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03/26/2001 10:12 pm
I'm pretty tough on strings, any of you know how that is. Well, I've been trying different brands, to see what the most durable. I just bought some Ernie Ball regular slinky. They're been pretty good so far, but it's only been about 2 days. I was just wondering what you people like to use. And do you have the same problem I do.
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Jon Broderick
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03/28/2001 8:20 pm
do you mean you break strings? generally that is a problem when you strum hard (like pete townsend). thicker strings are the only cure for that that I know of.

I use ghs strings and thomastik. ghs has a kind of blues string, i forget the name exactly, but i use them on my strat. thomastiks are great, but pretty expensive.


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John O'Carroll
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03/28/2001 9:04 pm
Been using Ernie Ball Regular Slinky's (10-46) for as long as I can remember (been playing 27+ years). I did use Daddario's at one time but found the EB's to be better. If I break a string once a YEAR that's a lot. They also maintain tone for acceptable amount of time. If you're breaking strings (regardless of brand) you may want to check the bridge saddles for any roughness/sharpness and the nut for "pinching". Where the string breaks will usually indicate these problems.
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04/04/2001 8:09 am
I don't like Ernie Ball string. I'm using now Daddario's strings (9-45) that are more durable than the others.
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04/04/2001 11:44 pm
Hybrid Slinkys and find them to be very dependable.....I used to use Fender Bullets and really liked the bright tones but (like I said), I've been using the "orange" hybrids and have had no problems......Side note: I pretty much beat the phuckin' schit outa my strangz and change them every 2 weeks or less.....Once the Slinkies are broken in, they stay in tune NICELY :)...I hope this helps......
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04/05/2001 2:17 am
i use both d'addrio and fender super bullets on my guitars. I did play with ernie ball strings at one time, but to me eb's sound better when they are like 2 weeks old.
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04/06/2001 12:45 am
Ever try Elixer strings? They got something called Nanoweb on them that that makes them so freakin slick, your fingers glide over them so easily. They also stay really fresh and bright for a long time.
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04/06/2001 12:57 am
The string that I use are a special kind that are made for a deep tone.

GHS Nickel Rockers (11-58)

These are extremly thick, but sound like NO other!!!

...:::Josh:::...
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04/07/2001 7:51 pm
i use ghs bommers 10-46 and i clean them after every use and that helps i break strings to alot esp the 46 i just bought fret ease frome ghs i like it it makes them slick and it has a conditioner for the strings try it it works
lets rock!!
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04/08/2001 2:09 pm
The first thing you need to look at is your bridge saddles. If they are sharp or have burrs on them you could use the thickest gauge strings and still break them. If that is not the problem then it could be you are useing too small of a gauge string for your style of playing. If you are a begginer, I suggest ten gauge strings. They are harder to bend, but help building up your fretting hand strength. If you have a hard attack, I know I do, then you will want to use an even thicker gauge. I personally use Ernie Ball Power Slinkys on my Jackson kv3. I almost never break strings. I use Clayton 1.52 picks, and use a lot of force. I really like that in your face distortion like God Smack or Obituary. If you are going for speed licks you might want to venture into the nine gauge strings, but the key here is to build up you hammer on pull off skills, so you are not hitting the strings so much with the pick. when you do hit the strings with the pick you want to glide on the top edge of the string so you can alternate pick at really fast speeds.

Hope this helps,

Sixx

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04/11/2001 2:28 am
Everly and DR 11-56 guage. For the ballsiest, sweetest tone.

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04/16/2001 8:12 pm
i use some really nice strings that hold up really well, theyre called BLUE STEEL
i also use ELIXER's theyre so awesome
louder really is better.....
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04/22/2001 1:15 am
I have been using GHS (11's) for the last 2 years. as they were nice enough to offer my band an endorsement deal. They seem to be great strings, and I'm pretty rough on them.
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04/22/2001 6:24 am
Right on Blueslegend! I use GHS Nickel Rockers 011-n50 on my electric (SRV supposedly used these) and DR 11-50 on my acoustic (endorsed by Jeff Healey) but don't get ne wrong and think I only use these because some "name" recommends them, I prefer to think that my incredible musical talent led me to picking these (pun intended)

(Sing a little bit country)

"My fingers are on fire,
I'm playing barbed wire.
I'm learning to play the guitar"

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04/22/2001 8:34 pm
I use Rotosound Swingbass 66 (.045-.105/.130) on by basses and GHS Boomers (.011-.050) on my guitars (most of the time).

As for SRV, if he used GHS's (and I don't know if he did or not), he didn't use .011's, he used .013's.
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04/23/2001 4:45 am
Originally posted by James
Ever try Elixer strings?


Yes. I tried them out a long time ago. At first they were really nice and smooth, but after about a week of playing the plastic/latex/whatever coating started coming off and 'shedding' all over the guitar.

I got rid of them and put D'Addarrio's back on.
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04/23/2001 6:18 am
Maybe I phrased that wrongly, he used GHS strings and we all know they were like fence wire. I only included this info so people could see that these strings aren't crap. I mean if they were good enough for these guys, the they are more than adequate for me.

Shane
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04/27/2001 10:25 pm
For amusement, I bought some rather heavy Jazz strings, D'Addario .12 (IIRC). They are little more work for super-quick moves, but I really like the tone.

Anyone else use Jazz strings, but mostly play rock?
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05/11/2001 7:01 am
Dean Markley's Blue Steel string are the best so far. I recommend for all heavy-players (soloists). The tone is like the name, blue steel. Bright.
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