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wrxplayer
10-21-2011, 05:55 PM
I'm wondering what gauge strings are preferred here for rock/blues (not jazz) on a 335 style guitar. I generally play Fender style guitars and use 10-46's.

Think maybe "regular" 11's might best best for the first set of new strings but wondering whether perhaps the consensus is to stick to 10s.

Cottage
10-21-2011, 06:44 PM
I dunno, I use 10s on everything! It's easier when you buy strings.

mad dog
10-21-2011, 07:31 PM
My '66 335 is just about perfect with .11s. Seems to be no downside in playability, while it just sounds better with heavier strings.

MD

djg714
10-21-2011, 07:34 PM
On my 535 I use EB's 11-48 or Fender Nickels 150R 10-46.

tsar nicholas
10-21-2011, 07:41 PM
I just switched to 10s from 12s on my Sheraton. Needed more bend range, but the 12s do sound meatier and more clangy

RocksOff
10-21-2011, 09:11 PM
Ernie Ball Rock n Rolls. 10s.

Flyin' Brian
10-21-2011, 09:25 PM
I buck the general consensus and have 9.5s on my Prospect.

335guy
10-21-2011, 09:25 PM
D'Addario EXL 140 Light top, heavy bottom ( 10, 13, 17, 30, 42, 52 )

bluesjuke
10-21-2011, 09:31 PM
Generally I use Gibson Vintage Reissue 10-46 but have used D'Addarios 10-46 on some 335s.

One of the 335s I have now does equally well with either.

marinblues
10-22-2011, 03:50 AM
Ernie's Regular Slinky's 10-46.

mrpinter
10-22-2011, 04:35 AM
Thomastik-Infeld Sliders Blues Series 10 - 48. Amazing strings.

SNick
10-22-2011, 04:54 AM
11's are the standard size for that guitar. However, pro's use everything from 9's and up. Depends on the type of tone you like.

frquent flyer
10-22-2011, 05:30 AM
I am very pleased with Thomastic jazz/blues. Expensive,but they sound great and last for months. I have tried several standard brands but much happier with Thomastics.Jeffs strings carries them.

supa-fuzz
10-22-2011, 06:53 AM
Rotosound Yellow 10-46

axe4me
10-22-2011, 11:13 AM
D'Addario 10's.

esoteric pete
10-22-2011, 11:14 AM
XL110's here as well.

335guy
10-22-2011, 03:53 PM
11's are the standard size for that guitar. However, pro's use everything from 9's and up. Depends on the type of tone you like.

Not according to Gibson. They ship with 10-46.

Nicks
10-22-2011, 03:55 PM
I have Elixir 11s on mine.

BigPapiFan
10-22-2011, 03:58 PM
Pyramid 10's on my 336.

ziehmrd
10-22-2011, 04:21 PM
GHL Boomers / 10's

Jura
10-22-2011, 04:41 PM
Thomastik-Infeld Jazz Swing Flatwound 0.11''s (I play rock/blues most of the time)

Carl_Tone
10-22-2011, 04:48 PM
DR Pure Blues 10's

Inside Out (http://www.atozclean.com/Media/335.mp3)

335 Blues (http://www.atozclean.com/Media/Blues_335.mp3)

Blues In F (http://www.atozclean.com/Media/Jazzathon.mp3)

Josie (http://www.atozclean.com/Media/JOSIE.mp3)

Tell Me a Bedtime Story (http://www.atozclean.com/Media/BEDTIME_2.mp3)

Benson Tribute (http://www.atozclean.com/Media/GoHome_2.mp3)

Sprinter
10-22-2011, 05:52 PM
Darco D9200 10-46 I use them on all of my guitars.




Sprinter

msr13
10-23-2011, 07:05 PM
Thomastik-Infeld Jazz Swings (Flats) 0.11''s.

slider313
10-23-2011, 08:54 PM
D'Addario .010-.046 here also.

Aoresteen
10-23-2011, 09:07 PM
I guess I really in the minority here. D'Addario ECG24 Chromes Jazz Light 11-50
(11, 15, 22, 30, 40, 50)

These are FLATWOUND strings.

garyh
10-23-2011, 09:19 PM
I use D'addario 11's but put a 12 on the first string to beef up the high end. My guitar seems to like this best. It reduces the low end muddiness on the neck humbucker while giving me a fat high end.

I use my 335 mostly for jazz but I stretch the strings too with no problem on this setup fror blues & rock. It makes the guitar more versatile for me. It works for me but YMMV of course.

josuwa
10-24-2011, 02:45 AM
12's, because they sound awesome :D

wilblee
10-24-2011, 05:27 AM
D'Addario EXL 140 Light top, heavy bottom ( 10, 13, 17, 30, 42, 52 )

This.

gill
10-24-2011, 06:36 AM
after using XL115 (11-49) for years on my semis, just tried the XL 140 10-52's and I think I'll stay with these for awhile . I really liked the Exilirs on my current semi (ibanez 2630) too, so I'll probably give their 10-52's a shot soon.

dantedayjob
10-24-2011, 06:39 AM
I use EB 9s... feels fantastic and sounds great FOH... I'm happy

rmconner80
10-24-2011, 06:44 AM
EXL110s, just like my other guitars.

Though I did enjoy the Gibson "Vintage" nickel strings that came on the guitar enough to make me wonder if I should run those on this guitar.

direwolf
10-24-2011, 08:02 AM
Ernie's Regular Slinky's 10-46.


Es335

mondaythursday
10-24-2011, 09:35 AM
The closest things I have to an ES-335 or H535 are a 1967 Epiphone Riviera and an early to mid-1970s ES-325. I usually use Ernie Ball Beefy Slinkys.

Pa'ani
10-24-2011, 09:43 AM
D'Addario EXL-110 works for me...

Nurk2
10-24-2011, 12:32 PM
I guess I really in the minority here. D'Addario ECG24 Chromes Jazz Light 11-50
(11, 15, 22, 30, 40, 50)

These are FLATWOUND strings.

I use the EXACT same string on my ES-335.

Aoresteen
10-28-2011, 05:36 AM
I use the EXACT same string on my ES-335.

Super! I'm glad someone else uses them :JAM


The others will catch up some day!

Nurk2
10-28-2011, 06:10 AM
Super! I'm glad someone else uses them :JAM


The others will catch up some day!

I like the flatwounds for fingerstyle stuff. Mellower tone. Less string noise.

I actually prefer Thomastik-Infeld.

http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa358/nurk2/Thomastik.gif

At the same gauges, they make the D'addario's feel like baling wire....

http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa358/nurk2/balingwire.png


But paying $21 a pack +shipping, and waiting a couple weeks for them, all makes my butt hurt.

Jura
10-28-2011, 06:18 AM
I like the flatwounds for fingerstyle stuff. Mellower tone. Less string noise.

I actually prefer Thomastik-Infeld.

http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa358/nurk2/Thomastik.gif

At the same gauges, they make the D'addario's feel like baling wire....

http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa358/nurk2/balingwire.png


But paying $21 a pack +shipping, and waiting a couple weeks for them, all makes my butt hurt.
One of the very few things that are cheeper here, they "only" cost $17 here, and I asked to always have a few packs in a local music store.

Nurk2
10-28-2011, 06:39 AM
One of the very few things that are cheeper here, they "only" cost $17 here....

Sure. But the plane ticket to the Czech Republic would totally blow my string budget! :cool:

teleking36
10-28-2011, 08:30 AM
Recently moved up from 10s to 11s on my ES-333 and it made a considerable difference in feel/playability and generally just sounds better. I'm using D'Addarios like I do on all my electrics. Have been for years and they've always worked well for me. Consistent quality, fairly long lasting, good tension.

Cottage
10-28-2011, 02:42 PM
11's are the standard size for that guitar. However, pro's use everything from 9's and up. Depends on the type of tone you like.

Who says? Is that what they are shipped with or something?

Waxhead
10-29-2011, 03:36 PM
Ernie Ball 11-48's for me now.
Swapped over from 10s 6 months ago and never goin back :)

sinner
10-29-2011, 06:18 PM
Currently have D'Addario 10s on both my 335s, but I tried a Jazz type set once (11's with a wound G) but didn't like it. I may do 11's again but keep the plain G.

My Fat Neck 335 feels and sounds great with the 10s; but my Custom Block Neck 335 feels just a tad too loose with the 10s, probably just the guitar and frets, so I'm thinking of going to 11's, at least until I re-fret it with some tall 6105 frets. Sometimes that will "stiffen" up the neck and the height I like. The Fat Neck came with taller frets and I love it.

Pascal
10-30-2011, 12:02 AM
After a couple of years with Thomastiks Jazz bebop .12s, I switched back to DR Pure Blues .11s.

At the moment, my semi-hollow/thinlines are stringed with the DR, my electric archtops with Thomastik Jazz Swing .12 (flatwounds) and my acoustic/solid-top archtops with Thomastik Jazz Bebop (roundwounds).