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OldRocker

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07-04-2015 05:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: guitar strings gauge

I know we have a lot of guitar players out there in LJ Land. Just wondering what strings you like best. Currently (on my Les Paul Studio), I’m using Ernie Ball – Regular Slinky (10). I was using Dunlop Heavy Core (12). The Dunlop strings weren’t too bad when I tuned down a step or so. I also recently tried the Ernie Ball – Power Slinky (11). These things were just a little too hard to play. So, what do you guys like best?

-- ....And on the seventh day the Lord created the Les Paul...and it was good.


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#1 posted 07-04-2015 07:55 PM

Super Slinky on electric, D’Addario Phospher Bronze ultra light on the acoustics. I like all my strings light :)

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#2 posted 07-04-2015 10:02 PM

Good topic, we could probably use an instrument section on this site as well.

I use GHS 11’s and more recently 12’s, they are cheap enough ( and sound good enough ) that I can change strings every month or so . Phosphor Bronze for my acoustics and White Phosphor with a wound ” G ” on my archtops. My archtops are fully acoustic and sound much better with a wound G and/or even with just ordinary phosphor bronze strings.

On my acoustics, in the past, only piezo systems were used. I just bought a Seymore Duncan ” Acoustic Tube ” soundhole pick up. It is designed for phosphor bronze strings and an acoustic amp. The pickup can be fitted / removed in 1 mim. Duncan also makes the ’ Woody ”, a more permanent soundhole pickup with an endpin jack.

Anyone else using soundhole pickups ?

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#3 posted 07-05-2015 12:35 AM

I’ve used the GHS strings. I really liked them. Seemed like they had a fatter sound to them. That’s why I liked to 11s and Dunlop 12s. But you’ve got to have some pretty strong hands for the 12s (or even 13s). It’s hard to believe SRV played 13s. But he did. Played the hell out of ‘em. I like the lights too, but have trouble bending the strings where they need to be. I usually end up a step or two above where I need to be.

-- ....And on the seventh day the Lord created the Les Paul...and it was good.

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#4 posted 07-05-2015 12:42 AM

I have a les paul studio and use the power slinkys and like them. I tend to always use heavier strings, all of my guitars are set up for them.

On my classical I use two different sets. Diddiario for the bottoms and Royal Classics for the trebles

Have you seen this site? Lots of choices. https://www.stringsbymail.com/

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#5 posted 07-05-2015 02:04 AM

Thanks for the link and thanks for the info, Kaleb. I’ve never been that technical about the strings, but that’s a damn good idea. The link is loaded with info too. Happy 4th guys….. but here, it’s not the fourth, it’s the wife’s birthday…..She comes first, then America. Fireworks just completed!

-- ....And on the seventh day the Lord created the Les Paul...and it was good.

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#6 posted 07-05-2015 04:17 AM



Thanks for the link and thanks for the info, Kaleb. I ve never been that technical about the strings, but that s a damn good idea. The link is loaded with info too. Happy 4th guys….. but here, it s not the fourth, it s the wife s birthday…..She comes first, then America. Fireworks just completed!

- OldRocker

Happy 4th from this outpost !

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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