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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by marshallb461, Dec 2, 2017.

  1. muf magician

    muf magician Strat-Talker

    162
    Jan 10, 2015
    Texas
    Bullets, huh? What do you like about them?
     

  2. Brian H

    Brian H Strat-O-Master

    974
    Feb 7, 2016
    Delaware

  3. Stratoskater

    Stratoskater Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    42
    Feb 8, 2011
    Raleigh NC
    What gauges are you using?
     

  4. Stratoholic

    Stratoholic Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 30, 2010
    somewhere
    Why not use 11's for standard? Look at Dick Dale. In the early 60's he claims he used 16-58's. He's an old old man now, and he has gone lighter, he uses 13's now.
     

  5. dueducs

    dueducs Senior Stratmaster

    Hahaha... yes. I was a UPS guy at the time and playing three to six nights per month at a couple of local dives. Purely half-a$$ amateur I assure you. :)
     
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2017

  6. garyhoos1

    garyhoos1 Thinking about joining a pub band. Strat-Talk Supporter

    There is nothing I don’t like about them.
     

  7. Chont

    Chont Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 25, 2012
    Pennsylvania
    010.5 -050: 010.5, 013, 016 DY30 DY40 DY50

    I like the Gilmour 10.5s but find the 17 Gauge G string a little too heavy for my bending (lack of) technique and it also seems to jump out a bit much with the vintage stagger of my pickups. So I swap that out for a 16 Gauge G string and the overall feel of the string tension is perfect for me and the G doesn't seem to jump out at me as much though that may just be me.
     

  8. Stark

    Stark Ghost of Johnny Thunders Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    48
    Jul 16, 2011
    Richmond Annex, CA
    I used the EB Beefy Slinky set forever....
    011-015-022p-930-042-054

    Then in 2014, I broke my left wrist and three fingers and ever since then I’ve been on 009-012-015-024-030-042

    I’ve always kept my action as low as possible.
     

  9. fender_freak

    fender_freak Strat-Talker

    Age:
    21
    444
    Dec 29, 2012
    La Crosse, WI
    9-42 Super Slinkys. As long as they make them I'll keep using them, unless that new coated string they have out is a hit.
     

  10. GuitarPix

    GuitarPix Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 21, 2013
    Calgary
    I'm a long time user of Super Slinkys too. Been trying other strings lately, but just keep going back - just feel right. I don't hear appreciable difference between those and anything heavier. Yes there is a difference but not enough to bother me.
     

  11. Count Glockula®

    Count Glockula® Strat-Talker

    Age:
    106
    176
    Aug 16, 2009
    Fenderland, CA
    D'Addarios XL 110
    0.01-0.046
     

  12. himijendrix

    himijendrix Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    70
    May 2, 2012
    Barrow Upon Soar, UK
    10 - 46 D'Addario all the way for me.
     

  13. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    58
    May 21, 2010
    In my own little world
    45 - 105 DR Black Beauties, they (almost) last forever ;)
     
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  14. slash1814

    slash1814 Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    39
    88
    Oct 1, 2017
    India
    9-42 mostly , on les paul 10-46 half step down.
     

  15. suncrush

    suncrush Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 25, 2014
    Pittsburgh
    10-52, standard tuning.
     

  16. MojoFilter

    MojoFilter Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    49
    32
    May 31, 2017
    Illinois
    No Love for Elixir?! I use 10-46 on one Strat, and 9-46 on the rest. 10-46 on my LPs.
    I played Diaddario, for 10 years and Ernie Balls before those for many years before making the permanent switch a year or so ago...and will never switch back.
    Bought a Strat on craigslist that had them on it, having never played them before, I noticed after a couple of days there was something different about the strings so I inquired from the seller and Elixer Nanowebs was the answer.
    Now when I pick up a guitar I haven't played in awhile there is no longing to change the strings. They are just phenomenal IMHO. And they are NOT slick.
     

  17. suncrush

    suncrush Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 25, 2014
    Pittsburgh
    The higher tension helped with the tremolo picking.
     

  18. Smelf36

    Smelf36 Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    47
    85
    Jul 17, 2016
    UK
    I have a set of GHS Gilmour’s cos well, if they’re good enough for David......
    And Ernie Ball kindly sent me a set of they’re new ‘unbreakable’ paradigm sets to try, feel good, but flipping expensive
     

  19. HermitGate

    HermitGate New Member!

    Age:
    22
    2
    Dec 7, 2017
    Bangalore, India
    I recently purchased Stringjoy 10.5's for my Mexican.
    They're beautiful.