Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Feverdog, Jul 26, 2019.
D’Addario strings just don’t last as long as GHS for me and I don’t have glue hands that kills a set of strings instantly. I wish I liked them as they are everywhere.
If it were pink that hand on the right looks like my hands lol. If the thumb were longer that is.
You may be happy to discover that GHS and Curt Mangan also do 9.5 sets
I haven't tried those brands in years, GHS was popular in the 80s.
Elixir for the win
I don't hate D'Addario strings...I like them. They are all I've ever used. I kinda know them (how they feel, stretch and age). No worries either way. Strings are just strings...use what you use and like what you like. It's what you do with them that matters anyway, I reckon. Cheers.
Hate is a strong word...I did use them for many years but went to Ernie Balls for quite a long time too and in the past several years have stuck with GHS Boomers.
For fun I recently bought a 3 pack of D'Addario EXLs but couldn't even believe they were the same strings as made years ago. So bright to the point of tinny and just not good sounding. I put a set on my Strat and Tele. They are long off the Tele and will be coming off the Strat soon too. No string breakage issues but Ill stick w/ Boomers.
Curious ... what amps do you use with the Tele/Strat? I find that EL84 based amps sound great to my ears with EXLs ... not as thrilled when using a Fenderish 6L6/6V6 type amp.
LOL I prefer using either 6L6 amps or class D ss...generally Fender ish clean is my preferred. Also both gtrs have EMG active Alnico pickups. Im guessing its the alloy D'A is using on the EXL wound strings that Im not liking the tone of. The plain steel strings are fine. Also, the wounds feel too light to me tension wise. Boomers to me have a bit more tension and resistance which I prefer. Combined with using a snappy sounding 2.0 pick, its a good combination. I also have 9-42s on all my solid body gtrs.
I played D'addario for years. Once I switched to GHS roundcore boomers 10 13 15 26 36 46 I haven't felt the need to switch to anything else. I tried some really expensive strings between d'addario and GHS, only to find that the only thing I really care about is roundcore vs hexcore.
Always used D'Addario 10-46's. Occasionally forayed into other brands like Ernie Ball, Fender, and Rotosound, as well as trying a few pricier options like DR and Curt Mangan. Always ended up back at the D'Addario's; they last well, sound good, stay in tune, and I don't think I've ever broken one.
Given that my Strat has a floating trem that usually needs setting back up if I switch brand, even if they're the same guage, I tend to just stick with what I know works these days. If it ain't broke, and all that.
Tried many times to like them.
I gave up.
Curt Mangan FTW.
Curt Mangan FTW indeed.
Can't complain about D'Addario strings. I've tried different brands, but they either corroded quickly, felt weird or sounded dull, so I always returned to the plain and simple D'Addario EXLs.
From Scott Henderson :
“My friend and I did a string shootout a few years ago and we were both very surprised at how different they all sound. I've been using D'Addario for a long time, so I was happy because we both thought they were the best sounding strings of the 10 popular brands we tried.”
This thread cracks me up. The title + number of posts gives the impression that a bunch of people hate D’addario strings, but then you read it, and it’s just 15 pages of people mostly saying “no—I really LIKE them.” (myself included).
I've mainly used D'Addario roundwounds for the last 30 years. There was a period around 5-7 years ago where i had multiple sets unravel at the ball end, but they seem to have fixed that, and mostly i find them very consistent. I also use EB Slinkies from time to time, and I don't really know that they're that different.
For flatwounds, I think Thomastiks are better. The D'Addarios are a little less balanced between wound and unwound strings, imho.
Nyxl or nothing
I moved away from D'Addario's because I swear I had 3 bad packs of strings in a bundle of five once, and went to DR's. I've been using DR's ever since: Pure Blues .10's for electric and Sunbeams .13 for acoustic.