What strings and string gauge does Steve use?

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#31 Post by Ibanezwizard » Sun Sep 21, 2003 3:26 am

Hi,

Ive been lurking for months but i only post rarely. The strings posts always intrest me.

I play Ernie ball 9-42's now because D'addarios seemed to corrode very quickly and they never felt fright straight away. Its odd how different strings corrode for different people.

Ive started wiping my strings down with a cloth before i put the guitar away and that definately helps keen then clean.

What do you guys think of fast fret? Does it help?

Mark

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#32 Post by dex » Mon Sep 22, 2003 5:35 am

I play the EB slinkys (green packet).
The name list on the back of the pack looks very reassuring.

ilia

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#33 Post by Matwey » Tue Sep 23, 2003 12:24 am

Ibanezwizard wrote:What do you guys think of fast fret? Does it help?


Mark, i haven't tried it, but there's a couple of comments at music123.com:

I've been using "Fast-Fret" for 15 years at least. Great Stuff!


I've been using this stuff forever. It's the BEST stuff I've used on my axe! It cleans the strings well and doesn't feel "sticky or greasy". And it conditions the fretboard well too!


http://www.music123.com/Item/?itemno=70892


Sounds very impressive, but you never know until you try it. ;)

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#34 Post by TongueNGroove » Thu Sep 25, 2003 1:34 pm

shader wrote:So thats what, Drop-G? isn't htat a bit... much...


Actually if I read it right it would be Drop E.

He said the whole guitar is dropped 1 whole step which would make the B Drop G, but then he said the B is dropped another whole step on top of that, making it Drop E.

Seems like it would just be all floppidy and loose.

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#35 Post by The Prez » Thu Sep 25, 2003 4:26 pm

Why doesn't Steve use 13-57 or higer, he's good enough and wouldn't the strings put out more sund and break less often.

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#36 Post by shader » Thu Sep 25, 2003 4:32 pm

his name ends in 'vai', not 'ie ray vaughan' :D

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#37 Post by Bakerman » Sat Sep 27, 2003 2:47 pm

TongueNGroove wrote:
shader wrote:So thats what, Drop-G? isn't htat a bit... much...


Actually if I read it right it would be Drop E.

He said the whole guitar is dropped 1 whole step which would make the B Drop G, but then he said the B is dropped another whole step on top of that, making it Drop E.

Seems like it would just be all floppidy and loose.


No, it would be G. Whole guitar dropped a whole step brings the B down to A. Then dropping the A another whole step makes it a G.

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#38 Post by Vaibanez5150 » Wed Oct 01, 2003 7:27 pm

I have used Dadarios for about 19 years now. I jumped around differnent brands for 6 years until i decided they were my favorites. And they tend to break the High E mostly on my floyd type axes for me.

But i really have to kill 'em, like pull up, they will break on my less paul or other hard tails, but the trem is the worst.

But they feel so damn good, and sound brilliant, so i stick with them. If theres better out there i would buy them if the price was close.

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#39 Post by lydian7 » Sun Apr 11, 2004 8:57 pm

Been playing Ernie Ball 'Super-slinkys' (gauge 9-42) for 12 years now. They seem to be very popular in the UK, whereas D 'adarios are very scarce, maybe a yankie thing? Anyway, I've tried other strings, but nowadays the Ernies are all I'll play :wink:

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#40 Post by Ffats » Mon Apr 12, 2004 7:55 pm

In regards to Fast Fret:

What a bunch of crap - it makes the fingerboard all oily and nasty and doesn't help a dang thing. Never get it, don't put it on your guitar, and don't waste your money.

And I'd take Music123.com reviews with a grain of salt.. they're even worse than Harmony Central.

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#41 Post by Psychlone » Mon Apr 12, 2004 8:46 pm

I tried Ernie Ball strings one time, but they sounded too brittle and harsh. So it's D'addario's for me. And the only time I broke one was when I was repeatedly playing the part in "Juice" where you slide the pick up the E string so it squeaks against the pickup. Maybe I just don't play hard enough... 8)

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#42 Post by espguitarlord » Tue Apr 13, 2004 11:49 am

I've been using 10-46's recently, for me, they're better for arpeggios and my vibrato was too fast with 9's...

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#43 Post by Jeroen » Tue Apr 13, 2004 1:39 pm

In regards to fast fret: :)

I absolutly dig it. Makes your strings feel like silk and helps keeping them (and your fretboard) clean.

YMMV.

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#44 Post by Vaitalitarion » Tue Apr 13, 2004 3:34 pm

espguitarlord wrote:I've been using 10-46's recently, for me, they're better for arpeggios and my vibrato was too fast with 9's...
How on earth do you get vibrato at all :cry: I try all the time for ages but it just sounds like I'm choking the guitar :(

I do the 'move the wrist and not the guitar' thing but no dice. Any tips?

Stringwise, I always found ernies to lose their tone too quickly so I use Dean Markleys usually, and this week I bought some daddarios just to take for a spin to see. Both brands are usually ok. Its ages before I break a string on either. Then again my strat tremolo is dying and saws into my D :roll:

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#45 Post by Vaitalitarion » Wed Apr 14, 2004 10:33 am

Ok, the daddarios are quite good. They feel very tight and sound. I think I'm stuck between the two :?

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