Strings!!! What to use!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by spyeman, Sep 26, 2006.

  1. spyeman

    spyeman Supporting Member

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    I play a tele in a classic rock band and do some serious bends. I've been using the Elixers but I would like to try something else - what brand are great for rock!!!! Plus, what do people use to clean their strings? Man, after a gig, mine look like licorice sticks - black! I've used stuff like Goof Off or Goo Gone, and they do a good job. Any other products???
     
  2. JackButler

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    Try stainless steel strings. Or, not sur eif they are made any longer, the Maxima Gold strings.
     
  3. Enjoyer

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    Pure nickel strings and lighter fluid to clean 'em (CAUTION, do not smoke while doing this - really - I learned the hard way).
     
  4. Redhouse-Blues

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    After many years of playing and using most of the brands that are out there, I have become a real fan of DR Pure Blues strings, 11's. They really do out last all the others, I plays Blues/Rock and bend the piss out of my strings and the DR's take all the abuse and keep going, I hardly ever break a string. I don't clean my strings, I change them before and after every gig or once a week.
     
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    That's what Hendrix did :FM
     
  6. bullet69

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    any minute someone is going to recomend snake oil strings, oh wait i guess its me.
     
  7. Enjoyer

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    Okay, I'll bite the bullet, bullet:

    1. Snake Oil Brand Strings
    2. Pyramid Strings
    3. DR's.

    And there you have it.

    End of thread.
     
  8. datguytim

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    Martin Electric Strings. the best. Good luck findin' 'em! I ain't revealin' my stash!!! :NUTS
     
  9. Enjoyer

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    I thought I killed this thread.
     
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  11. cyb3rvampire

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    anyone try electro harmonix strings? I dig them.
     
  12. kovachian

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    Ernie Balls turn to rusty crud if I even so much as look at them the wrong way. I guess it's my body chemistry? Try D'Addarios, they sound every bit as good and last waaay longer.
     
  13. DejavuDave

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    I have a Strat and a Tele. I play the Strat more often so I use less expensive strings and change them more often than I do the Tele.

    I string my Tele with Thomastik-Infeld PB111 Power-Brights, .011-.046.

    I string my Strat with D Addario EXL115, .011-.049.
     
  14. Guinness Lad

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    Just buy D'addario XL's and be done with it. I've tried a lot of the others and for how often people change strings why waste the money. I have used DR blues as well and they don't last at all, they do reduce the highs a bit and on some tele's this is a very good thing. I wouldn't recommend the DR blues for dark guitars, you will end up with no treble.
     
  15. spyeman

    spyeman Supporting Member

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    Interested in researching the snake oil brand - can't find a website - anyone? Thanks.
     
  16. SebiX

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    Well, try the SnakeOilStrings...

    I also really like the SIT strings.
     
  17. SteveVHT

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    One word of advise on the SOS...
    Order at least 1/2 guage lower than you normally use, unless you like high string tension... IE: If you play 10's, order 9.5's etc...

    Personally I have played the SOS and still go back to Thomastik Infeld...
    They are a violin/stringed instrument manufacturer...But I have never had a single string break on me, and they last even longer than the SOS. They retain their fullness and have just the right amount of spank...
    I personally use Power Brites 10's on stop tails and Power Brites 9's on Trem equipped guitars...
    A little bit pricy, but well worth it IMHO.
    Steve


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    http://www.thomastik-infeld.com/guitars/index.html
     
  18. SebiX

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    Yes that´s a good advice. Somehow the tension of the SnakeOils is a little bit higher... that´s true
     
  19. stratman89

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    I played Ernie Ball strings forever but recently switched over to D'addario XL's and I'm liking them a lot.
     
  20. fetuspetus

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    i have used daddario, dr, eb, and dean markley...

    personally i like DR the most, followed by daddario... I refuse to use EB cuz they suck, and well i get dean markley at dealer cost so i use em cuz I am poor and can't order "snake oil" strings hehe.

    One main thing I can suggest is just to whipe your strings down in general... and i hate to say it i change my strings at least once every 2 shows, except on tour, in which i go about once every 3 and i kinda play it by feel.. if they feel like they are going to break or they are so dead it makes me sound like i'm underwater, I change em.

    the secrent, once again, is to whipe them down.

    NOW the reason i liek DR and deaddario strings is that i'm pretty sure each string package is vacuum sealed... this prevents any corrosion while the strings are sitting on the shelf.. many a pack of dean markleys i've opened had at least SOME slight signs of open air.

    I also prefer the grey box to the blue.. the grey has a metal ball which helps make more contact to the guitar, compared to the plastic on the "blue steel" that's the main difference I can point out.

    Blah! strings.

    ben
     

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