D'adarrio EXL 111 Balanced set for me... Even tension, great feel, long lasting, and clear.Hi guys
I have been using GHS Boomers for a year or so but have been a little disappointed with the coating wearing off them in only one session, and then corrosion. I'm not sure about the tone as I can't remember what my D'Adarrio's were like before them but they seem to last ok. Anyways, what do people think are the best 10-46 strings to suit my 93 Les Paul Standard and my 95 MIJ strat?
Or just what are your favs and why?
Yeah, you are probably right. However, I do think TI's brass-tinned plain strings sound a tad darker, or mellower, than ordinary plain strings. Frankly, I like that about them. (When I say a "tad," I mean just barely; I don't think anyone would say they are dull-sounding.) Maybe I'm just imagining the tonal difference, but I do like them!mrpinter said:Another Thomastik-Infeld user here - I use their 10-45 Power Brights on my Hamer T62 (Strat type guitar) and 9-43 Sliders Blues Series on a Warmoth 72 Thinline tele. The Power Brights use a hex core and alloy wrap and are brighter than the Sliders, which use a round core, a nickel (I believe) wrap and a silk inlay in the wound strings to attenuate odd order harmonics for a "smoother" sound. They are both great strings, the PB's are just brighter.
Incidentally, I don't think the brass plating on the plain strings is used to make the strings "darker sounding". I was told it was to resist corrosion longer.
Hmmm good answer. I tune both the Les Paul and strat down to Eb, we play classic rock tracks from 60's to 2010, I like long lasting easily bendable strings that are not too bright! thanks PraeThere's nothnig more personal than strings I think, so asking for the "best" won't really get you anything other than a list of each individual's personal favorite. What are you looking for in your strings? Brighter sound, warmer sound, more slinkiness and bendability, less slinkiness and bendabiliy, longer life, more body, less body, etc?
Plenty of great strings out there. Personally I don't like coated strings and I like warm, low output pure nickel, round core strings pyramids in particularl, and, depending on guitar I often like low tension, flatwound Thomastik Infelds, but I know that solution is not going to be ideal for everyone and every guitar. So I think it's more productive to think about the characteristics you prefer in strings rather than generically about "the best." Someone might say that steel wound strings are the best and for me those would be absolutely the worst no matter how well maded being way brighter and hotter than anything I'd prefer.