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What type of guitar strings should i get?

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Initial post: Mar 25, 2011 7:07:22 AM PDT
Mashui says:
I'm a novice, obviously and i'm been practicing on my guitar for a while and one of the strings finally snapped. I'm interested in playing Heavy Metal and music of that sort but it doesn't really matter now since, like i said i'm still a novice.

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 11:25:14 AM PDT
KBIC says:
Is your guitar an electric? My favorite strings are Clear Tone. I think that they are only making acoustic strings though. Ernie Ball makes some really cool sounding strings. I like the slinky set. I also like fender strings. Beyond that you should probably ask your local dealer what they like.

Posted on Mar 26, 2011 1:11:41 AM PDT
D. Kapitz says:
I've been playing metal for quite some time. D'addario nickel-wound strings will serve you well. Should be about $5. If you want to tune standard get light gauge. If you want to tune your guitar lower, get thicker strings. A lot of new players can start easy by tuning down and learning some system of a down riffs to get you started. IMHO I'm predjudiced against ernie balls because they sound good but wear out very quickly.

Posted on Mar 26, 2011 8:37:24 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 26, 2011 8:37:59 AM PDT
80sGuy says:
I play metal too. The strings I've been using for more than 10 years now are none other than Dean Markley 'Blue Steel' Custom Lites (09-46). They are cryogenically treated to resist breakage and I can pretty much attest to that. Prior to this I was using just about every brand but they all broke in very little time since I like to bend the strings in my style of playing. The Blue Steels lasted the longest before any breakage occurs, some even lasted me more than 6 months with regular playing. They cost more but worth it.

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 7:05:44 AM PDT
Can't beat D'Addario for electric and acoustic. The electric set EXL 110w has a wound 3rd string for staying in tune better. They are light gauge .10 thru .46.

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 5:16:24 PM PDT
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Posted on Mar 28, 2011 6:38:27 AM PDT
Mashui says:
Yeah it's electric, sorry should have made that clear. Thanks for the recs, i'll try out some of them and decide which i like the best.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 10:13:10 AM PDT
SKJK says:

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2011 11:29:26 AM PDT
KBIC says:
Are you sure they were cryogenicly treated? if they were frozen you would think that they would break or be brittle.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2011 11:49:32 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 28, 2011 12:24:48 PM PDT
80sGuy says:
Yeap, that's exactly how they're made. Believe me I've tried them all, but these are the ones that I've been playing for more than 10 years! They're not 'frozen' out of the box but this is how it works; here's an excerpt from them but you can read more about it from their website or from wikipedia....

"Blue Steel are the world's first and finest Cryogenic- processed strings. That's right, this is the one everyone's been talking about. Blue Steel strings are a total breakthrough in string technology. Starting with the very finest quality materials, Blue Steel strings are frozen to minus 320 degrees Fahrenheit, held there for an exact period of time and then slowly and carefully brought back to their original temperature. This unique Cryogenic treatment realigns the molecular structure of the string, giving Blue Steel more highs and lows, a longer life and greater ability to stay in tune. It's simply amazing what a little -320º liquid nitrogen can do to a guitar string. Put on a set and see what all the noise is about. Twice the tone and twice the life."

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 8:45:59 PM PDT
D-Addario XL's.....period.......xtra lights for rock...9 on the high E....nuff said

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 3:13:02 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 29, 2011 3:13:34 PM PDT
Discussion ended...And go with 10's
beefier tone.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2011 6:34:41 PM PDT
Evra Von says:
If you like heavy metal, then you know Zakk Wylde.. I reccomend the Dunlop Zakk Wylde guitar strings: Thats what i use, and theyre designed to withstand the punishment of metal music!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2011 7:09:06 PM PDT
80sGuy says:
For many years, Zakk was using GHS strings.

Posted on Mar 30, 2011 4:18:47 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 30, 2011 4:19:35 AM PDT
J. Slattery says:
Ernie Ball 2215 Nickel Skinny Top/Heavy Bottom Electric Guitar Strings
You can get the Ernie Ball Skinny Top/Heavy Bottoms, or find a set from another string company that use 10-52 (or heavier bottom) sets that combine playability in the top strings and Heavy-ness in the bass side.

I used to use Blue Steels (and still do for blues and jazz), but they don't have that big bottom for metal.

Just my 2¢

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 30, 2011 6:40:32 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 30, 2011 6:51:37 AM PDT
80sGuy says:
^^The Ernie Balls that you're referring to is heavy at .010-.052. Depending on which Blue Steel you were using, they also have much heavier bottoms; as low as .056. I use CL (.009-.046) and they are heavy enough for me, and even deadlier if I go drop D tuning on some 'Sabbath' numbers.


2550 XL .008 .011 .014 .022 .030 .038
2552 LT .009 .011 .016 .024 .032 .042
2554 CL .009 .011 .016 .026 .036 .046
2556 REG .010 .013 .017 .026 .036 .046
2558 LTHB .010 .013 .017 .030 .042 .052
2562 MED .011 .013 .020w/18p .030 .042 .052
2555 JZ .012 .015 .026 .034 .044 .054
2557 DT .013 .016 .026 .036 .046 .056

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 6:27:34 PM PDT
Exwag says:
As you can see, everyone has their own preference and disagrees. Fact is, technology has advanced to where pretty much any string from a major maker is good, and they are all around $5 a set, so it doesn't much matter. For my own 2 cents, I like GHS Boomers, just because for some reason they feel a little smoother on my fingers than others. Ernie Ball Slinky sets are nice too. The main difference for different types of music is not the brand but the gauge. I agree that for metal you'd want something heavy on the bottom and fairly light for leads on the top.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 11:37:11 PM PDT
Clear Tone 9's or 10's whatever the minimum string is your guitar says it will handle without messing with the truss rod. I bought a Tacoma on ebay some quack put 12's on it. The guitar sounded so bad it was pathetic. When I put the 9's back on it was sweet music.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 11:43:12 PM PDT
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Posted on Apr 5, 2011 1:23:34 PM PDT
Pete says:
If there is anything I can help you out with in choosing the right set, please let me know as I am a representative of D'Addario & Co. Do you prefer a lighter or heavier gauge?


Pete - D'Addario @ Co.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2011 8:04:21 AM PDT
I use Blue Steel and you can get them for under $5.00. They last longer than any other string I've tried, sound great, and have almost no "string talk" when using bar chords.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2011 8:05:38 AM PDT
only if they were still frozen when you played them. lol

Posted on Apr 17, 2011 4:32:12 PM PDT
Davd C. Luke says:
Ceeeeripes. Buy 4 sets of strings and try them. Get some Ernie Ball's , some D'Addario's and some Fenders...yes Fenders. I play professionally and a set of strings lasts 3 shows and practice in between. Strings are personal. Whatever sounds and feel good on your guitar with your armature will be completely different on someone elses. So, regardless of how long you have played or what style you play...don't take any advice as gospel. Try some strings. You are going to be playing for a long time if you enjoy it and might as well find out what you like now. Electro Harmonix even makes strings now and I'll bet they are great. Acoustic strings are a different beast. Martins, as many times as I've tried different brands always seem to be a cut above. Good luck and enjoy playing. Last thing...regarding guage..heavier stays in tune better, provides better sustain and tone, wears your frets down quicker, general .010s are a good choice.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2011 7:27:10 PM PDT
Steveareeno says:
I really like the Martin SP (mediums).

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 3:10:34 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 22, 2011 3:15:30 AM PDT
R. Phillips says:
The D'Addario strings are inexpensive, sound great and last pretty well. Most guitars come from the factory set up for extra light strings (.009 - .042 gauge). If you want to use heavier strings, the truss rod on your guitar absolutely will need adjustment and also intonation will need to be reset at the bridge. I'd stick with the extra lights or go to a pro and have your guitar set up to use regular lights (.010 - .046). The thicker strings can sound a little heavier for harder rock and stay in tune a little better. They are a bit harder for a beginner to bend when learning how to play leads though.
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