Which strings?

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  1. davejeon02

    davejeon02 Member

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    My main two playing styles are as follows: blues (SRV style to Eric Clapton style), and rhythm guitar (power chords). I need strings that will satisfy these two playing styles, while retaining long life and ease-of-bending. Which of the following do you think will fit my playing styles best? I don't want the strings too be too bright or too mellow.

    I have narrowed down my choices to these:
    -DR Pure Blues PHR10 (.010-.046)
    -Ernie Ball 2221 Nickel Regular Slinky (.010-.046)
    -Gibson VR10 Vintage Reissue Pure Nickel (.010-.046)

    Just to let you know, I currently use D'Addario EXL110 Nickel Regular strings.
     
  2. HurricaneJesus

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    Do you not like the D'Addarios?
     
  3. davejeon02

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    I kind of want to try something new... experiment a little. If I do not find something else I like, I may go back to the D'Addarios.
     
  4. HurricaneJesus

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    Ah, gotcha. I use D'Addarios right now but I used DR's for a while before that. Seemed like quality strings with a nice even sound. Don't recall any breakage problems.
    Before that I used Ernies. Can't go wrong with Ernies. Pretty much the standard, I think, but they definitely would lose the 'new spank' quicker than the rest. And they make a bunch of cool shwag!
     
  5. Flyin' Brian

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    If you like a vintage tone go with the DRs. Pure nickle as opposed to nickle wrap does wonders for your tone and I've like the DRs best of your choices.
     
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  6. Ben C.

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    Curt Mangans suit me fine. Consistent, long lasting, good sound. Don't sound dead when you throw them on like Snake Oils (IMO only!). Not too bright, not too mellow.

    A little nicer than the D'Addarios, but in a similarish tonal ballpark. A little slinkier feeling as well.
     
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    ERNIE BALL SLIKNKY 10's u could even purchase a set in a bath house in moscow,no need to search available everywhere and awesome taboot......picka set that feels good to you and u can afford cos style and tone are in the fingers my friend not quite all in our gear
     
  8. Loobster

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    I've recently started putting Curt Mangan 10-52 on all of my guitars and can't believe how great they are. They're beautifully clear, resonant and chimey sounding on all of my guitars. And they last for a long long time. Excellent strings!

    I also think Ernie Balls are horrible, dull sounding strings.

    D'addario are pretty nice but not quite as nice as the Mangans.
     
  9. aoguitars

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    DRs all the way. Never played a better sounding, lasting string. Plus, they seem to me to stay in tune better than anything.
     
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    DR Pure Blues for sure. The best strings I have ever played and the only strings I have used since I first used them 3 years ago.
     
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    Excellent! That's the same gauge I have on all my electrics as well!

    -Ben
     
  12. frisco kid

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    I've tried just about everything out there at least once, and I always end up back to the D'ads...

     
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    +1,000,000:agree:agree:agree
     
  14. Pietro

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

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    D'addarios rock!

    Mangan's do too.

    I've never liked Ernie Balls, and I have never been able to bond with DRs either.
     
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    GHS Burnished Nickels here.
     
  16. Jiffy_Jeff

    Jiffy_Jeff Playin Tunes and Having Fun! Silver Supporting Member

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    I use Elixr strings. they last longer and they provide a very nice tone!
     
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    +1

    Søren
     
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    mc5nrg Supporting Member

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    String choice is pretty much a matter of personal taste with how different brand formulas respond to your individual body chemistry playing a large role. Of the 3 brands mentioned originally, I would tend to prefer the Gibson Vintage Reissue.
     
  19. Rich

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    +1 on the Vintage Reissues
    Ernies to me are just OK
    DRs always felt stiffer than others
    Pyramid Roundwounds are really nice but definitely pricey

    Try them all -- cheap enough proposition. And on your guitar with your fingers ......
     
  20. davejeon02

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    Thank you all for the in-depth answers!:AOK

    What are the main differences between Pure Nickel and Nickel Wound?
     

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