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  1. Bighump

    Bighump Strat-Talker

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    I am looking to get everyones opinion on what their favorite strings are for Stratocaster. Currently my MIM has Vintage Jumbo frets and I am almost always making my notes sharp with my 9-42 strings. I try not to fret too hard but I just have a mean grip when I play. I have tried other strats with different fret types, like the Jeff Beck Strat and the american professional strats, and like their frets better as they are not as large. So with that said whats your favorite strings that you like to use? I have tried Ernie Ball 10-46 strings and they sound stale after about a week or so. A friend recommend the 52-10, anyone have experience with those?
     
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  2. TangerineDog

    TangerineDog Senior Stratmaster

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    I like the EB Slinky 10-48s. They do corrode after a month or three, but I haven't seen any reason to try other brands. Plus, they're cheap here (the equivalent of 6$) while everything else runs for 10$ upwards.

    If you find the strings to sound stale, using the same make of string in a different gauge will sound stale as well.

    I do have NYXLs on my Gretsch and it sounds stellar, but then again it always has.
    I don't play it as much though, so idk if the strings still being like new says anything...
     
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    apm1991 Senior Stratmaster

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    I use d'addario exl110 10-46... $5 a pack
     
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    Curt Mangan 10-46 flatwound, tuned down a whole step.
     
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    Ernie Ball cobalt... .11-.48

    They are little bit more expensive, but they last a long time, and I like their sound. They’re quite bright, so that may turn some people off. Definitely my go-to strings.
     
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    Reinforced Ernies 10-46.
     
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    problem-child Senior Stratmaster

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    Ernie Ball Regular Slinky 10-46 is what I used for years. On occasion D'Addario 10-something will get into the mix. I prefer EB. They seem consistent.
     
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    D'Addario NYXL wound strings seem to last longer than any I have tried. Ernie Balls don't get along with my body chemistry at all. Sound good, but dead, playing out of tune in a week or so, and I wipe them thoroughly after each playing session. I don't really see much difference in plain strings. I usually change the plains 2 or three times before the NYXLs go bad. Just about any brand of plain. I currently use Curt Mangan plain, NYXL wound,
    12, 16, 22w, 29, 39, 52. Kind regards to all.
     
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    Reinforced Ernies 10-46.
     
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    I've used a lot of Ernie Ball strings

    Slinky Nickel
    Cobalt
    Paradigm

    I usually play 10s

    My next string change is going to be to DR Pure Blues Nickels
     
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  11. BallisticSquid

    BallisticSquid Senior Stratmaster

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    No matter what string I use, my corrosive sweat makes them start sounding dull in no time. So I'm changing strings every 3 to 4 weeks anyway.

    I use EB regular slinky's (10-46 lime green package). I buy 'em in quantity...between 6 to 12 packs at a time, which is usually $4 and change per pack.

    I tried Daddario XLs and I didn't like the feel of the wound strings.
     
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    Bob the builder Senior Stratmaster

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    I use D'Addario 10s on my electrics (11s on my Gretsch Electromatics). For my acoustics, I have been using the Elixir 12s, but have been thinking about trying to D'Addario Phosphor Bronze coated strings.
     
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    I still prefer EB slinky nines, used 9/42 pretty much all my playing life, can't find a reason to change
     
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    Ernie ball 10-46 RnR nickel. 2251.
    Bit mellower than normal slinkies and sound great with single coils. Use on my strats and tele. Also used DR nickel but switched back to EB. By the case they're cheeaaap.
     
  16. Bighump

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    Anyone have issues using the regular slinky or super slinky on jumbo frets? I might need to tone down my grip but then i cant get the notes out right. Thanks for all the input guys.
     
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    Perspiration & acidity levels.
    Mileage.All factors.:thumb::cool:
    Curt Magnan nickelwound, regular 10-46.
     
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    Eb regular slinky for years. Started buying them years ago because they had cool stickers in the pack when I was a kid. Now I’m pushing 50
     
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  19. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Yup. 10's for the Strats and Teles, 11's for the Gretsches so they have roughly similar tension. The Guild still wears 10's though, it just sort of felt right on that particular guitar.
    All D’Addario.
     
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    If you like the guitar and want to keep it, then take it to a pro luthier to have them fix/adjust the nut/frets/setup etc etc etc.

    I had the exact issue with my Les Paul. I wanted to use 9's as 10's were too hard to bend for my small fingers. Notes were sharp and the guitar went out of tune etc etc.

    The luthier installed a bone nut, and worked on the frets etc etc.

    It now plays well, no issues with tuning or going sharp regardless of pressure I use.
    Took me 4 years and 3 other crappy "luthiers" to find the right guy.

    I actually installed 10's which did solve a lot of the issues (Maybe 90%). BUT I did not want to use 10's.
     
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