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#1 Post by Gangstarpt » Tue Mar 11, 2008 2:30 pm

some say the best strings are from daddario and others from ernie ball. i know it´s a bit relative but what are the best strings for electric guitar?
and what are the differences?

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#2 Post by llamahead » Tue Mar 11, 2008 2:40 pm

i think that ernie ball are the best because i have the hybrids on my RG350DX and they sound fine, no difference in sound for me, but i haven't broken one yet :wink:

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#3 Post by Moderator777 » Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:27 pm

You'll get a lot of opinions but this question can only be answered on your own. I find for 9's EB Super Slinkies are the best but on my other guitar I use 10's and cannot go wrong with GHS boomers. Just try a different brand/set every time you change strings and use your best judgement!


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#4 Post by j.arledge » Wed Mar 12, 2008 1:51 pm

there really aren't many companies actually making guitar strings. I'd say 5 or 6 brands at tops or that is my understanding.

ernie ball and GHS i belive (as well as dunlop) are all the same strings . Dean markely and are the same.

i think strings work a lot like guitar companies do. all korean made guitars are made in the samick factory, and as i know all the chinese model guitars are made in the same factory. The fugin factory in japan makes some deans, esps, some fenders, and whatever else.

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#5 Post by Stephen Brown » Wed Mar 12, 2008 2:13 pm

It can be a long & in depth subject.

Technical techniques/test stations.
Company Heritage
Outlets & advertising.
Personal taste.

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#6 Post by Jeries » Wed Mar 12, 2008 2:51 pm

i'm really not a fan of d'addario strings at all
i'm not a fan of ernie ball either; although they were the only company i can easily find .008 strings of
although now i stopped using .008's cuz my new band tunes down 1/2 step

if i had any choice of strings i'd go with dean markley blue steels

i have broke more d'addario strings than any other kind.

I like ernie ball earthwood acoustic strings.

for my non main guitars i use cheap guitar center musicians choice strings cuz i get them for like for so so so cheap (90 cents a pack for acoustic strings, $2.90 a pack for bass strings, and like 75-90 cents for each pack of guitar strings)

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#7 Post by GuitarBizarre » Wed Mar 12, 2008 4:00 pm

I use D'addario 9's on both my guitars and have yet to find a reason to switch. I used a lot of different brands and always came back to these.

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#8 Post by JazzyShredder » Sat Mar 15, 2008 2:35 am

It's very subjective. I personally prefer Snake Oil Brand strings (9-42) on all of my lead electrics (PRS, Parker, Dean), Thomastik-Infeld (flatwound; 10-48 ) on my semi-hollows (custom-built PRS, Epiphone Dot), and Dean Markleys (12-52) on my Taylor acoustic.

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#9 Post by Matheau » Sat Mar 15, 2008 3:36 am

The kind of strings is generally more important than the brand (gauge, wound-type, material, wound 3rds, etc). The difference between brands is generally pretty minimal, there are some exceptions, but not too many.

It also varies based on the guitar and pick-ups, how much difference changing the strings make. Some pick-ups are more sensitive to certain things than others.

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#10 Post by Azrael » Sat Mar 15, 2008 10:50 am

Two letters.......

D. R.

DR strings have changed my life. Get the high gauge handmade ones and you will marvel at their playability and the improvement in your sound.

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#11 Post by ibzguitarist » Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:47 pm

I think Ernie Balls are great for sound but tend to break more easy than any other strings I've tried... those were the 10s though, I use 9 now and they seem to be more durable.

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#12 Post by resha » Sat Mar 15, 2008 2:59 pm

I think it's all about... erm... SWEAT... :oops:

I find EB's wear out too quickly for my hands' sweat.
D'Addario is my choice, great sound, great playability and good cost too!


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#13 Post by another virtuoso » Sat Mar 15, 2008 3:52 pm

Moderator777 wrote:You'll get a lot of opinions but this question can only be answered on your own. I find for 9's EB Super Slinkies are the best but on my other guitar I use 10's and cannot go wrong with GHS boomers. Just try a different brand/set every time you change strings and use your best judgement!


I use D'Addario and buy one string at a time starting with lights for the high e and ending with heavys on the low end. Very similar to EB Hybrids, only slightly more change between the gauges and i personally prefer the feel of the D over EB. i do this because i like the feel in the high end with light gauges but with Lights across the board you lose too much tone in the low end for my taste. find what works best for you.

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#14 Post by williebee » Sun Mar 16, 2008 9:06 am

Like it's been said before through the thread, this is personal preference. I've been using DR High Beams 9-42 on all my guitars for about 6 or 7 years now. Seem to hold up for a few gigs before they start to get that dullness to them.

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#15 Post by Lo Lo » Sun Mar 16, 2008 12:53 pm

I've tried several brands and I really like GHS Boommers. .09-.11-.16-.26-.36-.46

I must confess that I really don't think there is really a big diff between brands of the same wound and material!

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