Tactile feel of Strings

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  1. Mega-Gazz

    Mega-Gazz Strat-Talk Member

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    I bought my player strat mid-summer, and recently got the free setup the store offers done, which replaced the out-of-box strings with some Ernie ball 9’s. It could be my imagination but the Ernie balls felt much more… well…. Slinky…perhaps more plastics (even though they’re not plastic obviously). All the reviews of strings and brands that I’ve read have talked about their effect on tone, their durability, etc, but not much on the tactile feel of the strings.

    Is that a thing? Do people pick strings based on how they feel on your fingertips? Again this is all assuming we’re comparing the same gauge.

    If so, would love to hear people’s opinions on how different brands of strings feel.
     
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    cranky Senior Stratmaster

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    Pretty sure the guitar comes with 10s.

    EB 9s are potentially literally "super slinky". Is that what you picked out?

    Either way, 9s will feel slinkier than 10s.
     
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    Maybe 1/3 of my guitars have flatwounds. They definitely feel different, better to me: silky. But if you want twang or zing with them, you're out of luck, pulloffs are a little work as well (little grip), and they're hard to bend, of course. They stay in tune better too, because they slip through the nut like butter.

    9's feel sloppy to me, but they sure do bend!
     
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    I do, yes. I hate flatwounds period, so brand doesn't matter there. But for the rest:

    My all-time favorite was Maxima Gold Strings, but they're too expensive.
    GHS and Gibson feel stiff to me, and Gibsons lose their tone too quickly, as do regular Dean Markleys.
    The old Dean Markley Yngwie Malmsteen signature were great.
    I haven't found a coated string yet - Elixir, whatever - that didn't feel to me like it was corroded beyond saving, dragging on my fingers regardless of what kind of dressing I use.
    Ernie Ball is okay if they're not corroded right out of the package.
    D'Addario is always good. I used to really like Fenders, too, but haven't used them much since switching to D'Addario.
    Is any of this objective fact? Nah. Just the way they feel to me.
     
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    I can't tell. My callouses are pretty tough after 56 years of playing. Different string gauges feel different...that's about it.
     
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    Yup

    I put Ernie Ball Super Slinky on all my guitars. A set of D'Addario, same guage got off after less than thirty minutes. They felt about two guages thicker and stiff as telephone lines
     
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    I have used D'Addario 10's forever. On a rare occasion when I put something else on, like Ernie Ball's or GHS, to be perfectly honest I never notice a difference.
     
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    Daddario 9s for 40 years
     
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    Many players find "their strings" and tend to stick with them. Are they better? Who really knows but they're better to them! My 'go to" string has been GHS Boomers custom light 9 to 46 since the early 1990's! Why? for me it's both feel and sound. Back then we gigged 4 nights a week so strings on my guitars were never older than 2 weeks but hey, I do get them wholesale! :D:cool:
     
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    Going to write them and have them make me special Dadoddario strings.
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    Regardless of being 9s or 10s I do find Ernie Ball slinky in feel than others I have tried. I usually opt for the hybrid 9-46.

    Have used D'Addario plenty over the years.
     
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    OK, so here is what I really think.

    Thomastick-Infield strings are the best, maybe by an order of magnitude. How they make strings that sound that beautiful and last forever is a genuine mystery. Somehow they've managed to finesse the laws of physics.

    Everything else is meh: indistinguishable from one another after 5 minutes or so. I happen to imagine that pure nickle winds sound sweeter..but who really knows?

    I forget those plastic-coated strings. Those are sub-meh.

    As to the topic; get tens and see.
     
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    Been using them since they were Darco's. 10's though.
     
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    I can feel the difference between XL's and NYXL's. I use the latter exclusively.
    It's all personal preference.
     
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    Just picked up the brand NEW custom shop Dadoddario strings, WOW they like play themselves.

    Thanks @Dadocaster for placing that call
     
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    Tried the Thomastick strings a couple of times, didn't much care for them and went back to D'Addario. I like the GHS boomers too.
     
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    FWIW, I went and got fender super bullets, so the bullet-end version of the strings that come on all strats… they definitely feel much better to play, the strings feel more present and less plastic. I also noticed that the strings don’t pick up my fingers travelling along them between notes as much (mixed blessing), and that they made a huge difference in tone, specifically that they have very low bass response…which I can mostly address with the amp.

    Also that was my first time changing strings myself, so that was an adventure :)

    Now I’m tempted to go try D’addario and elixirs to see how they feel, though its a shame the store doesn’t have them on display to feel the difference.
     
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