quote
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just restrung the LP and tele last night and moved up to JD .73
nylon picks

the LP got a set of D'addario xl 10's (EXL110) sounds awesome.
and the tele got a set of D'addario xl 11's (EXL115) sound great
too, but just a touch too bright for my taste.
Nutter166  
22 Apr 2008 16:50 | Quote
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We'll I'm coming to break the trend, all my guitars are still running of the manifacter strings. My 8yr old Fender Acoustic, 3yr old Squire Strat and 2yr old Encore Classical.
I play my electric and acoustic about 4-6hours everyday my classical only a few hours here and there I use it really just to tune my others to Standard-E.
lance  
22 Apr 2008 21:13 | Quote
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Nutter, your joking about this right ?
Doz  
22 Apr 2008 21:32 | Quote
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Change them, you'll feel and hear a good differance.
les_paul  
22 Apr 2008 21:42 | Quote
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I just changed mine 3 days ago. I had a set of Gibson 10's on my guitar that had been on there for about a month. I bought some Ernie Ball regulars and the change was amazing. Sounds 100% better.
GRX40  
22 Apr 2008 21:58 | Quote
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Ok, I am now using a Yellow Tortex .73 MM. But it's one of those big triangle ones.
Nutter166  
23 Apr 2008 01:49 | Quote
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Lance, I'm not joking.
There also really comfterble to play compared to new strings on my mates guitars, I'll just wait for one of the strings to snap before changing them though.

Pick wise I use a cheap 1mm~ heavy pick and sometimes a Light pick. But most of the time I finger pick.
ThePusher  
23 Apr 2008 02:41 | Quote
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Get help man, you need to change strings every now & then or else they'll have horrid tone, just by some D'addario 9's they'll feel just like the strings on your guitar but sound 100x better
Doz  
23 Apr 2008 09:08 | Quote
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Yeah, you'll notice the differance if you change them.
les_paul  
23 Apr 2008 10:07 | Quote
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The strings on my finder turned black and they were only on for 2 months. I didn't change them because I never played that guitar. You really should change your strings. It would probably be like getting a new guitar.
les_paul  
23 Apr 2008 16:26 | Quote
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I put Ernie Ball regular slinky strings on my les paul and I love them. Would these strings be a good choice on my squire strat as well?
league  
23 Apr 2008 17:20 | Quote
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I cant really notice the tone getting worse as the strings gradually deteriorate. Once I change them i could hear the difference and I have to say its not a huge difference. To answer yor question les_paul, no. Ernie ball slinkys are better left for heavier sounding guitars unless they are really light gauge. I tried some on my Squire strat and it sounded like I was playing grunge even with low gain.


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