Your Favorite/most Consistent String Brand

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  1. guitardr

    guitardr Silver Supporting Member

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    I really haven't researched other threads, but when I don't have the coins to buy a box of Pyramids, I've been using Dean Markley Blue Steels just for the brightness/durability. But they seem to dig into fret material due to the SS material. Another consistent string has been DR Tite-Fit or Hi-Beams. I've seen Snarling Dogs, Vinci (where available) and the always-popular Ernie Balls, Gibson, Rotosound (a UK fave) et al.

    What are some of you leaning towards?
     
  2. jaywalker

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    Limited to whatever the music shops dictate in my non-ebay/mail order friendly country.
    That means Rotos whenever possible, ernies, fenders and some yamahas now and then.
    Over the past 15 years I have bought d'adarios once a year. They always break after the first solo though.No exceptions.Strange but true.
     
  3. jb1911

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    SOBs are the best by far in my opinion. No other string comes close. I've had a set on my Strat for I don't even remember how long and they're still sounding and looking great.
     
  4. SunnyRollins

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    I play jazz and really like Thomastik "George Benson" .014-55's.
    For some reason (maybe due to Benson being such a bluesy player) they're really friendly for bending, taking in count the heavy gauge.
    Great volume and they really last.
    Top notch!:AOK
     
  5. Lolaviola

    Lolaviola Supporting Member

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    GHS electric boomers .10's are consistent.
    I use Augustine regal blue for classical.
    I don't fart around anymore.
     
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    Eskimo_Joe Rocker, roller, way out of controller Supporting Member

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    TAVD Guitar Player Gold Supporting Member

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    D'Addario XL is what I have on most of my guitars. There might be better strings but the XL are consistent, long lasting and cheap & easy to find.
     
  8. mikelaw

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    ghs burnished nickels OR elixir
     
  9. welcometoashley

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    i've always used ernie ball and have been happy with them. i've really only tried GHS and D'addario outside of that....
     
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    If price were no object, Petillos every time. I can't afford them so often with the way my hands sweat though.

    I mostly use D'Addario for electric and Martin SP for acoustic. I find both extremely consistent from year to year to year to year. . .
     
  11. Troy T. Blues

    Troy T. Blues Comstock Station

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    D'Addario.

    In over 20 years, I've never had a bad set, or string for that matter.
     
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    SOB pure nickel 9.5 and EB Hybrids.
     
  13. Ben C.

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    D'Addario.
    I never knew there was such a thing as 'string inconsistency' until I started trying other brands ;)
     
  14. Dave

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    I've used D'Addarios for years and they're great, but I recently got a new guitar that was strung with Elixirs and I love them. I think I have a new favorite.
     
  15. es125luv

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    +1. There are all I have been using for the last 10 years.
     
  16. Zero Point

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    GHS Boomers for about 15 years now :)

    I like Ernie Ball Earthwood lights for acoustic.

    -ZP
     
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    thomastik infeld
     
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    D'Addario's. Mine have always been very consistent.
     
  20. Josh O

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    I'm a brute, especially when I'm really digging in on some aggressive chugging. No string is safe with me and I've tried D'Addario, EB, DR, SOB, Rotosound, GHS. Not barring breaking a string, I will say from a pure life/stability expectancy, the SOB strings are great but just last week I was really digging in and snapped the A string on my JP6! I've been pretty much using 10s for the past few years, first 10-42 and then I moved on to 10-46. Now if I snap the low B on my JP7 (56), I think I need to re-evaluate how I play! :)
     

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