Help with strings


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01/07/2002 7:04 pm
I play squier Strat, and am trying to get the best sound out of it. I wanted to know what strings u guys think I should be using (Grade/Make)etc.
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01/07/2002 7:58 pm
I play Squier Strat, too ;)
I suggest you to to take Fender or Ernie Ball 10's or 9's.
9's if you are beginner, and 10's if not.
When did you buy your strat and where's it crafted (China, Japan, Indonesia...)? You can read that in the back of your headstock.
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01/07/2002 8:43 pm
It depends on which sound you are looking for...
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01/07/2002 8:50 pm
Hey Ben.

Strings arent really gonna make a BIG difference in your tone.. You might wanna look into new pickups or something :)

I use Ernie Ball slinky 9's tho, work best for me ;)
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01/07/2002 9:43 pm
my strat is made in China!
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01/07/2002 10:05 pm
Mine too, what's the color?
Please check out the tremolo cavity.
With mine, big screws holding tremolo system are at the angle, not parallel, I'd like to know if it's used with all Squiers.
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01/07/2002 10:15 pm
Originally posted by lukather/timmons
Hey Ben.

Strings arent really gonna make a BIG difference in your tone.. You might wanna look into new pickups or something :)

I use Ernie Ball slinky 9's tho, work best for me ;)


That's really not true!! Unless you own a really bad amp/guitar, or go through an effect rack as large as a fridge, strings are at the heart of your sound. Everyone tries to get SRV's sound, but they always forget he was playing 13s... Even your pick has an incidence on your sound.

Your sound will be as good as the worst link in your sound chain. If you have a vintage strat, a very fine fender amp, original pedals etc... and your strings are shot, well, you'll sound bad.
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01/08/2002 2:27 am
The sound of any guitar starts out as vibrating strings. Everything else serves to support or modify that function in one way or another.
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01/08/2002 10:20 am
Yep, strings will make a difference to your Squier. Try D'addario/Ernie Ball. I'd go for 10's as you should be able to cope with the extra tension, you may need to add a spring to the back of the tremelo though. It's not brain surgery tho and I seriously doubt you'll damage much.

Good Luck.
Accuracy,you say? hmm interesting concept..
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01/08/2002 7:36 pm
Originally posted by lalimacefolle

That's really not true!! Unless you own a really bad amp/guitar, or go through an effect rack as large as a fridge, strings are at the heart of your sound. Everyone tries to get SRV's sound, but they always forget he was playing 13s... Even your pick has an incidence on your sound.


I disagree.. Yeah maybe they play a part in your tone, but you think SRV sounded like that because he used 13's?? I dont think so man..

The heart of ANYONE'S sound is in the fingers, no doubt about it.. I change string occasionally and as I said, it doesn't make a BIG difference, I sound the same. Same with anyone, in my opinion.

You think is someone changes their strings a guage or two its gonna make a drastic change in their sound?? Hmmmmm :)
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01/08/2002 10:38 pm
yes!
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01/09/2002 1:20 am
You play with shi*ty old strings... you sound like you, playing shi*ty old strings!
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01/09/2002 3:45 pm
Yeah I agree with that part, but the heart of anyone's sound definatly doesn't come from the strings.. I see im not gonna win here, you guys dont understand :)
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01/09/2002 3:51 pm
hand Van halen a banjo, and he'll sound like himself playing a banjo... I think we understand your point, but gear, at that level, has a lot to do in one's sound. Buy flat wound strings, or thin ones, or huge ones, and the licks you'll play will be different. It will still be you playing, but differently.
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01/09/2002 9:49 pm
Originally posted by lalimacefolle
It will still be you playing, but differently.


I dont play different with different strings....

hehe ok, just wanted to get the last comment :)
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01/09/2002 9:56 pm
then do a 3 tone bends with 13s...
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01/10/2002 8:29 am
never even seen a set of 13's let alone played some, im talkin about switching from 9s and 10s and being able to play the same.. :P
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01/14/2002 3:30 am
What about Custom strings?
Light-top, Heavy bottom (10 - 52)
or something like that..

i prefer Ernie Ball 10's, but i've found out
that D'Addario's strings don't break as often as
Ernie Ball.. so i use D'Addario 10's..

9's are good too.. but they are to light, and if u
play alittle hard, they bend too easy for me and
the notes are getting alittle sharp.. then the whole
thing sounds sour.. = (
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