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What are your favorite strings for Strat?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Bighump, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. Bighump

    Bighump Strat-Talker

    Aug 1, 2017
    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

    Sep 5, 2015
    The EU
    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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  3. apm1991

    apm1991 Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 14, 2017
    I use d'addario exl110 10-46... $5 a pack
  4. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 27, 2018
    North Central NC
    Curt Mangan 10-46 flatwound, tuned down a whole step.
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  5. Marcoroni

    Marcoroni Strat-Talk Member

    Feb 19, 2017
    Southwest Arkansas
    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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  6. Syd Vega

    Syd Vega Strat-Talk Member

    Mar 4, 2017
    Reinforced Ernies 10-46.
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  7. problem-child

    problem-child Senior Stratmaster

    Aug 28, 2008
    Left Coast, USA
    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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  8. jazzman1021

    jazzman1021 Strat-Talker

    Dec 11, 2012
    Earlville, IL 60518
    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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  9. Syd Vega

    Syd Vega Strat-Talk Member

    Mar 4, 2017
    Reinforced Ernies 10-46.
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  10. Blues Man

    Blues Man Strat-Talker

    Feb 7, 2018
    I've used a lot of Ernie Ball strings

    Slinky Nickel

    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

    Oct 12, 2016
    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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  12. evangilder

    evangilder Strat-Talker

    Sep 18, 2018
    Ventura, California
    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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  13. brians

    brians Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 28, 2016
    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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  14. CarbonCanyon

    CarbonCanyon Strat-Talker

    Mar 30, 2018
    Mt. Rainier
    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.
  15. Bighump

    Bighump Strat-Talker

    Aug 1, 2017
    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.
  16. Ditchgator

    Ditchgator Strat-Talker

    Nov 18, 2015
    Los Alamos, New Mexico
    Perspiration & acidity levels.
    Mileage.All factors.:thumb::cool:
    Curt Magnan nickelwound, regular 10-46.
  17. Birdsong

    Birdsong Strat-Talker

    Jul 24, 2018
    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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  18. Mr. Lumbergh

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

    Jan 10, 2014
    Initech, Inc.
    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.
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2018
  19. ido1957

    ido1957 Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 13, 2014
    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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