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RickyRaveOn
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I really like the hybrid slinkys .09-.46 on all my hardtails. Fender .10-.46 bullets on tremolos.

I've also used the standard tension fenders, which I seem to like a lot.


   
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higglesworth
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I use Elixir lights on both my Strat and acoustic. They seem to last forever and feel great on the fingers.


   
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corbind
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Two things to remember about stainless steel strings: they last longer than nickel plated steel and they tear grooves in your frets fast!

I used D'Addario 11-49 EXL115 for years. Great strings and they are a sealed plastic container so no rusting before you get 'em out of the box. Further, it's nice they color-code the ball end of each string so you know which is which.

But for the past two years I've used DR Red Devil strings (11-50) which have a special coating to prevent premature string death. But, unfortunately, they cost 2-3 times as much as most ordinary electric strings.

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Wattsiepoops
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I use ernie balls, Super slinkys, the pink ones, they seem to be working well for me, and they last quite well. Never noted the gauge tbh, i just go into the shop and ask for pink ernie balls :D

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cyranodb
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I like the d'addario EXL110, .010 gauge, really nice sound and last a while although I usually change them every two months. Also great value if bought in sets of three.
I use the same strings myself. A friend of mine was using the dean markleys and switched to the d'addarios because he was looking for a brighter set of strings. I play them on my mex strat and they seem nice. Might want to check out several different types until you settle on something that you like. A set of strings is a relatively affordable investment in finding your tone.

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bdkauff
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I just got some Dean Markley signatures that I love.


   
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dogbite
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Dean Markey's ?I am curious about those. nickel wound? half round wound? stainless?
what kind, per favore.

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bdkauff
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They're the signature nickelsteel's. They're actually my first set of electric strings, besides the stock ones that came on my std. Tele. I got them b/c Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead uses them :D They seem really responsive and warm, but still twangy and bright enough to bring out the best of that Tele sound. Mine are 10-46.


   
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christopherius
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I am a new convert to Ernie Ball Slinkies. I've got the Hybrid Slinkies (start at 0.09 gauge) on one guitar and the Regular Slinkies (0.10) on another. They are pretty cheap and feel and sound great.

ya i use the Hybrid Slinkies as well.

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greybeard
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I use ernie balls, Super slinkys, the pink ones, they seem to be working well for me, and they last quite well. Never noted the gauge tbh, i just go into the shop and ask for pink ernie balls :D

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I'm in the process of playing out the old stock of strings and putting 10's on all the electrics. I currently have 9's on my Burns, 10's on my Strat and my cheapo Tele and 11's on my Washburn 335 clone.

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