Silver Supporting Member
For years since I got my Epi Sheraton in 1982 I used a wound third on it ... I was 14 so I had no idea what I was doing but I liked the feel and thought it made a difference - then just stuck with them (GHS Boomers almost exclusively) ... but admit over the past 10 years I've abandoned that and gone back to standard 10's... it is one reason the other guitar player in my band makes fun of me for not bending notes - if he'd learned to play on a 335 style guitar with what I think must have been 11's or more likely 12's he wouldn't bend either!I've always liked Keef's answer to that question. "The "shiny ones."
I have been pretty loyal to Ernie Ball. Since I have come to favor a wound 3rd on my LP and 335, I am using D'Addario because they are the only manufacturer or a wound 3rd set that works for me.
Strat & Tele still get Ernie Balls.
Anyway - I've used Ernie Ball and D'addarios mostly on teles and everything else over the years. I don't notice a huge difference between the standard sets - I did try Cobalts and thought I could hear a difference in tone but then got worried a little about fret wear ...
These days I do favor NYXL D'addarios as they seem to last longer and I have somewhat corrosive sweat. But regular XLs or Slinkys are fine I just have to change them more it seems .... at some point I'll give the new D'addario coated strings a try.