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Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by HBob, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. nadles

    nadles Country Gent

    D'Addario EXL-115s

    I've recently put D'Addario Chromes (flatwound 12s) on my Jazz guitar and love them. I'm thinking of trying flat wound 11s on my 5120.
  2. montereyjack66

    montereyjack66 Country Gent

    Feb 29, 2012
    Ernie Ball Regular Slinkys. Have occasionaly tried other kinds though not related to disatisfaction with the EBs. Didn't like for one reason or another and always come back to the mean green x 30+ years. Must mean something. Lighter slinkys tend to just cause blood stains and tuning issues (although this may be due to many years of overly enthusiatic and hamfisted bass playing).

    I may change my mind if I ever really buy me a Gretsch... but I may not.

    Play what kills for you... and may the odds be forever in your favor.

  3. Synchro

    Synchro Super Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
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    I've tried them all but after I tried some Thomastik flat-wounds I quit looking.
  4. NickGretsch

    NickGretsch Synchromatic

    Aug 30, 2011
    Cornwall, England
    How strange, not one posting in favour of RotoSound strings.

    Have used them for years and find them excellent ,otherwise it's D'Adarrios.

    May try A set of Gibson BriteWires having read good things about them here at G-T
  5. Daktari9

    Daktari9 Gretschie

    Dec 17, 2010
    I just put a set of Roto's on my Gretsch and they sound great
  6. norton

    norton Synchromatic

    Dec 7, 2009
    Rotosounds are great. Love the pure nickel, but they've got the bright end covered too.

    DR has been having some quality control issues re uniformity in gauge and strings being able to hold intonation. I experienced it first hand very odd. Strings would be really finicky to intonate then would just fall out. Over and over again. Haven't had the problem since switching to the roto's.

    Something to due with hex core wrapping vs round core. It's well documented.

    Can't say enough good about rotosound.
  7. big kenny

    big kenny Country Gent

    Nov 2, 2010
    me too! They last a really long time and feel and sound great!
  8. Nerrad

    Nerrad Gretschie

    Jun 29, 2010
    Spring Hill, FL
    D'Addario 10's. basic .010-.046. But ive also started to really like the SIT strings. Much cheaper and they really stay in tune great.
  9. ReverberatingDream

    ReverberatingDream Gretschie

    May 14, 2011
    I'm really torn about strings after my Anni came with flatwounds on. I'd never tried them, never tried a wound G either...and I love them.

    The thing is, I miss sliding the pick up the strings. I'm all for gratuitous showmanship that involves no skill whatsoever.

    How do I reconcile these two things?

    Also, it seems like the e and B are worn out well before the others. Do any of you just change out them out and leave the wounds on longer?
  10. The Marlin

    The Marlin Friend of Fred

    Feb 2, 2011
    I tried flat wounds, but hated the dead sound from the bass stings, and that woody 'thwack' tone they delivered.

    I tried round wounds. didn't likem them either

  11. Synchro

    Synchro Super Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
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    You can buy plain strings in bulk for around 60 cents each so changing just the upper strings is feasible and cost effective.
  12. MitchC

    MitchC Synchromatic

    Feb 8, 2012
    Newbury Park, CA
    Marlin, just curious...if you don't like flat or roundwounds...what are the DR Blues strings ?
  13. Axis39

    Axis39 Country Gent

    Jun 2, 2008
    Falmouth, Va
    I am a DR Blues Fan myself. I use them on everything, usually in a 10 guage. 12's on my SG, which is set up for slide.

    I had tried flatwounds a year or so ago once... on a Strat. It just didn't sound right.

    Last night I tried them on my 5127. It actually works pretty well. The ones I tried were the D'addario Chromes in 12. That G is a bit heavy for all the bends I do. But, I'll try them out for a few weeks and see how I like them. I am tempted to order some Thomastik flatwounds. Everybody seems to rave about them.
  14. mike77rios

    mike77rios Gretschie

    Nov 13, 2011
    san Diego
    anyone like the new Ernie Ball "Cobalt" strings?
  15. workknot

    workknot Country Gent

    Feb 15, 2009
    Brainerd, Minnesota
    Pyramids, pure nickle and they sound great and last a very long time.
  16. GentleBen

    GentleBen Country Gent

    Jul 29, 2008
    Huntsville, Al
    I like Tomasiks (sp?) but for the price difference D'Addario 10-52s work just fine!
  17. Synchro

    Synchro Super Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
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    I like them both, Thomastiks and Chromes but I like the feel of the Chromes better.
  18. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Friend of Fred

    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    Gibson Brite Wires
  19. Lizardkinged

    Lizardkinged Friend of Fred

    Oct 5, 2009
    The kind that make me sound like David Gilmour ate Adrian Belew.
  20. Synchro

    Synchro Super Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
    Admin Post
    We can always count on you for interesting posts. :)