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

  1. Bighump

    Bighump Strat-Talker

    Aug 1, 2017
    Once again, I appreciate everyones advice and experience with their favorite strings. I strung up ole betty with the heavy top slinky bottoms. I had to do a little truss rod adjustment. I'm still getting used to them and my journey to my favorite strings continues!.
  2. Biddlin

    Biddlin Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 11, 2013
    I play Rev Willy's No.7s. They last ok, sound wicked and bend easily. I play with a lot of nuance appropriate to the particular song and genre at hand, so have pretty good feel and don't sharp the notes unintentionally.
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  3. Elvie

    Elvie Strat-O-Master

    Jan 26, 2014
    Newtone Nickel Masters. 9-43 on the Strat, 10-46 on everything else.
  4. Nerd

    Nerd Strat-Talker

    Apr 7, 2014
    Reading, UK
    No problem, Bighump.

    So set of NYXL1046BT arrived yesterday. Im way used to the core line so I can swear they're 3x louder, overtones still ringing in my ears. I had to drop my pickups hight as my backline was getting overdriven way to early with those. Its not a negative, I just had no idea that my Strat can cook like that. This alone is IMO good idea to consider a shift to those sets. Low PUP's = less string pull = greater sustain. I need more time to do some knobs turning to see why and if I like them otherwise. I don't know why people say they're stiffer than EXL's, to me they feel the same to EXL110BT's tension-wise.
  5. Tone Deaf

    Tone Deaf Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    New Jersey, USA
    Fender Bullet Strings

    I have tried them and liked them a lot. They were stable, sounded good, and did not go out of tune easily.
    I'm more interested in the tonality produced by various manufacturer's strings.
    I also found some info out on the web regarding these Fender Strings that I did not know.

    Here it is:

    Fender Bullets are the only strings in the world designed specifically for Strats and guitars with similar type tremolos. Fender was granted a US patent for their unique bullet-end guitar strings for rock-solid tuning stability and increased sustain.

    Fender Bullet Strings are available in 3 types:

    Original Bullets–nickel (vintage tone);
    Fender's Original Bullets Pure Nickel electric guitar strings deliver a smooth feel with reduced finger noise. The tone is rich and warm with abundant harmonics.
    Gauges: 08-11-14-22-30-38 Fender 3150SL ( super light )
    Gauges: 09-11-16-24-32-42 Fender 3150L ( light )
    Gauges: 10-13-17-26-36-46 Fender 3150R ( regular )
    Gauges: 11-14-18-28-38-49 Fender 3150M ( medium )

    Super Bullets– nickel-plated steel (great tone and long life);
    Fender's Super Bullets Nickel-Plated Steel (NPS) electric guitar strings combine the high output and dynamic sound of steel with the smooth feel of nickel. The Fender 3250 strings are perfect for rock and other styles of music where the guitar needs to cut through.
    Gauges: 09-11-16-24-32-42 Fender 3250L ( light )
    Gauges: 09-11-16-26-36-46 Fender 3250LR ( light regular )
    Gauges: 10-13-17-26-36-46 Fender 3250R ( regular )
    Gauges: 10-13-17-32-42-52 Fender 3250RH (regular heavy )
    Gauges: 11-14-18-28-38-49 Fender 3250M ( medium )

    Stainless Bullets– stainless steel (bright tone and long life).
    NOTE - This item appears to have been discontinued by Fender
    Gauges: 09-11-16-24-32-42 Fender 3350L ( light )
    Gauges: 10-13-17-26-36-46 Fender 3350R ( regular )

    With all that, I am building a new HARDTAIL Strat - so even with slightly recessed ferrules, I won't be using Bullets. So I'm interested in what everyone else has to say here.
  6. Mr Hockey

    Mr Hockey Strat-Talker

    Aug 20, 2014
    Kennesaw , GA
    11 gauge D'Adarrio.
  7. buffetdestroyer

    buffetdestroyer Strat-Talker

    Apr 2, 2013
    10-52 Gauge - I do the Ernie Ball in various flavors of Skinny Top Heavy Bottom. I like the Cobalt, but they are twice as much and I have still broken the 10's and 12's at the saddle.
  8. Jeffl

    Jeffl Strat-Talker

    Apr 19, 2017
    Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinkies, 9-46.
  9. hwy1strat

    hwy1strat Strat-Talker

    Mar 17, 2009
    Land Of Misfit Toys
    All I ever need for my 18 Strats....just perfect!

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  10. GK34

    GK34 Strat-Talk Member

    Jun 17, 2015
    Pearland, TX
    I use D’Addario 10-46. You may also want to try their 9.5’s.
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  11. Single Malt

    Single Malt Strat-Talk Member

    Jul 22, 2014
    Parker, CO
    This. They are way beefier sounding than the 10s and not as difficult to play and bend as the 11s. Goldilocks.
  12. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 16, 2018
    Tacoma in two weeks
    Right now I can't decide which feels skinnier, Ernie Ball Slinky 10-46, or Curt Mangan 10-46. But those are my favorites.
  13. swampyankee

    swampyankee Strat-Talk Member

    Nov 7, 2018
    I've used Fender Bullet 10-46 for decades now. I've tried others but personally don't notice a difference.
    BTW, I have a heavy hand as well. I attribute it to playing alot of acoustic. My luthier filed the nut to reduce the distance to the fretboard. It helps alot, at least on the cowboy chords.
  14. daza152

    daza152 Strat-Talker

    Jul 7, 2012
    New Zealand
    My fav would be D and G
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  15. northernlights

    northernlights Strat-Talk Member

    Jan 1, 2018
  16. HCarlH

    HCarlH Strat-Talk Member

    Sep 3, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL
    Standard pack of D'Addario 9.5.

    I don't like the 9/10 hybrid gauges (super light on top, regular on bottom). The difference between the two is too extreme. I prefer a smooth transition across the fret board.
  17. Andrew Wasson

    Andrew Wasson Strat-O-Master

    Nov 6, 2018
    Vancouver, Canada
    I’ve been playing with D’Addario strings for a long time. Late 80’s, early 90’s for sure. When I got a Strat again, I started using D’Addario 9 - 42 but recently at the advice of a guy at the local music shop, I switched to Ernie Ball Slinky Hybrids 09-46. I noticed an improvement in overall tone. Maybe a little smother but still nice and lively. I’ve now switched all electrics to EB strings.
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  18. Yaralag

    Yaralag Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 28, 2014
    Cypress, TX
    I switched to the hybrids as well. Just perfect for me.
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  19. VanWhelan

    VanWhelan Strat-Talk Member

    Oct 24, 2011
    Roswell, GA, USA
    I typically use EB Regular Slinky 10-46 for all my Fenders, but have had one of my Strats set up by a pro & they put on D'Addario's. Both sets work good for me.
  20. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 16, 2018
    Tacoma in two weeks
    I actually have Ernie Ball pure Nickel on my strat right now. I guess those are my current favorite, not the regular Slinky.