You Do Not Need to Have Ernie Balls to Go Totally Stratocaster

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  1. Robins

    Robins Dr. von Loudster

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    Well, Mars does so I think that it is ok.
    Using 10s for all of my Stratocasters (Antigua still on 9s) I am a bit fighting with my strings.
    I need that while using Stratocasters it just feels and works so much better for me.

    Mick Mars is a great player and he´s using 11s (down tuned today), cool guy and one of my Riffmasters. He is not my big idol but watching the movie I noticed I have more in common with the man than I thought before.
    Double stops, rhythmic and lead riffs.

    He is a genius I am not but it helps watching the great ones and learn from them.
    I never stopped and I never will, learning from the great ones.



    Rock on \m/,
    Robin
     

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  2. Dmac73

    Dmac73 Strat-Talker

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    Great video. Thanks for sharing. He’s such an interesting player to say the least. Underrated in my opinion.
     
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  3. Blackmore Fan

    Blackmore Fan Senior Stratmaster

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    Wow, that's a great video on so many levels. Thank you Robins for posting it...it gives me a lot to think about.
     
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  4. heltershelton

    heltershelton Vivamus libero Vivamus duris Silver Member

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    I just ordered some 10-52s because we are tuning down a half step and the 9s feel too squirrelly.
     
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    nutball73 Senior Stratmaster

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    I'm not familiar with him, but on the basis of that video he doesn't seem much of a genius to me. I must be missing something.
     
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  6. rolandson

    rolandson Dr. Stratster

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    I liked playing 11s on planks (12s on boxes). The feel, the sound, the way they fight back.

    Injury forced a switch to 10s a couple of years ago (boxes = 11s)...arthritis mandated downsizing to 9s three months ago (box still sporting 11s...it threatened to disown me if I went any further)...

    I'd tune down half a step but then I'd have to rethink the neck when reading or playing with friends. Too much work.

    Friends say "take the pain! ... take the pain!"
    I threaten to shoot them in the foot. Or worse, fart and then leave and lock the door ...:cool:

    I can hear and feel the difference though...I chalk it up to another disappointing feature of the aging process.
     
  7. midwestfisherma

    midwestfisherma Senior Stratmaster

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    You are!
     
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    Blue Beagle Senior Stratmaster

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    Obviously a polarising band (I like their stuff) but nobody can deny that they have some iconic tracks.

    I'm happy The Dirt is getting talked about in the mainstream as much as it is at this moment. Makes a nice change to actually hear something about Hard Rock/Metal in amongst the endless tide of turd that is todays pop and rap.
     
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    Dmac73 Strat-Talker

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    I couldn’t agree more
     
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    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

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    BB King asked Billy Gibbons "why are you working so hard?" with those rope-like strings on his guitars. BG stepped back to 8s on Teles and 7s on LPs.

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    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    Was that because of his open tunings (did BG use open-C like Ralphs?)
    LP has a shorter scale, thus lower tension than a Fender.
     
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    heltershelton Vivamus libero Vivamus duris Silver Member

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    most people have only heard Mick play Crue stuff.
    he's an awesome blues player too. I can't remember where, but I remember hearing him and not believing it was him.
     
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    abnormaltoy Mouth draggin' knuckle breather Silver Member

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    I saw that earlier...good video.

    I never cared much for the band, I still don't...BUT, I listen to them now because of him. He has got monster tone. In the video, he reminds me of an alchemist or Merlin...toiling away in his hideaway.
     
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    The-Kid Dr. Stratster

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    I love EB strings too


    I use the Rock N Roll Pure Nickel strings in Nines....

    Great strings, great quality, great sound.
     
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    CyFan4036 Senior Stratmaster

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    Really...you've never heard of or listened to Motley Crue? Your comment doesn't seem sincere.
     
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    LOSTVENTURE Senior Stratmaster

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    My Strats sound great with D'Addario EXL's. I switched to those exclusively 40 years ago and never looked back.
     
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    Mr C Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    I’d never listened to motley Crüe or heard of Mick Mars till I read the book. If your not into a band or genre of music the people who play it aren’t usually well known unless they’re a massive crossover band with general appeal... I was a guitar playing teenager in the 80’s but we couldn’t have cared less about American metal and hard rock music.
     
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    CyFan4036 Senior Stratmaster

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    I get it, that's how I feel about the beatles.
     
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    circles Resident Pinball Enthusiast

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    Interesting.
     
  20. CB91710

    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    Yep... for 10 years or so they were a very niche "glam rock" along with Poison, Cinderella, White Tiger, etc...
    I liked a few of the groups in that pattern, but I was more into the Euro-Metal bands that had a few years on their tour busses... Scorpions, Judas Priest, UFO w/Michael Schenker, Deep Purple, Dio/Sabbath/Ozzy
    They're still my primary playlist, though I branched out in the 90s.