View Full Version : Strings

05-12-2004, 01:04 AM
Give me the pro scoop. Had a set of Earnie Ball gauge 9 on my Strat. Popped th D string so I bought a set of Gauge 10 and am going to replace them all. In your experience what is the best string to use?

Talk amongst youselves. I am (as Mike Myers would say) "va-clempt".

05-12-2004, 02:21 AM


Mr Grimsdale
05-12-2004, 06:24 AM
i don't get it

can someone explain?

05-12-2004, 07:53 AM
I always use BLUE STEELS because I'm rich.

05-12-2004, 08:12 AM
i like darco's cause they're cheap.
put on a set of 11's, much better tone
got a set of elixir's on the acoustic,
they're GRATE!!!!!

05-12-2004, 08:20 AM
Ive always used Diaddarios XL125.

05-12-2004, 08:20 AM
Dunno if they are the best or not ? Always sounded ok to me...

05-12-2004, 11:44 AM
I'm a D'Addario man myself. I absolutely HATE GHS Boomers, and I haven't had much luck with Ernie Ball's or Dean Markley's either.

When I was a kid, I used to buy Fender Super Bullets.....which is just laughable to think about now. Of course that ended once I actually knew what in the fuck was going on. :D

Mr Grimsdale
05-12-2004, 04:21 PM
Originally posted by Cato
I always use BLUE STEELS because I'm rich.

You also bathe in the toilet.

05-12-2004, 07:32 PM
you do push-ups on the man everyday.

Mr Grimsdale
05-14-2004, 02:33 PM
you never complain

05-15-2004, 05:55 AM
What strings does Mr Grimsdale use ??

05-15-2004, 06:31 AM
I'm sending him my pubic hairs every month for his cheap Korea-made Charvel.

05-15-2004, 06:42 AM
You must have long pubes Cato !

05-16-2004, 07:26 PM

Grimsdale is a midget. so my pubes don't need to be so long.

have you never seen him?

Mr Grimsdale
05-17-2004, 05:29 AM
i look forward to that as much as the fart you promised me many months ago

...which i have regretably still not received
so much for oriental efficiency

Mr Grimsdale
05-17-2004, 05:31 AM
Originally posted by Panamark
What strings does Mr Grimsdale use ??

D'Addario XL120

the pornographic special edition ones

05-17-2004, 07:34 AM
Originally posted by Mr Grimsdale
i look forward to that as much as the fart you promised me many months ago

...which i have regretably still not received
so much for oriental efficiency
eh my fart hasn't arrived there yet?

Hummm it's pretty strange. I sent it via priority mail. check your mail box once again, and your soiled briefs as well.

Mr Grimsdale
05-17-2004, 10:14 AM
i'll send you a bottle of my jizz

05-17-2004, 03:23 PM
Ernie Ball Regular Slinkys. Nothing else works for me. :o

05-17-2004, 06:40 PM
ok, pubic hair doesn't work well for guitar strings, they're better used as dental floss.

Now, can we stay on topic please? lol..

Alright, I use Dean Markley 740 XL's because they are the only damn string my trem system likes and won't pop like crazy. I do think that they don't last very long which wasn't a problem when i was playing out because i changed them like twice a week.
Now the guitar sits more and they go dead pretty fast, but i like them.

It is pretty funny how some strings work better than others on different guitars, it doesn't make much sense to me.
I picked up a case of cheapo Pro Customs strings that were about $1.50 a set and i'll be damned if they aren't decent. I keep them on hand for when someone breaks a string and asks if i have a spare, lol.
They are made by Martin & Co. so they can't be all that bad.

I hate the 5150 Peavy strings, they suck in my opinion.

On my acoustic i use only Martin Acoustic SP's and they rock out very nicely, but they also go dead in a short time, but that's life...

05-18-2004, 09:56 AM
Originally posted by Cathedral
ok, pubic hair doesn't work well for guitar strings, they're better used as dental floss.

Hummm.....then what can substitute for strings?

A. elastics

B. ropes

C. noodles

Mr Grimsdale
05-18-2004, 10:46 AM
D. Catos windpipe

only joshing!

05-23-2004, 11:15 PM
Thanks for the pro scoop. Nudniks!

06-14-2004, 09:00 PM
Dean Markley Blue steels .008's, nines, and tens for certain things.

Overall I can't say I don't like GHS Boomers with a DiMarzio pickup, but growing up used mostly Ernie Balls.

Now I hate Ernie Balls, never use them again.

My FAVORITE STRING is no longer made I think, Diamond Nickel .009-.046 - I think Gibson bought them out in the late 80's and they don't sound the same. They're called Gibson somethings now.. nickel?

Freind of mine tried to get me into Fender Bullets.. but they're made by D'Addario which I don't like.

Anything other than Blue Steels for most things, or GHS on a DiMarzio-loaded guitar works okay I suppose, even Darco's (they give you a second E string in a set for free in case you bust one) but unless its got some nickel in it the string tends to sound too "clanky" to me.

06-16-2004, 07:36 AM
Blue Steel Strings worked great on my old Ibanez axe, but they don't seat properly on my Charvels.
The ball end just doesn't sit right in the trem and tuning is damn near impossible.
My 740 XL's are getting really hard to find these days and that pisses me off a little.

06-16-2004, 02:17 PM
Ace Frehley Signature Strings .009 .011 .016 .026w .036w .046w
They work really well on the Jacksons and Charvels.
I like the Eric Johnson GHS strings on the Explorer and the Dean.

06-17-2004, 05:09 AM
Thanks for the tip, I will definately give them a try...

06-24-2004, 06:02 AM
Rubnose...I use Fender Bullets....009s....on my Jap Strat, which has a Kahler with the locking nut taken off, and they work great...the bullet ends keep it in tune, even doin' dive bombs...if you're a newbie, you'd be best off staying with .009s for a while...

06-25-2004, 09:03 AM
Originally posted by Mr Grimsdale
D'Addario XL120

the pornographic special edition ones

Actually I mislead the American public. I also use XL120's
The 125's have a super thin Top E....
I was mistaken, I was given incorrect intelligence !!
Its all the CIA's fault, cant they just get along with FBI
once in their lives ??

06-25-2004, 06:30 PM
On my strats I use Fender Nickelplated Steel super bullets lights .009's. 3250L's.

If you go to the .010's you'll need to reset your intonation due to the difference in string guage. For the fender std tremlo I find the bullets work best for things staying in tune. I also clean and put a light film of 3-in-one oil on the saddles and in the nut to ensure no stickage.

You'll get a better tone from the .010's and tad stronger output. Might take your fingers a bit to build up the strength to bend them the same as .009's. I shift up to .010's every so often as the mood hits me.