The best strings for electric guitar (Blues - Hard Rock)

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Best strings for electric guitar (Blues - Hard Rock)

Poll closed Dec 31, 1969.
  1. Ernie Ball

    17 vote(s)
    18.9%
  2. Snake Oil

    14 vote(s)
    15.6%
  3. Curt Mangan

    3 vote(s)
    3.3%
  4. Optima

    2 vote(s)
    2.2%
  5. Dean Markley

    6 vote(s)
    6.7%
  6. GHS

    8 vote(s)
    8.9%
  7. DR

    10 vote(s)
    11.1%
  8. Fender

    1 vote(s)
    1.1%
  9. Webstrings

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. D'Addario

    30 vote(s)
    33.3%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. maellaguitars

    maellaguitars Member

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    Why spend a lot of money in a guitar and don't take care in a strings set election when the price range is 20$? The strings have quite effect in the final sound.

    I mention some I've tried, sorry if you miss any. They will be added asap.
     
  2. Roe

    Roe Member

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    add pyraMIDS
     
  3. bluesdoc

    bluesdoc Gold Supporting Member Gold Supporting Member

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    D'Addario's work well for me.

    jon
     
  4. jeffwith1f

    jeffwith1f Member

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    D'addario's

    I tried a variety of stings, but these have always worked for me, seem to strick the best combination of cost effectiveness and lifespan for my $$$
     
  5. Polynitro

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    Pyramid max performance $11 or D'addario pure nickel
     
  6. A-Bone

    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    Me too.
     
  7. maellaguitars

    maellaguitars Member

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    Sorry I can't D'Addario and Primamid so if there are a lot of these preferences I'll close this thread and will open another with these options.
    I'm waiting the answer of TGP support about I can do.

    Thanks
     
  8. Pietro

    Pietro 2-Voice Guitar Junkie and All-Around Awesome Guy

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    D'addarios work just fine for just about anything. I use elixirs because they last so stinkin' long.
     
  9. VaughnC

    VaughnC Supporting Member

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    For tone & longevity, Optima Gold seem to work best for me.
     
  10. frisco kid

    frisco kid Member

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    Yeah...another longtime D'addario user here. I've tried most of the boutique brands and always go back to D'ads...
     
  11. AndrewSimon

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    Elixir is my choice.

    Dean Markley Blue Steel sounds very good as well.

    :)
     
  12. elicious

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    +1...they sound good and last FOREVER :)
     
  13. Flyin' Brian

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    D'Addarios, GHS, or DR. I'm just not terribly fussy.
     
  14. tonio19

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    I used to be a Snake Oil fan... Before the super excessive long delay time between ordering.............(Really Long wait here.....) and then......... Finally......... weeks....... sometimes up to 2 months later...... a delivery! Wow, where did these come from? I would then wonder.
    So my close 2nd favorite, became my new #1 favorite.
    Ear-knee bale (love how foreigners speel:) super slinky.
    But wait! Earnie Ball (still spelled wrong) came out with some pure nickle wrap, called "Classic" Super Slinkys.
    And I am on my 2nd set as of yesterday. These really surprised me.
    They are a little less bright than the standard Super Slinkys,and they seem to last a lot longer holding their tone much better than the originals.
    At first I thought, these seem a bit "Flat" but lets look at the amps eq settings, and fiddle with my EQ-7 pedal and see what I can do.
    Result: I was able to dial them right in, and am very happy with the tone.
    And did I mention that they last quite a bit longer than the original Super Slinkys...?
    Of course the D'Addarios should get special mention here as well, as they (The nickle wound, like the original Slinkys) sound good and last real well too. I just "Slightly" prefer the feel (lower tension, easier to bend) of the EB Super Slinkys over the D'Addarios.
    But the D'Addarios have the advantage of being packed in an airtight plastic bag, so you never get a rusty set.
    Why can't all the other string slingers gain a small but very important lesson from the "Smart" folks at D'Addario..?
    Rust is the enemy, and the plastic bag is a very effective tool to counter bad "New" strings.
    Always open a pack or 2 and check for surface rust on the plain strings if you buy anything that is not hermetically sealed, ie in a plastic bag like the D'Addarios.
     
  15. bluesjuke

    bluesjuke Disrespected Elder

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    I use Gibson VIntage Reissue Pure Nickle and D'Addario's mostly.
    I use the Gibson strings on some Gibsons and some Fenders,
    I use D'Addarios on some Fender and on some Gibsons.

    The D'Addario I use are the nickle plateds. XL 110's.
    I'm easy on strings for some reason besides my body ph and all last a good time.

    It's funny how the D'Addario's sound best on my Tele's but the Vintage Reissues sound better on my Stra, both maple necks.
    One LP sounds better with one and the other LP wth the other too.

    I think what guitar you put what on really matters.
     
  16. rsm

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    My Epiphone John Lennon 1965 Casino came with Gibson Brite Wires and it sounds and plays great. For my Rics, guitars and bass, I use Ric strings. For my Steinberger XL2 bass, I use stock Steinbergers (pre-Gibson stockpile, I have a stack of brand new unused sets, and about four sets I use in rotation, play-remove-boil-dry-repack, they sound like new - its a lifetime supply!

    I've tried or used to use D'Addario, GHS, Ernie Balls, Elixir, Dean Markley and probably others long forgotten

    The OEM strings are fine, and not too expensive, and they sound great if you change them frequently based on your playing. Rics are pricey, but the Pyramids are even more! I mean $25 for a set of guitar strings, and $65 or more is up there if you change your strings alot.

    Peace.
     
  17. rogue.guineapig

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    I love my Ernie Balls...
    strat or LP, I like 'em.
     
  18. rockinlespaul

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    GHS. Boomers or Burnished, depending on the guitar I'm using.
     
  19. lifeinsong

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    Ernie Balls have by far been the most consistent brand that I've used for the past 25 years.
     
  20. maellaguitars

    maellaguitars Member

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    I'm a big fan of Optima, Curt Mangan and Ernie Balls :dude
     

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