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    Man this is a tough crowd. No one likes to respnd to my threads

    Anyway, just wondering what guage of strings you all like to play with. Like most of you, I've tried them all over the years. Light guages, extra light, extra heavy, etc.

    After reading an article with James Hetfield and the guages he used, I went with .8's on the high E and extra heavy on the lower strings, but I noticed that it started to bend a neck.

    Then I tried .10's because Dave Mustaine said that thicker strings tend to carry more sustain, and that's what he used, except I'm smaller stature and those strings actually hurt so bad. I just couldn't get used to them. The frustrating thing is I had already had one of my guitars (a B.C. Rich Warlock) set up for the heavier guage. I tried it for about two weeks, but it didn't work for me.

    For the last ten years I've been swearing my Ernie Ball Super Slinky's, which consist of .9's, .11's, .16's, .24's, .32's, and .42's.

    How about you? What have you tried? What works for you? What hasn't worked for you? How does your string choices best fit your style of play?

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    Fender 150XL are what I use. They are the same as the original 5150's made by Ernie Ball. .009, .011, .015, .024, .032, .040

    Good strings too. I gig with them all the time.

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    When i first started playing in 1987 i used Kramer 5150 strings 9-40.
    Then after they stopped making them i used Ernie Ball or fender 9's.
    Back then i played a Kramer focus 1000 and later a EVH EBMM with floyds - i still use 9-42's on my EBMM and Wolfgang.

    For years i used the cheap $1.50 strings over @ Subway guitars in Berkeley.

    I have an endorsement with D'Addario now and use their 9's-42's on floyds and 10's-46's on my main guitars - gibson 335, fender tele.

    I change my strings every show because my hands get wet when i play and my strings turn black after a gig!

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    .009-.042 on all my guitars with tremolos.
    .010-.046 on all my hardtails.

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    GHS or DiAddario 9-46 sets on my 25 1/2" scale guitars (or the same gauge in whatever string brand I'm endorsing at the time) and 10-46 sets on my 24 3/4" scale guitars. The only string brand I won't touch is Ernie Ball; to my ears they lack sustain and overall warmth in tone. I've tried out thicker strings on occasion and generally do okay with them, but in the end I always go back to a 9 on top; I'm a big baby about ease of play, and I don't like to make things any harder than they have to be.

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    i either use GHS Boomers or Ernie Ball super slinky's
    i find that the Slinky's sound better after they have been on for a while and stretched from hours of playing.
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    I remember when i was 13 and read that Eddie used to boil his strings.
    So i think i did that but don't remember ever doing it again.
    Eddie used to boil them in 1978 to get them to stretch out, this was b4 floyds.
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    I use Enrie Ball Super Slinky (9-42), though on my next build I am going to try the Hybrid Slinky (9-46). I used to use heavier strings on my Fenders and lighter strings on my Gibbys, but now I pretty much like using 9's in general. I want to try that bigger low E for grins.
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    I use D'Addario EXL110 Nickel Regular Light Electric Guitar Strings (Gauges 10-13-17-26-36-46). I buy a 10 pack at Musicians Friend for $39.99. Been using them for years, if it aint broke don't fix it. I have every one of my electrics strung with them, this way no matter which guitar I grab I know what I'm getting in the way of strings. But that's what works for me. To me strings only put you in the drivers seat, it's how you drive throughout the race that really matters, and that comes from the fingers not the strings. Hell, Eddide could have taken my K-Mart Partridge Family Guitar and recorded Spanish Fly and it still would have been great.

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    I use 10's. More sustain, better tone, less breakage than 9's. Switched very recently - took about an hour to get used to. I don't see how I used 9's for so long

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    i have been using 9-42's on all my floyd guitars, and 10-46's on a les paul and a strat. my friend uses 12's on all his guitars. he plays mostly blues, and i love the way his guitars play for that type of music. thing is, i really cant play them long at all. i am probably goin to put 11's on my strat to try it out for a while. i think ill like it.

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    Used GHS Boomers XL's 9 thru 42 for almost 2 decades, but now switched to D'Darrio 9 thru 46. I found the consistency in intonation improved dramatically, and I have cut string breakage by more than half. Great sustain too. As a side bar, the worst stings I've ever, I mean ever tried were those Hard Rock'n Steel jobs. Complete garbage. Their no better than picture wire! They go flat after a couple hours of playing. Some almost have dead spots in the string. They oxidize and rust quicker than any string on the market, and whats worse is they still sell 'em!
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    When I started playing I used 9s, then moved to 10s and then about 15 years ago went to 11s and I've never gone back. 11s are strong, toney, and have great sustain.

    I have actually thought recently of going back to 10s, but I have a DR String endorsement, and I already have several hundred packs of 11s, so I don't see switching to 10s anytime soon.
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    EB Super Slinky's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnybeane View Post
    I remember when i was 13 and read that Eddie used to boil his strings.
    So i think i did that but don't remember ever doing it again.
    Eddie used to boil them in 1978 to get them to stretch out, this was b4 floyds.
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    LMAO!!! ... I read the same thing about EvH boiling his strings.
    I remember doing it once when I first read about it, but then common sense kicked in and I thought "what the hell am I doing?"

    Boiling strings does absolutely nothing to stretch them IMO.
    If anything, it'll probably just cause them to rust. lol

    Just more bullshit stories from EvH IMO.
    I imagine he gets a good laugh every time he thinks about all the kids (including myself ) who cooked their strings because of the story he told.

 

 

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