Guitar String Brands Poll

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I recently bought a set of D'Addarios and I got to thinking about it and realized that they are often positioned most visibly behind a cashwrap. Like, as a guy who doesn't like to sit there asking music store clerks tons of questions about an inexpensive piece of gear, it's pretty easy to walk up and say, "uhh, can I get a set of [whatever brand is right in front of my face] .10s?"

I bought some Elixirs like a year ago. They are pretty comfortable, but the reason I chose them was that the last time I was paying attention to guitar magazines and such, they were the brand new thing.

rusty flathead screwdriver, Monday, 28 November 2011 17:21 (twelve years ago) link

I've been using Ernie Ball Super Slinkys for so long it's become second nature. I'm wondering if I should take a chance on gettin something ker-azy but wouldn't even know where to start at this point.

Fotherington Thomas, Monday, 28 November 2011 17:24 (twelve years ago) link

always bought super slinkys because they sell them everywhere and it's easy to identify the kind you want by the package color

n/a, Monday, 28 November 2011 17:48 (twelve years ago) link

ken smith 4 lief

PROVEN BY BOOZE SCIENCE, Monday, 28 November 2011 18:34 (twelve years ago) link

Rotosound - 10s on the Strat, 11s on everything else. They have a great trebly bite, which doesn't wear off 30 seconds after putting them on the guitar unlike some other brands. A useful attribute to balance my tendency to leave strings on guitars until they either break or become super discoloured.

yes this is the real (snoball), Monday, 28 November 2011 18:40 (twelve years ago) link

d'addario because it's what my local music store always stocked

p much resigned to deems, Monday, 28 November 2011 19:13 (twelve years ago) link

GHS Boomers all the way because that's what David Gilmour uses.

Plus I really like their 12-string electric sets.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 28 November 2011 19:33 (twelve years ago) link

depends. i have some medium dr. ducks on my classical and i try to use those when i can get them. i usually use whatever the all-nickel ones are that fender makes on my electrics, gauge depends on the guitar; i don't do wound 3rds.

arb ys, Tuesday, 29 November 2011 22:56 (twelve years ago) link

kinda thinkin about putting nylon strings on my acoustic - good idea y/n?

n/a, Tuesday, 29 November 2011 22:57 (twelve years ago) link

like an acoustic that's made for steel strings? you'll def have to do some truss rod adjustment, but it might still buzz anyway cuz nylon strings need more clearance than steel. also might sound a bit dead next to an actual classical guitar cuz it's probably braced for steel strings, nylon prob won't have enough oomph to drive a top that heavily braced.

don't think it would hurt to try tho.

arb ys, Tuesday, 29 November 2011 23:04 (twelve years ago) link

also they might not fit in the nut slot?

arb ys, Tuesday, 29 November 2011 23:05 (twelve years ago) link

I got somethin' that'll fit in the nut slot...

sandbox vagina (rusty flathead screwdriver), Tuesday, 29 November 2011 23:26 (twelve years ago) link

D'Addario for my ovation acoustic, Fender strings for my Tele and uh Gibson strings for my LP. I'm really ignorant about it all, though.

moonbop, Wednesday, 30 November 2011 03:33 (twelve years ago) link

boomers are supposedly the shit, but i've never been able to get past the name

moonbop, Wednesday, 30 November 2011 03:33 (twelve years ago) link

Whenever I hear the name 'GHS Boomers' I imagine that they're strings belonging to this guy...

yes this is the real (snoball), Wednesday, 30 November 2011 11:23 (twelve years ago) link

going to differ w/arbys on the nylon strings - it isnt going to do instant damage, but over time the neck will likely back bow, and quite possibly beyond the capacity of the truss rod to handle. classical strings are somewhere around 1/3 the tension of a standard steel set, and the neck on a steel is designed to handle that tension, so when it isnt there, it might overcompensate. Are you just looking to make it easier to play, or change the sound, or?

One suggestion is to try silk and steels first, which have some of the character and feel of nylon, but still maintain more tension.

PROVEN BY BOOZE SCIENCE, Wednesday, 30 November 2011 16:42 (twelve years ago) link

^probably better advice

what specifically is different between the necks? that would cause it to bow back gradually? besides the joint and truss rod? i guess some ppl build with some back bow so its strait under tension but in that case it would be more of an immediate change so idk how that would happen exactly.

arb ys, Thursday, 1 December 2011 17:58 (twelve years ago) link

p.s. what up wit my bridge and dem

arb ys, Thursday, 1 December 2011 17:59 (twelve years ago) link

bridge should be on the way! which reminds me they were supposed to send me a quote on the price but uh. hmmm. I'll make it workable.

PROVEN BY BOOZE SCIENCE, Thursday, 1 December 2011 18:01 (twelve years ago) link

that is excellent, thanks!

which reminds me how much homework i have to, jzuz...

arb ys, Thursday, 1 December 2011 18:05 (twelve years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 4 December 2011 00:01 (twelve years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Monday, 5 December 2011 00:01 (twelve years ago) link

voted for d'addario. they're not listed but rickenbacker branded strings suck balls fyi

janel you ignorant slut! (fart), Monday, 5 December 2011 00:15 (twelve years ago) link

I always like D'Addario, but I have been mostly using Curt Mangan strings for the past year or so as they seem to last longer. I've been going with the all nickel strings on some guitars as they are a bit more mellow in the highs.

Ernie Ball strings are Ok, but they seem to turn black on me within a couple of long plays. They just don't last long for me.

GHS Electric Nickel and DR Pure Blue Nickel are also good strings.

I'll use a set of Gibson strings if that's all I got, but to me they feel more raw and rough by comparison to other brands.

Fender Bullet strings always seemed ok to me. They are good to use on a strat, as they are easier to get out than some if the break is a bit funky like on the bridge.

I've got D'Addario wound rounds on one bass and Rotosound flat wounds on another.

earlnash, Monday, 5 December 2011 01:24 (twelve years ago) link

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