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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.

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).

still.ill
06-20-2014, 11:09 PM
What i've found very interesting is that 11's on a ES-335 compared to 10's will make a 335 sound a lot more similar to a Les Paul, which to me is not actually a bad thing. You get that jangly semihollow 335 tone with 10's, but with 11's, you get a lot more of the fundamental (335's are known for being a lot more about harmonics than than the fundamental) and a low end thump that reminds of an Les Paul.

I currently have Eb 10's on which i Like better than the 10.5.-4 D'addario set- (D'adds just feel too stiff for me), but I am thinking about trying the 11-48 power slinky set so I can get that heavy metal tone out of my 335 again instead of the 60's/70's blues rock sound

mojo jones
06-21-2014, 12:25 AM
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.


Here's a crazy idea, but it just could work ... buy set of 11s. buy set of 10s, try both, pick the one you like best.

KiwiJoe
06-21-2014, 12:36 AM
D'Addario 10-52s on my Dot

Flyin' Brian
06-21-2014, 01:00 AM
There was a time when I had 9.5s on my Prospect, but now I use 11-48.

Here's a crazy idea, but it just could work ... buy set of 11s. buy set of 10s, try both, pick the one you like best.

still.ill
06-21-2014, 01:09 AM
What i also find interesting in the wondrous world of jazz snobbery, 12's on a 24.75 scale are considered the standard, compared to 10's being the standard in rock.

Seriously,
i've met several jazz guitarists who have that whole macho SRV thing going on, "I use 13's, which make me more of a real man than you."

William Braddell
06-21-2014, 02:55 AM
11 gauge Elixirs.

mattz
06-21-2014, 03:29 AM
9's

335fuzzdelay
06-21-2014, 11:28 AM
I think it depends a lot on the individual guitar. But after playing my '00 335 for 14 years and trying most of the .010s .011 gauges in the market, I realised that roundwounds pure nickel 10s are the best for my guitar and playing style. They are a nice compromise between comfort and warmth and are very versatile.

I liked Gibson 10-46 Vintage Reissues a lot, but my favorite ones are Rotosound Yellows.

Flyin' Brian
06-21-2014, 11:44 AM
What i also find interesting in the wondrous world of jazz snobbery, 12's on a 24.75 scale are considered the standard, compared to 10's being the standard in rock.

Seriously,
i've met several jazz guitarists who have that whole macho SRV thing going on, "I use 13's, which make me more of a real man than you."


Why would you find it snobbery and macho? Most jazz players don't bend strings very much, don't use much OD if any and are looking for a full tone from their guitars.

I use 11s on my 24.75 scale guitar because I a lot of different styles of music with it and have occasion to bend strings now and then. I do use a wound third because it intonates better, not because it's some pseudo testosterone laden dick replacement. I use 13s on my 25.5 scale archtop because I don't bend many strings when I'm playing gigs with the type of music that requires that guitar.

Such an attitude! The word pugnacious come to mind.

still.ill
06-21-2014, 11:48 AM
A tech tried to sell me short on a guitar he was setting up for me by saying the intonation was crappy with 10's, so he strung it with 11's, he played 13's himself and was like "These guitars were designed for 12's, even 11's is light.)

Turned out the intonation was off because the nut slots were too high, and I got another tech to cut the nut slots deeper, so 10's intonated fine.

Jon@Home
06-21-2014, 01:23 PM
I've used a bunch of different sizes on my '66 335.
Mostly used 10's but have gone from 9's to 10' to 11's then 12's.
The guitar sounded best, to me, with 11's. I have 10's lite tops/heavy bottoms on it now. I've lost some hand strength so I'll be going back to 9's.
If you can handle them, 11's are great.
12's were going backwards, didn't sound nearly as good as 11's.
They were all DR's nickle wound sept the lite top heavy bottoms.

mojo jones
06-21-2014, 02:09 PM
What i also find interesting in the wondrous world of jazz snobbery, 12's on a 24.75 scale are considered the standard, compared to 10's being the standard in rock.

Seriously,
i've met several jazz guitarists who have that whole macho SRV thing going on, "I use 13's, which make me more of a real man than you."


I play Jazz full time for a living, since 1975, and I bet I know way more Jazz guitarists than you ever will ... I've never once heard "I use 13's, which make me more of a real man than you" come out of the mouth of any of them, even juvenile Jazz students. I sort of doubt you heard that from a Jazz guitarist.

If you want to pick a fight over choice of string for a certain type guitar and style of music, that's probably not the fight.

Also, among serious working and recording Jazz players, I see a lot of "George Benson sound-a-likes" using 14s and "Pat Martino wanna-bes" using 15s. I've used all these gauges at one time or another, and if you have a good guitar, set up properly, they aren't any harder to play than light strings. Not a lot of bending going on, though.

Last night's gig, did some blues with a notable sit-in Blues singer, bending 13s all over the place. Wound 3rds are hard to bend. If a player says macho things, I don't think it's a trend among Jazz guitarists, I think it's just an immature person trying to stir up shit (troll).

Flyin' Brian
06-21-2014, 02:35 PM
I play Jazz full time for a living, since 1975, and I bet I know way more Jazz guitarists than you ever will ... I've never once heard "I use 13's, which make me more of a real man than you" come out of the mouth of any of them, even juvenile Jazz students. I sort of doubt you heard that from a Jazz guitarist.

If you want to pick a fight over choice of string for a certain type guitar and style of music, that's probably not the fight.

Also, among serious working and recording Jazz players, I see a lot of "George Benson sound-a-likes" using 14s and "Pat Martino wanna-bes" using 15s. I've used all these gauges at one time or another, and if you have a good guitar, set up properly, they aren't any harder to play than light strings. Not a lot of bending going on, though.

Last night's gig, did some blues with a notable sit-in Blues singer, bending 13s all over the place. Wound 3rds are hard to bend. If a player says macho things, I don't think it's a trend among Jazz guitarists, I think it's just an immature person trying to stir up shit (troll).

Amen

woodbury
06-21-2014, 02:47 PM
I play Jazz full time for a living, since 1975, and I bet I know way more Jazz guitarists than you ever will ... I've never once heard "I use 13's, which make me more of a real man than you" come out of the mouth of any of them, even juvenile Jazz students. I sort of doubt you heard that from a Jazz guitarist.

If you want to pick a fight over choice of string for a certain type guitar and style of music, that's probably not the fight.

Also, among serious working and recording Jazz players, I see a lot of "George Benson sound-a-likes" using 14s and "Pat Martino wanna-bes" using 15s. I've used all these gauges at one time or another, and if you have a good guitar, set up properly, they aren't any harder to play than light strings. Not a lot of bending going on, though.

Last night's gig, did some blues with a notable sit-in Blues singer, bending 13s all over the place. Wound 3rds are hard to bend. If a player says macho things, I don't think it's a trend among Jazz guitarists, I think it's just an immature person trying to stir up shit (troll).

Yeah, in real life, I never heard of anyone fighting over choice of string (except on Internet forums.) I totally agree that it sounds very immature.

Cottage
06-21-2014, 03:06 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 this a Gibson reccommendation or something?

59burst
06-21-2014, 03:12 PM
I've had a number of ES-335s over the years, and currently have a historic '59 ES-335 that I've had since about 2000. It sounds great with 10s, but absolutely comes alive with Ernie Ball Nickel Slinky 11-48.

I've also had a number of nice hollowbodies over the years - L5, Byrdland, Artist Award, X-700, ES-175, ES-775, PRS HB and AT - and the best electric jazz tone I've ever gotten was when I strung the Historic 335 with 11 gauge flatwounds. It was mind-boggling.

Jloveland87
06-21-2014, 08:13 PM
I use Ernie Ball or D'Addario 10s on my H-535, though I've been wanting to try out some 11s to see how they feel.

redgold
06-21-2014, 08:33 PM
Coming from a tele/strat player's perspective, I prefer the sound of 9's on my ES style...but they FEEL too floppy. I haven't decided on 9's or 10's yet.

RJLII
06-22-2014, 05:17 AM
I've used GHS Boomers for 30+ years. .010-.046. I tried some of their Burnished Nickel Rockers and really liked them, but you can't find them anywhere.

per erik
06-22-2014, 06:13 AM
My 335 was set up with 11-52 from the dealer,because of the scale lenght,same as LesPaul,which I think is great on my Les Paul,but felt somewhat stiff om my 335!I went back to 10s and are happy with that.

wingwalker
06-22-2014, 07:04 AM
10-46. Right now I'm using GHS burnished nickels.


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axe4me
06-22-2014, 09:30 AM
D'Addario .10's.

musicman1
06-22-2014, 11:28 AM
On a 335, EB 11 to 48.

Would rather have a slightly beefier low E but its still a nice feeling set. I think the current set is on there about 2 or 3 years. LOL

I tend to only play the gtr a few times a year...for either the extremely rare jazz orientated gig or annual pit band gig.

Luva
06-22-2014, 06:41 PM
I have 11s on the Sheraton and 10s on the 335. I like the power and sustain of larger gauged strings, but I draw the line on a wounded 3rd string (G). Those are a real chore for me to bend up a whole step with vibrato.

I just talked to a good player today that has 12s on his 335 with a wounded 3rd string. He must have the hand strength of a gorilla as he plays the 335 in a blues band.

From my limited perspective, it seems I come across more 335s with larger gauge strings than your typical F-tyle guitars, all else held equal. Scale length and string tension coming into play?

73Fender
06-22-2014, 06:50 PM
I dunno, I use 10s on everything! It's easier when you buy strings.
Me too, except for my acoustics and Jazz box...012s for them.

SackvilleDan
06-23-2014, 05:05 AM
D'Addario EXL115 (11-49) on my ES-333. I like the stiffness of the bigger strings as I play with a heavy touch. I have one Les Paul set up with 10s but to me they feel floppy compared to my other LP and the 333.

rummy
06-23-2014, 07:43 AM
10s. Slinky or D'adarrio.