Giutar strings

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mike89white

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Would like to know what the best strings all around for electric and acoustic.

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Would like to know what the best strings all around for electric and acoustic.

Carl King

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This is going to get as many subjective answers as "Who's the best guitarist?"

I prefer Dean Markley Blue Steel. They give me the *impression* that the strings are very crisp and clean, and I am a freak about changing my strings every day when recording. I've always wanted to do an A/B test, though.

I've heard a lot of good things about Elixer.

You should definitely try out different brands and see if you can sense a difference. It could help develop your ear / sensitivity for tone.

-Carl.
Carl King
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This is going to get as many subjective answers as "Who's the best guitarist?"

I prefer Dean Markley Blue Steel. They give me the *impression* that the strings are very crisp and clean, and I am a freak about changing my strings every day when recording. I've always wanted to do an A/B test, though.

I've heard a lot of good things about Elixer.

You should definitely try out different brands and see if you can sense a difference. It could help develop your ear / sensitivity for tone.

-Carl.
Carl King
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SuperCorsair

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For beginners these are great. The different colors help beginners to find the right strings.

http://stringsbyaurora.com/our-strings/rockpack-guitar-strings

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For beginners these are great. The different colors help beginners to find the right strings.

http://stringsbyaurora.com/our-strings/rockpack-guitar-strings

hunter1801

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Ya, like Carl said, it's all subjective. Everyone has their preference. I started with Ernie Balls and now I use D'Addario strings.

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Ya, like Carl said, it's all subjective. Everyone has their preference. I started with Ernie Balls and now I use D'Addario strings.

Carl King

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Hey mike89white,

Maybe you could post what guitars you have, and what style you want to play, and we might be able to make suggestions based on that.

-Carl.
Carl King
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Hey mike89white,

Maybe you could post what guitars you have, and what style you want to play, and we might be able to make suggestions based on that.

-Carl.
Carl King
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Ben Lindholm

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Every guitar likes different strings. Smilie

I find D'addarios to work well for me on my electric guitars, but so have Ernie Balls...

It seems to me the type of strings makes more of a difference on acoustic guitars. All Taylor guitars with Elixir strings that I've played sound and feel amazing!

I recently tried a bunch of Cole Clark guitars, some with D'addario strings, some with Martins, some with Elixir. I must say, acoustic guitars with Elixir strings I like! The other strings sound good for one or two days, and then I need to change them...
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Every guitar likes different strings. Smilie

I find D'addarios to work well for me on my electric guitars, but so have Ernie Balls...

It seems to me the type of strings makes more of a difference on acoustic guitars. All Taylor guitars with Elixir strings that I've played sound and feel amazing!

I recently tried a bunch of Cole Clark guitars, some with D'addario strings, some with Martins, some with Elixir. I must say, acoustic guitars with Elixir strings I like! The other strings sound good for one or two days, and then I need to change them...
My newest tutorials:
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SebastBerg

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I use Elixir strings (for electric and accoustic) because I hate to change strings all the time :P
To my ear, they are the one that last the longest and keeps there "original" sound the longest. They also sound pretty good. On a 0 to 10 scale 10 being string heaven and 0 being....hell heaven (so unoriginal Stick Out Tongue) I would give them a solid 9. I'm not giving 10 because I just know that somewhere theres something better....there's always something better.

And the search goes on ! Smilie
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I use Elixir strings (for electric and accoustic) because I hate to change strings all the time :P
To my ear, they are the one that last the longest and keeps there "original" sound the longest. They also sound pretty good. On a 0 to 10 scale 10 being string heaven and 0 being....hell heaven (so unoriginal Stick Out Tongue) I would give them a solid 9. I'm not giving 10 because I just know that somewhere theres something better....there's always something better.

And the search goes on ! Smilie
- Seb
www.sebastienberger.com

MikeFaulkner

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Elixir for me, nothing comes close on my Taylor.

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Elixir for me, nothing comes close on my Taylor.

CaymanSMC

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Ernie Ball Cobalt

Over the years I have used a variety of strings. Recently, I put on a set of their new Cobalt strings on my electric. They were noticeably better than the strings which were not very worn, that I was replacing on my guitar. They actually lived up to their advertised features (More output, better harmonics and great feel). I have only had them on for about 2 weeks so they have not been fully vetted but so far I would have to say Excellent.

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Ernie Ball Cobalt

Over the years I have used a variety of strings. Recently, I put on a set of their new Cobalt strings on my electric. They were noticeably better than the strings which were not very worn, that I was replacing on my guitar. They actually lived up to their advertised features (More output, better harmonics and great feel). I have only had them on for about 2 weeks so they have not been fully vetted but so far I would have to say Excellent.

Douglas Showalter

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I have used about every type and brand of string you can imagine. I have settled on Elixir strings for both acoustic and electric over the last few years and don't plan to change anytime soon.

I prefer the Nanoweb type, as the Polyweb series has an additional coating that wears off and changes the tone of the strings pretty severely (in my opinion.) I honestly think it's about what feels comfortable for your fingers and also, how much acidity you have in your fingers. I tend to thrash around quite a bit and play pretty hard, so I need something durable. Whatever can endure a beating from me I will stand by Smilie

Experiment with what works for you. Big Grin
Douglas Showalter

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I have used about every type and brand of string you can imagine. I have settled on Elixir strings for both acoustic and electric over the last few years and don't plan to change anytime soon.

I prefer the Nanoweb type, as the Polyweb series has an additional coating that wears off and changes the tone of the strings pretty severely (in my opinion.) I honestly think it's about what feels comfortable for your fingers and also, how much acidity you have in your fingers. I tend to thrash around quite a bit and play pretty hard, so I need something durable. Whatever can endure a beating from me I will stand by Smilie

Experiment with what works for you. Big Grin
Douglas Showalter