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What are your favorite strings for Strat?

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

  1. dbbluesproject

    dbbluesproject Senior Stratmaster

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    Do they really have more sustain?
     
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    van lifeson Strat-Talk Member

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    Ruscio Strat-O-Master

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    I have the same problem so I switched to Elixirs. I'll use polyweb, nanoweb, or optiweb, as long as they're 9-42s.
     
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    I use D’Addario NYXL 10-52 Awesome strings.

    Last longer, a tad bit hotter and bend a bit easier.
     
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    Wrighty Senior Stratmaster

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    This, though a tad more expensive over here.
     
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    Elixir optiwebs or polywebs, 10-48
     
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    the best I ever played with....

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    Stratoskater Most Honored Senior Member

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    D'addario XL 10-46 on Strat and Tele and 11-49 on Les Paul and ES 335. Sometimes is use the pure nickel versions.
     
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    leftyian New Member!

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    I have used pure nickels in the past, these have just a bit more ‘body’ ( I guess that’s the mids coming through a bit more), the top end is all still there, but not overly bright.
     
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    leftyian New Member!

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    Hard to say without doing a proper A/B test, but they do seem to have a bit more of everything!
     
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    Thomastik-Infeld flatwounds, 11-56
     
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    Tone Quest Senior Stratmaster

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    Ernie Ball Slinky 10 - 46. Been using them for years.
     
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    I've always liked D'Addario the best. Just put NYXLs on one of my other guitars and I like them, but not the price lol.
     
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    Dunlop Rev Willy 8's
     
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    I have been using D'Addario EXL120 (.009-.042) strings on my 25.5"-scale instruments for as long as I can remember (and 10s on shorter scales). I get a lot of grief from the lead guitarist in my band, who claims he can't get a grip on them whenever he plays one of my guitars, but he plays with a much heavier hand than me. I tried D'Addario's originally years ago because they were cheaper than most alternatives, but I have been generally satisfied with them and haven't felt a need to look for something else. For bass strings, I did recently switch from D'Addario nickel roundwounds to Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinky bass strings (the orange pack), and my perception is they last longer before going dead, but I've never felt that my guitar strings went dead too fast.

    However, recently (and I'm talking, just within the last few weeks), I've started to feel that maybe my low strings are a little too floppy on my guitars. I like the skinny strings for bending, but I can see the advantage of something a little stiffer on bottom. I ordered some more strings a few days ago and included a set of light top/heavy bottom strings and I'm going to try them on one of my guitars, and we'll see how that works.
     
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    EB Super Slinky (pink pack) and Fender Super Bullets. 9-42 mostly, but I do use 10-46 on a couple.

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    i just bought a case of these...
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    I was always 10-52 type of guy with any guitars prior to Fender. I breathy used 10-46 balanced tensions for few months after going gauge up to 11-50 and never been happier. I have medium hands with skinny fingers but I get a lot of bounce back from strings and I'm still able to bend up 1-2 tones up with no problem. Daddario brand goes well with my body chemistry so this is what I use and I'm very found of even tension from those balanced sets. IMO Stratocaster needs at least 11's to show it's benefits.

    I have tried NYXL's but I'm changing strings often enough not to see much benefits if paying 2x as much as regular EXL's. I don't have tuning stability issues either with the core Daddario line of strings
     
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