The Best Guitar Strings You Ever Played?

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  1. Creighton

    Creighton Member

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    I'm currently using these. They hold their tone, stay in tune and sound great:

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  2. John Hurtt

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    I used D'Addario's for over 20 years and was pretty happy with them. They were consistent, and I changed strings fairly regularly so the traditional loss of brightness as they aged was no big deal. I've tried the Snake Oil strings, and liked them on my strats. Sounded pretty round and took the edge off the bridge pickup. However, I couldn't get past the less than ideal business practices so I stopped using those. Big Mike turned me on to Curt Mangan strings, and I am really pleased with them. Been using them for years now and have no reason to switch. Sound great, hold tune well and stay consistent. Really like them.
     
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    im a simple man, i just love ghs boomers 10-52s
     
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    Without a doubt, these - which I discovered after over 20 years of exclusively playing Thomastik-Infelds (I also use their nickel flat wounds):

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    and their acoustic set

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    Another Mangan user here.
     
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    +1 Love the Pure Nickels

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  7. John Vasco

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    Elixir 9-46 for my electrics.
     
  8. bigtone23

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    I use D'Addario EXL115 on the majority of my guitars and love them. They are the best for me as they are consistent-never had a bad string, sound and feel good, the packaging is minimal (i keep the sealed bag in the case and recycle the package) and they are among the best priced strings out there.
    I prefer Ken Smith Rockmasters on my bass, which are GHS wound, a take on the Super Steels, I believe.
     
  9. Powderfinger

    Powderfinger Gold Supporting Member

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    I put set of Mangan nickel wounds on my LP and the improvement was noticeable.
     
  10. loudboy

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    Snake Oils, by a mile...
     
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    Thomastik Enfeld ; power brights for electric (with heavy bottom), spectrums for acoustic
     
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    For me, John Pearse won out on both acoustics and electrics after a pretty exhaustive 3-year trial of just about every string available in the categories I was trying (Phosphor Bronze for Acoustic, Pure Nickel for Electrics).
     
  14. Rob G

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    Been using D'Addario's for twenty years. Recently switched over to the new NYXL series and I also use the EXL140 set.
    Usually I go with 10-52
     
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    John Pearse for all here

    Petillo's custom wound strings were a thing of beauty, though expensive. RIP...
     
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    I don't really think about it. They're pretty old.
     
  17. Suave Eddie

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    Another vote for the Mangan pure nickle. I'm afraid to try the Thomastik due to the price.
     
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    Sometimes it's more about the right gauge, brand, and type of string on a particular instrument. I have some D'Addario phosphor bronze on my 7 string acoustic. They sounded fine. I decided to try some 80/20 EXP strings and they made that acoustic sound very bad.
     
  19. DustyRhodesJr

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    I use coated strings of various brands. I do want to try some of the Billy Gibbons strings, however.
     
  20. Frank Prince

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    The Thomastiks and Snake Oil are great, loved them, but had trouble with price and availability. I tried Curt Mangans, and have never gone back. I played D'Addarios, Ernie Ball, and GHS for decades, and the Mangans are considerably better than all of them for my tastes.
     

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