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Earnie Ball Strings....cheap....or good quality.

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by The-Kid, Jul 30, 2019.

  1. Wayne

    Wayne Strat-Talker

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    I love the packaging the Ernie Balls come in. Bright shiny new looking strings straight from the desert. The strings feel softer and easier to bend than other brands too.

    Daddarios have too much tension and feel bitey on my fingers.

    Fenders are good, close second. I like teh bullets.

    Gibsons are also nice. I have the Les Paul set on my American Deluxe Strat and it really sounds good, especially the low E for some reason. I think they have a lot of iron in them. They're not the easiest to bend but they seem consistent string to string.
     
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    The-Kid Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    This with Daddarios. I feel there is too much Tension.

    I know Fender Strings are made by Daddario but the string tension on Fenders are nicer.

    I rate strings in terms of quality

    Gibson

    EB

    Fender.

    But EB kind of gets the win in general for the price point and quality.
     
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    The-Kid Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    @Wayne also you can submerge the packaging in water and they will remain dry no matter what.

    Have done this at my house ....


    Warning do not try at home.
     
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    josh owen Strat-Talker

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    Been using them pretty much exclusively for several years. Local guitar dealer says the Hybrids (orange) are his most popular strings.
     
  5. SILENCER

    SILENCER Strat-Talker

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    I think most, not all, but most brands may be coming out of the same factories.

    Just like batteries and LCDs

    EB strings are fine.
     
  6. Funk McNasty

    Funk McNasty Strat-O-Master

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    Oh man.. I really stumbled on this thread on the right time. As I said, ive been messing with strings and string gauges recently.. this won’t help! Haha. Bout ta go buy like 4 different types of EB’s after hearing you all praise them!


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    I've played D'Addario (preferred) or GHS Boomers for years and have never broke a string. I bought some EB slinkys and eventually broke the D on 8 of 10 sets. Plain steel strings rusted in the packages also.

    Where I live EB has always been more expensive than D'addario and GHS by about $10 per 10 pack set.

    On a side note when I was playing guitars with Floyd Rose type tremolos I used SIT strings with very satisfactory results.
     
  8. Funk McNasty

    Funk McNasty Strat-O-Master

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    Has anyone tried these? Titanium??

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    The-Kid Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Have not....but might as well give them a shot.
     
  10. Funk McNasty

    Funk McNasty Strat-O-Master

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    Welp. ... I was just too curious after all the praise and love here. Bout to give em a try! Think I’m gonna start with those Titanium coated guys... (Strat Talk has led me to great gear and accessory discoveries before—maybe again!)

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  11. thomquietwolf

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    OK
    I've read all three pages
    And
    It is so reminiscent of loitering
    In
    A speed shop
    Or
    Motorcycle shop
    Listening to the bench racing...
    Guys talking oil Or plugs Or Nito knobbies..
    Very Cool
     
  12. Andrew Wasson

    Andrew Wasson Senior Stratmaster

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    It looks like you usually use the Super Light D’addarios so EB Super Slinky should get you in the ball Park. I’ve been playing their Hybrid Slinky’s which are super slinky gauge for the E, B, G strings and slightly heavier for the D, A, B (26, 36, 46). Before those I was playing D’addario with a similar gauge Super Light Top / Reg Bottom.
     
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    thomquietwolf Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I'm gonna go order a set
     
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    The-Kid Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    As said the Dadario strings arent any less or better.

    I feel both sets are the same in terms of quality.

    They just have different string tension and feel.


    For me the Earnie Balls always fit like gloves and play great out of the packaging. They are a bit bright at first but let them settle in and they mellow out.

    Enjoy man.
     
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  15. The-Kid

    The-Kid Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Try the Classic Rock N Roll sets.

    Pure Nickel. 5 bucks a pop.
     
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  16. Funk McNasty

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    Ok I tried the Titanium Coated 9-42. My initial reaction is that they feel great but sound just ok. They aren’t as snappy and clear sounding as the D’Addario XL Nickel I usually use on this guitar. However, for a coated string they feel much more supple and easier to bend where Elixirs and D’Addario ESP have more tension than you would expect from a 9-42 set because of the coating.

    I’m gonna keep playin em and see what happens.. I might love em after a few more tries, who knows? Looking forward to giving the regular Super Slinky’s a go shortly too!


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  17. Funk McNasty

    Funk McNasty Strat-O-Master

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    Haha! Right?? This place is exactly that. Then we talk about things too much and our money starts to run away as we get more interested


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  18. The-Kid

    The-Kid Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I always felt Dadario were more snappy or Jazzy

    And EB more jangly more lose.


    Give them a day or two of heavy play and break them in a bit more for a better assesment but in general your initial response is what I got from EB vs Daddario.
     
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    smithstrato Senior Stratmaster

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    Balls are best...period.
     
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    Dewey Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    That's all I use. I like em.
     
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