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

  1. Nerd

    Nerd Strat-Talker

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    Also - EXL's only. Cant justify 2x price jump of NXL's when I change strings every month as a part of maintenance routine
     
  2. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    D'Addario, EXL on guitars and EJ on mandos, DR Black Beauties on the bass.
     
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  3. nutball73

    nutball73 Senior Stratmaster

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    I went from 9-42 to 9-46 to 10-46 a few years ago, and yes, it's a bit tougher on the fingers, but it definitely helps me play in tune, and stops me from "over bending" too.

    I switched a guitar back the other day and it felt like loose knicker elastic and I was out of tune everywhere.

    So my advice is either train yourself to have a lighter touch or move up to 10's and learn to live with the higher tension.

    Maybe 9.5's would work?
     
  4. GaryCorby

    GaryCorby Strat-O-Master

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    Pyramid Nickel Classics (Orange packet). Usually 9s. I've tried pretty much every string mentioned here and keep coming back to the Pyramids.
     
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    Hudman_1 Strat-Talker

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    “Vintage jumbo” frets?

    That’s like saying my “small large” pants don’t fit right. :D

    Vintage frets are small. Sounds like you have jumbo frets. My American Professional has frets that are vintage width with neatly the height of jumbo frets. I use Ernie Ball Slinky 10’s on it with no problem with it going sharp. It’s set up with fairly low action. You might want to get a professional set up on your Strat because it may still go sharp with heavier gauge strings if the action is high at the nut.
     
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    jpjr50 Strat-O-Master

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    I have to use coated strings because my hands produce so much acidity that uncoated strings cause my fingers to turn black.

    My Strat has Elixir Optiweb 10-46 and my Martin acoustic has Elixir Poly's 13-56. Only two guitars I have now.
     
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  7. SachaPlusDeluxe

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    Elixirs for me but I make them up from a 12-52 pack and singles as it's a custom guage:

    9 - 11 - 16 - 32 - 42 - 52
     
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  8. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    8s are like no knickers at all. Makes things much simpler all around.

    9 out of 10 @s5tuart s prefer them... :p
     
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    Ernie Ball Slinky Hybrids 09-46. I've been using them for many years. Before the Hybrids I had to buy a pack of lights and extra lights mix them and give the rest away.
     
  10. jaybones

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    DR 10-52 (lite n' heavy) electric.
    DR Rare acoustic 12's.
    DR Sunbeams for bass, along with La Bella tapewounds.
     
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    [​IMG]

    A)
    .09s because my Strat was the first guitar I ever owned and played, and it was recommended then to go light gauge. I have .10s (even .12s) on my other guitars, but my Strat stays .09.

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    Bullets because they look cool and I feel they fit snug.

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    Fender brand because a Strat is a Fender. Put any other brand strings on it and it is no longer a Strat. It becomes some strange modded Franken-Strat.
     
  12. rich815

    rich815 Senior Stratmaster

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    D'addario exl110 10-46 but since their price went up I’ve been using Dunlop 10 Mediums and GHS 10-46 Boomers and both are good.
     
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    That is what the description said on Guitar Center but I have since compared some of the fretwork on regular MIM from that year. They are definitely Jumbo compared to the regular MIM strats. With that said I'm going to try some 10-52's and see what happens. thanks for the input.
     
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    D'Addario EXL 115 (11-49) I tune down one whole step though.
     
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    D'addario's

    EPN115 - Electrics
    EJ16/17 - Acoustic
     
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    I used to use super bullets. Until I found out they weren’t as easy to find as NYXL’s.

    My closest guitar store is guitar center and they don’t seem to carry super bullets all of the time.
     
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    I really love DR Pure Blues. Great tone and they last a long time. Right now I have 10-46 strung up on my guitar. IMHO excellent strings.
     
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    Yeah, those descriptions can get a little confusioning on websites.

    You mentioned that you’re heavy handed fretting. I used to be like that. It was from playing electric guitars with high action and acoustic guitar. I had to learn to use a lighter touch with my fretting hand. It improved my playing drastically. I use a heavy pick hand but only use enough pressure to fret notes clean with my left.
     
  19. Bowmap

    Bowmap I nose a thang or two. Gold Member

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    Ernie Balls get a lot of votes here. I will have to try them out after I go through my Elixirs nanoweb 10s.
    I have a pack of String Joy hand wound in need to try out as well. Any one used this brand?
     
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    guitartwonk Strat-O-Master

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    I use Darco 10-46. They feel and sound just like EB Slinkies but they cost less and last longer. Please don't all go out and buy them though, because that will push the price up ;):whistling:
     
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