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what string sparkles like a d'addario, but isn't? (body chemistry)

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by rorschah, Jan 14, 2006.

  1. rorschah

    rorschah Member

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    So, having gone early in my career through some super cheapie brands and GHS and Ernie Ball and D'addario, I quickly settled on D'addario strings - like the sparkle and all that. For acoustic and electric.

    I've found, though, that my skin chemistry rots D'addarios faster some other string brands. It isn't my imagination. I thought I'd have to go Elixir, which I don't like, but a some brands of regular strings seem to stand up to my sweat. Yes, I wipe them after ever playing.

    I bought this great used Guild that has some strings on it that sound perfect, and aren't rotting at all. But no one knew what strings were on it at the shop. They like a little reddish-bronzier then most strings I know.

    So what other strings have D'addario-like sparkle, but aren't?

    (Whatever string Yamaha puts on their cheapie guitars, incidentally, doesn't sound super-great, but seems impervious to my skin sweat. I rot D'addarios in about a week, but these babys have been on my guit for 4 months and there's some wear, but no corroded rot.)

    Thanks!

    -thi
     
  2. Skreddy

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    I like GHS Boomers a LOT better than D'addario. For premium strings I like Snake Oils and DR.
     
  3. midnight-to-six

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    You might want to try the Everly Rockers. Similar (to me, anyway) to the D'addarios in terms of string tension, pretty long lasting, though a tad on the bright side.
     
  4. landru64

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    which model of d'addarios are you talking about? it's not like all d'addarios are made of the same stuff, so you have to be specific.
     
  5. justicetones

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    I use and LOVE only Snake Oil Brand strings now. With a few exceptions I used D'Addario XL110's for the past 10 years.

    I have read that cleaning the strings with lighter fluid can help to neutralize the acid's in sweat. I have done this after someone else in a session used one of my guitars. They sweat quite a bit. I don't at all pretty much. My strings felt pretty funky but they cleaned up well. Two Months later they are still on my guitar and don't sound dead yet at all.
     
  6. AaeCee

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    I don't think any of those brands are 'cheapies'. Mainstream, yes. Inexpensive, yes, but mainly because of the economies of scale...large scale. I love EB Slinkys where I need bright s/a my Teles and Strats. They sound great, and at least for me, seem more durable than most. Best of all, they're available everywhere, and again, INEXPENSIVE...not cheap. AC
     
  7. rorschah

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    I'm using EXL110 - XL electric guitar strings, nickel wound, regular light gauge.

    I didn't say that GHS and Ernie Ball were the cheapies. I was talking about other strings, that I used to pull out of a bargain bin at the local guitar shop. Real cheapies.

    I've tried the lighter fluid thing. I hate the way it makes the strings feel.

    I've tried GHS's - they don't rot as fast as D'addario's, but they seem - middier and cleaner and less sparkly. I like sparkly.

    Can't afford Snake Oils regularly. Grad student, me.

    Thanks!

    -thi
     
  8. VaughnC

    VaughnC Supporting Member

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    I like the tone & longevity of Optima Gold strings. They have a real gold coating that might help with your body chemistry. They sound sparkly but not harsh. The down side is they are fairly expensive....best price I've found is $19/set. But, when I factor in the 3X longevity I get, that makes them around $6/set, relatively speaking.
     
  9. oxtone

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    +1 on Everly B-52 Rockers, made from Alloy 52 (52% Nickel). They feel much better than D'Addario, and are more stable in tuning. Last a long time, too.

    Can get them at: www.stingitup.com.
     
  10. AaeCee

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    Sorry rorschah, read to hastily. Tried DR Pure Blues yet? Others like them specifically for their durability, I like them for their smooth round (high nickel content) tone. Reasonably priced, and found nearly everywhere. AC
     
  11. Highway Jones

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    I've found DR Tite Fits to be a good compromise with tone and longevity.
     
  12. atalog

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    I love Snake Oil Strings. To me they feel "fresh" for a longer time.
     
  13. 85db

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    I was gonna buy it but when I read that it's an "advanced state liquid polymer which molecularly bonds to strings", I was no longer so sure I wanted to add even more chemicals to our already chemically-polluted way of life. I'm probably just a chicken but I have my reasons and no longer want to take chances with unknown chemical compounds.
     
  14. fyler

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    i switched from the d'addarios to snake oil rock formula & haven't looked back. they actually end up costing me less because they last so much longer. my current set has been on there since october & they still sound and feel great.
     
  15. dave s

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    Give this string set a try: SIT Nickel Power Wound.

    Nice balance of sparkle, soft feel and string life.

    dave
     
  16. papersoul

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    How do you guys keep your snake oils clean? Maybe it is my body chemisty but I kill the wound strings fast...especially the low E!
     
  17. JimmyR

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    I agree about D'addarios. I used to use them on my 6120 - 10-52s. In summer the low-E was dead by the first break. I sweat a bit but don't generally kill strings like some of my friends do!

    Switched to Ernie Balls and problem solved. Still change them every gig in summer, every second gig in winter.

    I have a friend who just has to look at my guitar and the strings turn black and fall off. Well, nearly.
     
  18. drolling

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    'Nother vote for SOBs - Yeah, it feels like a massive hit when you plunk down the cash. but they DO last twice as long.

    And it's not just that they feel/sound great - What I really love is that they don't need aggressive stretching, sound broken in right away, and stay that way for a long, long time.

    Best of all, tho', is their stability - they really do seem to stay in tune better than any other string I've used.

    Worth every penny, IMO, and I'm presently just scraping by, income-wise..
     
  19. fyler

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    all i do is wipe them down with a scrap of an old Tshirt after playing...and my last set lasted me longer than a year!
    Dean sells some Chapin polish/cleaner that he swears will extend the life of the Snakes even longer.
     
  20. Scott Cioe

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    I used to use D'Addario (xl120) and EB Slinkys. I have for the past year, been using Gibson Les Paul and Brite Wire strings.

    I get about four times the life out of them! Probably due to chemistry in additon to the fact that they are vacuum packed - no oxidation while sitting on a shelf somewhere.

    Try the brite wires, as they are the brighter of the two listed...You might like 'em!
     

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